Created by a Harvard-educated lawyer and mindfulness expert.

Designed specifically for lawyers.

Programs at Harvard, Yale, the Pentagon, Fortune 100 companies, and 40+ top law firms.

 
 

 
 
 
 

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DESIGNED FOR LAWYERS BY A LAWYER

Mindfulness for Lawyers is not a generic mindfulness program retrofitted for lawyers. Our founder, Jon Krop, is a lawyer himself and designed our programs with lawyers in mind.

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 with traditional Buddhist teachers, he teaches in a secular style without esoteric overtones.  He leads workshops in a suit and tie, and he starts with a brief overview of the scientific research around mindfulness.

The programs are fun and often funny, but always professional.


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A short, straightforward guide to mindfulness practice.

 
 
 
 

Interested in bringing mindfulness to your organization?

Let us walk you through it:

(If you just want a list of our workshop topics, you can find that here.)


Step 1: Start with a STANDALONE WORKSHOP

This lets you test the waters, see how the program resonates with your people, and spark excitement for follow-up programming.

We Recommend our Foundational Mindfulness Workshop.

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This is most popular program and the best place to start. Like all our workshops, it’s CLE-qualified.

The Foundational Workshop gives legal professionals the skills to reduce stress, improve performance, and increase well-being. Jon teaches a simple, effective meditation technique and other mindfulness tools tailored to a lawyer’s unique challenges and busy workday. Participants leave with everything they need to establish a robust mindfulness practice.

However, if you’d rather start with a different workshop, that’s no problem at all.


you can roll out THE workshop as:

  • An on-site CLE session or “lunch and learn”

  • Part of a firm-wide academy or orientation

  • A keynote for an offsite retreat (we’d customize the program for the occasion)


Step 2: Follow Up

Your introductory program was a hit. Now what?

Go beyond “one-and-done”: offer follow-up programs so your people can experience greater improvements in their well-being and performance.

We offer workshops on a variety of topics:

+ Conquering Stress and Burnout

The legal profession is in a mental health crisis. A recent study reveals alarming rates of lawyer stress, anxiety, burnout, depression, and substance abuse.

Mindfulness can help. As the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being noted in August 2017, “Research has found that mindfulness can reduce rumination, stress, depression, and anxiety.” Studies also show that mindfulness can help prevent addiction relapses.

This workshop offers evidence-supported strategies for detecting stress and anxiety early and managing them skillfully so lawyers can enjoy a long, healthy, and successful tenure in the profession.

+ Defeating Digital Distractions

Modern technology often feels addictive, and this is no accident. These devices were precision-engineered to grab and hold our attention. It’s up to us to learn how to use our devices skillfully so they enhance, rather than erode, our productivity and well-being.

In this workshop, we do just that. Participants learn how to minimize the disruptive impact of their devices so they can enjoy their benefits while avoiding their pitfalls. The workshop draws on mindfulness, cognitive psychology, user experience design, and digital product philosophy.

+ Painless Public Speaking

Law firms work hard to train their lawyers for oral argument, depositions, client pitches, and other occasions that call for public speaking. Unfortunately, this training doesn’t prepare lawyers for the intense performance anxiety that often arises. This anxiety can derail a lawyer’s performance and throw all that training out the window.

Luckily, this is preventable.

This workshop explores simple, effective ways to help your lawyers prepare psychologically for public speaking so they can remain calm under pressure and execute at the highest level. The workshop draws on mindfulness, positive psychology, and third-wave cognitive therapy.

+ Peak Performance Under Pressure

Lawyers routinely encounter situations that aren’t merely stressful but provoke difficult emotions like fear, anger, and frustration. Examples include surprise weekend work; unexpected disruptions in a deal or case; tight deadlines; and difficult interactions with opposing counsel, clients, and even colleagues.

In these situations, lawyers must remain calm and focused, respond thoughtfully rather than impulsively, and manage their own emotional state so they can perform at their peak.

This workshop explores effective practices for navigating the emotional challenges lawyers face. These practices draw from cognitive-behavioral therapy, the Southeast Asian and Indo-Tibetan meditative traditions, and the contemporary mindfulness-based therapies pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

+ Solving Sleep Problems

Sleep: we all need it to function, and we all seem to be getting too little of it. Occasional, short-term sleep issues are no cause for concern, but chronic insomnia can harm a person’s health, well-being, and ability to function. Lawyers are especially susceptible due to the stresses and high stakes of our work.

In this workshop, we explore strategies for overcoming insomnia and improving sleep quality. We learn ways to avoid common sleep mistakes, to make our bedrooms and lifestyles more conducive to healthy sleep, and to combat stress and negative thought patterns around sleep. The workshop draws on mindfulness, sleep psychology, and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (“CBTi”).

There are a few ways to roll out this programming:

+ Approach 1: Multi-Workshop Series

We can tailor a workshop series to your preferences, including:

  • The number of sessions
  • The timing: quarterly, monthly, weekly, or whatever you like
  • The topics covered: you can choose, or we can suggest a fully worked-out program.

+ Approach 2: Integrate into Yearly Academies

Every seniority level — from new associates to senior partners — has unique strengths, challenges, and responsibilities. We can work with you to offer the most relevant programming for each stage of a lawyer’s professional journey.

One advantage of this approach: once you find a program that’s a hit with your lawyers of a given seniority level, you can offer it year after year. Each year, a new cohort will experience it for the first time.

+ Approach 3: programs for practice groups

Like seniority levels, practice groups differ in their unique needs and interests. We can help you identify the topic(s) that would resonate best with a particular practice group.

+ Approach 4: A Mix of the above

We can, and often do, work with our clients in more than one way.

It’s no problem for us to — for example — provide a keynote at a practice-group retreat and offer a short multi-session series and provide a program for your new associate academy.


Step 3: Offer Lightweight support Between Workshops

Don’t leave your people hanging in between workshops. They’ll benefit most from mindfulness training if they have ongoing support over time.

We offer a few options that are robust and engaging but lightweight enough to fit into a lawyer’s busy schedule:

The “Essentials of MIndfulness” Kit (Free)

A bundle of digital mindfulness content that organizations can add to their internal wellness resources. It’s designed to teach the basics of mindfulness in a clear, concise, lawyer-friendly way.

The Essentials of Mindfulness kit is free. You can preview it here, and you can add it to your organization’s internal content portal below.

Add the Free "Essentials of Mindfulness" Kit to your Internal Content Portal

 

The 30-Day Challenge

A 30-day program to build healthy habits around mindfulness and well-being — in a fun and easy way.

The idea is simple: every day, you’re challenged to perform one small action. Over 30 days, those actions can add up to massive, positive changes. The small action changes each day, and doing the Challenge alongside your coworkers keeps you motivated and engaged.

The Challenge involves a wide array of exercises, meditations, and “micro-practices” that bring mindfulness and well-being into daily life. We provide a wealth of video and audio content to walk participants through every step.

Weekly E-Meditation

Jon Krop, the founder of Mindfulness for Lawyers, leads this live guided meditation via Zoom teleconference. People can tune in from their desks — or, if they like, they can listen together in a conference room.

The meditation lasts ten minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes of optional discussion/Q&A.

A subscription covers your entire organization, whether you have one office or dozens.

 
 

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

  • Increased productivity

  • Better decision making

  • 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.

 
 

Mindfulness for Lawyers helps lawyers reduce stress, boost performance, and improve well-being through mindfulness, a simple mental practice derived from meditation.

Our programs are led by Jon Krop, a Harvard-educated lawyer and mindfulness expert.

Who We've Worked With

LAW FIRMS

  • Baker McKenzie

  • Benesch

  • Berger & Montague

  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

  • Chadbourne & Parke

  • Cleary Gottlieb

  • Cooley

  • Covington & Burling

  • Davis Polk

  • Day Pitney

  • Debevoise

  • Dentons

  • DLA Piper

  • Finnegan Henderson

  • Foley & Lardner

  • Hogan Lovells

  • Holland & Knight

  • Ice Miller

  • K&L Gates

  • Latham & Watkins

  • Loeb & Loeb

  • MBHB

  • McDermott

  • McDougall Gauley (Canada)

  • Neal Gerber Eisenberg

  • Nixon Peabody

  • O’Melveny & Myers

  • Orrick

  • Outten & Golden

  • Paul, Weiss

  • Perkins Coie

  • Pillsbury

  • Reed Smith

  • Relman, Dane & Colfax

  • Schulte Roth & Zabel

  • Selendy & Gay

  • Sidley Austin

  • Skadden

  • Sullivan & Cromwell

  • Vedder Price

  • WilmerHale

  • Winston & Strawn

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Bar Association

  • Autodesk

  • Brooklyn Law School

  • Brooklyn Women's Bar Association

  • General Electric

  • George Washington University Law School

  • Harvard Law School

  • Kings County Criminal Court

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

  • National Association for Law Placement

  • NBCUniversal

  • University of Nebraska College of Law

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • New York City Law Department

  • New York State Bar Association

  • New York University

  • NYU School of Law

  • Office of the Appellate Defender

  • Payne Capital Management

  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International

  • Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Professional Development Consortium

  • Southern California Edison

  • Southern Poverty Law Center

  • Splunk

  • Touro Law Center

  • U.S. Department of Defense

  • Yale Law School

  • Yale University Office of the General Counsel


I have never seen the lawyers at our firm as engaged and attentive as they were during Jon’s workshop.  His material and delivery were perfect.”

-Jacqui Fiske Lazo, partner and head of wellness, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney


About Jon

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Jon Krop is the founder of Mindfulness for Lawyers. He graduated from Harvard Law Schoolcum laude, and Brown Universitymagna 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 taught mindfulness at Harvard, Yale, the Pentagon, the world’s top law firms, Fortune 100 companies, and other organizations.

Jon has practiced mindfulness for 13 years and has studied with teachers from around the world, including psychologists, neuroscientists, and traditional Buddhist masters.

Jon has completed 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.

 
 

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