The year's end is always a good time to reflect on social responsibility, especially for members of the ABF community. December brought a lively discussion about the Rule of Law, highlighting the need for legal practitioners to advocate for justice internationally, as well as at home. It also brought wonderful news about one law school's concrete steps to rectify inequalities laid out in the ABF's Portrait Project 2.0. This issue contains updates for Fellows Events at ABA Midyear and a spotlight of ABF Fellow and Fellows Research Advisory Committee member Judge Peter Reyes, Jr.
ABF Researchers in the News
Former ABF Neukom Chair Angela Onwuachi-Willig Speaks With the Associated Press about White Vigilantes and Anti-Black Violence in the United States

Boston University Law School Dean and ABF 2017-2018 William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair Angela Onwuachi-Willig offered remarks connecting the 2012 Trayvon Martin and 1955 Emmett Till killings for the Associated Press. “2 Trials, 1 Theme: White Men Taking Law Into Their Own Hands,” which was published on November 24, 2021, analyzed white vigilantism in the wake of the recent Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery rulings. Dean Onwuachi-Willig used the two infamous tragedies to illustrate the danger that black people face when existing in spaces that some white men feel perversely empowered to “protect.”

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ABF’s Portrait Project 2.0 Study Cited in ABC 11 Story About NCCU School of Law Diversity Grant

ABC 11 referenced findings from the ABF’s Portrait Project 2.0 study, “Who’s Going to Law School? Trends in Law School Enrollment Since the Great Recession” in its story about a $100,000 diversity grant for North Carolina Central University School of Law. The study, which was published in the UC Davis Law Review, states that Hispanic and Black students are underrepresented in law schools nationwide, comprising only 12.7% and 7.8% of student populations respectively in 2019. NCCU Law will use the grant, which was provided by the Law School Admission Council, to fund a summer law school pipeline program for a cohort of 30 students from HBCUs and UNC Pembroke, a historically American Indian university. Portrait Project 2.0 is led by ABF Executive Director and Research Professor Ajay Mehrotra, ABF Research Social Scientist Shih-Chun Chien, and California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

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ABF Research Professor Anna Reosti Publishes Study Revealing Covid-19's Effects on Small-Scale Independent Landlords

ABF Research Professor Anna Reosti has released a new study titled "The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Rental Property Management: Insights from a Chicago Case Study." Professor Reosti co-wrote the study with Allison Suppan Helmuth, a Sociology Ph.D. candidate at University of Illinois-Chicago, and together they interviewed 69 small rental property owners in Chicago to find out how small-scale landlords, who typically have more flexible and affordable practices than corporate management companies, are responding to the upheaval of the Covid-19 pandemic. The study also explores strategies that could keep independent landlords from adopting stricter policies that will threaten socially and economically vulnerable tenants.

Read more here.
Fellows in the News
Below are highlights from our Fellows news segment, Fellows in the News. You can view many more on our website here. Please send Fellows in the News submissions to
Three ABF Fellows Honored with 2022 ABA Spirit of Excellence Awards
The American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession has selected five professionals to present with the 2022 ABA Spirit of Excellence Awards. Three of the five honorees are Fellows of the American Bar Foundation:
Kay H. Hodge 
Massachusetts Patron Fellow & Past National Fellows Chair
Honorable Adrienne Camille Nelson 
Oregon Life Fellow
Honorable Carlos E. Moore
Mississippi Fellow
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Caroline D. Pham, District of Columbia Fellow, Nominated for CFTC Commissioner

Caroline D. Pham, D.C. Fellow and Citi Bank Managing Director, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to become Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Ms. Pham, who has previously worked with the Commission as a Special Counsel and Policy Advisor to former CFTC Commissioner Scott D. O’Malia, is an experienced global finance specialist whose work centers on financial technology, international markets, and regulatory reform.

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Diana Manning, New Jersey Fellow, Chosen as NJWLA’s 2021 Professional Lawyer of the Year

Diana Manning, New Jersey Fellow and Bressler, Amery, & Ross Managing Principal, has been selected as the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association 2021 Professional Lawyer of the Year. The award, which is presented in conjunction with the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, celebrates lawyers with a reputation for strength of character, competence, and behavior.

Read more here.
ABF Event Spotlight

December 2021 National Fellows Webinar:
"Building the Rule of Law: Firsthand Accounts from a Thirty-Year Global Campaign"

World Justice Project Director and Treasurer James Silkenat, Miller & Chevalier Chartered Senior Counsel Homer Moyer, Steptoe and Johnson Diversity and Inclusion Director Michael E. Flowers, and World Justice Project Executive Director Elizabeth Andersen
On December 14, 2021, the ABF Fellows held a virtual panel discussion recognizing the publication of a new book, Building the Rule of Law: Firsthand Accounts from a Thirty-Year Global Campaign. The conversation was moderated by Patron Fellow and World Justice Project Director/Treasurer James Silkenat, one of the book’s editors, and included remarks from Fellow and World Justice Project Executive Director Elizabeth Andersen, Life Fellow and Steptoe and Johnson Diversity and Inclusion Director Michael E. Flowers, and Miller & Chevalier Chartered Senior Counsel Homer Moyer, all of whom contributed a chapter to the volume. The panelists reflected on 30 years of volunteer efforts that legal professionals at every level have made to promote the rule of law internationally, agreeing that the “Rule of Law” is an abstract but important concept that lawyers have a responsibility to identify and defend. 

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2022 ABA Midyear Meeting
Two long years after the last in-person conference, the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation will be holding multiple events at the 2022 ABA Midyear Meeting in Seattle, WA (all times below are PST):

Friday, February 11, 2022

Fellows CLE Research Seminar (CLE Requested): "Democracies and International Law"
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Washington State Convention Center

Fellows Opening Reception
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (Round-trip shuttle service provided from Sheraton Grand Hotel)
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ticketed Event

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Fellows Tour: Seattle City Highlights
10:00am – 12:00pm
Ticketed Event

66th Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet
6:00pm – 10:00pm
The Rainier Club
820 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Ticketed Event

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Fellows State Chair Workshop and Luncheon
11:00am – 1:00pm
Grand Hyatt Hotel

Fellows Sing-Along
Grand Hyatt Hotel

Find more information and register here.
Fellows Spotlight:

Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge and ABF Fellow Peter Reyes was born to practice law, he just didn’t know it. The environmental scientist-turned-intellectual property expert hit the ground running after obtaining his juris doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in 1997, going on to advance IP practice and diversity in the legal profession through his frequent speaking engagements and his leadership with the Hispanic National Bar Association and Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association. Judge Reyes is a member of the ABA House of Delegates and Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, as well as the ABF’s Fellows Research Advisory Committee (FRAC), where he shares his insights and feedback with ABF researchers. 

Honorable Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
Q: What does being a Fellow mean to you? 
A: First and foremost, it means supporting critical empirical and interdisciplinary research regarding the law. Second, I have had the wonderful opportunity to provide feedback on this research as a member of the Fellows Research Advisory Committee. And third is the opportunity to interact with other Fellows.
Q: Where were you born and raised? 
A: I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. I attended college at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul (the first in my family of Mexican immigrants) and law school at Mitchell Hamline in St. Paul. I am a proud Minnesotan.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career in law? 
A: The law is actually my second career. I originally went to law school to further my first career as an environmental scientist. But I took a number of intellectual property courses and was hooked. I decided to change careers and practice law instead. It has been an incredible journey.
Q: If you hadn’t pursued a career in law, what would you have done? 
A: I would probably be working in the environmental field, and eventually doing some type of advocacy work. As a lawyer, I loved advocating for others. As a judge, I now have the opportunity to advocate for justice.
Q: What do you do in your free time? 
A: I love spending time with friends and family. I enjoy music, traveling, boating, fishing, reading, and making new friends.
Q: Anything else you'd like to share with us? 
A: I believe I am living the American Dream. My personal brand is to put others in a position to succeed. I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have had, and appreciate the chance to give back to the community.

Welcome New Fellows!

We have had the pleasure of welcoming over 100 New Fellows to the ABF community since September 1, 2021. Click here to see a list of our newest members.
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