FLAG 2019 Speaker - Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann
Meet one of our featured speakers at FLAG 2019 in Orlando -
Retired Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann
His retirement looks like a full-time job.
Judge Bertelsmann retired officially from the Bench in South Africa in August 2016 but that didn’t slow him down much. He is now involved in the pro bono clinic of the Christian Lawyers Association and presides over insolvency enquiries and arbitrations.
At our FLAG 2019 convocation, Judge Bertelsman will speak on the topic “Personal, Spiritual, and Emotional Wholeness.” We have asked him to include his powerful testimony of recovery and restoration. We don’t want to give too much away, but he was treated in the Elim Clinic, a Christian professional addiction treatment center, for addiction to Ativan (tranquilizer) and alcohol, and was a director of that clinic for the 26 years until he retired from the Board when he reached the age of 70. He still assists with pastoral services at the clinic -- and the organization of a golf day.
As he says, “old age is creeping over the horizon but we are blessed with the ability to still engage actively in His work in the legal and addiction treatment spheres.”
Eberhard Bertelsmann received his B.A. in Law from the University of Stellenbosch. Between 1969 and 1971, he studied at the University of South Africa where he received his LL B and became a Junior Lecturer with the Faculty of Law. From November, 1972 to February 2000, Judge Bertelsmann was a public prosecutor and member of the Pretoria Bar. He became a Senior Counsel (SC) in 1988 and served four terms as Vice Chairman, three terms as Chairman of the Pretoria Bar Council (1989-1999). He was a member of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa (1991-1999) and acting Chairman in 1999. He has been a delegate and speaker at the General Council of the Bar of South Africa, International Bar Association, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, and Society for the Improvement of the Criminal Law at London, Edinburgh, Vancouver, Berlin, New Orleans, Cape Town, Sun City, Paris and Kuala Lumpur (1990-1999). He was appointed as Judge to the High Court, Pretoria, in 2000. From June 2010 to November 2010 he had an acting appointment in the Supreme Court of Appeal, Bloemfontein, South Africa. In 2016 he retired from his position as judge in the Land Claims Court. He is co-author of three legal textbooks. Judge Bertelsmann is married to Jeannette who worked for many years as paralegal practitioner.