Halloween Fun at Rabbit Rabbit

Join us for some Halloween fun at Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Avenue, on Wednesday, October 19th! We are excited about decorating pumpkins with you and any little goblins in your family from 5:30-7:30pm. We’ll have pumpkins, decorations and candy for the kids, and we’ll watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”  on the big screen. Costumes welcome! We’ll also collect food for Manna Food Bank, so please bring a can or box of food, or even a donation for us to pass along.

Rabbit Rabbit is an amazing outdoor venue, with great food and drink selections. There will be a food truck with tacos, burritos and nachos for sale, as well as a cash bar with tasty brews, cocktails and non-alcoholic options. All attorneys and their families are invited to this private event.

New Mindfulness CLE – How To Rock Your World: Five Tools To Get Regulated When the World Feels Rocky

Join your Buncombe County Bar colleagues and local attorney Laura Mahr for a free cutting-edge mindfulness and neuroscience-based CLE series. This is a new series created by Laura exclusively for our members!

How Rock Your World: Five Tools to Get Regulated When the World Feels Rocky will be delivered virtually, and includes six hours of free CLE, with one hour per week for six weeks. The course dates are: Tuesdays October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 2022. The CLE will happen from 12:30-1:30pm on Zoom.

Course description: As we emerge from pandemic, most of us hope to feel enthusiasm and optimism but instead are grappling with overwhelm and overload. After months of constant unknowns and change, life can feel rocky. In this six week “drop in” course, you will learn how to regulate your nervous system so that you can rock your career and your life. Each week you’ll learn and practice three tools that regulate your nervous system and intercept mental, emotional, and physical overload during a lawyer’s workday. At the end of the course, you’ll have a toolkit that cultivates the inner resources of calm, compassion, clarity, and confidence necessary to feel successful practicing law.

Course logistics: This six-hour CLE course (1 hour per week for 6 weeks) is “drop in” and free to all members of the Buncombe County Bar. Each week’s curriculum will cover new material, including theory related to resilience-building, stress reduction, and overwhelm mitigation along with daily practices that grow resilience while at work. You are encouraged to attend all of the sessions, as the material will build on the information presented in previous weeks, though the content of each session will “stand alone” so that you can participate when you are able.

Over the course of six weeks, you will learn:

  • how to recognize overwhelm before it overcomes you
  • how your nervous system responds to overwhelm
  • how to orient yourself when you feel overwhelmed
  • neuroscience-based tools you can use use in short spurts during your work day to keep you focused and feeling good
  • how to bring your nervous system back to regulation when emotionally, mentally, or physically dysregulated

The theme for each week is as follows:

  • Week One (10/11) : How to Rock Your World by Understanding Overwhelm and Nervous System Regulation
  • Week Two (10/18): How to Rock Your World and Get Regulated by Grounding
  • Week Three (10/25): How to Rock Your World and Get Regulated by Orienting
  • Week Four (11/1): How to Rock Your World and Get Regulated by Tracking
  • Week Five (11/8): How to Rock Your World and Get Regulated by Titrating and Pendulating
  • Week Six (11/15): How to Rock Your World and Get Regulated by Befriending Yourself

Registration: To register, navigate to the events calendar for the date of each seminar. A link to the Zoom registration for each seminar will be included there. You must register separately for each of the six classes in this series.

Laura Mahr is a North Carolina and Oregon lawyer and the founder of Conscious Legal Minds LLC, providing well-being consulting, training, and resilience coaching for attorneys and law offices nationwide. Through the lens of neurobiology, Laura helps build strong leaders, happy lawyers, and effective teams. Her work is informed by 13 years of practice as a civil sexual assault attorney, 25 years as a teacher and student of mindfulness and yoga, and six years studying neurobiology and neuropsychology with clinical pioneers. She authors the Pathways to Well-Being column in the NC State Bar Journal and the Mindful Moment column in the NC Lawyer Assistance Program’s Sidebar publication, and is a frequent contributor to other legal publications and podcasts. She is a member of the Buncombe County Bar and a provider on the NCBA BarCARES panel. This is Laura’s fifth year teaching a mindfulness course for the Buncombe County Bar. consciouslegalminds.com


*This course is approved for 6 hours of CLE credit for mental health/substance abuse, professional responsibility, and/or general CLE credit by the NC State Bar.

September Bar Luncheon Photos

At the September Bar luncheon, several awards were finally handed to honorees in person. Due to the pandemic, some award winners from 2020 and 2021 had not yet received their actual award. Photos of the occasion are included here.