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


FYLaw’s Wells Conference on Child Welfare and Adoption Law was a huge success!

The Theme, “Substance Abuse, Medical Marijuana, and Child Welfare,” drew 90 participants from all around the state, plus 10 members of the CULS community watching in an overflow room.  Eight presenters provided useful information and practical instruction to use that information when determining a child’s best interests.

Thank you to the family of the late Professor N. Douglas Wells, Esq., for their continued support of the conference.

Many thanks go to the presenters: Rachel Friedman, Esq., from Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter;  Erin Reed Murphy, Esq., with the Ohio Pharmacy Board;  Kimberly Anderson, Esq., with the Ohio Medical Board;  Stephanie Abel, PharmD, Pain and Palliative Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the OSU Wexner Medical Center James Cancer Center; Sebastien Cotte;  Fawn Gadel, Esq., with the Public Children Services Associations of Ohio;  and the Honorable David Hejmanowski, Judge of the Delaware County Probate and Juvenile Court.  Thanks, also, to the exhibitors, The Counseling Center of Portsmouth, and Green Harvest Health.

Capital University Law School provided the venue, help with logistics, and help with parking.  One more shout out to the security and housekeeping staff!

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