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2020 LAP Minority Outreach Conference

Performing Under Pressure

Friday, February 28, 2020

Durham Convention Center 

This year’s conference sponsors:

This Year’s Reception Sponsored by:

Approval pending for 4 CLE hours (1 ethics, 3 mental health). The cost for this year’s conference is $25 per person plus a non-refundable $3.16 processing fee, to offset lunch costs, paid in advance via EventBrite or PayPal. In addition, you will be responsible to pay a parking fee* and the $3.50 per CLE credit hour fee to the State Bar CLE Department at the end of the year. Once registered, you will receive an email notification confirming your reservation. Cancellations must be received by 5:00 on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in order to be eligible for a refund of the $25. We cannot process refunds for the $3.16 fee. Cancellations received after that date (including no-shows on the day of the event) cannot be refunded. We look forward to seeing you this year.

*We strongly encourage carpooling. There are several garages near the convention center that charge $5 for parking, but at least one charges $2/hour ($14 max) if you arrive after 9 am ($5 if you arrive before  9 am).

Speakers (click on name to read full bio)


8:30-9:30        Registration and Check In

9:30-9:45     Opening Remarks and Welcome, Robynn Moraites and Terry Sherrill
                         Welcome and Greetings from State Bar Executive Director, Alice Mine
                         Welcome and Greetings from LAP Board Chair, Ted Edwards
                         Sponsor Recognition

9:45-10:00     Welcome and Keynote Remarks from Chief Justice Cheri Beasley

10:00-12:00   Performing Under Pressure – Mic Alexander                  

Sometimes being a legal professional means that others expect you to be “perfectional” – a perfect-professional at all times. Lawyers tend to expect that of themselves as well. Lawyers and other high performers in high pressure situations can forget that you are a human being with feelings and responsibilities outside of your profession. In addition, the legal profession is full of unexpected surprises, and those who learn to use their emotional intelligence to navigate through them, have been known to have better long-term success and stay happier over the life of a career. This 2-hour workshop is designed to increase your self-awareness during high pressure situations, improve your ability to communicate under pressure and to help you focus on solutions to improve your resiliency. You will learn to recognize the emotional level of others and use that data to respond rather than react under pressure. Most importantly, you will be reminded that you are not alone.

12:00-1:30      Lunch and networking

1:30-2:30        Behind the Mask – Uncovering the Roles We Play – Angela Maxwell, MS, CSAPC, ICPS

Substance use is a major public health issue that has far reaching impact on individuals, families and communities. Addiction does not discriminate.  From the cot in the homeless shelter to the highest bench in the courtroom; this medical condition has the ability to ravage health, relationships, workplaces, communities and many other systems.  Addiction affects EVERYONE; not just the user. The cloak of secrecy and stigma often shifts how we individually and collectively respond to this life altering condition, especially in the African American professional community. This presentation will provide an overview of addiction and its impact on family and law firm systems; as well as uncover the “roles” we play in supporting, sustaining and/or suspending its power within the family and law firm. Special emphasis will be placed on lawyers’ roles in this process: whether it is covering for an impaired colleague or trying to solve a family member’s substance use disorder. The impacts are far reaching and can affect even the most seasoned attorney.

2:30-3:00       Break

3:00-3:30       Bringing it Home – Joseph Feaster, Jr.

Sometimes a lawyer’s impairment may result from unexpected life circumstances over which the lawyer has no control. Traumatic experiences, such as losing a spouse, child, sibling, parent or close friend can have a significant impact on an attorney’s ability to effectively practice law.  This can have severe consequences on the attorney, clients and the legal system as a whole.  Mr. Feaster’s remarks will focus on his personal story of loss, how he was able to cope, and how his story might help other attorneys who experience similar losses.

3:30-4:00      Focus on LAP – LAP Volunteers

LAP Volunteers will share about how LAP helped them and address frequent misconceptions about working with LAP.

4:00                 Reception and networking