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2023 State Bar Convention [June 21, 2023 - June 23, 2023] Sessions

Wellness CLE

Enhancing the Culture of the Legal Profession by Enhancing Well-Being & Civility

Wednesday 1 PM

  • Justice Elizabeth "Beth" Walker - Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Appeals of WV
    Chief Justice Elizabeth "Beth" D. Walker was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia on May 10, 2016, becoming the first Justice elected in a non-partisan race. She took office on January 1, 2017 and served as Chief Justice in 2019. Justice Walker is active on social media and passionate about public engagement and civics education. In 2020, she and her friends Justice Rhonda Wood of the Arkansas Supreme Court, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack of the Michigan Supreme Court, and Justice Eva Guzman of the Texas Supreme Court launched the podcast Lady Justice: Women of the Court. It features discussions of the judicial branch of government and their experiences on their state’s highest appellate court and is available online at Justice Walker was raised in Huron, Ohio. She is a 1987 summa cum laude graduate of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. She earned her law degree in 1990 from The Ohio State University, where she was Articles Editor for The Ohio State Law Journal. During her years of private practice, she participated in courses offered by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, including its Mediation Workshop. Immediately after graduating from law school, Justice Walker moved to West Virginia and joined the law firm of Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love (now Bowles Rice) in Charleston. During her twenty–two years at Bowles Rice, she concentrated her statewide practice on labor and employment law and mediation. Justice Walker served on the firm’s Executive Committee and in several other leadership roles. After moving from Charleston to Morgantown in 2011, Justice Walker became Associate General Counsel for the West Virginia United Health System (also known as West Virginia University Medicine). In that role, she advised WVU Medicine's hospitals and other affiliates regarding labor and employment matters from 2012 until she resigned in 2016 to take office. In 2012, Justice Walker was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is a 1999 graduate of Leadership West Virginia. A lifelong Girl Scout, Justice Walker is former chair of the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council. She also served as chair of the boards of Leadership West Virginia and Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center. She is married to Mike Walker and stepmother to Jennifer. They live in Charleston.
2:15 pm - Panel Discussion with Moderator Chris L. Newbold (President of the Institute for Well-Being In Law and Executive Vice President of ALPS), and Panelists Justice Elizabeth 'Beth' Walker, Supreme Court of Appeals of WV; Stephanne Thornton, Clinical Director of the WV Judicial & Lawyer Assistance Program; Mike McKnight, McKnight Mediations; Gregg Greenfield, Greenfield Law

Early Bird

Thursday 6:30 AM Early Bird

  • Greg Sattizahn - What Lawyers Need to Know: Working with Court and UJS Personnel
  • Jennifer Williams - Strategic Plan Update - Legal Pathways
  • Meghann Joyce - Supreme Court Update
  • Pamela Reiter - South Dakota Bar Foundation Update
Chair - Holly Farris

Legal Potpourri CLE

8 AM Thursday

Chairs - Eric Hanson, Anita Fuoss, Brandy Rhead: Two tracks featuring Problem Solving Specialty Courts, IOLTA and Trust Accounting, Title Standard Revisions, Hiring, Firing and Discipline (Best Practices for Employers), Construction Contract Drafting Pitfalls, Tips & Tricks in Construction Law Negotiating

Pozner on Cross: The Chapter Method

Thursday 1 PM Pozner CLE

Do not miss your opportunity to attend this program. It will change your career.

Keynote Speaker Callie Russell

Friday Keynote - During Business Meeting

Callie Russell is an ancestral skills instructor, wilderness experience guide, and goat herder that lives nomadically throughout the American Mountain West. She is passionate about learning skills that allow her to live directly from the land and helping others to feel at home in nature through Caprakhan’s wilderness courses. Callie is known from her performance on the History Channel’s “Alone” show, where she survived alone and unassisted in the Canadian Arctic for 89 days. Website: Instagram: @Caprakhan Youtube: @Caprakhan
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