Essential Change

The Mindful Lawyer – CPD Accredited by Law Society of Upper Canada 3.5 hrs Ethics and Mindfulness in the Practice of Law

The Mindful Lawyer – CPD Accredited by Law Society of Upper Canada 3.5 hrs Ethics and Mindfulness in the Practice of Law

December 5, 2018 –  1505 Carling Avenue, Ottawa K1Z 7L9


Course Fee: $275.00 plus HST

Feedback from the 2017 workshop:

“This type of training can increase quality of legal services and civility among lawyers.”

“Given the stressful nature of a lawyer’s work and the importance of having a better more nuanced understanding of our ethical responsibilities, every lawyer can benefit from this course.”

“Exceed expectations! Good useful information to deal with stress.”

“Being a mindful lawyer is being a better lawyer.”


Law Society of Upper Canada: 3.5 hrs Accredited Continuing Professional Development

Includes all course materials. Lunch not included. Payment possible by credit card through on-line invoice.

To receive invoice and secure your spot today, email registration contact. registration is complete when invoice is paid.

To Register Contact: craig@essentialchange.netOR

Learn mindfulness to help manage stress and increase your effectiveness in ethical practices in law. Arguably, we need some stress in order to motivate. However, stress also can shut down our nervous system such that we are not accessing our best qualities or highest cognitive functioning in order to problem solve and work effectively.

This course will teach participants:

  1. how to connect with a calm mind and body in stressful circumstances;
  2. how to access all of our deepest values when addressing ethical practice in law;
  3. how to bring our best qualities when ethics situations arise.


David Jewitt, LLB, Partner, Jewitt Mcluckie & Associates LLP

After ten years of  practice  at the general law firm of Nelligan Power, David established his own law firm in 1991 specializing in labour and employment law and human rights on behalf of employees and unions. David has extensive familiarity in labour relations in the municipal sector, federal public service sector and hospital sector. He has worked in the construction industry sector and represented trade unions in both the industrial and manufacturing sectors. David can be found on the Best Lawyers in Canada list for his expertise in the practice area of Labour and Employment Law. David believes firmly in access to justice and the court system for those who are not always able to pay for expensive legal services. He has instilled in the firm a strong social conscience by providing guidance and advice in support of those with disabilities or those who have just lost their job at the most cost effective arrangement possible. David also has a passion for yoga and meditation of all types having studied extensively with senior yoga teachers throughout North America and in India. He has visited Tibet and studied with senior Tibetan Lamas on various Tibetan meditation techniques.

Craig Mackie, MA, MSW, RSW, Owner, Essential Change 

Craig is a consultant, mindfulness teacher and owns a clinical private practice in Ottawa. He has taught mindfulness since 2008 and currently teaches the Ethics and Mindfulness curriculum at the University of Toronto Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate program. He is an international instructor for the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (UK) and certified in symptom and stress management models of mindfulness as well as Transformative Mindfulness and the 16 Guidelines which is an ethical practice. Craig combines his knowledge of philosophy with a very practical approach to help individuals and organizations reach their fullest potential.

General Course Description:

The Professional Code of Conduct within the legal profession identifies clear guidelines for lawyer to lawyer conduct and lawyer to client conduct. However, there exists a broad range of personal and professional values that underpin this code that require closer examination. There are many other aspects of legal practice that may present dilemmas concerning the application of explicit and implicit values and motivations in the legal profession.

This course will help lawyers  experientially integrate the Rules of Professional Conduct relating to:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Candour
  • Loyalty
  • Relationships with Clients and Colleagues including opposing Counsel

In this course, participants will learn mindfulness tools for self-reflection that will assist the participants to develop a baseline of integrity and to help maintain their composure while advocating vigorously in the stress and pressure of day to day practice.  These mindful experiential practices will be explored through foundational ethical teachings which form the basis of all Professional Codes of Conduct and personal relationships. Participants will be introduced to the 16 Guidelines (