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Rhonda Magee

Professor and Dean's Circle Scholar

Professor Rhonda Magee's scholarly work focuses on race law and policy as well as on humanizing legal education and the practice of law. This effort aims to help law students and practitioners cope with pressure in order to be more successful and effective. A national leader in the movement to humanize law and legal education, and an expert in contemplative pedagogy, Professor Magee recently published “Contemplative Practices and the Renewal of Legal Education,” New Directions for Teaching and Learning: Contemplative Studies in Higher Education, no. 134, (Jossey Bass, 2013), 31." Magee's courses share a common theme of examining how law responds to the vulnerable in society. She is the author of numerous journal articles, including "Educating Lawyers to Meditate?" (University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, 2011), "Slavery as Immigration?" (University of San Francisco Law Review, 2009), and "Competing Narratives, Competing Jurisprudences: Are Law Schools Racist?" (University of San Francisco Law Review, 2009).

Education
  • BA, University of Virginia
  • MA, University of Virginia
  • JD, University of Virginia
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Practicum and Teacher Development Intensive, Oasis Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Prior Experience
  • Visiting Scholar, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Center for the Study of Law and Society (August 2014 - July 2015)
  • Associate, Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal
Awards
  • USF Ignatian Faculty Service Award, 2014
TitleOutletsDate
"Lawyers Helping Lawyers"South Carolina Lawyer09/22/14
"Mindful Lawyering"Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life (GGSC)07/28/14
"Law Schools Teach the Practice of Meditation"California Lawyer06/01/13
"Mindful Lawyers - Tune up at New Haven, CT Zen Center Retreat, June 15th"Law And More Blog05/27/13
"Now: The Mindful Lawyer"Mindful05/01/13
"Black and Latino Communities Share Similar Struggles"Daily Sundial, Hispanic Business03/27/13
Broadcast with Rhonda Magee on the State of Black San Francisco IIKPOO-FM05/02/12
"Dog Therapy Easing Students' Stress on College Campuses"NBC Nightly News, NBC Today Show01/08/12
"Mindful Society: Meeting of the Mindful"Shambhala Sun01/01/12
"SF Symposium Aims to Tackle Issues of Black Flight"KQED News10/18/11
"Paying Mind to Diversity: An Argument for Meditation"mindful.org08/31/11
"USF Law Students Turn to Dogs for Stress Relief"San Francisco Examiner05/08/11
"Making Peace in America's Cities"Shambhala Sun05/01/11
"When Lawyers Attack: Behave Yourself!"Plaintiff02/01/11
"The Future of the Fillmore District: Rights and Wrongs of Redevelopment"KALW 91.7 City Visions Radio 11/10/08
Books
    Law Review and Journal Articles
    • "Educating Lawyers to Meditate? From Exercises to Epistemology to Ethics: The Contemplative Practice and Law Movement as Legal Education Reform," 79 University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review 535 (2011). (Lead Article) SSRN
    • "Slavery As Immigration?" 44 University of San Francisco Law Review 273 (2009). SSRN
    • "Competing Narratives, Competing Jurisprudences: Are Law Schools Racist? And the Case for an Integral Critical Approach to Thinking, Talking, Writing, and Teaching About Race," 43 University of San Francisco Law Review 777 (2009). SSRN
    • "Toward an Integral Critical Approach to Thinking, Talking, Writing and Teaching About Race," 42 University of San Francisco Law Review 259 (2008). SSRN
    • "Legal Education and the Formation of Professional Identity: A Critical Spirituo-Humanistic – 'Humanity Consciousness' – Perspective," 31 New York University Review of Law and Social Change 467 (2007). SSRN
    • "Inviting New Worlds, Turning to New Voices: A Post-9/11 Meditation on 'Where Do We Go From Here?" 3 Seattle Journal for Social Justice 587 (2005). SSRN
    • "Racial Suffering as Human Suffering: An Existentially-Grounded Humanity Consciousness as a Guide to a Fourteenth Amendment Reborn," 13 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 891 (2004). SSRN
    • "Affirmative Action after Grutter: Reflections on a Tortured Death, Imagining a Humanity-Affirming Reincarnation," 63 Louisiana Law Review 705 (2003). SSRN
    • "The Third Reconstruction: An Alternative to Race Consciousness and Colorblindness in Post-Slavery America," 54 Alabama Law Review 483 (2003). SSRN
    • "The Justice of Parental Accountability: Hypothetical Disinterested Citizens and Real Victims’ Voices in the Debate over Expanded Parental Liability," 75  Temple Law Review 375 (2002). SSRN
    • "The Master's Tools, From the Bottom Up: Responses to African-American Reparations Theory in Mainstream and Outsider Remedies Discourse," 79 Virginia Law Review 863 (1993). SSRN
    Book Contributions
    • "Contemplative Practices and the Renewal of Legal Education," in New Directions for Teaching and Learning edited by Catherine M. Wehlburg (Jossey-Bass, 2013).
    • "Contemplative Practice in Law Movement in America: An Overview," in Contemplation Nation: How Ancient Practices Are Changing the Way We Live  (Fetzer Institute, 2011). Read More
    Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts
      Other Publications
      • "Paying Mind to the Challenge of Diversity: A Mindful Lawyer's Argument for Meditation," Mindful: Living with Awareness and Compassion, mindful.org (August 2011).
      Briefs
        Court Citation of Research
          Presentations
          • Presenter, "Inclusivity, Identity-Safety and Maximum Performance: Notes on Contemplative Approaches to Classrooms that Work for All," University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. (February 2014).
          • Presenter, "Wise Warrior, Peacemaker, Healer of Broken Systems? On Contemplative Approaches to Law, Lawyering and Social Justice," University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Va. (February 2014).
          • Presenter, "Creating Inclusive and Identity-Safe Classrooms," University of San Francisco Center for Teaching Excellence, San Francisco, Calif. (January 2014).
          • Moderator, "Social Class in Academia," University of San Francisco, "And We Still Rise: Building from the Intersections of Race, Class & Gender/Sexuality in Academia," San Francisco, Calif. (October 2013).
          • Presenter, "Mindful Leadership," Graduate School of Management, University of San Francisco "Leadership for the Common Good, MOPA 641," San Francisco, Calif. (October 2013).
          • Presenter, "Mindfulness and Inclusivity in Effective Conflict Management," Effective Lawyering: The Meditative Perspective,, Woodacre, Calif. (October 2013).
          • Presenter, "Mindfulness and Professional Responsibility," Effective Lawyering: The Meditative Perspective,, Woodacre, Calif. (October 2013).
          • Presenter, "Mindfulness and the Pedagogy of Race and Social Justice," Introduction to Contemplative Practices in Higher Education,, Rhinebeck, N.Y. (October 2013).
          • Presenter, "Mindfulness Across the Legal Curriculum," Berkeley Law School, Workshop on Mindfulness and Legal Education, Berkeley, Calif. (June 2013).
          • Presenter, "A Personal Sense of Justice: Mindfulness-Based Psychology as the Foundation of Law Student Well-being," University of Colorado, Workshop and Colloquium on Law and Subjective Well-being, Boulder, Colo. (June 2013).
          • Presenter, "Mindful, Compassionate Lawyers: A Report from the Field of Cutting Edge Law," University of California, Berkeley Greater Good Society, "Practicing Mindfulness and Compassion," Richmond, Calif. (March 2013).
          • Presenter, "Contemplative Lawyering: Integrating the Threads of Peacemaking and Healing," Phoenix School of Law's "Lawyers as Peacemakers and Healers - Cutting Edge Law Conference," Phoenix, Arizona (February 2013). (Closing Keynote)
          • Presenter, "Mindfulness and Professional Identity Development for Lawyers," UC Davis Initiative for Mindfulness and Law Event, Davis, Calif. (October 2012).
          • Presenter, "Beyond Burnout: The Mindful Judge," Arizona Judicial Conference, Tucson, Ariz. (June 2012).
          • Presenter, "Beyond Burnout: The Mindful Lawyer," State Bar of Arizona's Annual Convention, Phoenix, Ariz. (June 2012).
          • Presenter, "Happiness, Ethics, and Meaning: How Mindfulness Works for Lawyers," 2012 International Conference on Law and Society, Honolulu, Hawaii (June 2012).
          • Presenter, "Legal Education as Contemplative Multicultural Inquiry: Lessons from a (Lifelong) Course on Race, Law, and Beloved Community," Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Webinar, (May 2012).
          • Panelist, "Contemplative Practices Across the Curriculum," Mind & Life Institute, "International Symposia for Contemplative Studies," Denver, Colo. (April 2012).
          • Panelist, "Developing Multicultural Contemplative Pedagogy," Mind & Life Institute, "International Symposia for Contemplative Studies," Denver, Colo. (April 2012).
          • Panelist, "Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindedness: Some Implications for San Francisco," Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and the African American Art and Culture Center, "State of Black San Francisco II," San Francisco, Calif.," (April 2012).
          • Presenter, "What Do the Best Teachers Expect of Their Students?" University of San Francisco Center for Teaching Excellence, (February 2012).
          • Panelist, "The State of Black San Francisco," University of San Francisco School of Law, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, (October 2011).
          • Presenter, "Legal Education as Contemplative Inquiry: Lessons from a (Lifelong) Course on Race and Beloved Community," Project for the Integration of Spirituality, Law, and Politics' Working Meeting, Marshall, Calif. (September 2011).
          • Presenter, "Mindfulness and Ethics: The Deeper Ground," Spirit Rock Meditation Center's "Effective and Sustainable Lawyering: A Retreat for Legal Professionals," Woodacre, Calif. (September 2011).
          • Presenter, "Contemplative Contributions to Integrative Education," Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education "Regional Conference at Whidbey Institute," Clinton, Wash. (July 2011).
          • Presenter, "A Contemplative Humanity Consciousness Approach," Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education "Regional Conference at Whidbey Institute," Clinton, Wash. (July 2011).
          • Presenter, "The Role of Contemplative Practices in Promoting Law Student Wellness," Humboldt University of Berlin 32nd International Congress on Law and Mental Health "Snatching Wellness From the Jaws of Law School: Law Student Distress and What We Can Do About It," Berlin, Germany (July 2011).
          • Presenter, "Legal Education and the Formation of Professional Identity: A Contemplative Humanity Consciousness Approach," National Conference on Race in Education, San Francisco, Calif. (June 2011).
          • Presenter, "Mindfulness and the Heart of Legal Education," Amherst College Conference "Throughout the Curriculum: Contemplation in Higher Education," Amherst, Mass. (March 2011).
          • Presenter, "Spiritualizing Legal Education," Project for the Integration of Spirituality, Law, and Politics Meeting, New York, N.Y. (February 2011).
          • Presenter, "Slavery as Immigration?" Black Alliance for Just Immigration "Black Intersections on Migration," Oakland, Calif. (January 2011).
          • Presenter, "Compassionate Politics Workshop," Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, San Francisco, Calif. (January 2011).
          • Presenter, "The Mindful Social Justice Lawyer: Contemplative Practices and Making the World a Better Place," Society of American Law Teachers Conference "Teaching in a Transformative Era: The Law School of the Future," Honolulu, HI (December 2010). (Magee presented with Angela Harris, UC Berkeley School of Law professor.)
          • Presenter, "Educating Lawyers to Meditate? From Exercises to Epistemology to Ethics: The Contemplative Practice and Law Movement as Legal Education Reform," UC Berkeley School of Law Conference "The Mindful Lawyer: Practices and Prospects for Law School, Bench, and the Bar "Educating Lawyers: The Meditative Perspective as a Complement to Traditional Legal Education and Training," Berkeley, Calif. (October 2010). (Read More)
          • Presenter, "Educating Lawyers to Meditate: Contemplative Practice and Effective Lawyering," University of San Francisco School of Law lecture, San Francisco (September 2010). (Professor Magee, Professor Iglesias, and Dean Brand discussed the value of contemplative legal practice, the course Contemplative Lawyering, and weekly guided meditation sesssions. )
          • Presenter, "Education Lawyers to Meditate? An Overview of the Contemplative Practice Movement in Law and an Analysis of its Links to the Movement for Legal Education Reform," USF School of Law, (June 2010).
          • Presenter, "The Contemplative Practice in Law Movement: An Overview," "The State of Contemplative Practice in America," Kalamazoo, Mich. (June 2010).
          • Moderator, "Contemplation in Teaching," University of San Francisco Mission Conversations Program, (April 2010).
          • Panelist, "Chattel Slavery as Immigration?" University of La Verne Immigration Law Symposium "Forced Migration: Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Immigration," Ontario, Canada (February 2010).
          • Presenter, "Crisis in Haiti: What We Can Do," University of San Francisco School of Law Justice Forum, (February 2010).
          • Presenter, "Who Am I? The Role of Legal Education in Shaping Professional Identities," Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting "Transformative Law," New Orleans (January 2010).
          • Presenter, "Chattel Slavery as Immigration," American University Washington College of Law 14th Annual LatCrit Conference "Outsiders Inside: Critical Outsider Theory and Praxis in the Policymaking of the New American Regime," Washington, D.C. (October 2009).
          • Presenter, City of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Municipal Transportation Authority Luncheon, (February 2009).
          • Panelist, "University of San Francisco Law Review Symposium," The Evolving Definition of the Immigrant Worker: The Intersection Between Employment, Labor and Human Rights Law, (February 2009).
          • Presenter, "What is Black History?' A Presentation on Behalf of the African American Historical and Cultural Society in Honor of Black History Month," San Francisco City Hall, (February 2007).
          Testimony and Hearings
            Written Testimony and Commentary
              Advisor or Consultant
                Counsel
                  Symposia Organization
                    Professional Membership
                    • President, National Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (2011 to present).
                    • Vice-Chair, Center for Contemplative Minds in Society's National Board of Directors
                    • Faculty Advisor, USF Community for Contemplative Lawyering
                    • Member, USF Center for Teaching Excellence Steering Committee
                    • Chair, Task Force on The Carnegie Report/Best Practices in Legal Education (2008 to present). (As chair, coordinated and facilitated dialogue amongst the University of San Francisco law faculty on the implications of legal education critiques.)
                    Fellowships
                      Other Service
                      • While serving as interim Co-Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence during 2013 and 2014, she researched and developed workshops to support faculty in creating Inclusive and Identity-Safe Classrooms.
                      • Interim Co-Director, University of San Francisco Center for Teaching Excellence (2012).
                      • Meeting, Magee consulted with Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) on the contemplative/mindfulness and law movement, San Francisco, Calif. (January 2012).
                      • Invited Participant, "Leadership Summit for Legal Changemakers," Cutting Edge Law Event (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (2011).
                      • Invited Participant, "Best Practices: A Collaborative Workshop on Transforming Legal Education," Association of American Law Schools' 2011 Annual Meeting (San Francisco, Calif.). (AALS meeting hosted by the University of San Francisco.)
                      • Visiting Scholar, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Center for the Study of Law and Society (August 2014 - July 2015)