Chief Justice Cheri Beasley began her 20 year judicial career as a District Court judge in Cumberland County, North Carolina in 1999. After ten years of service, she was elected to serve as an Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Her election made her the first African-American woman elected in any statewide race without first being appointed to the office.
Chief Justice Beasley served four years as an Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She was then appointed by Governor Perdue to fill the vacancy on the North Carolina Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson in 2012.
In the Supreme Court’s 200-year history, Chief Justice Beasley is the eighth woman and only the second African-American woman to serve on the Court. With her appointment by Governor Cooper in March, 2019, Beasley became the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice of the state’s highest Court.
She is a graduate of Douglass College of Rutgers University and of The University of Tennessee College of Law. In 2018, she earned an L.L.M. in Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law. She first practiced law in the Twelfth Judicial District’s Public Defender’s Office before receiving her initial appointment as a District Court Judge.
Jeena Cho is the co-author of “The Anxious Lawyer, An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation” (ABA). She is a partner at JC Law Group PC, a bankruptcy law firm in San Francisco. She is a regular contributor to ABA Journal and Above the Law, where she covers resilience, work/life integration and wellness in the workplace.
Cho’s presentation, Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness,” will focus on helping attorneys direct their energy toward work rather than anxieties. Is your mind constantly going at 150 mph? Do you find yourself wasting precious time on thinking about the past or worrying about the future? Do you struggle to keep your attention on a task? Are you always multitasking, unable to focus? Is stress or anxiety keeping you from doing your best work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Cho’s presentation is for you. This session qualifies for 1.0 Hour of CLE credit.
April Harris-Britt, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Durham. She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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).
Harris-Britt will present on “Choosing Wellness for your Mind, Body and Best Life as an Attorney.” Dr 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. This session qualifies for 1.0 Hour of CLE credit.
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.
In Mahr’s session, “Tapping into the Intelligence of the Body to Optimize Your Life,” will help you build new skills to self-regulate your stress. At the end of the session, you will have three cutting edge neuroscience-based tools that you can use any time to tap into the intelligence of your body and optimize feelings of wellbeing in your life. This session qualifies for a 1.0 Hour CLE credit.
Stan Phelps is the founder of PurpleGoldfish.com. He is a TEDx Speaker, Forbes Contributor, and IBM Futurist who focuses on customer experience and employee engagement. His career has included marketing leadership roles with Adidas, International Management Group, PGA of America and Synergy. Phelps is the author of the Goldfish series books, which focus on driving differentiation, increasing loyalty, and promoting positive word of mouth. He holds a JD/MBA from Villanova University. Phelps lives in Cary.
In his opening keynote, Phelps will set the framework for embracing wellness in your law practice and life. He'll 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.
Greg Romeo is a corporate comedian, actor and entertainer from Winston-Salem He has performed in Mexico, New Mexico, Las Vegas, New York and just about everywhere in between. His widely varied client list includes IBM, Wake Forest University and the FBI to name a few. Romeo continues to build on his reputation as a low-maintenance, clever, and very funny professional entertainer.
A Stand-Up Comic’s Guide to Wellness: Balance, Expectations and wait a minute! Why am I following all these impressive speakers? Romeo thinks Wellness comes down to two words: Balance and expectations. Balance and expectations seem to be at the foundation of our attempts at wellness.
Romeo will wrap up the Friday general session with key take-aways, and the opportunity to have everyone walk away smiling.
Allison J. Rushing is a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Rushing is a native of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and a graduate of Wake Forest University and Duke University School of Law. Before joining the bench, Judge Rushing practiced law at Williams & Connolly LLP. Before that, she clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court, then-Judge Neil Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and Judge David Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.