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A Resilient Mind: Mindfulness Tools for Trying Times CLE–week 4

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Date(s) - 10/27/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


A Resilient Mind: Mindfulness Tools for Trying Times CLE–An eight-hour drop-in CLE Course

  • Week Four (10/27/20): Understanding How the Lawyer’s “Negativity Bias” Impacts Resilience During Trying Times: In this hour, participants will understand how lawyers’ brains are particularly at risk for pessimism, cynicism and “glass half empty” thinking, and how mindfulness and neuroscience “hacks” can help overcome one’s “negativity bias,” especially during trying times.

As our world navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, each of us is dealing with more unknowns than usual, both personally and professionally. The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus heightens our mental and emotional stress, making it challenging to focus on the here and now. In these unprecedented times, we need new tools to help us stay resilient and support our health and well-being.

To arm our Buncombe County Bar members with these tools, Laura Mahr from Conscious Legal Minds, has created a new program to help our lawyers better understand the neurobiology and neuropsychology of stress during the pandemic–particularly the increased stress lawyers are experiencing and how stress in a crisis impacts the practice of law. In this eight-week course, you will learn and practice mindfulness and neuroscience-based practices that “neuro-hack” our nervous system’s stress response and promote calm and clarity.

The course is an opportunity for our Bar to stay connected during these difficult times, and come together to learn theory, practice skills, and engage in educational discussion regarding how mindfulness meditation can help to mitigate stress and help lawyers build resilience in the practice of law.

This eight-hour CLE course (1 hour per week for 8 weeks) is “drop in” and free to all members of the Buncombe County Bar. Each week’s curriculum will cover new material, including the theory of mindfulness, stress, and resilience and daily practices that grow resilience while you work. You are encouraged to attend all of the sessions, as the material will build on the information presented in previous weeks, though dropping into the sessions for which you’re available works too! You will receive credit for each hour you attend, up to a total of eight hours.

Registration Details: Each of the 8 classes has the same registration link, but you must register for each class so that we can track your participation for CLE credit. Classes will begin promptly at noon, so please make sure to log in five minutes early. Access to the class will close at 12:05pm. Pre-register for this class on Zoom by clicking here.

Presenter: Laura Mahr is a North Carolina and Oregon lawyer and the founder of Conscious Legal Minds LLC, providing mindfulness-based wellness 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, and 25 years as a student and teacher of mindfulness and yoga, and a love of neurobiology and neuropsychology. She authors the Pathways to Wellbeing column in the NC State Bar Journal and the Mindful Moment column in the NC Lawyer Assistance Program publication, and is a provider on the NCBA BarCARES panel. For more information visit

*This course is pending approval for 8 hours of CLE credit for mental health/substance abuse, professional responsibility, and/or general CLE credit by the NC State Bar.