Wells Conference on Child Welfare & Adoption Law


Thursday, March 7, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
at Capital University Law School
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Registration Fee: $60/person includes lunch

The Conference has been approved for 6.75 CLEs and CEUs for Social Workers.
Approval is pending for Counselor CEUs.

Registration is now closed.

Keynote Speaker | Wells Agenda

Topic: "Substance Abuse, Medical Marijuana and Child Welfare"

The dual realities of Ohio’s opiate crisis combined with the increasing availability of medical marijuana bring new challenges to anyone charged with advancing the best interests of children.  How can a professional determine whether a parent’s use of a drug has become an issue affecting the safety or security of a child- especially if the drug is legally obtained?  How should providers support a child traumatized by a parent’s drug use?  What are the latest rulings from Ohio’s Courts on child welfare matters that involve a parent’s use of drugs?  What are the facts on Ohio’s medical marijuana law?  This conference will answer all of those questions, and more.

The 2019 Wells Conference returns to its roots as a day-long opportunity for professionals to network and to learn about important, current topics concerning Child Welfare.  Participants will receive six hours of information that has practical use for attorneys, social workers, counselors, judges, Court Appointed Special Advocates, educators, and other child advocates.

This year’s conference will begin with a panel discussion reviewing Ohio’s medical marijuana laws.  Next, presenters will offer workshops on issues of child welfare and parental drug use from the vantage-point of parents, children, and the Law.  Speakers at the 14th annual conference include:

  • Rachel Friedman, Esq., Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter
  • Erin Reed Murphy, Esq., State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy
  • Kimberly Anderson, Esq., State Medical Board of Ohio
  • Stephanie Abel, PharmD, OSU Wexner Medical Center Division of Palliative Medicine
  • Douglas Althauser, Esq., LICDC-CS, Family & Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School
  • Fawn Gadel, Esq., Public Children Services Association of Ohio
  • Judge David Hejmanowski, Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court
  • Keynote: Sebastien Cotte: Advocate, Activist, Lobbyist, and Father who has administered medical marijuana to his critically ill son since he was a toddler.

Registration is $60, and includes lunch.  The conference will occur at Capital University Law School, 303 East Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  You can register by clicking here.

Exhibitors can get more information by clicking here.

ABOUT THE EVENT: The Wells Conference on Child Welfare and Adoption Law was established in honor of N. Douglas Wells, a dedicated teacher and cherished faculty member of the Capital University Law School from 1989 through 2004. Professor Wells, whose research and teaching focused on family law, helped to establish the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, now known as the Family and Youth Law Center.

Professor Wells joined Capital University in 1989 as an Assistant Professor of Law from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he completed his course work toward an LL.M. He taught Property, an important course in the Law School’s first-year curriculum, as well as Family Law, Administrative Law and Elder Law. As a teacher he was thoughtful, one of Capital’s best, and was well liked by his students.

Professor Wells gave freely of his time. Students having academic difficulty in his course or with law school in general could count on him for counseling and assistance. Similarly, he served as advisor to the Black Law Students Association and Res Ipsa Loquitur, the student newspaper, and he frequently judged practice rounds of various intercollegiate moot court teams. He was particularly interested and active in the admission process serving on the admission committee and conducting mock classes for prospective students. He would not hesitate to provide advice to his colleagues and read and critique drafts of articles, and was himself a scholar writing in the area of family law and professional ethics.

Professor Wells’ professional career included serving as a reporter with the Associated Press in South Carolina and New York; Staff Attorney, Legal Services of East Missouri; Assistant Dean of Admission at the University of Tennessee; and Consultant to the Department of Education and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. He earned his A.B. degree from Morehouse College and his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee. 

Professor Wells dedicated his life to his family—his wife Sigrid and his children Tami Wells Thomas, Jonathan, and Brittany. He also shared his life with his colleagues at the Law School and at other law schools, and he was an active member of St. Philip Episcopal Church.

Please contact FYLaw with any questions about the Wells Conference at (614) 236-6730 or email us at fylaw@law.capital.edu