Free Virtual Resilience Coaching through BarCARES

As we navigate the many unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, we likely need additional tools to help us address the fear that arises, both personally and professionally. Free virtual (by phone or zoom meeting) coaching sessions are currently available through BarCARES with Laura Mahr, Executive Resilience Coach and founder of Conscious Legal Minds LLC. If you have not yet used your 2020 BarCARE benefits, call BarCARES at 800-640-0735 during business hours. The program coordinator will take your confidential call. You can specifically request sessions with Laura Mahr, or ask for a referral to a participating licensed therapist (virtual capability will depend on the specific provider). You do not need to give any specifics other than your name and bar number to access your benefits. To find out more about BarCARES, visit To find out more about Laura’s mindfulness and neuroscience-based resilience coaching for lawyers, visit

Calm in the Storm: Tools to Keep Your Cool in the Corona Crisis CLE

Register now for a free CLE webinar on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at 10am.

As our world navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, we are collectively venturing into uncharted territory, both personally and professionally. The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus heightens mental and emotional stress for a profession already steeped in pressure and a propensity to predict and plan for the worst. In these unprecedented times, our profession needs new tools to help us stay resilient and support our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This virtual CLE educates participants on the neurobiology of stress–particularly the increased stress our profession is experiencing during this international pandemic–and how stress in a crisis impacts the practice of law. The webinar will also include five practical tools that participants can immediately put to use to build resilience to stress at this time, thereby increasing cognitive functioning and ability to maintain professionalism and ethical duties to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FREE CLE for North Carolina lawyers, judges, support staff, and law school students*

This program is brought to you by:

North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program

LAP Foundation of NC, Inc.


NC Bar Foundation

*CLE credit: This program is approved for one hour of “live” mental health/substance abuse credit (or ethics or general CLE credit if you already have your MH/SA credit) by the NC State Bar. The $3.50 NC State Bar CLE fee is not included. (If seeking CLE credit, you will be billed $3.50 directly by the NC State Bar).

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Leslie Muir Re-joins Chitwood & Fairbairn

Attorney Leslie W. Muir recently re-joined Chitwood & Fairbairn to enhance our capacity at the Appeals Council and in the United States District Court. Leslie, who headed our Veterans Law Practice nearly a decade ago, returns to us after choosing to be at home with her young children, followed by a brief foray into civil litigation. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, Yale Divinity School, and Northeastern School of Law.  She and her wife, Amy Ray, who is also an attorney, are long-time residents of Asheville.

We are pleased to have Leslie back, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve as your local resource for well-written briefs and excellent appellate advocacy in Social Security appeals. It is important to us to highlight your efforts on behalf of your clients at hearings, as well as the collective good work of the local bar. Our focus is on administrative error and returning the case and your client to you for a new hearing, if you would like to continue to handle the claim following remand. Please allow us to help you serve your clients who seek to appeal their denial of benefits.  We are honored to help you help them.

Barry L. Master

Barry L. Master has been named to his High School (Waggener, of Louisville, Kentucky)’s Hall of Fame. An induction dinner/ceremony scheduled for March 16, 2020, has been postponed, as the Governor of Kentucky has discouraged interstate travel and gatherings because of the COVID-19 virus. Barry has also been nominated for the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame for his work in child support.

Jackie Grant Featured in Dancing With The Local Stars

I am participating in the Dancing with the Local Stars charity dance event.  The event will be held on Sunday, April 26 at the Diana Wortham Theatre at 5:30 pm.  All donations will go to the Mountain Child Advocacy Center.  I am representing the legal community.  I am competing against representatives from other professional communities, i.e. health care, accounting, entertainment, real estate, and marketing.  I am asking all the lawyers and judges to support me and help the legal community win the mirror trophy ball by visiting my page on and vote for me by making a donation.  A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated and will benefit the Mountain Child Advocacy Center (MCAC).  MCAC provides services to children who have been abused and neglected in Buncombe County.  They partner with the Family Justice Center of Buncombe County and all of its partnering agencies.  Tickets to the show can purchased via online at the DWTLS website or via DWTheatre Box Office.