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“We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

—Anaïs Nin

Dear Pops Article & Podcast

After his father left, this lawyer substituted Hip-Hop artists for father figures. After an arrest in his 1L year, he was referred to LAP. Through spoken word, an open letter to his pops, and a podcast interview, he opens up with profound insight and vulnerability about his inner transformation. Read more.

This article is also a featured Sidebar Podcast episode: Dear Pops. Listen here.

Top of His Game

Robynn and attorney Derek Dittmar explore the limitations of language for words like “disabled” and “impaired” and what it means to work in a profession not designed for you, as Derek shares his experiences as a blind attorney.

Listen to this podcast episode here. Read the transcript of the interview here.

Practice Perspective

This one-size-fits-all, foolproof, go-to recovery tool works every time. Read more.

Mindful Moment

Ground Down? Ground Down!

Grounding is a practice that moves your attention out of your thinking mind and into the sensations in your body. Grounding interrupts rumination and is helpful because it dissipates feelings of anxiousness. Read more.

This Mindful Moment is also a featured podcast episode: Ground Down? Ground Down! Listen here.

Experts Reveal How Feeling Grateful Changes Your Brain Survival Guide

The concept of gratitude—of feeling thankful for what you have—is a very powerful one. Scientists have explored feeling grateful in detail in the past few decades, and research has found that feeling and expressing our gratitude towards others…Read more.

Holiday Survival Guide

Over the years, we have talked extensively with lawyers about the holidays. Here are some of the best take aways.

Humor and the Holidays. Read more.

Tips and Tricks for Surviving (and Maybe Even Enjoying…) the Holidays. Read more.

Something to Consider

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable; exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle; and nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough. Authenticity demands Wholehearted living and loving—even when it’s hard, even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough, and especially when the joy is so intense that we’re afraid to let ourselves feel it. Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives.” - Brené Brown

Upcoming Events - LAP Related

LAP Annual Conference
November 11-13, 2023
Crowne Plaza
Asheville, NC

Minority Outreach Conference
February 24, 2023
McKimmon Center
Raleigh, NC
Registration will open in January.

5-State Collaborative
Women’s Well-Being Conference

March 2-5, 2023
Hotel Roanoke
Roanoke, VA
Registration will open in January.

Upcoming Events - Community Based
(not LAP sponsored; a clearing house of information for recovery related events around the state)

Renewal Center of the South
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