You've Been Served

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:30pm

Not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. Midwives must be prepared well before someone comes knocking on their door with papers. This class is about knowing what are common ways midwives can get entangled with the law, resource savaiable to them and helpful steps of what to do if you've been served.


Wendi Cleckner, LM, CPM, JD

Wendi is a desert child at heart, born and raised on the Arizona clay. In 1993 she helped a friend through her birth of her first child and felt a passion to devote her life to moms and babies. The calling of midwifery has blessed her with travel across the world, taking her to the Philippines, the Sudan and Iraq. She believes in the intrinsic knowledge women hold in the ability to bring forsth life, and will continue to work both individually and with the community, rallying for women to give birth as they choose.

Wendi is passionate about justice and advocacy. In fact, that passion helped her finish law school in two years and pass the br with flying colors. She now advocates for women who have experience obstetrical violence, educated doulas, midwives, friends and families what their rights are in the birthing place, and works toward changes at the policy level so that birthing people feel safe and cared for throughout the childbirth years. Wendi also serves on several boards including: the Director of Advocacy on the Midwives Alliance of North America Board of Directors, the Vice Presient of Postprtim Support International, Arizon Board of Directors, the current Secretary and former President of the Aruzona Association of Midwives.

Wendi loves the sun and the earth, and enjoys coaxing new life out of the Ariuzona ground in her gadnes. She continiues to study herbalism and a number of other healing modalities. Wendi recently opened Mill Ave Midwines in downtown Tempe lending it as a bhub for social justice and reproductive justice woprk locally, nationally, and internationally. Wendi is always lookigh for the nxt advanture overseas to help women and families in under-served areas of the world. </p>


Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:30pm

Julie Gunnigle

Julie Gunnigle was born and raised in Maricopa County and currently lives a mile from the school that she attended growing up.

She graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School, cum laude. After law school, Julie went on to serve as Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, Illinois where she prosecuted financial crime and public corruption.

As a former Professor of Law, a current solo practitioner, a mother of three and former prosecutor – Julie understands how complex our criminal justice system is and how important it is to have someone with a diverse set of experiences to tackle the problems within the County Attorney’s office and in Maricopa County.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:30pm

Emily L. Fernandez

Emily Fernandez defends medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and general negligence matters in all New York Counties, handling cases through trial. Her clients include prominent New York hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies, doctors, nurses, and other health care providers.

Emily is diligent, dedicated, and practical. She provides effective, efficient resolution of matters in connection with client expectations and guidelines. She excels at identifying issues, devising and pursuing litigation strategies, communicating with clients, and oral and written advocacy.

Emily’s prior experience includes clerking for a NJ Superior Court Judge, interning with NJ Legal Services, and interning in the Thermal Protection System at NASA.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:30pm
Session type: 
(CEUS) - Recordings will be available on GOLD