Kara McCarthy Perry, JD, RYT® 200 (she/her)

Adjunct Professor
Quinnipiac University School of Law

Kara McCarthy Perry, J.D., RYT® 200, is the founder of Just Brilliant LLC, Affiliated Law Faculty with the Project for Integrative Law in Legal Education at Quinnipiac University School of Law, Conscious Contracts® Consultant, Certified Lifebook® Leader, Certified Life Coach by Evercoach, and certified yoga, meditation, and laughter yoga teacher. For twenty-two years, she was a transactional lawyer focused on health care law and contract negotiation as an associate at Day Pitney LLP (formerly Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch), counsel at Gibbons P.C. (formerly Gibbons, Del Deo Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione) and assistant general counsel at Sanofi, an international pharmaceutical company. She was also a faculty researcher at the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law at Seton Hall University School of Law.

When the pandemic hit and there was a forced pause in her busy life, she gave herself the gift of thinking deeply about her life through a personal design program called Lifebook. That process helped her envision her future with more clarity and examine what her heart desired, but her mind was too afraid to entertain. In 2020, Kara released her position at Sanofi with much gratitude for the professional opportunities she had and the talented people with whom she worked.  In this new chapter of her life, she is focused on the intersection of well-being and the law.

In her work as a Conscious Contracts® Consultant, she facilitates clients through a conscious communication process to discover alignment, create a foundation for their relationship, and navigate conflicts collaboratively and creatively. As an Affiliated Law Faculty at Quinnipiac Law School, she teaches this process to law school students in the Negotiation Clinic. Last fall, she was a well-being mentor for students taking the prerequisite seminar course. She is teaching a course on law student mindfulness and well-being at Seton Hall University School of Law in the spring of 2024. In her role as a Lifebook Leader, Kara guides clients through a transformational personal design program that empowers them to achieve a 12-category strong life to positively contribute to the world. As the founder of Just Brilliant, LLC, Kara is passionate about helping other professionals envision, plan, and achieve their very best lives.

She has conducted well-being sessions for the National Association of Women Lawyers, Institute for Well-Being and the Law, Integrative Law Community, Awakening Lawyers Mentor Program, Lifebook Community, Mindvalley Community, IMSApported (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy), Life Time Inc., Adamsville Elementary School, Quinnipiac Law School, and Seton Hall Law School. Kara is a Yoga Instructor at Life Time Inc. and the and the Co-Chair of the NJ/NY Chapter of Mindfulness in the Law Society. She is passionate about helping legal professionals reduce stress, increase resilience, and improve decision-making through contemplative practices.

Kara has presented at the ABA Dispute Resolution Annual Conference, the New England Clinical Conference, the National Association of Law School Affairs Professionals, the Project for Integrative Law at Quinnipiac Law School’s Summer Institute, and the International Positive Psychology Association about the courses she teaches that incorporate well-being into the curricula.