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A message from the 2016-2017 Fellows Chair:
Michael H. Byowitz

Michael H. Byowitz, Chair of The Fellows
We will be holding a number of Fellows events at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York in August .  I hope you will join us. 

Our events begin on Friday, August 11 with the CLE Research Seminar, "How Juries Think and Behave: Empirical Research from Real Jury Deliberations." The program will review the findings of an extensive empirical study by the American Bar Foundation of deliberations of actual trial juries in real civil cases. This CLE program (1.5 hours credit) will be part of the "CLE in the City" Series and is a ticketed event (although included if you purchase an all access pass for the Annual Meeting).  

We hope you can join us later that same evening for the Fellows Opening Reception, sponsored by Jones Day, at the elegant Bear Lounge of the iconic Russian Tea Room. Located near the headquarters hotel, please join us for music, refreshments and great company. Tickets can be purchased here.

On Saturday, August 12, we will hold the Fellows Annual Business Breakfast, which will feature a conversation about the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) between Helaine Barnett, LSC Past President, Robert J. Grey, Jr., Member, LSC Board of Directors, and Past President, American Bar Association, and Alexander Forger, LSC Past President. They will discuss the importance of access to the civil justice system and current threats to the LSC. The Breakfast is being sponsored by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz , Latham & Watkins, LLP, and Winston & Strawn, LLPTickets can be purchased here.

Life Fellows will have an opportunity to celebrate at the Life Fellows Champagne Toast on Sunday, August 13 at the New York Hilton Midtown.  Life Fellows are those who have satisfied their initial ten-year pledge.  If you are not yet a Life Fellow, there is still time to reach that level and to attend this always lively event (at no charge).  You can check your pledge balance by clicking here , and you can pay on your pledge by clicking here.

Please remember to join us on Sunday evening for the longstanding tradition of the Fellows Sing-Along. It's free and fun, so come enjoy a nightcap and the entertainment, which is great fun whether you sing or not.

A full schedule of events can be found here. If you have not already done so, you may register for the Annual Fellows events by clicking here.

In closing, just a reminder that if you are still paying off your initial pledge and have not yet made your pledge payment for the current fiscal year, please click here to do so.  If you are already a Life Fellow or a member of one of our Giving Societies - Life Leadership Fellow, Life Benefactor Fellow or Life Patron Fellow), and have not made a contribution this fiscal year, we ask that you continue to support the ABF's critically acclaimed, empirical, interdisciplinary work by making a contribution here.

I hope to see you in New York.  

Best regards,


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Michael H. Byowitz
Fellows Chair

In This Issue
2016-17 Fellows Officers
Honor a Colleague with a Fellows Nomination
Fellows Bylaw Change
Life Fellows Spotlight
Make Your Annual Contribution
Fellows Events at the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting
ABF Researcher Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
ABF Researcher Provides Testimony for Congressional Hearing
ABF and Tax Analysts Launch New Panel Series
Life Leadership Fellows
Life Fellow Giving Societies
Welcome New Fellows
2016-17 Fellows Officers

Michael H. Byowitz
Chair
New York, NY

Rew R. Goodenow
Chair-Elect
Reno, NV

Reginald Turner
Secretary
Detroit, MI

Hon. Cara Lee Neville (Ret.)
Immediate Past Chair
Minneapolis, MN


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Honor a Colleague with a Fellows Nomination
Fellows in the News
Recent and Upcoming Events

April 27, 2017
Featured Adam Liptak, U.S. Supreme Court Correspondent, New York Times. Hosted by D.C. Officers, Susan M. Hoffman, Darrell G. Mottley and Paul M. Smith. Special thanks to Banner & Witcoff, LTD. for sponsoring

May 9, 2017
Featured ABF Research Professor Traci Burch. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Glenn P. Hendrix and Angela M. Hinton. Special thanks to  Arnall Golden Gregory LLP for sponsoring

May 11, 2017
Featured ABF Research Professor Terence Halliday and ABF Faculty Fellow Sida LiuHosted by State Co- Chairs Judge
 Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring

May 11, 2017
Featured Dean Strang,  Shareholder, StrangBradley LLC and Noted Criminal Defense Attorney featured in the Netflix documentary "Making A Murderer". Hosted by State Co-Chairs Robyn S. Shapiro and  John S. Skilton

May 18, 2017
Featured ABF Research Professor Stephen Daniels. Hosted by State Chair Howard Kenison

May 24, 2017
"The First Amendment in the Time of Trump" featuring Laura Coates, CNN Legal Analyst, SiriusXM Host and author, and ABF Research Professor  Victoria Saker Woeste. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Judge John R. Tunheim and Judge Mary R. Vasaly. Special thanks to Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. for sponsoring

May 24, 2017
The Tobin Project and the ABF are hosting a reception and presenting a book panel discussion with volume contributors on the historical insights of   Corporations and American Democracy  
(Harvard University Press, 2017)

May 31, 2017
Featured Professor Laura F. Edwards American Bar Foundation  William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Alice E. Richmond, Lauren Stiler Rikleen and Marilyn J. Wellington. Special thanks to Sherin and Lodgen LLP for hosting

June 6, 2017
Featured ABF Research Professor Laura Beth NielsenNicholas GoldbergEditorial Page Editor, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA; 
David McCraw, Deputy General Counsel, The New York Times, New York, NY Seana Shiffrin, Professor of Philosophy and Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA. The panel was moderated by Dale Cohen , Special Counsel,  Frontline , and Lecturer in Law, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA.
Presented by the American Bar Foundation (ABF) and the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law, UCLA School of Law 

June 13, 2017
Featured ABF Research Professor Janice NadlerHosted by State Co- Chairs Judge
 Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring

June 14, 2017 
Featured ABF Research Professor Stephen Daniels. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Patrick Guida and Thomas Lyons
 
June 21, 2017
With Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes, the 4th Supreme Court District. Hosted by State Chair Gerald Toner

June 23, 2017
During the South Dakota State Bar Annual Convention. Hosted by State Chair 
Robert E. Hayes

July 13, 2017
Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Wayne Flynt , author of the upcoming book Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee. Hosted by State Chair William T. Coplin, Jr.

August 2, 2017

August 9-13, 2017

September 6, 2017
Featuring ABF Faculty Fellow, Professor Rebecca Sandefur. Hosted by State Chair Laura Caldera Taylor

September 12, 2017
Featuring Jeh Johnson, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Former  U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Judge
 Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring

September 12, 2017
Featuring ABF Research Professor Shari Seidman Diamond. Held  in conjunction with the 2017 WY State Bar Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Joseph B. Bluemel  and Darin B. Scheer

September 15, 2017
Featuring ABF Faculty Fellow Professor Chris Schmidt. Held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Missouri Bar. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Dana Tippin Cutler, Professor R. Lawrence Dessem and Amy Collignon Gunn

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Fellows Bylaw Change

Changes to  The Fellows Bylaws will be put to a vote during the upcoming Fellows Annual Business Breakfast meeting. Each person who is a Fellow and who is physically present at the meeting will have one vote. The proposed changes can be found here, as approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of the American Bar Foundation in May 2017.

All Fellows are encouraged to attend the Business Breakfast, which will be held during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York.  The Breakfast will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, 7:30 am - 9:30 am at the New York Hilton Midtown.  Click here to purchase your breakfast ticket and to register for other Fellows events at Annual.
Life Fellows Spotlight

Professor Mary Margaret Penrose
Texas Life Fellow
Professor Penrose is a Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law. 

Professor Mary Margaret "Meg" Penrose
Q: What does being a Fellow mean to you?  
A: It is a  wonderful feeling to be part of the Fellows. There are so many impressive individuals in this organization dedicated to improving the law. The work and research of the ABF is critical to our profession's mission to provide "Equal Justice Under Law." To be part of this group is simultaneously humbling and gratifying.  



Q: Where were you born and raised?  
A: I was born in Tampa, Florida, but was raised in several different states. I attended nine different schools growing up and have lived across this great country from coast to coast (New Jersey and California), throughout the Midwest (Indiana, Ohio and Oklahoma), and from the deep south to deep in the heart of Texas (Florida, Georgia and Texas). I have spent much of my adult life in Texas and proudly consider myself a Texan.   
 
 
Q: If you hadn't pursued a career in legal education, what would you have done?  
A: I have always wanted to be a Priest. Because I am Catholic, that is not currently an option. Instead, after my Priest encouraged me to attend law school, I have tried to use my legal career to serve others by accepting indigent criminal appointments. The work is difficult on many levels. But, I believe ensuring that the rights of the least among us are protected strengthens our constitutional values. Justice requires fair process. Having studied law at the University of Notre Dame, and now teaching at Texas A&M, I am committed to "selfless service" and am privileged to have a skill set that helps others. 
 
Q: What area of law are you most interested in, and how did you become interested in this area?  
A: I love, absolutely love, the Constitution and Constitutional Law. I teach the basic survey course in Constitutional Law as well as advanced courses in federal criminal procedure and the First Amendment. I also periodically teach a seminar on the Justices themselves and the Court as an institution. I enjoy reading about all 113 Justices, the history of the Court, and discussing cases with my students.  
 
I first became interested in Constitutional Law in college while studying British history. I had an extraordinary teacher that brought the law to life and inspired me to study the development of our legal system. Then, at law school, I was one of several students that trained for the Los Angeles marathon with our Constitutional Law professor. Our discussions over lengthy runs dealt with issues that we had no time to discuss in class and encouraged me to learn more about the Supreme Court. I feel fortunate, and remain grateful, to these teachers for lighting the spark that continues to grow in me. My hope is to be half the inspiration for others that Dr. Elisabeth Cawthron and Professor Bernie James were for me.  
 
Q: What do you do in your free time?  
A: I r un, travel and work with animal rescues. I have three dogs (all rescues) - two of which periodically run with me. I have run both the Boston and New York marathons. One of my proudest running accomplishments was to run 50 half marathons before I turned 50. The two most memorable runs for me - outside of the Boston Marathon - were the Pikes Peak Ascent (a vertical half marathon up Pikes Peak) and the New York Road Runners New Years Eve Midnight Run that starts in Central Park at midnight beneath the fireworks. Both were incredible life experiences. My favorite way to travel is by ship, though I rarely turn down any opportunity for an adventure. I have been to nearly all of our 50 states. While I have not been to Africa, Asia or Australia, I have been to Canada, Europe, Mexico and most of Central America. I still would like to travel to Antarctica and the Arctic Circle.
 
Q: Anything else you'd like to share with us?  
A: I recently was awarded the Texas A&M Distinguished Teaching Award given annually by the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. This was a great honor and may be the highlight of my teaching career.  
 
I love Notre Dame football, the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, and, Broadway musicals. (And, yes, I was at the Cubs' World Series Parade last year).  
 
I am the middle of three children and adore my family, both immediate and extended.  I played college basketball and have always wanted to shoot hoops at the highest court in the land. My other "bucket list" item is to go mountain biking with former President, George W. Bush. 

Make Your Annual Contribution
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Fellows Events at the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting in New York

We hope to see you at the Fellows Events at the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting! A full schedule of events is listed below. To register, please click here

 
Fellows Registration
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Avenue

Wednesday, August 9:   12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday, August 10:     8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, August 11:            8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 12:      7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, August 11

Fellows CLE Program: How Juries Think and Behave: Empirical Research from Real Jury Deliberations
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe 
51 West 52nd Street, New York

The program will review the findings of an extensive empirical study by the American Bar Foundation of deliberations of actual trial juries in real civil cases. With permission from state courts and litigants in civil cases in Arizona, ABF researchers video-recorded the deliberations of real juries deciding live civil cases and compiled extensive data on how juries actually approach deciding a case. ABF Research Professor Shari Diamond will present the findings and a panel consisting of a highly experienced trial lawyer, a jury consultant and a judge will discuss how those findings confirm or contradict what trial lawyers believe about how juries work in general and whether the results from Arizona are representative of deliberations in other parts of the country. This program is being offered as part of the "CLE in the City" Series. Find more information and register for the CLE in the City programs here: http://www.americanbar.org/portals/annual-meeting/cle-in-city.html 


Fellows Opening Reception (Ticketed Event)
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bear Lounge, The Russian Tea Room
150 West 57th Street, New York

Located just around the corner from our headquarters hotel, The Russian Tea Room is a New York City icon.  The Fellows invite you to mingle with friends and enjoy the refreshments  in the elegant  Bear Lounge , which features a spectacular tree of Fabergé-inspired Venetian glass eggs and a 15-foot revolving bear aquarium!

The Fellows gratefully recognize:


Saturday, August 12

BreakfastFellows Annual Business Breakfast (Ticketed Event)
7:30 am -9:30 am
Mercury Ballroom (3rd Floor)
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Ave, New York

Join us for a conversation with Helaine Barnett, Past President of Legal Services Corporation (LSC), and Robert J. Grey, Jr., LSC Board Member and Past President, American Bar Association, and Alexander Forger, Past President, LSC, as they discuss the importance of access to the civil justice system and current threats to LSC. Following the talk, Fellows Chair Michael Byowitz will recap the work of the Fellows over the past year, as well as new Fellows business.

The Fellows gratefully recognize Platinum Sponsor:
Gold Sponsor: Latham & Watkins, LLP
Silver Sponsor: Winston & Strawn, LLP

Sunday, August 13

Fellows Sing-Along
9:00 pm - ??
Rendezvous Trianon (3rd Floor)
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Ave, New York

What better way to top off a long day of meetings than with a relaxed evening of sing-along favorites? Bring some friends and enjoy! Not much of a singer? No problem! Join us for a nightcap and enjoy the entertainment.


ABF Researcher Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Professor John Hagan
John Hagan, research professor at the American Bar Foundation (ABF) and the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS).  In May 2017, the NAS announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the NAS is one of the highest professional honors given to researchers in the United States.

The NAS is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established in 1863, this elite honorary society was created by the Lincoln administration to advise Congress on matters related to science and technology. The new elections bring their total membership up to 2,290 active members and 475 foreign associates, many of whom are Nobel Laureates.

ABF Researcher Provides Testimony for Congressional Hearing on Human Rights Abuses in China

Professor Terence C. Halliday at the Human Rights in China Salon at the American Bar Foundation in April 2016.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, ABF Research Professor   Terence C. Halliday  provided testimony at a hearing convened by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China   (CECC)
entitled, "Gagging the Lawyers: China's Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers and Its Implications for U.S.-China Relations."

Over the past four years, the Chinese government has carried out an extensive campaign to silence political dissent, curtail civil society, and ensure ideological loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party from various sectors of society, including business leaders, bloggers and social media users, university professors, and journalists. 

Through the testimony of a legal expert and individuals with firsthand knowledge of alleged repression at the hands of the Chinese government, the Commission will examine the foreign policy implications of China's campaign to silence human rights lawyers in light of President Xi Jinping's stated commitment to establish the rule of law in China.
 
Terence C. Halliday, Ph.D., Research Professor and co-director of the Center on Law & Globalization at the American Bar Foundation and co-author (with Sida Liu
) of the book "Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work," addressed key questions on the crackdown on Chinese activist-lawyers that have emerged from his empirical research.

ABF and Tax Analysts Launch New Panel Series Dedicated to Exploring U.S. Tax Reform

From left to right: Ajay K. Mehrotra, Dan Shaviro, Peter Merrill, Ray Beeman, and Lee Sheppard. Photo courtesy of  Tax Analysts

The  American Bar Foundation and  Tax Analysts  have partnered to host  Tax Reform: Perspectives From Across the Nation , a new conference series featuring panels of leading taxation experts and scholars series dedicated to examining and advancing the conversation around tax reform in the United States. 

The national tour for Tax Reform: Perspectives From Across the Nation commenced on May 16, 2017 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. The series continued at New York University School of Law on June 14, 2017, and at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houson, Texas on June 21, 2017. 

ABF Executive Director and Research Professor Ajay K. Mehrotra introduced the panel in Chicago which included  Peter Blessing, head of Cross-Border Corporate Transactions at KPMG, Charlotte Crane, a professor of law at Nortwestern Pritzker School of Law, Eric Solomon, co-director of EY's National Tax Department, and Joseph Thorndike, contributor and director of Tax Analysts' Tax History Project. 

Professor Mehrotra also served as panel moderator in New York. Panelists included Ray Beeman, co-leader of the Washington Council at EY, Peter Merrill, principal at PwC US, Daniel Shaviro, NYU School of Law's Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation, and Lee Sheppard, contributing editor of Tax Analysts' Tax Notes.

Christopher Bergin, Tax Analysts' president and publisher, moderated the third panel in Houston, Texas which featured Mark Humphrey, Senior Vice President at Koch Industries, Greg Matlock, EY's Americas Energy Tax Leader, David Peck and Christine Vaughan, Tax Partners at Vinson & Elkins, and Bret Wells, an associate Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center.

Life Leadership Fellows
We would like to thank our Life Leadership Fellows for their generosity and dedication to support the work of the American Bar Foundation! Life Leadership Fellows, our highest giving society, are Life Fellows who have contributed an aggregate of $25,000. 

Jacqueline Allee , Coral Gables, FL
Michael H. Byowitz , New York, NY
Mortimer M. Caplin,  Washington, DC
David A. Collins , Beverly Hills, MI
John J. Creedon , Larchmont, NY
Ellen J. Flannery , Washington, DC
David S. Houghton, Omaha, NE
William H. Neukom, Seattle, WA
William G. Paul, Oklahoma City, OK
David K.Y. Tang, Seattle WA

To learn more about Life Leadership Fellows and our other Life Fellow Giving Societies,  click here.
Welcome to the New Members in our Life Fellow Giving Societies

Welcome to the newest members of our  Life Benefactor Fellow and  Life Patron  Fellow Giving Societies  since April 1, 2017 ! We greatly appreciate their continued support and contributions to the ABF. 

Life Benefactor Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of $10,000

  William T. Coplin, Jr., Demopolis, AL
Adebayo Oriola, Lagos, Nigeria
Reginald M. Turner , Detroit, MI

Life Patron Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of $5,000

Charles N. Brower, Washington, DC
Christine M. Castellano, Westchester, IL
Terrence M Connors, Buffalo, NY
Mark W. Curnutte, Vinita, OK
Jeffrey D. Fisher, West Palm Beach, FL
Dori B. Foster-Morales, Miami, FL
Henry L. Hecht, Berkeley, CA
Scott C. Krist, Houston, TX
Earl H. Munson, Jr., Madison, WI
Patricia Lee Refo, Phoenix, AZ
Myron T. Steele, Dover, DE
Stephen L. Tatum, Fort Worth, 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 
April 1 , 2017 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 April 1, 2017, 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.


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 April 1, 2017, please click  here!
 
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