Bell, Davis & Pitt attorney Colleen Byers will present on “Practical Techniques for Being the Calm within the Storm,” as well as lead a Yoga for Lawyers session, at the NC Bar Association's Collaborative Practice Continuing Legal Education (CLE) conference, being held June 19–20 in Asheville.
During her presentation, Colleen will share techniques for:
• Using mindfulness as a tool for improving awareness of and connection with ourselves and our clients in order to create conditions most conducive to the facilitation of conflict resolution
• Developing the core competencies of a highly effective collaborative problem-solver
• Identifying and responding, in a sustainable and nonreactive way, to what the parties need most in any particular moment in order to help them reach resolution
A registered yoga teacher, Colleen is also passionate about wellness for lawyers. At the end of the training on the first day, she will lead a Yoga for Lawyers session. This session ties in well with the theme of the NCBA Annual Meeting — "Wellness" — which starts later in the week.
Colleen believes that practicing mindfulness and cultivating compassion can help attorneys be better at what they do, more fulfilled in their profession and lead happier lives. Colleen has spoken about wellness for lawyers and taught Yoga for Lawyers classes for the Wake County Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, and Wake Forest School of Law.
Colleen is also a mediator certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. She focuses both her litigation and mediation practices on trust, estate and guardianship cases; business disputes; and employment/workplace matters. She received her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees in 2008 from Creighton University.