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Introducing the 2018-2019 Fellows Chair:
Reginald M. Turner

We are pleased to introduce Reginald M. Turner as the 2018-2019 Fellows Chair.  Mr. Turner is a member of Clark Hill's Executive Committee, Government Policy Group, and Labor and Employment Practice Group. 

Q: What does being a Fellow mean to you?
A:  I am fortunate to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, as these distinguished lawyers comprise a global honorary society of lawyers, judges and legal scholars recommended by their peers on the basis of excellence in our profession. I'm proud of our mission to provide financial support to sustain the ABF's scholarship that advances justice and the understanding of law.

Q: Where were you born and raised?
A:  Detroit, MI, where my father was a policeman and my mother worked at the public library. As the city raised me, I have tried to be a positive force in bringing our city back to its former greatness. We are making progress.

Q: What type of law do you practice, and how did you become interested in that particular area?
A:  My core skill set has always been labor and employment law, first on the union side, and for the last 18 years for employers. In its heyday as the automobile capital of the world, Detroit was a major union town. When ABA Past President Dennis Archer was Mayor of Detroit, he recommended me for a White House Fellowship in the Clinton administration. After my fellowship, I began a government relations practice that has grown substantially over the years with the support of my firm and our current government policy group leaders, who are among the top lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

Q: If you had decided not to pursue a career in law, what would you have done?
A:  As a child, I wanted to be a police officer like my father, but Dad and Mom wanted me to be a lawyer. 

Q: What are you most looking forward to during your term as Chair of the Fellows?
A:  I hope we can broaden our reach to identify more lawyers who demonstrate the best values of our profession, so they can help us promote justice and the rule of law through the work of the American Bar Foundation.

Q: There are many membership organizations to join in the legal field. What makes the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation stand out among the rest for you?
A:    Our professional oath requires us to do  pro bono publico work to create a fair and effective justice system, and to protect the defenseless and oppressed. We do that through the work of the ABF.

Q: What do you do in your free time? 
A:  I like to play golf, but my handicap is in the stratosphere.
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 Societies
SRDF Celebration of 30 Years
ABF Receives $3.5 Million Grant from ABE
2018 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago
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
August 2-5, 2018
Fellows Events at the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting

August 11, 2018
New Mexico Fellows Breakfast
Featured ABA President Robert M. Carlson. This event was held in conjunction with the State Bar of New Mexico 2018 Annual Meeting. Special thanks to State Chair Professor Peter A. Winograd for hosting.

September 19, 2018
This reception honored new ABA President, Robert M. Carlson. Special thanks to State Co-Chair Honorable Leslie Halligan for hosting.

September 20, 2018
New York Fellows Luncheon
Featured  John D. Feerick, Norris Professor of Law and Former Dean, Fordham University School of Law.  Hosted by State Co- Chairs Judge
 Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring.

September 20, 2018
Oregon Fellows Reception
Featured ABF Research Professor, Shari Seidman Diamond who presented on "Real Jury Deliberations: Inside the Black Box". Hosted by State Co-Chairs Laura C. Caldera and Andrew M. Schpak. Special thanks to Barran Liebman Attorneys and Bullivan, Houser, Bailey P.C., Attorneys at Law for sponsoring.

September 27, 2018
American Bar Foundation Fellows Cocktail Reception held in conjunction with the SOC Fall Leadership Meeting.

September 28, 2018
Missouri Fellows Breakfast
Held in conjunction with the 2018 MO State Bar Annual Meeting. Featured ABF Research Professor Susan Shapiro who presented on End-of-Life Decision making: "What Does Law Have to Do with It?" Hosted by State Co-Chairs Dana T. Cutler, Professor R. Lawrence Dessem, and Amy Collignon Gunn. Special thanks to The Simon Law Firm, P.C., and James W. Tippin & Associates for sponsoring.

September 28, 2018
Michigan Fellows Breakfast
Held in conjunction with the 2018 MI State Bar Annual Meeting NEXT Conference. Hosted by State Co-Chairs,  Thomas M. Schehr and Steven F. Stapleton.

October 16, 2018
New York Fellows Luncheon
Featuring 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
Washington D.C. Fellows Reception & Presentation 
Featuring 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.

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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
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 Benefactor and Patron Giving Societies since July 1, 2018! We greatly appreciate their continued support and contributions to the ABF. 

Benefactor Fellows
Contributed an aggr egate of at least $10,000

Robert M. Kaufman , New York, NY

Patron Fellows
Contributed an agg regate of at least $5,000

Amelia H. Boss, Philadelphia, PA
Francis D. Carter, Peoria, IL
James R. Carter, Washington, DC
Bernice B. Donald, Memphis, TN
Benjamin E. Griffith, Memphis, TN
Philip J. Kessler, New York, NY
Kathryn E.B. Robb, New York, NY
Robert G. Russell, Sedalia, MO
Irving Silver, Mobile, AL
Thomas F. Smegal, Jr., San Francisco, CA
Patricia Jane Villareal, Dallas, TX
Mary Kay Vyskocil, New York, NY
Howard Zucker, New York, NY

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 
July 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 July  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.
Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Studies (SRDF) Celebrates 30 Years

The American Bar Foundation is proud to celebrate thirty years of its signature diversity program, the Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship (SRDF).

Since 1988, the ABF has guided 122 talented undergraduates from diverse backgrounds through this intensive, hands-on, career-defining research experience. Through this program, the ABF has had a direct and quantifiable effect on the diversity of the legal profession, and in increasing diversity among professionals in the legal, business, and policy-making fields. 

We hope that that you will join us for the anniversary celebration on  Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the 
Drake Hotel in Chicago . That evening, we will present the inaugural Montgomery Summer Diversity Fellowship Distinguished Alumnus Award to  Danielle Holley-Walker (SRDF 1995), Dean, Howard University School of Law.  And we are thrilled that our keynote speaker for the evening is  Tina Tchen , former Assistant to President Barack 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.

Click here to purchase tickets for a special celebration of this exceptional pipeline-to-the-profession program.  If you are interested in purchasing a table or a sponsorship, please contact Kathy Pace, Director of the Fellows, as kpace@abfn.org or 312-988-6511. 

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a memorable evening.

The American Bar Foundation gratefully recognizes the following sponsors for the Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship 30th Anniversary Celebration: 

Platinum Sponsor
Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

Gold Sponsors
Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Foundation

Silver Sponsors
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
United Airlines
AccessLex Institute
Michael Byowitz & Ruth Holzer
Jimmy and Deborah Goodman
David S. and Debra Houghton
Reginald and Marcia Turner

At this past ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, the American Bar Foundation was awarded a grant of over $3.5 million from the American Bar Endowment. This grant will help support the ABF's research that helps advance justice through the examination of urgent questions on law and society. Over the past 60 years, the ABE has granted over $275 million to the ABF as well as the ABA Fund for Justice and Education. 
Thank you to everyone who attended the Fellows Events at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago!

Fellow CLE Program: "Holding Police Accountable: Promoting Transparency in Police Conduct"
Panel for CLE.
Click here to view more photos from the Fellow CLE Program. 

The  Fellow CLE Program welcomed a panel of leading experts that discussed the various efforts to increase police accountability, specifically highlighting both local and national efforts to reform police departments. Topics that were covered include the roles data and technology, criminal prosecutions, and citizen activism might play in improving police procedures. 

Featured on the panel were: 

Chief Anthony Holloway, Chief of Police, St. Petersburg Police Department
Traci Burch, ABF Research Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University
Frank R. Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hon. Bernice B. Donald, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Stephen Rushin, Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago 
Karen Sheley, Director of Police Practices Project at ACLU of Illinois  
Fellows Opening Reception

Click here to view more photos from the 
Fellows Opening Reception held at the American Writers Museum. 

The  Fellows Opening Reception was held at the American Writer's Museum, the first national museum of its kind. Fellows were invited to explore the interactive exhibits, including the special gallery dedicated to Chicago writers. Fellows also had the opportunity to purchase the most recent books published by ABF Research Professors. 

We would like to thank Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring the Fellows Opening Reception!
Fellows Annual Business Breakfast
Click here to view more photos from the Fellows Annual Business Breakfast.

The Fellows Annual Business Breakfast welcomed Nobel Prize-winning ABF Research Professor, Professor James J. Heckman, who discussed his vast body of research showing that high-quality early childhood education has lasting effects for at-risk children. Outgoing State Chairs were recognized for their service and now Immediate Past-Chair, Rew N. Goodenow recapped the 2017-2018 year for the Fellows. 

We would like to thank Clark Hill, PLC, and Parsons, Behle & Latimer for sponsoring the Fellows Annual Business Breakfast!

We hope to see you at our events during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. More information will be coming soon!
To view more photos from the events, please visit our  websiteFlickr page  or  Facebook
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 July 1, 2018, please click  here!
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