A lawyer-led group that practices, instructs, consults and advocates for the incorporation of mindfulness and secular meditation into the professional lives of law students, lawyers and judges, as self-care tools for cultivating wellbeing and emotional intelligence.
In furtherance of that mission, MLCCG collaborates with law firms (and other institutions) to design culture-sensitive mindfulness and meditation programs, as components of well-being programming, in the workplace. To assure clients of our bona fides, we joint-ventured with two teachers who are trained/certified by two nationally recognized programs: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (“MBSR”) and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (“SIYLI”).
When life looms large, make your world small. -- Jeffrey B., Founder of MLCCG
The Mindful Law Coaching & Consulting Group, LLC (“MLCCG”) is a single member Illinois limited liability company, registered with the Illinois Secretary of State, and based in Chicago.
The founding Member of MLCCG is retired litigation attorney Jeffrey H. Bunn, an emerging thought leader in the legal profession, who practiced in both State and Federal courts for nearly 40 years and was previously a member of a Management Committee for a Chicago law firm. “I’m one of us. I’ve represented many different clients in a variety of civil matters, was a former ethics partner and have managed (and been managed by) others. I understand how lawyers and law firms operate. I also understand business and businesspeople. And I’m a regular meditator, trained in the vipassana tradition and schooled in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction ("MBSR")”. Jeff is a Mindfulness In Law Society ("MILS") certified guided meditation teacher, and a member of the MILS Illinois chapter.
Jeff is a member of the Wellbeing Work Alliance and was prior chair of the Chicago Bar Association (“CBA”) Commercial Litigation committee. More recently, he was the founder and initial chair of the CBA committee on Mindfulness and the Law. Jeff was also co-chair of the Chicago chapter of the Culture Collective organization and previously sat on the Board of Directors of the American Institute for Cancer Research, as well as the World Cancer Research Fund UK and Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fond, in the Netherlands.
Jeff is a great guy and truly one of the people in the wellness space that gets it. -- Robin B., JD, LCPC Dir. of Wellbeing at Kirkland & Ellis
Jeff was the initial vice-chair of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (“LAP”) Illinois Task Force for Lawyer Well-Being (modeled after the National Task Force, which was endorsed by the American Bar Association).
He has led guided meditation sessions for the American Association of Law Schools (“AALS”), the Mindfulness In Law Society ("MILS"), the ABA Women in Litigation section, as well as the State Bar of Nevada, and the Chicago Botanic Garden (for whom he has hosted a 6-week meditation course). In addition, Jeff has also presented on matters concerning the incorporation of mindfulness and meditation into the practice of law for the Missouri State Bar ("MOBAR"), the CBA (including the Young Lawyers Section), Will County Bar Association, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (“CVLS”), Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund (n/k/a Advocus), the National Association of Bar Executives (“NABE”) and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago ("CLG"), as well as other professional organizations. He has also presented to and led group meditation sessions for several law school classes and private law firms, including the partners of a BigLaw firm in Warsaw, Poland.
A leading advocate for lawyer wellbeing, Jeff moderated and spoke at the second National Conference on Lawyer Wellbeing (focusing on the connection between a lawyer's duty of competence and wellbeing) and co-chaired the Practicing Law Institute ("PLI") annual wellbeing seminar. Prior to that, he co-moderated and spoke at the first National Conference on Lawyer Wellbeing and was named a "Trailblazer" in the legal industry, by The American Lawyer magazine. Jeff was also featured in a CLE piece and a "Reimagining Law" interview posted by the Illinois Commission on Professionalism on its 2Civility website and was invited to appear as a guest in webinars hosted by AwareHealth and the Lawyers Emotional Intelligence Book Club. In addition, he has been a guest on The Thought Leadership podcast, the Legal Learning podcast, the Be That Lawyer podcast and the Nishant Garg podcast.
Several years ago, Jeff's signature talk addressed the business case for introducing mindfulness and meditation as part of the business models of law firms (Episode 24 of the "in brief" podcast produced by ALPS Insurance--the United States' largest direct writer of lawyer malpractice insurance). More recently, he advocated for the inclusion of more equity partners in promoting the cause of lawyer wellbeing, through the acquisition of a new health care coverage that would appeal to more traditional thinkers and encourage broader acceptance of current wellbeing initiatives.
In a prior life, Jeff was an actor in Chicago, appearing in a number of Shakespeare productions including King Lear (Lear), Julius Casear (Marc Antony) and Macbeth (Banquo), for which he studied both breath and voice-- in particular, tone, modulation and cadence-- all of which were an added benefit to his extensive trial experience (both bench and jury). Hewas previous blogger-in-chief of the “The Mindful Law Guy” blog, and has published content in the Wellness Esquire blog, the Impact Lawyers magazine, the Chicago Bar Association Record, the Illinois State Bar Association Journal as well as the American Bar Association Journal. He has also written two books (Canary In The Coalmine and Res Ipsa Loquitor ("The Thing Speaks for Itself") that are both submitted for publication, as well as a screenplay (The Meditation Hesitation Blues), which has been submitted for sale and production.
In the Winter of 2023, MLCCG expanded its scope, to include privately owned corporations (with whom it has successfully worked to promote broader workplace wellbeing), in addition to its focus on law firms, and lawyer wellbeing.
As mentioned above, The Mindful Law Coaching & Consulting Group (“MLCCG”) previously established a joint venture with two teachers trained/certified by two well known, preeminent meditation-based programs: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (“MBSR”) and Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (“SIYLI”). The contributions of those individuals remain important to our work, as does the constructive input of our clients, for whom we design and implement customized wellbeing programs.
MLCCG has also collaborated with Chill Meditation, LLC on projects related to the promotion of both meditation and the broader concern of workplace wellbeing.
MLCCG has established an informal affiliation with several licensed clinical social workers (all of whom are personally known to MLCCG and endorsed by MLCCG) who incorporate mindfulness practices—where appropriate—in their professional recommendations to patients. Those LCSW’s are (alphabetically, by last name):
MLCCG endorses what it refers to as meditative activity (similar to the above attachment of the "Walk-n-Talk Therapy" video). Meditative activity can be many forms of physical exercise or other kinesiological activity that facilitates the focus of attention and encourages one to become more readily aware of one's thoughts and emotions.
DISCLAIMER: MLCCG is not medically qualified to endorse any individual LCSW.
My 22 years of teaching mindfulness through the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program has provided me with enumerable examples of the power of this practice and its capacity to bring positive changes to the lives of those who learn it. This is particularly true for those in the legal profession, who face a myriad of difficult stressors in their day- to-day work life. I have witnessed, again and again, how learning to work with their minds and bodies has empowered legal professionals to make significant changes in their lives and reduce the cycle of daily stress they incur in their jobs.
I can think of no better individual to bring mindfulness training to the legal profession than Jeffrey Bunn. His considerable experience as a practicing attorney, along with his many years of mediation training, make him uniquely qualified to bring mindfulness training to the legal community. Jeffrey brings a remarkable energy and a deep sense of purpose to his work of teaching mindfulness. I heartily recommend him and his sense of mission. -- Christopher C., PhD, LCSW
"Of all the skills I learned as an attorney, two stuck with me after I retired-- an affinity for research and writing.
"When I was practicing law, that involved research and writing related exclusively to client concerns. For the past several years, however, I've been free to research and write about matters important to me-- like workplace wellbeing in general and lawyer wellbeing, in particular.
"My approach to writing is informal and sometimes even playful, even though the topics are often complicated and quite serious. In doing so, my intention is to normalize topics that may be viewed by some as unusual, or controversial.
Read. Enjoy. The postings are all short (2-3 minutes). Agree, or disagree. Most of all, I hope the Blog will get you thinking. When I get it right, the postings will raise a question, but the answer will be left to you".
"My only professional concern since retiring from the practice of law, is workplace wellbeing".
Jeff is an advocate of mindfulness and meditation but because of his prior experience in the legal profession, he previously focused on lawyer wellbeing initiatives that encompass many different self-care tools, including mindfulness and meditation. Jeff's approach to the design of wellbeing initiatives in law firms, is equally applicable to the wider workplace-- as referenced above, he has also worked successfully with private corporations, in their efforts to encourage workplace wellbeing among executives, managers and staff.
Jeff believes that any successful wellbeing initiative must be made available to equity owners, non-equity workers, assistants and staff-- top to bottom. He also believes that the women and men who work at a particular firm or company, possess the best vision of what is needed. Or wanted. Or most likely to be accepted.
Stated differently, wellbeing-- whatever that may mean for each firm or company-- is really up to each client. Jeff can certainly help, but it's ultimately up to each respective workplace and the workers.
To those he has not yet worked with, Jeff's message is simple: Let's work together!
Who we are NOT
I was a lawyer for over 30 years before leaving to become a psychotherapist 10 years ago. In my therapy practice, I see numerous lawyers with anxiety and self-esteem issues, as well as the challenges of work-life balance. I believe that the experience of mindfulness and meditation can have powerful benefits for lawyers, and I applaud law firms that encourage and support such practices. -- Alan L., JD, MA, LCSW
The Mindful Law Coaching & Consulting Group. LLC (“MLCCG”) does not proselytize or promote any religious or philosophical point of view. Neither MLCCG nor any individual agent of MLCCG is licensed to practice medicine, or any of the licensed medical/psychiatric arts. Neither MLCCG nor any individual agent of MLCCG counsels or advises individuals as to any legal concerns, or otherwise professes to practice law. Neither MLCCG nor any individual agent of MLCCG endorses any particular political or social agenda.
Mindfulness and meditation are key tools in the lawyer well-being toolkit. If lawyers are not well and present in the moment, they cannot competently do their jobs. -- Stephanie V., attorney
We advocate and teach the benefits of Mindfulness and the practice of meditation in the legal profession, and support the well-being of students, lawyers and judges in the practice of law.