Laura Mahr On Creating Mini-Moments Of Wellbeing

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. Read our Q&A with Jeena Cho and watch NCBarBlog for upcoming Q&As with April Harris-Britt, Stan Phelps and Greg Romeo. Admission to all speaker presentations, including those for CLE credit, is included in registration.

NCBA Annual Meeting 2019
Laura Mahr on Tapping into the Intelligence of the Body to Optimize Your Life
Saturday, June 22
CLE Credit: 1.0 hour
Find more details about Annual Meeting and registration here.

By Amber Nimocks

Laura Mahr is the founder of Conscious Legal Minds LLC, providing mindfulness-based coaching, training, and consulting for attorneys and law offices nationwide. Mahr’s work to build resilience to stress and burnout is informed by 11 years of practice as a civil sexual assault attorney, two decades of experience as a professional trainer, and 25 years as a student and teacher of mindfulness and yoga, and a love of neuroscience.

Q: Describe the three neuroscience-based tools your presentation will offer participants?

A: I will teach three tools that participants can use during their day to create what I call a “mini-moment of wellbeing.” The three “mini-moments of wellbeing” tools participants will learn are designed to help them do their work from an optimal state of physical calm and cognitive clarity. One tool will involve connecting with their nervous system to feel more calm, another will focus on tapping into their bodies to build their resilience, and a third will help them re-wire their brains to optimize their cognitive clarity.

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May 15, 2019


Chuck Kitchen, former chair of the NCBA Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section and NCBA member Karlene Turrentine have formed a new law firm, Kitchen &  Turrentine, PLLC. Located in Raleigh, the firm will serve clients throughout the state. The new firm will concentrate on local government, business, and employment matters, and general civil litigation. More information can be found on their website at



Corena Norris-McCluney has returned to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as special counsel, concentrating in labor and employment litigation. She previously served as senior vice president, general counsel, for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. She holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and a Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University.



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Going Paperless: How Long Should I Keep Client Files?


By Jared Pierce

I would be lying if I said that going paperless was easy. Making the journey to a mostly digital office has been troubling in so many ways that one article would not be enough to cover the multitude of ways that my staff and I have been inconvenienced. However, of the many issues and concerns we have experienced along the way, none compare to the knee-shaking anxiety of creating a paperless practice while trying to steer clear of violating the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct.

Going paperless sounds fun and exciting, but the most significant misconception, in my opinion, is evaluating how much paper you have gathered over the years. Every file, intake form, retainer, background check, medical record and medical bill adds up to a verifiable mountain of paper. However, when we began discussing the need to go paperless we didn’t just sit down and create a rough outline; we spent time planning for success.

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