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D2. How to Create and Qualify Wellness CLEs for Lawyers Without the Stress of Creating and Qualifying CLEs for Law

Ms. Judith M McInturff |  Bernadette Lawson
51 Minutes
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If attorney well-being and overall wellness is important (and, according to the ABA’s Path to Lawyer Wellbeing Report, it should be), then why aren’t law firms making it a top priority? Moreover, when wellness programs are created and submitted for CLE approval, why is it so difficult to qualify the programming in many jurisdictions? Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the “what, why, how and who”: what is wellness; why is it important; how do we qualify it; and who should teach it.



Ms. Judith M McInturff's Profile

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Director, Continuing Legal Education

Columbus Bar Association

Director, Continuing Legal Education, Columbus Bar Association January 2015; Owner, Judith M. McInturff Co., LPA 35 years practice in insolvency and debtor/creditor rights B.S. Education, Miami University, 1974 J.D., Capital University, 1980 Columbus Bar Association (Past Chair, Bankruptcy Committee; Judicial Liaison Committee; Lawyers for Justice Implementation Committee; Bankruptcy Law Institute sub-committee; Board of Governors (1996-1998); Columbus Bar Services Board); Ohio State Bar Association (Board of Delegates, 2000-2002); Program Coordinator CBA Legal Incubator (2018-2020) Capital University Law School: Adjunct Faculty (1996 - present); Curriculum planning committee; Advisory Board member; Advisory Board Chair (2010 to present); Honor Code Violations committee. Member, Certified Grievance Committee, Columbus Bar Association/Ohio Supreme Court (2000- 2004 and 2012-present). As such, investigate and prosecute attorneys for ethical violations. Member, Judicial Merit Selection Panel for the Sixth Circuit of the United States (1998-1999); Martindale Hubbell A/V Pre-eminent rating; “Best Lawyers in America” (2001 - );“Ohio’s Top Lawyers” (2009 – 2020) Ms. McInturff owned and operated a law firm for 35 years, limiting practice to insolvency and related matters. She has designed and implemented CLE programs at the request of the Federal Bankruptcy Court commencing in 1997, having written, presented or participated in the presentation of over 165 CLE courses nationwide. She assisted in writing and implementing mandatory financial literacy education for Ohio high schools. Ms. McInturff has directly employed and supervised paralegals in her firm for over 25 years, and has instructed and mentored paralegals since 1996. 

Bernadette Lawson's Profile

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Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC

BERNADETTE J.H. LAWSON is a legal marketing professional with more than 12 years developing and executing CLE programs for attorneys and clients. Bernadette joined Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, a premier litigation law firm in Missouri and Kansas as their Practice Support & Development Manager. Bernadette's role at JHC focuses on staff and attorney development and marketing/business development opportunities. Bernadette spent the majority of her legal career at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. in various positions, including the Marketing Events Specialist where she focused on client development and Continuing Legal Education programs. Joining SHB in 1996 as a Health Care/Corporate paralegal, in 2008, she transitioned into the field of organizational and professional development as the Organizational Development Trainer. Her primary focus was on individual and team development, soft skills training, and organizing in-house Continuing Legal Education programs. Bernadette has been a member of ACLEA since 2011 and appointed to the Executive Committee in December 2020. She and her husband Stephen have two sons and two grandsons. In her spare time, Bernadette enjoys traveling with her family and practicing yoga. 

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