Rhonda V. Magee (J.D./M.A. Sociology), author of the article, Educating Lawyers to Meditate? 79 UMKC L. Rev. 535 (2011) (Lead Article), is a nationally-recognized thought and practice leader in the emerging fields of Contemplative Pedagogy and Contemplative Lawyering. In a broad sense, she views her work as continuing the lineage began by her grandmother, the Reverend Nannie Suggs, who was called into the ministry in segregated North Carolina.
She is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she has been a full-time member of the faculty since 1998, and where she teaches Torts, Race, Law and Policy, and Contemplative Lawyering. During fall semester 2014, she gained appointments as a Visiting Scholar and Senior Fellow of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she will be teaching a course on mindfulness and the practice of law. Her writing and teaching is inspired by a commitment to education for effective problem-solving and presence-based leadership in a diverse and ever-changing world, and to humanizing legal education. Her work with students has been described by one observer as “a teaching ministry.”
Professor Magee recently served as Interim co-director of the University of San Francisco’s Center for Teaching Excellence. She has published law review articles and essays in such publications as the Virginia Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Among other service commitments, she was a founding member of the Executive Board of the AALS’s Section on Balance in Legal Education, is a founding member of its subsection on Mindfulness in Legal Education, and presently serves as President of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Before joining USF, Professor Magee was a civil litigation associate at a Chicago-based national law firm, primarily representing insurance industry clients in complex insurance coverage litigation.