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March 12, 2012
Court Hires Assistant Administrative Director

Supreme Court of Ohio Assistant Administrative Director Mindi L. WellsThe assistant dean for administration and student services at the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law has been hired as the assistant administrative director of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Mindi L. Wells will assume her duties in early April.

Wells brings 14 years of experience working in legal education and administration and has served as assistant dean since 2004. In that role, she’s responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the law school and for improving the performance of its administrative processes, including managing its finances, facilities, personnel, communications and marketing, continuing legal education program and student organizations. Wells earned her law degree from ONU and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Florida and before the Supreme Court of the United States. She also holds the Professional in Human Resources certification.

Wells will assist the administrative director with special initiatives, developing administrative policies and in providing oversight and executive level support to divisions, offices, and sections of the Ohio Supreme Court. According to the official job posting, the assistant administrative director position serves as an “operationally focused senior assistant to the administrative director on matters affecting the administration of the Supreme Court and oversight of the Ohio judicial branch.”

“I am honored and excited to join the staff of the Supreme Court and look forward to interacting with the court staff and members of the judiciary throughout the state,” Wells said. “In this position, I can continue to work in administration, specifically in a legal environment, while serving the public. I am eager to make a positive contribution to the court administrative team.”

Previous to serving as assistant dean, Wells helped to create the personnel services (human resources) department at ONU and served as the leader of that department for nearly six years, first as personnel manager and later as director of personnel services.

Before coming to ONU, Wells served as a law clerk for two Florida law firms and worked as an international aid intern at the Canadian Embassy. Her teaching experience includes time as an instructor at ONU, Rhodes State College and Bowling Green State University. She regularly presents training and legal compliance workshops on topics such as interviewing, discipline, performance reviews and HR leadership.

“Mindi brings the exact skills set we were looking for in filling this crucial position at the Ohio Supreme Court,” Administrative Director Steven C. Hollon said. “Her time at Ohio Northern has prepared her to play a leadership role on our management team.”

Wells is a member of the Ohio Bar Foundation Fellows Class of 2011, the Hardin Leadership Class of 2002, the William Howard Taft American Inn of Court and the Allen County, Hardin County, Ohio, Florida and American bar associations. She previously was elected to three two-year terms on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors as the out of state representative and currently serves as treasurer of the Florida Bar Association’s Out of State Division and will assume the president-elect position in June. In addition to her law degree, Wells also earned her bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics and political science from ONU.

Born and raised in rural Allen County where her family cared for more than 50 foster children and a dozen exchange students, Wells loves to travel throughout the world. Her favorite international destinations include New Zealand, Iceland and the Galapagos Islands. In her free time, Wells is completing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at BGSU and working on her dissertation proposal.

For a high-resolution, print-quality photo of Supreme Court of Ohio Assistant Administrative Director Mindi L. Wells, visit: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/news/2012/wells_highres.zip.