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November 10, 2020

Webinar: The Garrison Institute Series on Justice: Creating a More Just Future

Creating a More Just Future
Caroline Voldstad in conversation with Professor Elizabeth Emens
Tuesday, November 10th, 4pm EDT

Join Caroline Voldstad and Columbia Law Professor Elizabeth Emens for a discussion about how mindfulness training can help develop awareness, compassion, and wise discernment in future generations. They will explore how this type of training could impact the evolution and realization of justice in our increasingly turbulent world. Professor Emens is the Director of the Columbia Law Mindfulness Program and leads a practicum on Lawyer Leadership:
Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Change. She also runs a Mindful Parenting group and thinks and writes about disability law, family law, anti-discrimination law, contract law, and law and sexuality.

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 4pm EDT on Tuesday, November 10th. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration for this live webinar closes at 4pm on Monday, November 9th. Please note that particpation in the live webinar on Zoom is limited to the first 1,000 attendees.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opportunity to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you fee called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution towards our efforts.

For questions or to request disability accommodations, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.


Caroline Margaret Voldstad is a lawyer and yoga and meditation teacher. Caroline has led classes and workshops in mind-body practices for a variety of audiences at educational and nonprofit institutions. She has also created and led organizations dedicated to promoting yoga and meditative practices at her own educational institutions including The College of the Holy Cross, Harvard Divinity School, and Columbia Law School. At Columbia Law School, she was involved in building the Mindfulness Program while a student and co-led the program’s first off-site weekend retreats at the Garrison Institute in the Spring of 2019 and again in January 2020. She has also offered mindfulness and meditation guidance for youth in various capacities and for populations involved in the criminal justice system. Caroline has participated in a variety of yoga and mindfulness training and attended several silent retreats. She is certified as a 500 hour experienced Yoga Teacher and, most recently, she has completed her foundations training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Caroline believes deeply in the power of contemplative practice to shift individual consciousness and create the possibility of a more connected and caring world.

Elizabeth Emens is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Her principal areas of academic publishing and teaching include disability law, family law, anti-discrimination law, contracts law, and law and sexuality. She earned her J.D. from Yale University; her Ph.D. from King’s College, Cambridge, where she was a Marshall Scholar; and her B.A. from Yale University. At CLS, she is the Director of the Mindfulness Program and a Co-Chair of the Davis Polk Leadership Initiative. In recent years, she has been co-teaching a new course, “Lawyer Leadership: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Change,” which uses mindfulness and other reflective practices to build students’ capacities for collaboration and leadership. She also runs a Mindful Parenting group at Bank Street. Her teacher training in mindfulness has been through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness (in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and the Mindful Schools program. Her first book, The Art of Life Admin (Viking & HoughtonMifflin Harcourt, 2019), was published last year, and she writes a blog for Psychology Today.

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