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Rewiring Your Brain for Stress Resilience – An ABA Mental Health Week Webinar

Format: Webinar

Dates: 10/11/2018

Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT

Sponsor: ABA Law Student Division
ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs
ABA Young Lawyers Division

List Price: Free

ABA Member Price: Free

Sponsor Member Price: Free

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Join us to learn effective strategies for changing your brain to improve performance, resilience and well-being.

The findings of last year’s ABA Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being confirm what many of us already knew: it’s difficult to practice law without experiencing stress.

Law students and lawyers perform in high-stress situations all the time, whether it’s being called on unexpectedly in class, performing for an interview or oral argument, juggling the demands of a client, a firm, a judge, or opposing counsel – to say nothing of trying to have a personal life.

Practicing law also requires a high level of cognitive control and intelligence. It requires the ability to focus, to problem-solve, to remember case law and facts, to weigh outcomes and make difficult decisions.

And yet, the very stress that is inherent in the law can negatively affect the brain’s ability to think intelligently and to self-regulate.

Most of the time, law students and lawyers put their head down and ignore the stress by plowing through it. It’s a totally understandable strategy, but there’s a better way to help your brain and, ultimately, to support your resilience and well-being.

In this webinar, you will learn: how stress affects the brain; how we can change the brain; how common coping strategies do not serve; and what strategies we can use instead to improve our brain’s stress resilience. You’ll then be guided in applying them to your own situation.

Jennifer Riggs, J.D. and Certified Neuroscience Coach, Riggs Coaching

Alessandra Fritz, J.D. Candidate, Class of 2020 | University of California, Irvine School of Law
ABA Law Student Division Mental Health Coordinator