Carthenia W. Jefferson, RN, Esq. is an attorney, legal nurse consultant, medical chart reviewer and a speaker. Her educational background includes: a BSN from UAB School of Nursing, RN since 1985, JD from Birmingham School of Law and License to practice Law in the State of Alabama since 2004.
She has spoken nationally and locally on topics such as: “Nursing and the Law”, “End of Life Issues”, “Breast Cancer Awareness”, “Domestic Violence”, and “The Affordable Care Act”. She received the 2010 Nurse Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the National Black Nurses Association and Outstanding New Member Award from the Alabama State Nurses Association. Carthenia received the 2013 Alabama State Nurses Association Leadership Award at the 100th Annual Alabama State Nurses Association Convention. In 2015, Carthenia was inducted as a Fellow into the American Bar Foundation. In 2016, Carthenia received the Lillian Holland Harvey Award from the Alabama State Nurses Association which is awarded to a member who has made significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: fostering transcultural relations, promoting advancement of minority groups, and upgrading health care services to those who are culturally and economically under-served. In 2021, Carthenia was selected as a Visionary Leader by The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. Carthenia serves on several Boards and Committees.
Carthenia is a member of the following organizations:
- National Black Nurses Association, Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Violence Reduction); National Black Nurses Association-Bylaws Committee Member (www.nbna.org)
- Birmingham Black Nurses Association, Past President, Past Attorney Adviser, Past Parliamentarian (www.birminghambna.org)
- American Nurses Association, Member (www.nursingworld.org)
- Alabama State Nurses Association, Past Vice-President, Past Chair Membership Committee, Past Parliamentarian (www.alabamanurses.org)
- American Nephrology Nurses Association, Member (www.annanurse.org); Hazel Taylor Chapter Nephrology Nurses Association, Past Health Policy Chair (www.hazeltayloranna.org)
- National Bar Association, Past Member Board of Governors, Member Women’s Law Section (www.nationalbar.org)
- Alabama Lawyers Association-Past President, Past Parliamentarian, Past Law Student Liaison, Northern District Representative, Alabama State Bar Appointed Counsel and Indigent Defense Liaison (www.ala-lawyers.org)
- American Bar Foundation, Fellow (www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/)
- American Bar Association, Health Care Law Section Member (www.americanbar.org)
- Alabama State Bar, Healthcare Committee, Family Law Section, Solo Practitioner Member (www.alabar.org)
- Birmingham Bar Association-Criminal Law, Solo and Probate Section Member (www.birminghambar.org)
- Magic City Bar Association, Member (magiccitybarassociation.org)
- Lawyers of Distinction, Member (https://www.lawyersofdistinction.com)
- Black Women for Positive Change, National Black Nurses Association and State of Alabama Liaison (https://blackwomenforpositivechange.org)
- Lawrence Mond Jefferson Jr. Foundation, President; a foundation that serves at-risk youth and foster children (https://lawrencejeffersonjrfoundation.org)
Carthenia is a solo practitioner at the Jefferson Law Firm, LLC where her areas of concentration are: Wrongful Deaths, Medical, Dental and Nursing Malpractice, Personal Injury and Accidents, Defective Products, Family Law (Uncontested and Contested Divorce, Child Support, Juvenile Matters), Criminal Law (Felonies, Misdemeanors and DUIs), Probate Law (Estate Planning, Living Wills, Last Wills and Testaments, Power of Attorney, Adoptions, Guardianships, Pre-Nuptials), Employment Law (Wrongful Termination/Discharge, Retaliation, Unpaid Overtime Compensation), Legal Nurse Consultant.
Carthenia is dedicated to advocating and working with nurses, healthcare providers, youth, families, disadvantage, underserved, promoting breast cancer awareness, and reducing violence and health care disparities in our communities. Carthenia is the proud mother of one son, Lawrence Mond Jefferson, Jr. (deceased) and a member at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. Her motto is: “If I can help somebody as I travel along then my living will not be in vain”