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Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and is an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating Mindfulness into Higher Education, Law and Social Justice. Magee’s book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming our Communities Through Mindfulness (September, 2019 by TarcherPerigee, a member of the Penguin Random House Group), was named one of the top ten books released for the year by the Greater Good Science Center, and received similar recognition by Psychology Today and the editors of Mindful.org: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/our_favorite_books_of_2019; https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-clarity/201912/my-favorite-psychology-books-2019; https://www.mindful.org/the-best-mindfulness-books-of-2019/. Her work has received numerous awards, including the Impact Award from the American Public Health Association’s section on Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices (2020), and the Garrison Institute’s Impact+Insight Award (2019).
Born in Kinston, North Carolina and raised in Hampton, Virginia, Professor Magee is a 1989 graduate, with Distinction, of the University of Virginia (UVA) College of Arts and Sciences, and a graduate of UVA’s United States Army Reserved Officer’s Training Corps. She earned both a Master’s degree in Sociology from UVA’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Juris Doctorate from the UVA School of Law in 1993.
A Professor of Law since 1997 (tenured since 2004), Magee teaches courses dealing with civil actions for personal injury and insurance recovery (Torts); courses dealing with race and inequality; and a course she co-created on mindfulness and lawyering. Magee’s teaching and writing support compassionate conflict engagement and management; holistic problem-solving to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable and injured; presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and humanizing approaches to education. She sees mindfulness and the allied disciplines as keys to personal, interpersonal and collective transformation in the face of the challenges and opportunities that social change represents.