Award Recognizes Outstanding Continuing Legal Education Contributions

InReach, a leading provider of online continuing education (CE) management solutions, announces that Donita Bourns Douglas, InReach Vice President of Professional Services, has been chosen as the 2012 recipient of the Earl Sneed Award. Presented by the Oklahoma Bar Association, this award recognizes noteworthy contributions in the field of continuing legal education (CLE).

“I am very proud to be chosen as the recipient of the Earl Sneed award,” stated Ms Douglas. “It was an honor and privilege to serve the attorneys of Oklahoma, and to be recognized by the members of the OBA means a great deal.”

The Earl Sneed Award is presented annually to an individual who has added significant value to the CLE profession. The Oklahoma Bar cited Ms. Douglas’ 12 years of service that included the creation of hundreds of high-quality educational programs and her role in putting the latest online CLE delivery technology to work for Oklahoma lawyers.

“Donita went beyond the criteria for this year’s award,” said Cathy Christensen, President of the Oklahoma Bar Association. “She is a lawyer whose vision, contagious enthusiasm, and work ethic combined with her leadership skills are second to none.  Add to that her dedication to the education of attorneys and she is well deserving of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Earl Sneed Award.”

“I would like to extend my congratulations on behalf of the entire InReach team,” stated Sara Spivey, InReach CEO. “We are fortunate to be able to put Donita’s unique knowledge and skills in the area of professional education to work for the benefit of our customers’ continuing education programs.”

Ms. Douglas currently serves as president-elect of the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), a worldwide organization devoted to improving the performance of CLE professions. She has served as co-chair of the organization’s State and Provincial Bar Special Interest Group and is a frequent speaker for the organization. Her material, “Creating the Gold Standard for Speaker Presentations,” was included in the publications, The Best of ACLEA 2003 and ACLEA Gold.

In 2007, Ms. Douglas was awarded the Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award for distinguishing herself in the legal profession and lighting the way for women in the legal community. In 2003, Ms. Douglas received the OBA President’s Award and she is a Fellow of the OBA YLD. She served on the OBA Civil Procedure Committee, which drafted the Oklahoma Supreme Court Settlement Conference Procedures, and she is an emeritus member of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inn of Court. Ms. Douglas received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, in journalism from Southern Methodist University and her law degree from the OU College of Law.



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