Rebecca Simon

Co-Director, USC Gould School of Law Peak Performance Program; Mindfulness, Stress Management, & Peak Performance Consultant


Rebecca Ann Simon is a member of the California Bar and currently a Lecturer and USC Gould School of Law. She is currently running her nationally acclaimed Peak Performance Program at USC Gould School of Law. Professor Simon was an Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles from 2014 to 2018, teaching academic skills to law students since 2011.

Professor Simon holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. from Southwestern Law School, and a Certificate in Public Policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She was a founding Boar Member and the Executive Director of the Mindfulness In Law Society (MILS), a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting mindfulness and other contemplative practices in all sectors of the legal community to improve wellbeing, from January 2016 to may 2018.  Professor Simon was the Co-Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Balance Section’s Mindfulness Affinity Group (MAG), bringing together law faculty interested in contemplative practices from all over the country, from 2015-2018. Professor Simon’s experience with executive coaching, mindfulness, contemplative practices, and SEL education includes: a decade as a practitioner; meditation training retreats at a Silent Stay Center in Northern California (2015 and 2016); completion of the Executive Mind series courses (I, II, and III) at the Drucker School of Management (2012-2013); serving as a national leader of the Mindfulness Affinity Group for law faculty; a week-long training event with a scholarship at UC-Berkeley (July, 2016), achieving a Certificate from the Greater Good Science Center’s Summer Institute for Educators (2016); teaching “Mindfulness Mondays” for at Southwestern Law School (2014-2018), and as co-founded and co-teacher of the Mindfulness, Stress Management and Peak Performance Program since 2016 at many law schools.

Following politics and issue-advocacy (on issues related to international policy) are her two big passions outside of her teaching and yoga practice. Professor Simon has traveled to Washington DC every year for the last seventeen years in a row to attend the same (long-running) national policy conference.

Professor Simon joins UCI to teach a ground-breaking course in Self-Mastery for Law Students and looks forward to supporting the UCI in their journeys. 

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