A letter from 2018-2019 Fellows Chair:
Reginald M. Turner
in Law and Social Science program was designed to introduce undergraduate students, who come from diverse backgrounds, to the rewards and challenges of a research-oriented career in the field of law and/or social science. SRDF Fellows are paired with ABF Research Professors who mentor and involve the students in their ongoing research projects. SRDF Fellows experience a variety of activities such as law school seminars and field visits to law firms, social justice-oriented nonprofits, and criminal court rooms to become more familiar with sociolegal research and the legal system.
The celebration was filled with great speakers, including Keynote Tina Tchen
, former Assistant to President Barak Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Chief of Staff to
First Lady Michelle Obama, and Partner in the Chicago office of Buckley Sandler LLP.
Dean of Howard University School of Law, 1995 SRDF alum, and Fellow of the ABF, was presented with the inaugural Montgomery Research Diversity Fellowship Distinguished Alumnus Award.
To enjoy the remarks and celebration, please click here to watch a video of the event.
L to R, Keynote Speaker, Tina Tchen, and SRDF Distinguished Alumnus Award winner, Dean Danielle Holley-Walker.
To view more photos, please click here.
Reginald M. Turner
Ellen M. Jakovic
Hon. Eileen H. Kato (Ret.)
Rew R. Goodenow
Immediate Past Chair
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Fellows in the News
Congratulations to the following Fellows for their outstanding achievements!
D.C. Life Fellow, will receive the 2019 Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service at the ABA Midyear Meeting
Illinois Fellow, was recently selected as a Fulbright Specialist by the Fulbright Commission
D.C. Life Fellow, was elected Chair of ABA's Section of Science & Technology Law
Virgin Islands Life Fellow, was named as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management
D.C. Life Fellow, received the "Friend of Adoption" Award from the National Council for Adoption for his pro-bono work
Illinois Fellow, was appointed Deputy Director of ProBAR
Georgia Fellow, was honored as Incoming Marine Detachment Commander
D.C. Fellow, published a book, the
Fourth Edition of Security Clearance Law and Procedure
Oregon Fellow, joined the University of Oregon Business Law Clinic
Minnesota Life Fellow, won the Monique Raynaud-Contamine Award for excellence in writing at the 62nd Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)
Georgia Benefactor Fellow and former ABA President, was honored by the State Bar of Georgia with the 2018 Marshall-Tuttle Award
Colorado Fellows Chair and Life Fellow, was elected Vice Chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Minnesota Fellow, was awarded the Faricy Chair by Faircy Law, for his empirical research in the law
North Carolina Life Fellow, was named U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of North Carolina
New Jersey Life Fellow,
was appointed to Harbin Arbitration Commission
D.C. Vice Chair and Life Fellow, received the Cornelius R. "Neil" Alexander Humanitarian Award at the Commission on Human Rights Awards Gala
New York Fellows State Co-Chair and Life Fellow, was recently appointed as Co-Chair of ABA Business Law Section's Pro Bono Committee
Florida Fellow, was honored by Legal Services of Greater Miami with its "Legal Justice Pro Bono Small-Solo Firm Award"
Illinois Fellow, was re-elected President of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Virginia Life Fellow, was elected to the American Law Institute
Massachusetts Fellow, co-authored a legal guidebook,
"Using Legal Project Management in Merger and Acquisition Transactions: A Guidebook for Managing Deals Efficiently and Effectively, 2018"
South Carolina Life Fellow, was honored with 2018 Jean Galloway Bissell Award by the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
Colorado Fellow, was recently elected President of National Association of Bond Lawyers for 2018-2019 Year
Have you won an award or received an honor lately? Published a book? Have you done a Ted Talk?
Recent and Upcoming Events
October 16, 2018
Featured Jeffrey K. Kessler, Co-Executive Chairman, Winston & Strawn LLP.
Hosted by State Co-
Elizabeth Snow Stong
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring.
October 23, 2018
Featured ABF Research Professor,
. Hosted by Chair Darrell G. Mottley, and Chair-Elect Paul M. Smith. Special thanks to Crowell & Moring LLP for sponsoring.
November 7, 2018
Hosted by State Chairs, Jamie Hawk and Salvador Mungia. Special thanks to Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP for sponsoring.
November 13, 2018
Hosted by State Co-Chairs Hon. Elizabeth Snow Stong and Kenneth G. Standard.
Special thanks to Watchtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring.
November 13, 2018
Featured ABF Research
Professor Stephen Daniels
, presenting on
"Sympathy for the Devil: Tort Reform, Plaintiffs' Lawyers, and Access to Justice."
Hosted by State Co-Chairs Alice E. Richmond and Marilyn J. Wellington. Special thanks to Sherin and Lodgen LLP for sponsoring.
November 28, 2018
Hosted by State Co-Chairs Lynn Newsome and Lisa J. Rodriguez.
December 6, 2018
Featured ABF Executive Director and Research Professor, Ajay K. Mehrotra. Hosted by State Chair, Michael J. Hernandez. Special thanks to FranczekRadelet for sponsoring.
December 11, 2018
, ABF Visiting Scholar and introduced by Tony Patterson, Jr., MT Fellows Co-Chair.
December 13, 2018
Featured Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., Supreme Court of Delaware, Patricia Enerio of Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel LLP, and Gregory Williams, Richards, Layton & Finger who discussed
"Delaware On the Leading Edge: Developments in Corporate Law and Attorney-Work Life Balance." Hosted by State Co-Chairs Hon. Elizabeth Snow Stong and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring.
January 5, 2019
Featuring remarks by ABF Executive Director and Research Professor, Ajay K. Mehrotra and ABA President-Elect,
Judy Perry Martinez
January 14, 2019
Featuring ABF Research
Victoria Saker Woeste
who will be speaking on
"Practicing 'God's Law' in a Secular World: The Lawyers of the Westboro Baptist Church, 1964-2011."
Hosted by State Co-Chairs Hon. Elizabeth Snow Stong and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for hosting.
January 23-27, 2019
The Midyear meeting will take place in Las Vegas, NV this year. Register online here for the various Fellows events.
We are delighted to share with you our Fellows emblem, ready to display on your firm or personal website!
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Life Fellow Giving Societies
We would like to thank the Philanthropist Fellows, Visionary Fellows, and Leadership Fellows for their generosity and dedication to support the work of the American Bar Foundation.
n aggregate of at least $50,000
Michael H. Byowitz, New York, NY
David A. Collins, Beverly Hills, MI
Ellen J. Flannery, Washington, DC
David S. Houghton, Omaha, NE
William H. Neukom, Seattle, WA
Contributed an aggregat
e of at least $25,000
Jacqueline Allee, Coral Gables, FL
Mortimer M. Caplin, Washington, D.C.
John J. Creedon, Larchmont, NY
Robert C. Knuepfer, Jr., Hinsdale, IL
William G. Paul, Oklahoma City, OK
David K.Y. Tang, Seattle, WA
Rebecca Jean Westerfield, San Francisco, CA
Contributed an aggregate of at least
Jimmy K. Goodman, Oklahoma City, OK
James T. Halverson, University Park, FL
Daniel J. Hoffheimer, Cincinnati, OH
Michael J. Horvitz, Cleveland, OH
Toni Rembe, San Francisco, CA
Jonathan D. Schiller, New York, NY
Miriam Shearing, Las Vegas, NV
Ezekiel Solomon, AM, Sydney, NSW
Welcome to the New Members in our Life Fellow Giving Societies
Welcome to the newest members of our Leadership, Benefactor, and Patron Giving Societies since September 1, 2018! We greatly appreciate their continued support and contributions to the ABF.
Contributed an aggregate of at least $17,500
Daniel J. Hoffheimer, Cincinnati, OH
Contributed an aggr
egate of at least $10,000
Patricia L. Glaser, Los Angeles, CA
Jonathan H. Sherman, Washington, DC
Myron T. Steele, Dover, DE
Contributed an agg
regate of at least $5,000
Daniel F. Attridge, Washington, DC
Daniel A. Boehnen, Chicago, IL
Amelia H. Boss, Philadelphia, PA
John R. Connelly, Tacoma, WA
Thomas A. Gottschalk, Washington, DC
Anthony J. Griffith, Clearwater, FL
James A. Kenney III, Leaonardtown, MD
Henry S. Keuling-Stout, Big Stone Gap, VA
George J. Mihlsten, Los Angeles, CA
David C. Moody, Willmar, MN
Robert Thompson Mowrey, Dallas, TX
Robert H. Mundheim, New York, NY
John F. Olson, Washington, DC
Joy Lambert Phillips, Gulfport, MS
Alan S. Rachlin, New York, NY
James F. Rill, Washington, DC
Mitchel S. Ross, Boston, MA
Harold J. Ruvoldt, Jr., Moonachie, NJ
Marc M. Seltzer, Los Angeles, CA
Patricia Jane Villareal, Dallas, TX
We would also like to thank our recent Sustaining Life Fellows
for their support and continued generosity! Sustaining Life Fellows are Life Fellows who contribute a minimum of $250 annually. To view a list of new Sustaining Life Fellows since
We also want to welcome our newest
. Life Fellows are Fellows who have completed their initial Fellows pledge. We truly appreciate their generous support! To view a list of new Life Fellows since September 1
For a complete list of all
Life Fellow Giving Society Members
Lists are updated at the end of each month.
January 23-27 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
Caesars Palace Hotel
3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd
We hope you will join us for our Annual Meeting which is taking place this year in Las Vegas! There is a great event line up including many opportunities to network with other Fellows. Please click
to read more about this year's meeting and to register.
Caesars Palace Hotel
3750 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Wednesday, January 23, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thursday, January 24, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Friday, January 25, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Saturday, January 26, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday, January 25, 2019
6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Fellows Opening Reception (Ticketed Event)
$100 per person (15% discount if purchased by January 11)
The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave.
(Round-trip shuttle service provided from Caesars Palace Hotel)
Join us as we kick off the Midyear events with music, food and friends! Fellows will have access to the full Museum exhibits offering a view of the continuing battle between organized crime and the law--from vintage Las Vegas to the back alleys of American cities. Following the reception, Fellows can keep the fun going at the Museum's underground speakeasy and distillery.
The Fellows gratefully recognize Gold Sponsor:
Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:30 am- 12:00 pm
Fellows Tour (Ticketed Event)
$55 per person (15% discount if purchased by January 11)
Guided Tour of The Neon Museum
Join us for a guided tour of some of the most iconic Las Vegas art--the neon sign! The Neon Musem's 2.25-acre campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the "Neon Boneyard" featuring more than 200 historic signs. Learn the history and inspiration behind these uniquely Vegas works of art and the role they played in the city's distinctive history. Round-trip transportation provided from Caesars Palace Hotel.
2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Fellows CLE Research Seminar (CLE Requested):
"Maybe There's an App for That: New Legal Technologies, Access to Justice, and the Changing Practice of Law"
Digital technologies develop at a rapid pace, automating activities that once required intense human involvement. New tools automate aspects of legal practice and legal services delivery, as well. Panelists will describe contemporary developments and explore their implications for how law is practiced, for legal empowerment of non-lawyers, and for the definition of the practice of law itself.
This program is sponsored by the ABA Center for Innovation, ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Division for Legal Services, ABA Government & Public Sector Lawyers Division, ABA Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice, ABA Section of Science & Technology Law, and ABA Young Lawyers Division.
Moderated By: Hon. Elizabeth S. Strong,
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
Rebecca L. Sandefur
, Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois
Director, Self-Represented Litigation Network
, Executive Director, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
, Co-Founder, JustFix.nyc
Daniel B. Rodriguez,
Harold Washington Professor, Northwester Pritzker School of Law
6:00 pm-10:00 pm
63rd Annual Fellows Awards Banquet (Ticketed Event)
$155 (15% discount by January 11)
Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve (333 S. Valley View Blvd.)
Chief Justice Michael Douglas
, Supreme Court of Nevada
The Fellows gratefully recognize Gold Sponsors:
The Fellows gratefully recognize Silver Sponsors:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Perkins & Coie LLP
Sunday, January 27, 2019
11:00 am-1:00 pm
Fellows State Chair Workshop and Luncheon
This working lunch is a great opportunity for State Chairs (new and experienced) to interact with the Fellows staff and officers and learn more about the role of a State Chair.
Fellows Sing Along
What better way to top off a long day meetings than with a relaxed evening of sing-along favorites? Bring a friend and enjoy this lively Fellows tradition. Not much of a singer? No problem! Join us for a nightcap and enjoy the entertainment.
nnouncing the 2019 ABF Fellows Award Honorees
The Fellows are pleased to announce the 2019 Fellows Awards honorees. The 63rd Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet will take place on January 26, 2019 at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Outstanding Service Award:
Chairman Emeritus of Dickinson Wright PLLC and Chairman & CEO of Dennis W. Archer PLLC
Outstanding Scholar Award:
Connell Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA
Outstanding State Chair Award:
Wisconsin State Fellows Co-Chairs
Partner at Perkins Coie LLP
Founder & Attorney at Health Sciences Law Group LLC
Tickets to the 63rd Annual American Bar Foundation Fellows Awards Banquet are available
Purchase by Friday, January 11 for a 15% discount!
For information about being a table sponsor or recognizing award honorees in the Banquet Program Book by
purchasing a tribute ad
Natalie Shoop, Fellows Events Manager, at (312) 988-6533 or
Rebecca Sandefur, ABF Faculty Fellow
In early October,
Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was selected by
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
as a 2018 MacArthur Fellow and recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant." This honor recognizes Professor Sandefur for her creativity, originality, and dedication to groundbreaking research on inequality in the field of law, in regards to civil justice problems, and demonstrates belief in her potential for future achievements.
MacArthur Fellowship Program
awards each honored Fellow a stipend of $625,000 over a period of five years, which can be used towards advancing knowledge in their fields, engaging in new, exciting work, or changing fields or the direction of their careers. Sandefur is one of the founders and leaders of the ABF's "Access to Justice" research initiative and her research has been an important resource for legal providers and policy makers to rely on when responding to the legal needs of the public.
Professor Sandefur's current research project focuses on exploring
kinds of civil justice problems that ordinary people experience
problems involving basic needs like safety, care and custody of children, environmental conditions and more
. She explores
how people think about and try to resolve their problems, and what resources are available to assist them. Sandefur also studies how legal services are delivered and how civil legal aid is organized around the country, the role of pro bono legal services, and how new programs implementing non-lawyers (individuals who are not licensed attorneys but are authorized to give legal advice) have helped to expand ordinary people's access to rights and representation under the law.
Welcome New Fellows!
Please join us in welcoming the newest members of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation! For a complete list of new Fellows inducted since September 1, 2018, please click
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