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Law Office of Hansa R. Patel

  • Mediator

  • Mindfulness Teacher

  • Attorney

  • Trainer

 
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Practice Areas

Attorney

As an attorney, Hansa zealously advocated for abused, neglected and abandoned children and their parents in the child welfare system, through the the San Francisco Superior Court Juvenile Dependency Panel.  She litigated complex matters such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse, placement, reunification, and termination of paternal rights, custody, restraining orders, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health, etc.  Hansa also represents clients in multi-disciplinary meetings, appeals, juvenile delinquency hearings, criminal matters, and advocates for children’s educational rights by attending IEPs.  She was invited to mentor new attorneys to join this panel.

 

Hansa has represented parents and children in court mediations involving an allegation of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.  Resolved issues involving adoption, termination of paternal rights, custody, visitation, residency, sibling rights, de facto parent's rights, relative placement, educational rights, mental health services, etc.

As a mediator for Conflict Intervention Services at the San Francisco Bar Association, she has mediated landlord and tenant conflicts to prevent homelessness.  She has facilitated public board meetings between large housing organizations and tenants, including property managers, service providers, and local housing government agencies, to provide an opportunity for open and respectful communication.  Hansa co-chairs a virtual reflective practice for landlord/tenant mediators to review cases.  Hansa has been interviewed by family law mediator leader, Michael Lang on mindfulness mediations:  https://www.thereflectivepractitioner.com/video-conversations

Mediation

Mindfullness Teacher

Hansa is also a certified mindfulness lawyer teacher, certified by Warrior One, Judi Cohen.  She teaches mindfulness to lawyers, conflict professionals, social justice communities, and law students.  In addition, Hansa has been a lifelong meditator and yoga practitioner, practicing compassion and loving-kindness meditation and Surya Kriya Meditation.  Some of her teachers include Ram Dass, Krishna Das, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg, and many others.  Hansa's practice has been transformed by retreats such as Vipassana nine-day silent retreats, Siddha Yoga Ashram retreats, and Shivanada Ashram Yoga Retreats. 

Mindfulness has always supported Hansa’s personal life, and now it is integrated into her professional life. 

Traniner

As a trainer, Hansa has provided mediation training to mediators, lawyers, and mental health professionals working in mediations in the USA, Canada and Africa.  Hansa has trained mediators on how weave mindfulness skills into conflict intervention to develop mediator’s self-awareness, assumptions, judgments and bias and at the same time increase curiosity and develop mediator wellness.

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  • To offer compassionate mediation, lawyering, and mindfulness exploration.  Provide all people, color, gender, and social-economic status the opportunity to work from the union of mind, body, and spirit.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

  • Hansa has a strong and ongoing commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in each area of her practices. It is crucial to our individual and collective well-being. 

  • She actively welcomes, listens, and respects all diverse cultures, races, gender, religion, and social-economic communities. 

  • Hansa strives to foster belonging and empowerment for each individual. 

  • Having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to solve the complex problems of our changing—and increasingly diverse—world.

  • "Real change in the world will only come from a change of heart" by Dalai Lama.

WHAT IS SUCCESS?

 

  • "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch Or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”  by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Our Vision

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About HANSA

  • Hansa R. Patel is a lawyer, mediator, mindfulness teacher, and trainer.  As a trainer, she provides mediation training to mediators, lawyers, and mental health professionals in the USA, Canada, Nigeria, and Kenya. In addition, Hansa has trained mediators on integrating mindfulness skills when working with conflict, including the Family Court Mediators with the Judicial Council of California.

  • As an attorney, Hansa advocated for abused, neglected, and abandoned children and their parents involved in the San Francisco Juvenile Dependency Court for fourteen years.

 

  • As a mediator for Conflict Intervention Services at the San Francisco Bar Association, Hansa mediates landlord and tenant disputes to prevent homelessness.  She facilitates public board meetings between large housing organizations and tenants, including management, service providers, and government agencies. In addition, Hansa co-chairs a virtual reflective practice for landlord/tenant mediators.

 

  • Hansa is also a certified mindfulness lawyer teacher, trained by Warrior One to teach mindfulness to lawyers, conflict professionals, social justice advocates, and law students. In addition, she is a lifelong meditator and yoga practitioner, including compassion and loving-kindness mediation, Surya Kriya meditation and yoga, Vipassana's nine-day silent retreat.

 

  • Hansa obtained her JD law degree in 2000 from John F. Kennedy University.  She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2001.  Hansa received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English from the University of San Francisco in 1995. 

 
 
 
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Contact US

OUR ADDRESS

Law Offices of Hansa R. Patel

P.O. Box #97

Ross, CA  94957

Tel: (415) 562-4453

Email:  hansa@hpatel-law.com

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Resources

MINDFULNESS RESOURCES

Reflective Practice:

 

Apps for Meditations:

  • InsightTimer 

  • Headspace 

  • Simply Being

Videos - Staying Above the Line​:

Mindfulness for Lawyers:

 

ABA Report on attorney well-being:         https://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyer_assistance/resources/lawyer_wellness/

 

Books:

  • “My Grandmother’s Hands” – Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem

  • “Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness” by David A. Treleaven

  • “The Inner Work of Racial Justice” by Rhonda V. Magee

  • Inside Out by Gary Friedman

  • The Guide to Reflective Practice by Michael D. Lang

  • Getting To Yes With Yourself by William Ury

Free Meditations and Talks:

  • Dharma Seed: thousands of free, download-able talks on mindfulness.

  • Sounds True: courses, videos, and talks on mindfulness, meditation, and spirituality.

 

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