Exercise is an Essential Activity

By Lisa Arthur

YLD Division Director and avid runner

If you’re like me, you’re probably feeling a lot of things right now. Uncertainty is now the new normal, and lawyers are not the best with uncertainty. So how are you coping with the new normal?

Let me make a suggestion: exercise.

In the midst of a great respiratory pandemic, why not exercise your lungs? I don’t know if there is any science linking exercise to better chances at handling COVID-19, but I can tell you from personal experience that it has helped me to keep my sanity.

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Free Virtual Workouts for NCBA Young Lawyers through SweatNET

By Erin Garber

As everyone knows by now, we have been ordered to stay at home until April 31, 2020 (and let’s hope it ends there). So, what does that mean for your fitness and wellness?

We have an answer for you: the fitness world and your wellness aren’t going away. At SweatNET, we’re doing our part to make sure you can have the same (or close to the same) fitness experience that you grew to love at your favorite studio. How?

Well, we are helping the amazing instructors and studios in the greater Charlotte community to make sure their workouts are delivered to YOU. So, while everyone is stuck at home right now, we have made it easier for you to find all of the virtual class offerings hosted directly by your favorite studios, gyms, and instructors (not just our own streaming content). Live now on the website is a dashboard of all of the classes offered by the instructors in our amazing fitness community. From Barre to Crossfit to kids yoga, there’s something for everyone while at home. This is the perfect chance to try something new and stay connected until we can all meet in person again! Let’s continue to support our favorite instructors, studios, and workouts.

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NCBA YLD COVID-19 Wellness Club

As a way to stay connected and highlight your wellness while isolated under the state’s Stay at Home Order, from April 1 through May 3, the NCBA YLD is inviting all young lawyers to upload their wellness-related activities through Strava, an app designed to connect and track exercises using GPS data. Strava is completely free with no advertising in its mobile application. Here’s how you can join in the fun:

  • Register for Strava online or downloand the app;
  • Go to the “Explore” tab and click on “Clubs”;
  • Search for the club titled “NCBA YLD COVID-19 Wellness Club”;
  • Join the club; and
  • Start logging your activities

The activities can be anything: walking, running, cycling, high-intensity interval training workouts, CrossFit, yoga, or whatever it is you like to do. Be sure to sync your watch or other fitness wearable with the Strava app on your phone so your workouts or activities will automatically upload. No manual upload is needed!

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Legal Feeding Frenzy Update

Michele Livingstone

Erin Ball

By Michele Livingstone and Erin Ball

CONGRATULATIONS! And, thank you. With your help, the Legal Feeding Frenzy has surpassed its original goal of $75,000 / 300,000 pounds of food! There are now 2 days left in the frenzy!

There is no denying that we have entered an unprecedented and unpredictable time as a result of COVID-19. But we are so encouraged by how our colleagues continue to answer the call to help our neighbors in need through efforts like the LFF. When we set our original LFF 2020 goal, we had not yet heard of or anticipated the wide-spread effects of COVID-19. As stay at home orders go in place across the state, schools extend their closings, and businesses are forced to close and lay off employees, we’re going to continue to see a strain on our local food banks as demand continues to increase.  Accordingly, we have decided to increase the #LFF2020 goal to help meet these needs.

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Fight Hunger, Help Others in the COVID-19 Pandemic – Participate in the Legal Feeding Frenzy and Support Your Local Food Bank!

Michele Livingstone

Will Quick

By Michele Livingstone and Will Quick

We are in unprecedented times with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  It is now more important than ever that we help our neighbors and those who are not as fortunate. I am confident that each of you is doing your part.

Even in the best of times, however, over 1.5 Million North Carolinians struggle with hunger—of those, nearly half a million are children. With public schools and many religious and nonprofit organizations that traditionally serve the food insecure in our communities being closed for indefinite periods, and government leaders calling for social distancing to help limit the spread of Coronavirus, that need is never more pressing than now.

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Law Week and Liberty Bell Award

By Andrew Atkins 

Note: An earlier version of this post included information about the Moot Court Competition. This event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read more here.

In addition, the Liberty Bell Award Subcommittee of the Young Lawyers Division’s Law Week/Liberty Bell Committee is seeking nominations for the Liberty Bell Award to be presented at the Law Day Ceremony on May 1, 2020. As we celebrate the sixty-second anniversary of Law Day and this year’s theme of “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100,” we encourage submissions reflecting the theme in our State. The nominee should be someone who exemplifies lifelong service to the law in North Carolina and the 2020 Law Day theme. We request that full information be given about each candidate’s qualifications, including a resume or brief description of the nominee’s career accomplishments and service to North Carolina. Many districts choose to get together and vote on one or more nominees, while others do so less formally. Additionally, individual members of the Bar or non-attorneys may nominate candidates. We encourage all districts statewide to participate. A Nomination Form is available. Any name(s) that you or members of your district wish to present should be postmarked and mailed c/o Leila A. Hicks, 280 S. Mangum St., Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701 or emailed to Leila Hicks no later than Friday, March 20, 2020, for presentation to the committee.

February 2020 YLD E-Blast

By Rachel Matesic

February 20, 2020 | “From Attorney to Elected Official” Panel | Charlotte | 6:00 p.m.
February 26, 2020 | North Carolina Bar Exam | Raleigh | 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
February 28, 2020 | Legal Feeding Frenzy Kick-Off | Raleigh | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
March 26, 2020 | Insurance Law Section and Constitutional Law Section Networking Event | Raleigh | 5:00 p.m.
March 28, 2020 | YLD Spring Quarterly Meeting | Cary | 9:00 a.m.



Bar Exam Committee: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The February North Carolina Bar Exam for 2020 is quickly approaching and the NCBA YLD Bar Exam greets examinees on the second day as they finish the exam. The Committee provides snacks, a drink, and well wishes to those who finish the exam. You may remember when the Committee congratulated you on finishing!

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Get Ready To Frenzy!

By Michele Livingstone

Around 1 in 4 children are food insecure in North Carolina, and over 1.5 million people, from children to seniors, are food insecure. The NCBA YLD’s Legal Feeding Frenzy is an opportunity for the legal community to come together to fight hunger in your local communities. Running for the month of March, Legal Feeding Frenzy is a month-long food and funds drive competition to see who can raise the most food per employee to benefit local Feeding the Carolina food banks. Law firms, solo practitioners, law schools, and corporate counsel are all encouraged to participate. By donating to the food banks, your dollars go further. Every dollar helps provide five meals. ($1 = 5 meals). Get your team together today! Registration is now live here.

Want to volunteer?  Join us at our kickoff event on Feb. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the local food bank in Raleigh (Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC, 27604) to help kick off the competition. One hundred (100) pounds of food will be awarded as a bonus to each team that has an attendee at the Kickoff Event on Feb. 28. Please contact Erin Ball at erin@gardnerskelton.com to reserve space for you and your firm.

Interested in volunteering, but not in Raleigh? If your firm is interested in coordinating a volunteer event, we can help with that, too. Two hundred (200) pounds of food will be awarded as a bonus to each team that arranges an event for their firm at their local food bank during the month of March. Contact Erin Ball at erin@gardnerksleton.com for assistance in planning and to receive credit for your participation.

After March 1, visit NC Legal Feeding Frenzy to donate and keep an eye on your competition.

My Wellness Journey

By Kristin D. Mitcham

Prior to law school, I was the epitome of a healthy person. I ate right, I exercised almost every day, I slept well, and I was well hydrated. I ate all the colors of the rainbow with mostly a plant-based diet and with very little, if any, meat or dairy. I drank about a hundred ounces of water every day, I never drank coffee, and I very rarely drank soda. My vitals were excellent, with no problems with cholesterol, heart rate, or blood pressure. I exercised at least six days a week. I ran, lifted weights, swam, or practiced yoga. I loved my running community, and I participated in several long-distance races, including several triathlons, and a marathon.

During the first year of law school, a group of other law students and I would go on weekly runs, but all other aspects of my healthy lifestyle quickly went to the back burner. I needed caffeine to keep me focused on the hours upon hours of reading needed for class. I started skipping workouts to make time for projects and homework. Further, I would eat anything that was put in front of me because I did not have time to plan for meals or to cook.

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YLD January E-Blast

January 23, 2020 |  Diversity & Inclusion Mixer | Greensboro | 5:30 pm
January 23, 2020 |  Law Student Division Networking Reception | Cary | 5:00 pm
February 5, 2020 |  YLD Wellness Flywheel Class & Happy Hour | Charlotte | 6:45 pm
February 20, 2020 |  “From Attorney to Elected Official” Panel | Charlotte | 6:00 pm


Wellness Committee: The Wellness Committee is hosting a free spin class at Flywheel in Charlotte on February 5, 2020. This event will be part of a statewide initiative promoting the wellness of young attorneys across the state throughout the month of February. Events will be held in Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Raleigh throughout February, stay on the lookout for more updates. A networking hour will follow (details forthcoming) at Leroy Fox after the spin class. Also, attendees of the spin class will be entered into a raffle for a $125 gift card to Flywheel. Space is limited, so sign up here.

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