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A letter from 2018-2019 Fellows Chair:
Reginald M. Turner

On October 25, 2018, the American Bar Foundation (ABF)   hosted the 30th Anniversary Celebration  of its signature diversity program for undergraduate students, the Montgomery Summer Reserach Diversity Fellowships (SRDF)   in Law and Social Science. I had the great honor of serving as co-chair of the celebration dinner along with Jimmy Goodman, ABF Secretary.
The SRDF  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. Danielle Holley-Walker,  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.
I would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support in making this event possible:  Law School Admission Council  (Platinum Sponsor); Walmart 
and the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Foundation (Gold Sponsors); Kirkland & Ellis, LLP,  United Airlines AccessLex Institute , Michael Byowitz and Ruth Holzer, Jimmy and Deborah Goodman, David S. and Debra Houghton (Silver Sponsors).

L to R, Keynote Speaker, Tina Tchen, and SRDF Distinguished Alumnus Award winner, Dean Danielle Holley-Walker.
To view more photos, please click here.

In This Issue
2018-2019 Fellows Officers
Make Your Annual Contribution
Honor a Colleague with a Fellows Nomination
Life Fellow Giving Societies
Introducing New Life Fellow Giving Society Members
Fellows Events at Midyear Meeting: Las Vegas
2019 ABF Fellows Award Honorees
ABF Faculty Fellow Receives 2018 MacArthur "Genius" Grant
2018-19 Fellows Officers

Reginald M. Turner
Detroit, MI

Ellen M. Jakovic
Washington, D.C.

Hon. Eileen H. Kato (Ret.)
Seattle, WA

Rew R. Goodenow
Immediate Past Chair
Reno, NV

Make Your Annual Contribution
We are grateful for your generosity and continued support.  Please take a moment to make your annual contribution for the new fiscal year, which began September 1, 2018, by clicking here.
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Honor a Colleague with a Fellows Nomination
Fellows in the News
Recent and Upcoming Events

October 16, 2018
Featured Jeffrey K. Kessler, Co-Executive Chairman, Winston & Strawn LLP.  Hosted by State Co- Chairs Judge
 Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring.

October 23, 2018
Featured ABF Research Professor, Terence Halliday. Hosted by Chair Darrell G. Mottley, and Chair-Elect Paul M. Smith. Special thanks to Crowell & Moring LLP for sponsoring.

November 7, 2018
Featured  Hon. James L. Robart, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
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
Featured  Alyx Mark, 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 Professor, 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.

Click here for more event information
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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.

Philanthropist Fellows
Contributed a 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

Visionary Fellows
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

Leadership Fellows
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. 

Leadership Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of at least $17,500

Daniel J. Hoffheimer, Cincinnati, OH

Benefactor Fellows
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

Patron Fellows
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 
September 1, 2018 please  click here.

We also want to welcome our newest   Life Fellows. 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 , 2018, please click here  .

For a complete list of all Life Fellow Giving Society Members, please click here.  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  here   to read more about this year's meeting and to register. 

Fellows Registration 
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

Katherine Alteneder , Director, Self-Represented Litigation Network

Barbara Buckley , Executive Director, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Georges Clement , 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:

Dickinson Wright
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.

9:00 pm-???
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.
Announcing 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 online here. 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 , please contact
Natalie Shoop, Fellows Events Manager, at (312) 988-6533 or nshoop@abfn.org.

Rebecca Sandefur, ABF Faculty Fellow

In early October, Rebecca Sandefur, ABF 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.

The 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  here!
The ABF's primary funding is provided by the  American Bar Endowment (ABE), a ยง501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity whose mission is to support law-related research, educational and public service projects. ABE provides opportunities for ABA Members to get  quality, affordable insurance, underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company, a trusted insurer, while giving back to the good works of the legal profession.

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