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Teresa Frisbie |  Lynda Shely |  Tracy Kepler |  Roberta Tepper |  Robert L. Childers
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Why Lawyer Well-Being Matters to Clients, Law Firms, and Lawyers. This course was recorded live at a national mindfulness conference for lawyers, judges, and others in the legal profession during the ABA Annual Meeting at Loyola Law School in Chicago, Illinois. It has been approved for 1 hour of CLE credit in Illinois, including professional responsibility and substance abuse.




Teresa Frisbie's Profile

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Director, Dispute Resolution Program Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Teresa Frisbie is the Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has been involved in alternative dispute resolution for more than two decades. Named the 2018 Mediator of the Year by the Association for Conflict Resolution, Chicago, and both a Top Ten Women ADR Neutral and a Leading Lawyer in the categories of ADR international, ADR employment and ADR commercial litigation by her peers through Illinois Leading Lawyer, she has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of disputes ranging from real estate and business conflicts to estate and employment cases. She also facilitates workplace conflict and communication issues.

Ms. Frisbie is a member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a certified mediator in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois Law, Probate and Chancery Division mediation programs, and a mediator and arbitrator for ADR Systems of America, LLC. She served ten years as a mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution as well as many years as an arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

She was named a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, in 1997, is Vice President of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution and has served as executive director and a panel member for the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association. She is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and has been involved with many other dispute resolution organizations over the years.

Ms. Frisbie also writes and presents regularly on dispute resolution and is a columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. She has trained law students, lawyers, judges, business professionals, realtors, physicians and nurses in mediation, mediation advocacy, negotiation, conflict management and/or international arbitration in the United States and internationally. She also teaches mediation advocacy and coaches Loyola’s international mediation team.

Ms. Frisbie began her career at Foran & Schultz, where she was a partner, and was of counsel at Davis McGrath, LLC and DeGrand & Wolfe P.C.


Lynda Shely's Profile

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The Shely Law Firm

The Shely Firm is in Scottsdale, Arizona. I provide ethics advice to lawyers and law firms, including assisting with professional responsibility issues, responding to initial Bar charges, training lawyers and staff in ethical conduct, and consulting on fee agreements, conflict waivers, trust account procedures (and documentation), and law firm marketing campaigns for ethical rule compliance. I also provide in-house continuing legal education programs on ethics topics and perform risk management assessments for law firms in Arizona and DC. I serve as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases on professional responsibility issues.

Tracy Kepler's Profile

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Director of Center for Professional Responsibility

American Bar Association Chicago, Illinois

Tracy L. Kepler is the Director of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility (CPR), providing national leadership in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism and client protection.  In that role, she manages and coordinates the efforts of 18 staff members and 13 entities including five ABA Standing Committees (Ethics, Professionalism, Professional Regulation, Client Protection, and Specialization), the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, the Center’s Coordinating Council and other Center working committees.

From 2014-2016, Ms. Kepler served as an Associate Solicitor in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), where she concentrated her practice in the investigation, prosecution and appeal of patent/trademark practitioner disciplinary matters before the Agency, U.S. District Courts and Federal Circuit, provided policy advice on ethics and discipline related matters to senior management, and drafted and revised Agency regulations. 

From 2000-2014, she served as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), where she investigated and prosecuted cases of attorney misconduct. 

From 2009-2016, Ms. Kepler served in various capacities, including as President, on the Board of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), a non-profit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States and abroad. 

Ms. Kepler also taught legal ethics as an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law.  Committed to the promotion and encouragement of professional responsibility throughout her career, Ms. Kepler has served as the Chair of the CPR’s CLE Committee and its National Conference Planning Committee, and is a frequent presenter of ethics related topics to various national, state and local organizations. 

She has also served as the NOBC Liaison to the ABA CPR Standing Committees, and to the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), where she was a Commission member, a member of its Advisory Committee, the Chair of its Education and Senior Lawyer Committees, and also a member of its National Conference Planning Committee. 

Ms. Kepler also participates as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) trial and deposition skills programs, and served as the Administrator of the NOBC-NITA Advanced Advocates Training Program from 2011-2015. 

She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and received her law degree from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.

Roberta Tepper's Profile

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Lawyer Assistance Programs Director

State Bar of Arizona, Phoenix

Roberta Tepper is the director of Lawyer Assistance Programs for the State Bar of Arizona. Contact her at or 602.340.7332.

Robert L. Childers's Profile

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Retired Judge & Mediator

Hon. Robert L. Childers retired from the bench in 2017 after serving 33 years as a Circuit Court Judge in Shelby County.  During his tenure, Judge Childers served as a Special Judge of the Tennessee Supreme Court Worker's Compensation Panel and the Tennessee Court of Appeals.  His experience as a trial court Judge gives him a unique ability to resolve complex matters.

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