An Interview With James L. Bobbitt, III

By Sarah Saint

The NCBA YLD Diversity and Inclusion Committee has interviewed several diverse attorneys about their experiences in the law. New attorneys face many challenges, including finding mentors, fitting in, and finding their place—and diverse attorneys are no different.

Here is one diverse attorney’s perspective on how he is overcoming these challenges.

 

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Announcing the Winners of the NCBA YLD COVID-19 Wellness Challenge

From April 1 through May 3, the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at the direction of Lisa Arthur launched a wellness challenge to promote and celebrate the wellness initiatives of young lawyers across the state in the face of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Each week, lawyers shared their wellness activities in a Strava club and encouraged their peers to do the same. To support wellness in the profession, the YLD agreed to award $75 gift cards to a small business of a young lawyer’s choosing. Today, we recognize the winners and the small businesses the winners support.

Week 1 Winner = Kimberly Hicks

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2019-2020 ABA YLD Scholars: A Year in Review

Jonathan Bogues

Sheila Spence

By Jonathan Bogues and Sheila Spence

Each year the American Bar Association (ABA) invites young lawyers from throughout the nation to apply for the highly competitive and highly coveted Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Scholars Program. The principal objective of the YLD Scholars Program is to increase the participation of minority, solo/small firm, government, private sector, and military service attorneys in the Young Lawyers Division with hopes of increasing diversity in leadership positions within the ABA YLD. To accomplish this goal, the ABA provides YLD Scholars with funding to attend ABA conferences.

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An Interview With Katie Wong

By Sarah Saint

The NCBA YLD Diversity and Inclusion Committee has interviewed several diverse attorneys about their experiences in the law. New attorneys face many challenges, including finding mentors, fitting in, and finding their place—and diverse attorneys are no different.

Here is one diverse attorney’s perspective on how she is overcoming these challenges.

 

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An Interview With Drew Culler

By Sarah Saint

The NCBA YLD Diversity and Inclusion Committee has interviewed several diverse attorneys about their experiences in the law. New attorneys face many challenges, including finding mentors, fitting in, and finding their place—and diverse attorneys are no different.

Here is one diverse attorney’s perspective on how he is overcoming these challenges.

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2020 Legal Feeding Frenzy Update and Award Winners

This year’s N.C. Legal Feed Frenzy raised $151,083.00, equivalent to 604,332 pounds of food. A total of 60 teams participated.

Thanks to Feeding the Carolinas, all online processing fees were covered and 100 percent of the donations went directly to our local food banks. With these funds, food banks are assisting families affected by COVID-19, many of whom previously have not needed food bank support.

On top of their normal operations, the food banks are distributing food to their disaster relief partner agencies including schools, local Meals on Wheels, food pantries, shelters, and senior support groups.

Please see this special thank you from Feeding the Carolinas Executive Director Mike Darrow.

On Thursday afternoon, April 23, N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein, honorary chair and a member of the NCBA, presented the awards live on Facebook. Plaques will be mailed to the recipients. The awards are made possible by the generous funding of the North Carolina Bar Foundation Endowment.

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Pro Bono and Service in the Age of COVID-19: Opportunities for Involvement

By Nisel N. Desai

I vividly recall the validation and fellowship I experienced after serving in my first Wills For Heroes Clinic during my second year of law school. Classmates forged bonds with each other, and attorneys seemed reenergized by the mission of these clinics—to help first responders ensure that their final wishes are honored. Fast forward to present day 2020: COVID-19 has forced our profession to pause, retreat, and stay apart. During a time when we want to come together as a profession and address the challenges that COVID-19 has created for our society, we’re isolating, communicating over endless Zoom meetings, and grappling with the cognitive dissonance of screen time and virtual interactions. These are not easy times for any of us, either for those who are sheltering-in-place, or for those with loved ones on the frontlines who are facing their own challenges. However, the way that we as North Carolina attorneys respond to these challenges will characterize our profession once the stay-at-home orders are lifted, and it’s business as usual.

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Avoiding the “Quarantine 15”

By Finley Funsten

The quarantine 15, the freshman 15, the “it’s tailgating season” 15 . . . whatever you want to call it, weight gain is a fixed science. It comes down to energy balance: consuming more calories than you expend. But managing this during quarantine can be simple!

From my professional perspective, it boils down to three pretty straightforward concepts: nutrition, movement, and consistency.

Nutrition: Don’t Treat Your Body Like a Dump Truck

Mindless eating seems to be a primary culprit of the dreaded “quarantine 15.” But by implementing some simple dietary habits into your day, executing a more mindful approach to your nutrition becomes much easier!

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How to Make It Work While Working from Home

By Samantha E. Gordon

One word has been on everyone’s mind lately: Coronavirus. When will the stay-at-home orders be lifted? When can I go to the grocery store without worrying about whether I will find toilet paper? When can I go eat at my favorite restaurant again or will my favorite restaurant even be open after all of this is over?

These questions are on most Americans’ minds daily. The unknown of when this is all going to end is terrifying. There have been so many different occupations affected by this pandemic, lawyers included. Before Governor Cooper announced the statewide stay-at-home order in North Carolina, lawyers from the North Carolina State Bar and NCBA asked Governor Cooper to consider legal services “essential.” When the Order was issued on March 27, legal services were considered essential. Even so, many lawyers find themselves working at home. If you are not used to working from home, finding motivation and willpower to get work done can be challenging. There are plenty of distractions: dogs, children, outdoor projects, spring cleaning, Tiger King . . . the list goes on.

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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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