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Mindfulness for Lawyers:
Building Resilience to Stress Using Mindfulness & Neuroscience

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Neuroscience research discovered that our brains have 2 operating modes:

reactive and responsive. When we are in reactive mode, we think less clearly, are less articulate, and have difficulty concentrating and retaining information. When we are in responsive mode, our brains are fully “on line,” making it easier to think, problem solve, be productive, and relate to with others. Mindfulness helps us notice in which operating mode we are functioning, and cues us to return to responsive mode if we notice we are in reactive mode. Mindfulness meditation offers a host of techniques to support our brains to operate from responsive mode even when experiencing stressors. 

As lawyers, we can easily spend our whole day--and lives--in reactive mode. Working in reactive mode is the least effective way to practice law, and can negatively impact the results we get for clients and our personal health and well-being.

Fortunately, there is a better way to live and work. In Mindfulness & Neuroscience for Building Resilience Stress*, lawyers learn easy yet powerful tools to be more effective and more able to enjoy life.

*NOTE: This topic has been approved by the NC State Bar for CLE credit in the past

This training is perfect for:

  • Conferences, bar associations, district-wide CLEs, retreats

  • Law offices, large or small

You will learn:

  • the neuroscience of stress;

  • how mindfulness reduces professional stress and increases success;

  • the difference between practicing law in reactive mode vs. responsive mode;

  • mindfulness tools to practice law in responsive mode;

  • neuroscience techniques to overcome your “negativity bias;”

  • mindfulness and neuroscience techniques that prevent burnout and build resilience;

  • how to communicate more effectively with clients and team members;

  • simple ways to improve work-life balance.

Structure it your way:

  • In person or virtual instruction, or a combination of both

  • 1, 1.5, or 2 hour introduction to mindfulness and neuroscience 

  • 3 hour intensive class

  • 4/6/or 8 week CLE series (meets once a week for an hour for 4/6/or 8 weeks)

  • Retreat (3 hours Day One and 3 hours Day Two) 

This really works, even for lawyers:

  • 100% of the attorneys who attended the North Carolina Bar's 28th Judicial District's 6 week Mindfulness CLE reported that by the end of the course they increased their practice of mindfulness tools during their work day to at least 5-10 times a week, and many as often as 20-40 times a week;

  • Since 2017, the vast majority of the attorneys who completed the CLE reported an increased satisfaction at work;

  • 85% of the lawyers who attended the course reported a reduction in their stress level at work or outside of work upon completion of the course;

  • Not a single lawyer who attended the course reported an increase in stress at work or outside of work upon completion of the course.

  • 95% of attendees at the OAAP 11th Annual Women's Wellness Retreat for Lawyers gave Laura the highest rating for her knowledge and presentation style.

What people are saying

Thank you for giving a presentation to the Watauga Co. Bar Association. It was great to hear more about mindfulness and how we can use it in our lives every day. The feedback I received was very positive. You managed to bring a lot of professionalism and passion to a topic that many people are not entirely acquainted with. - Crawford H. Cleveland III, Vice President, Watauga County Bar, NC

I am already convinced that this is the best CLE I have taken in 25 years of practice. - Attorney & CLE participant, 6 week meditation CLE series 2017

Laura’s material is well-grounded, practical and immediately useful.  Her presentation of it is excellent. - Attorney & CLE participant Buncombe Co. Bar 2018

Attorney and meditation expert Laura Mahr teaches an amazing class: it is all about stress-reduction strategies for attorneys in their practice specifically and in their lives as a whole. It has been an amazing experience and I sure hope other attorneys can be made aware of Laura’s work and the many benefits meditation holds. - Attorney and Buncombe Co. Bar 6 week CLE series participant, 2019

I can’t describe how amazing the class Laura Mahr is teaching on meditation and mindfulness for lawyers has been. It's been so helpful--practical, science based and with options for any personality to find a way to be more mindful and meditative. - CLE Participant, 2018

This presentation has been the very best part of this conference. Laura is phenomenal! - NCLAP conference attendee

One of the best presentations I've seen in 43 years of CLE attendance. - NCLAP conference attendee

Laura is a great speaker, very engaging, knowledgeable, and talks in plain direct language. - NCLAP Conference attendee



Check out Laura's Articles on Mindfulness and Lawyering, and Neuroscience and Resilient Lawyers here.

Additional Articles on Mindfulness and Lawyering, Neuroscience, and Resilience here.

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