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Wiring Your Brain for Optimal Resilience in an Evolving Legal Landscape – Week One

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Date(s) - 09/30/2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am


In these challenging times, we need new tools to help us stay resilient and support our mental and emotional well-being so that we can stay better focused at work and more balanced between work and home. Join your Buncombe County Bar colleagues and resilience trainer Laura Mahr of Conscious Legal Minds for an intelligent approach to dealing with stress and building resilience. The local Bar has invited Laura to conduct another interactive virtual CLE training series to help us understand how to wire our brains for optimal resilience during the workday using simple neuroscience-based techniques. Over the course of six weeks, you will learn:

  • how to cultivate resilience and prevent burnout during your workday
  • how to overcome pandemic-related challenges impacting lawyers’ work efficacy and productivity (e.g., decision-making fatigue, increased anxiety, paralysis by analysis, procrastination)
  • tips and tools to effectively move through the next phase of the pandemic
  • how to “complete the stress cycle” each day to reduce anxiety and build resilience as you practice law
  • how to wire your brain for maximum efficacy, calm, and balance during challenging times
  • tools that you can immediately use to build your “surge capacity” and manage your stress response
  • results from the latest research on lawyer well-being during the pandemic

The course is an opportunity for our Bar to stay connected during these changing times by coming 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 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 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!

Wiring Your Brain for Optimal Resilience in an Evolving Legal Landscape

6 hours of CLE credit*, 1-hour weekly for 6 weeks

Free for all members of the Buncombe County Bar

Thursdays from 10am-11am: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 2021

Registration Details: Please register for each class (they are numbered 1-6) so that we can track your participation for CLE credit. Classes will begin promptly at 10am, so please make sure to log in five minutes early. Access to the class will close at 10:05pm.

Pre-register for class number 1 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 created Conscious Legal Minds to help lawyers, support staff, and other legal professionals love their work and their lives. Laura’s cutting-edge work 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 five years of studying neurobiology and neuropsychology with clinical pioneers. After bringing herself back from the brink of burnout with the tools she now teaches, Laura brings lived experience and compassion to thousands of lawyers and support staff nationally each year in her writing, resilience coaching, and trainings. 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. Find out more about her work at

*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.