Simple methods. Rapid results.
Better, happier lawyers.
"The mindfulness training has been immensely helpful... my productivity, focus, and effectiveness have increased, and my stress has decreased."
-Christina Ponig Maccio, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)
"Jon is both insightful and engaging. He understands the realities of being a lawyer, and he is able to provide helpful strategies and techniques to address the daily stress and pressures."
-Leah Bruno, Chicago Managing Partner, Dentons
"Phenomenal speaker. One of the best sessions I've had at Cleary."
-Attorney, Cleary Gottlieb
"One of the best instructors I have seen. Very well organized and engaging."
"I've been doing programming for law firms for 25 years, and I will say that Jon soared to the top of my list of excellent presenters."
-Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Director of Professional Development, Foley & Lardner LLP
"My day feels more manageable even in the midst of chaos. I am able to approach difficult negotiations, time-sensitive client needs, and a demanding workload more calmly and with genuine optimism."
-Amber Meek, Special Counsel, Fried Frank LLP
"An eye-opening introduction to a new way of dealing with stress. I wish someone had taught me this in law school."
-Brett Solberg, Associate, DLA Piper LLP (US)
For more testimonials, as well as full attorney evaluations, click here.
About Mindfulness for Lawyers
Mindfulness for Lawyers helps lawyers reduce stress and improve productivity through mindfulness, a simple mental practice derived from meditation. The program was developed by Jon Krop, a Harvard-educated lawyer and mindfulness expert.
Jon has taught mindfulness at the world's top law firms, the Pentagon, Harvard Law School, and other organizations.
Who we've worked with
- Baker McKenzie
- Chadbourne & Parke
- Cleary Gottlieb
- DLA Piper
- Finnegan Henderson
- Foley & Lardner
- Holland & Knight
- Nixon Peabody
- Sidley Austin
- Sullivan & Cromwell
- Winston & Strawn
- Brooklyn Law School
- Brooklyn Women's Bar Association
- General Electric
- George Washington University Law School
- Harvard Law School
- Kings County Criminal Court
- University of Nebraska College of Law
- New York University
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- Professional Development Consortium
- U.S. Department of Defense
Jon Krop leads the Mindfulness for Lawyers workshops. He graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, and Brown University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, Jon clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked as a litigator at public-interest law firms in Los Angeles and New York City.
Jon has been practicing mindfulness for over a decade. He has studied with masters from around the world, including the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan master Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and western teachers Gerardo Abboud, Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., Trudy Goodman, Ph.D., and John Yates, Ph.D.
Jon has sat numerous meditation retreats, including a seven-month silent retreat with John Yates, a meditation master and neuroscientist whose 2015 book, The Mind Illuminated, the meditation community has hailed as a landmark work.
The Stresses of Law Practice
Arguing for a living is not exactly relaxing. Every day, we immerse ourselves in conflict and competition. We work long hours and, thanks to our mobile phones, we're on call 24/7. Our clients expect outstanding results, with almost no margin for error.
These pressures take a serious toll. Lawyers are 3.6 times as likely to suffer from depression as non-lawyers and twice as likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. Stress, anxiety, and burnout are enormous problems in the profession. Many lawyers struggle to stay engaged with their jobs and satisfied with their lives.
HOW MINDFULNESS CAN HELP
Mindfulness offers an alternative to our habits of worry, anxiety, and frustration. Derived from ancient meditation methods and validated by modern science, it is a simple mental practice that introduces a calmer, more satisfying mode of being. Its benefits include:
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved focus
- Greater emotional resilience
- Enhanced interpersonal skills
Law firms that offer mindfulness training can expect:
- Reduced burnout and turnover
- Greater efficiency and productivity
- Happier, healthier lawyers
Mindfulness produces remarkable changes in a short time, and the benefits continue to deepen with practice.
Many Fortune 500 companies already offer mindfulness training to their employees, including Google, Goldman Sachs, and General Mills.
Mindfulness is also on the rise in the legal profession, as these articles reveal:
Designed for lawyers by a lawyer
Mindfulness for Lawyers is not a generic mindfulness program retrofitted for lawyers. Every aspect of the program — from the techniques offered, to the teaching style, to the take-home materials — reflects an unwavering focus on lawyers as the audience.
No Crystals, No chanting
Jon appreciates that lawyers are evidence-based thinkers. He is too, which is why there is nothing new-age or mystical about the Mindfulness for Lawyers program. Although Jon has studied and sat retreats with traditional Buddhist teachers, he prefers to teach in a secular style without esoteric overtones.
Jon leads workshops in a suit and tie. He begins his programs with a brief overview of the scientific evidence for the benefits of mindfulness. This sets the tone for a grounded, results-oriented program that lawyers can relate to. The program is fun and often funny, but always professional.
For a sense of what we teach, please see our attorney handbook, which you can download for free below or read online here. We hand out this booklet to attendees of our workshops. However, it also stands alone as a useful mindfulness guide.
What We Offer
In our foundational workshop, we give you the fundamental skills to bring calm, clarity, and focus into your life and practice. We teach a simple, effective sitting meditation practice and other mindfulness tools tailored to the challenges lawyers face. This session is a workshop, not a lecture; it incorporates hands-on practice, guided meditations, and interactive exercises. We can tailor the length of the workshop to your preference, from one hour to three. We recommend 90 minutes.
In addition to our foundational workshop, we offer other workshops that focus on specific topics relevant to lawyers:
- Conquering Stress and Burnout
- Peak Performance Under Pressure
- Defeating Digital Distractions
Each of these workshops stands alone and offers a complete experience by itself. We suggest starting with the foundational workshop, but doing so is by no means necessary.
In combination, our workshops offer an even more robust and comprehensive skill-set for using mindfulness to improve effectiveness, productivity, resilience, and well-being. An attorney who attended the foundational workshop and all three topic-specific workshops would have a unique experience each time.
Our three-month course offers lawyers ongoing support and continuity in their development of mindfulness skills. The longer program allows for deeper benefits, with more hands-on exercises, guided meditations, and specific tools for easing the daily challenges of law practice. The program includes:
- Three monthly workshops, each 75-90 minutes in length.
- Weekly, interactive emails that build on the workshops through short articles, videos, suggested exercises, and shared discussions.
- The option for attorneys to schedule one-on-one Skype sessions with Jon for personalized guidance.
Click here to see attorney evaluations of the three-month program.
Guided Group Meditation Sessions
(via Video conference)
For a more lightweight option, we offer short, guided meditation sessions for groups via video conference. These last 20-30 minutes and include instructions, meditation, discussion, and Q&A.
Periodic guided sessions can help attorneys stay consistent with their mindfulness practice and turn their new knowledge into habits and skills. For organizations that wish to offer these sessions on a regular basis, we guide the groups through a variety of practices tailored for different situations and producing different benefits.
Post-Workshop Breakout Sessions
After a workshop, attorneys are often eager to follow up with questions and discuss the mindfulness methods they've just learned. Meeting with us in smaller groups after a workshop allows attorneys to dig deeper, connect the practices to their unique personal circumstances, clarify their understanding through dialogue, and learn from each other as well as from us.
Attorneys who want to follow up on a workshop, clarify a question, or give their mindfulness practice a boost can book a one-on-one session via Skype.
We can also work together via Skype on an ongoing basis, separate from a workshop. Working one-on-one lets us customize our approach. As we get to know you, we'll explore which mindfulness techniques best fit your personality. We'll work with you on specific ways to integrate mindfulness into your daily routine.
More ABOUT MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness is the practice of resting the mind calmly in the present moment, rather than getting caught up in fears, worries, and stories. For thousands of years, people have practiced mindfulness and experienced the well-being and mental clarity it offers.
A growing body of scientific evidence corroborates that this simple training can yield powerful benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety; better work performance; improved memory, creativity, and focus; and even lower blood pressure. Mindfulness practices have been used successfully to treat anxiety, depression, and ADHD.
Yael Shy, J.D., is the founder and director of MindfulNYU, one of the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiatives in the country. She is also the senior director of the NYU Global Spiritual Life Center. Yael has been meditating for more than 15 years and has studied with renowned teachers in Buddhist, Jewish, and secular meditative traditions.
David Loy, Ph.D., is a professor, author, Zen teacher, and sought-after lecturer on the intersection of Buddhism and modern society. He has written on "McMindfulness," the dilution and commodification of mindfulness for corporate settings. Professor Loy helps us avoid the "McMindfulness" problem and maintain the full efficacy and integrity of the mindfulness teachings.
Lidia Zylowska, M.D., is a UCLA-trained psychiatrist and a co-founding member of the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, where she developed the Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for ADHD program. She is the author of the award-winning book The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD. She also serves as a teaching faculty at the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute.
John Yates, Ph.D., better known in meditation circles as Culadasa, is a meditation master and former neuroscience professor. His teaching style fuses ancient meditative wisdom with modern brain science. The meditation community has hailed Culadasa's 2015 book, The Mind Illuminated, as a landmark work.
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