I learned one thing last week: Wellness is about balance.

During wellness expert Laura Mahr’s NCBA Annual Meeting CLE session, attendees physically embraced wellness techniques.

By Josh McIntyre

It’s hard to avoid the topic of wellness in the legal world these days. Whether it’s a new ABA initiative, an article in last month’s N.C. State Bar Journal, or our own North Carolina Bar Association Annual Meeting, the good news is that the legal community locally and at large seems to be embracing the reality that the stress of our profession is high and we have to take intentional, mindful steps to promote a healthy workplace and lifestyle.

This topic was front and center for me last week, when nearly 700 NCBA members and guests came to Biltmore for our 2019 Annual Meeting. My department is responsible for this event, and our staff spent countless hours over the past year finding speakers, booking activities and setting up dinners and luncheons, nearly all of which included some aspect of our overarching theme of Wellness: Work, Mind, Body, Life.

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Demystifying Paralegal Credentials for Lawyers and Paralegals

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By Alicia Mitchell-Mercer

Recently, I overheard a discussion regarding whether attorneys understand the content of paralegal programs and the meaning of the post-nominal certification credentials you increasingly see behind paralegals’ names. One person responded that many fledgling paralegals don’t understand the difference between being certified and having a certificate, so how can attorneys be expected to understand these distinctions. While these issues may not seem pressing, they are important.

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Runner Tim Meigs Proves It’s Never Too Late To Start

As we prepare to celebrate and explore wellness at NCBA Annual Meeting June 20-23, we’d like to introduce some NCBA members who are excelling at living healthy lives in the categories of our meeting theme: Work, Mind, Body and Life. Tim Meigs has a straightfoward approach to physical wellness that has taken him impressive places.

By Russell Rawlings

Tim Meigs wanted to lose some weight before he turned 40, so he started running. By his early 50s, he was winning his age group at the Boston Marathon.

“I started out walking and jogging, mostly on a treadmill, and at some point I did lose a bunch of weight,” said Meigs, who serves as Assistant General Counsel-IP with Becton Dickinson and Co. (BD) in the Research Triangle Park. “But running a marathon was initially just a bucket list thing.
“I had a friend, Dave Beatty, a law school classmate, who had run a marathon. I figured if he could run a marathon then I could too, so I started training for a marathon.”

Find this and more in the May edition of North Carolina Lawyer magazine.

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