Summer Reading: Who Was Tycho Brahe? Why Does It Matter?

A member offers his summer reading list for young lawyers. What would you add? Send your suggested summer reading for lawyers to animocks@ncbar.org, and we’ll share with NCBA members.

By James W. Narron

Edmund Burke once admonished us that “People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.” I was recently reminded of that aphorism and the simplicity and elegance of curiosity about things past, old things.

The latch mechanism on the front door of my home has opened and closed and locked that door since 1880. Symptomatic of advanced age, it had become slow and cranky. I was surprised one morning by a bolted assembly and a note telling me to use another door. Dwight Edwards, our friend and general contractor for many years was working on a project for my wife and me and had removed the lock assembly in its entirety and taken it to his shop. I saw him the following day as excited as a child with a new toy, all atwitter to explain to me the locking system used in the 1870s, how it compared to those of today, and what welding and brazing and fabricating he had done the previous evening to make the lock of our ancestors work for us and our posterity.

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April Harris-Britt On Choosing Self-Care

This year’s NCBA Annual Meeting theme is wellness and how legal professionals can achieve it. In preparation for the event, we talked with speakers scheduled to present at Annual Meeting for a series of quick-read Q&As, including Jeena Cho, Stan Phelps, and Laura Mahr. Admission to all speaker presentations, including those for CLE credit, is included in registration.

NCBA Annual Meeting 2019
April Harris-Britt on Choosing Wellness for your Mind, Body and Best Life as an Attorney
Friday, June 21
1.0 hr of CLE credit
Find more details about Annual Meeting and registration here.

By Amber Nimocks

April Harris-Britt is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Durham. Her work has been featured on CNN, in Newsweek, on local television and radio news programs, and in the New York Times Bestseller, “NurtureShock.” She has held several board and committee positions for the NC Psychological Association (NCPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Harris-Britt will present on “Choosing Wellness for your Mind, Body and Best Life as an Attorney.” Harris-Britt’s presentation will describe the unique challenges and factors that contribute to anxiety, depression and increased stress amongst attorneys. There will be an emphasis on the importance of, and ways to, purposely choose a self-care plan that optimizes mental, physical and overall well-being.

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Keynote Speaker Stan Phelps On Empathy, Wellness and Millennials

This year’s NCBA Annual Meeting theme is wellness and how legal professionals can achieve it. In preparation for the event, we talked with speakers scheduled to present at Annual Meeting for a series of quick-read Q&As. Click here for Q&As with Annual Meeting speakers Laura MahrJeena Cho and April Harris-Britt. Admission to all speaker presentations, including those for CLE credit, is included in registration.

NCBA Annual Meeting 2019
Stan Phelps on Embracing Wellness
Friday, June 21
Find more details about Annual Meeting and registration here.

By Amber Nimocks

Stan Phelps’ Goldfish book series focuses on strategies to help businesses to drive differentiation, increase loyalty, and promote positive word of mouth. Phelps, who lives in Cary, is a TEDx Speaker, Forbes Contributor, and IBM Futurist and his career has included marketing leadership roles with Adidas, International Management Group, PGA of America and Synergy.

In his opening keynote, Phelps will make the case for investing in health and wellness programs for work and life and share the unique challenges that Millennials/Gen Z face with the issue. Phelps holds a JD/MBA from Villanova University.

Q: At the center of your books is the idea that brands can set themselves apart by doing the little extra things. How does that idea relate to wellness?

A: Employee engagement is vital to the growth of an organization. Companies with an engaged team grow three times faster than the competition. Wellness is a key building block of engagement and smart organizations will have numerous programs to promote a healthy working environment. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to wellness. It’s about doing the little things to connect with employees.

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