Tuning Into the Wisdom of the Body to Optimize Your Legal Practice CLE


December 12, 2022 - December 12, 2023    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Unlock your untapped intelligence!  Join your BCB colleagues in this FREE innovative mindfulness and neuroscience-based CLE series by attorney Laura Mahr of Conscious Legal Minds. The course meets on Zoom one hour a week, noon-1pm, for six weeks.

In today’s fast-paced legal landscape, success goes beyond knowledge of statutes and case law. Success requires that we cultivate resilience and well-being and understand the intricate interplay between the mind and the body, and how this connection can be harnessed to excel the practice of law. In this six week course, you will learn the foundational tenets of building resilience in the practice of law using the wisdom of the body (soma). You will practice tools that cultivate your “mind-body connection” and discuss how to apply the tools to the practice of law. In addition, you will explore your “window of tolerance” for stress and how to grow it such that you can remain more resilient when practicing law.

Each week in the six-week series will focus on different scientifically studied ways to somatically regulate the nervous system when stressed and how to build resilience to stress in mini-moments of well-being throughout the day. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll learn:

  • What is somatic intelligence
  • What is the mind-body connection
  • How to cultivate somatic intelligence and your mind-body connection
  • Why somatic intelligence is foundational for effective legal practice
  • How to cultivate resilience during the workday using the mind-body connection
  • How to minimize stress using somatic practices in short spurts during your work day
  • How to bring your nervous system back to regulation when emotionally, mentally, or physically dysregulated
  • meditations designed to cultivate the inner resources of calm and self-compassion

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. Participants are encouraged to attend each week’s session, as the material will build on the information presented in previous weeks, though the content of each week’s session will “stand alone.” 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. It is offered exclusively for Buncombe Bar members.

Week One— Nov 7, Somatic Intelligence: what is the mind-body connection, how do we cultivate it, and why is it important for lawyers? Register here.
Week Two— Nov 14, Cultivating Somatic Intelligence Through Self Compassion. Register here.
Week Three— Nov 21, Cultivating Somatic Intelligence Using Interoception and Orienting. Register here.
Week Four—  Nov 28, Cultivating Somatic Intelligence through Grounding. Register here.
Week Five— Dec 5, Cultivating Somatic Intelligence by Tracking Sensory Input. Register here.
Week Six— Dec 12, Cultivating Somatic Intelligence through Titrating and Pendulating. Register here.

Meet Your Presenter: Laura Mahr is a North Carolina and Oregon lawyer and the founder of Conscious Legal Minds LLC, providing mindfulness-based well-being coaching, training, and consulting for lawyers and law offices nationwide. Laura’s cutting-edge work to build resilience to burnout, stress, and vicarious trauma in the practice of law is informed by 13 years of practice as a civil sexual assault attorney, two decades of experience as an educator and professional trainer, 25 years as a student and teacher of mindfulness and yoga, and eight years of study with neurobiology and neuropsychology pioneers. She authors the Pathways to Well-Being column in the NC State Bar Journal and the Mindful Moment column and podcast in the NC Lawyer Assistance Program Sidebar publication, and is a provider on the NCBA BarCARES panel. This is the seventh consecutive year that Laura has taught a mental health CLE course for the Buncombe County Bar. Find out more about her work at consciouslegalminds.com