Emily Doskow has been practicing family law in the Bay Area since 1989. She specializes in family matters including adoptions, surrogacy agreements, prenuptial agreements, parentage issues, and mediated and collaborative divorce. She is the author or co-author of numerous books published by Nolo, including Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce; Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support, and The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, and is a frequent speaker on LGBTI family issues. Emily is a member of Boards of Directors of Women Lawyers of Alameda County, the Center for Understanding in Conflict, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she is Board co-chair and sits on the National Family Law Advisory Council.
Emily has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 20 years, beginning with ten-day silent retreats at the Northern California Vipassana Center in 1998. She has attended numerous retreats, including training in mindfulness facilitation. In 2016 she completed Warrior One’s Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training. She studies with Norman Fischer and Gary Friedman in their Self-Reflection for Conflict Professionals Intensive program and is currently a student in Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program. Emily is a teacher with Warrior One and the founder and lead teacher at Mindfulness Over Matters.
Emily has taught mindfulness to law students at JFK University Law School, to Certified Family Law Specialists in Sacramento and Alameda counties and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and to attorneys at, among others, the Alameda County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Family Violence Law Center, Root and Rebound, the National Lawyers’ Guild, Continuing Education of the Bar, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.