How to Identify and Get Help Managing Stress and Anxiety Online CLE, Plus a Special Online Benefit Concert Featuring Nashville Hall of Fame Songwriter Tony Arata

MCLE Credits: 1.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Friday, July 17: Seminar: 6:00 pm | Concert: 7:00 pm ET
  • Online Benefit Concert Plus Optional Online CLE
MCLE Credit 1.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee:

Concert only - $20 per household
Concert and CLE combined - $85



Why Attend?

Virginia CLE® in collaboration with the Nashville Songwriters Association International and our signature sponsor Sensei Enterprises, Inc., are pleased to continue our “concert plus CLE“ series.

The 1-hour online CLE Program is How to Identify and Get Help Managing Stress and Anxiety taught by Barbara Mardigian, Deputy Clinical Director of Virginia Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program, on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 6 p.m. ET. Our third online concert in this series will follow, featuring Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Tony Arata at 7 p.m. ET. Tony Arata has given us one of the most celebrated, one of the most beautiful, and one of the most important songs of all times – the masterpiece that has helped to frame Garth Brooks’ career: The Dance.  YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE DANCE HERE.

Sponsored by Sensei Enterprises, Inc.


How to Identify and Get Help Managing Stress and Anxiety

Lawyers outpace the general population in rates of suicide, depression, alcoholism, substance abuse, and chronic stress. Evidence suggests that this is not a coincidence, but rather the result of the unique combination of occupational hazards that lawyers face throughout their careers. In this seminar, learn to identify those occupational risks that cannot be mitigated while taking action to manage or eliminate those that can.

Topics Include:

  • How to identify the Anxiety-Stress-Cortisol Loop
  • Identifying the Symptoms of Stress and Burnout
  • How anxiety is diagnosed clinically from the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
  • Practical steps lawyers can take to mitigate the risks associated with the practice of law
  • An introduction to wellness issues in the legal profession and factors that influence stress and anxiety in the practice of law
  • A discussion of how lawyers’ bias against mental health disorders can retard diagnosis and treatment
  • An explanation of what happens physically to stressed-out attorneys
  • A description of the DSMV and how anxiety is diagnosed clinically
  • Strategies to address occupational risks and stressors, both at the individual and law firm levels, in order to maximize long-term attorney health, wellness, productivity, and retention.


Grammy-nominated songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Tony Arata is best known for writing Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” and has had his songs performed by Bonnie Raitt, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood and many others.

A quote from Garth Brooks sums him up perfectly: “One of my favorite songwriters has to be Tony Arata. He’s a cat who doesn’t care about appearances. He doesn’t care about money. He cares about his children, his wife, and his music.”

In incredible performer and storyteller, Tony’s abilities as an artist are surpassed only by Tony the person.  Those of you who were fortunate enough to join us at the Bluebird Café a few years ago will remember his performance was breathtaking, and as accessible as anyone you could imagine, he engaged in so many personal conversations with our VACLE group – moments that shone a light on exactly how fortunate we were to share an evening with Tony Arata.

Cost for the CLE program and the online concert is $85. Cost for the online concert only is $20. And as always, the entire share of VACLE revenue will support Virginia Law Foundation grants made to underfunded law-related not-for-profit organizations throughout the Commonwealth. 

Nashville Songwriters Association International  

Established in 1967, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and has a membership of more than 5,000 spanning the United States and eight (8) foreign countries. Consisting of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and aspiring, for over 52 years, NSAI has been committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, as well as carrying a commitment to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter, acting as a unifying force within the music community and the community at large. To join our dear friends at NSAI as a member, or simply for more information about all they do to make our world more special, please visit

Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Sensei Enterprises, Inc. is a nationally-known cybersecurity, managed IT services, and digital forensics firm, founded in 1997 by Sharon Nelson and John Simek. Sensei provides information technology to hundreds of businesses in the DC Metro area. Sensei provides digital forensics and managed cybersecurity services nationwide. Sharon D. Nelson is a practicing attorney and the president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. She is a past president of the Virginia State Bar, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Fairfax Law Foundation. She is a co-author of 18 books published by the ABA. snelson@senseient.comJohn W. Simek is vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Ethical Hacker and a nationally known expert in the area of digital forensics. He and Sharon provide legal technology, cybersecurity and digital forensics services from their Fairfax, Virginia firm.


Registration Deadline: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for this seminar the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests will be honored through midnight of July 15. Full refunds may be requested through July 20 if you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


CONCERT AND CLE SCHEDULE (July 17) (Eastern Time)

6:00 Online CLE: How to Identify and Get Help Managing Stress and Anxiety
7:00 Tony Arata Concert Begins!
8:00 Adjourn



Barbara Mardigian, LPC,
Deputy Clinical Director, Virginia Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program / Richmond

Barbara Mardigian is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program as the Deputy Clinical Director in 2019. She was formerly the Executive Director of Family Counseling Center for Recovery, Radford office and has worked in the field of addiction since 1997. Prior to her role as the Executive Director she worked as a clinical director at FCCR and has experience working in residential treatment with professionals at The Farley Center from 2010-2016, as well as with adolescents in both residential and outpatient settings.

Barbara has been supervising individuals working towards their LPC and CSAC counselors in the state of Virginia since 2013. Barbara has presented on a variety of issues including domestic violence and addiction, trauma and addiction, Family and addiction and Ethics, at venues including VCU family support group, The State of Virginia domestic violence division and the VAMARP conference 2018. Barbara has her graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and undergraduate from Ferrum College. She has been licensed since 2004.

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