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

Michael H. Byowitz, Chair of The Fellows
I write to let you know about the many Fellows events at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami in February. These include our Opening Reception on Friday evening (February 3) at the Whisper Lounge on the 50th floor of the W Miami Hotel. Join us for music, food, great company, and magnificent views of the downtown city skyline and Biscayne Bay. Boies Schiller Flexner is sponsor for the Reception.

On Saturday morning (February 4), a tour specially arranged for the Fellows will explore Miami's diverse neighborhoods, architecture and history.  In the afternoon, we will present a Fellows CLE Research Seminar on "The Unintended Consequences of American Criminal Justice." The distinguished panel - ABF Research Professor John Hagan, Hon. Bernice B. Donald (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit), Meredith Martin Rountree (Northwestern Pritzker School of Law) , Neal R. Sonnett, Esq. (Miami, FL), and moderator Marissel Descalzo  (Tache, Bronis, Christianson and Descalzo, P. A., Miami, FL) - will discuss the American criminal justice system's broad reach and unintended consequences.

Please join us for the Fellows seminal event of the year that Saturday evening:  The 61st Annual Awards Reception and Banquet, sponsored by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. This annual event offers a memorable evening, during which we recognize lawyers and scholars who have made extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and society. This year's keynote address will be delivered by Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, who will receive the Fellows Outstanding Scholar Award.  Professor Amar ranks in the top echelon of American constitutional law scholars and is universally recognized as a terrific speaker. His speech will be on The Rule of Law and the Role of Lawyers in the Age of Trump.
A number of other Fellows Awards will be presented to distinguished recipients, those being:
  • Helaine Barnett will receive the Outstanding Service Award, in recognition of her career in public service law, focusing particularly on helping poor, underserved individuals and communities, including 37 years with Legal Aid and six years as President of the Legal Services Corporation.
  • Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. - prominent author, activist and the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School - will receive the Distinguished Life Fellow Award.
  • Hon. Eileen Kato (Ret.) and Salvador Mungia will receive the Outstanding State Chair Award for their excellent work as Co-Chairs of the Washington State Fellows chapter.
If you are a Fellows State Chair or Co-Chair, don't miss the State Chair Workshop and the State Chair Luncheon on Sunday (February 5) at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, respectively. 
As a token of appreciation for our Life Fellows (those who have paid off their initial Fellows pledge), we will present a Reception on Sunday evening (February 5) at 5:00 pm.  The Reception is sponsored by Holland & Knight, LLP.  You can check your pledge balance by clicking here, and you can pay on your pledge by clicking here.

Finally, please stop by the Fellows Sing-Along on Sunday evening beginning at 9:00 pm. Whether you sing or not, it is a comfortable way to socialize with other Fellows.
If you have not already done so, you may register for the Midyear Fellows events by clicking here.
I look forward to seeing you in Miami.  

In This Issue
2016-17 Fellows Officers
Honor a Colleague with a Fellows Nomination
Three Fellows Named 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award Honorees
Make Your Annual Contribution
Recent ABF Scholarly Awards
New Study By ABF Researcher
2017 Fellows Awards Recipients
Fellows Events at the 2017 ABA Midyear Meeting
Network for Justice Planning Summit held at UCLA
New Book Released by ABF Researchers
Life Leadership Fellows
Life Fellow Giving Societies
Welcome New Fellows
2016-17 Fellows Officers

Michael H. Byowitz
New York, NY

Rew R. Goodenow
Reno, NV

Reginald Turner
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
Three Fellows Named 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award Honorees

Peggy A. Nagae , Washington Life Fellow;  Kenneth G. Standard , New York State Co-Chair and Life Fellow; and  Stephen N. Zack , Past ABF Board Member and Florida Life Fellow, have been honored with the 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award.

The Spirit of Excellence Awards celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. Awards are presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state, or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. The Awards will be presented at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami on Saturday, February 4, 2017. R epresentatives of the ABF will be in attendance to honor the winners at the luncheon.

Read more here.

Recent and Upcoming Events

October 1, 2016
Featured ABF Director Ajay Mehrotra. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Deanna J. Flores, Joan M. Haratani, Judge Joan K. Irion, Wilma J. Pinder, Pauline A. Weaver and Steven O. Weise

October 7, 2016
Featured The Honorable Roger L. Gregory, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Ava E. Lias-Booker and Angela W. Russell

October 17, 2016
Hosted by State Co-Chairs Susan A. Feeney and Justin P. Walder

October 18, 2016
Hosted by State Co-Chairs Mitchell L. Bach and Professor Amelia H. Boss. Special thanks to Saul Ewing LLP for sponsoring

November 2, 2016
Hosted by State 
Co-Chairs Judge Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring

November 3, 2016
Featured Professor  Rachel MoranInaugural Neukom Visiting Chair. Special thanks to Bergman Dacey Goldsmith for sponsoring

November 16, 2016
Featured ABF Director Emeritus Robert Nelson.
Hosted by State Co-Chairs Mitchell L. Bach and Professor Amelia H. Boss. Special thanks to Morgan Lewis for sponsoring

December 6, 2016
Featured ABF Research Professor Elizabeth Mertz.
Hosted by State Co-
Chairs Judge
 Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring

January 25, 2017
Featuring ABF Faculty Fellow  Professor Ronit Dinovitzer
Hosted by State Co- Chairs Judge
 Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring

February 1-5, 2017

February 22, 2017
Featuring ABF Research Professor Stephen DanielsHosted by State Co-Chairs Mitchell L. Bach and Professor Amelia H. Boss

May 11, 2017
Featuring Dean Strang. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Robyn S. Shapiro and 
John S. Skilton

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.

Click here for more event information
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Fellows Online Profiles and Directory

Your  online Fellows profile now includes updated and new features to help keep you up to date on Fellows news and events, your giving history, and more. You may also access a searchable directory of all current Fellows.

We recently added updates to add your  ABA affiliations, area(s) of specialty, and research interests!

If you have any questions or comments regarding our site, or if you have forgotten your user ID and/or password, please contact The Fellows office at (800) 292-5065 or  fellows@abfn.org.

Please be sure to connect with us on Social Media!

You can stay current with Fellows and ABF updates, network with other Fellows, view photos from events, read research highlights, and much more!

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Make Your Annual Contribution
As the year comes to an end, we hope you  will remember the  American Bar Foundation  as you make your final charitable contributions of 2016.

We are grateful for your generosity and continued support. Please  click here  to make a gift today.

Recent ABF Scholarly Awards 
Congratulations to the following ABF Faculty members on their recent scholarly accomplishments!

John Hagan, ABF Research Professor and John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University, appears in Ava DuVernay's new critically acclaimed documentary,  13th , to speak about mass incarceration.  Hagan is involved in a multi-phase research project on the social effects of mass incarceration. In 2013, Hagan led a conference at the White House that was jointly sponsored by the American Bar Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The conference, "Parental Incarceration in the United States: Bringing Together Research and Policy to Reduce Collateral Costs to Children," brought together leading experts in the field and discussed policy implications of parental incarceration.  DuVernay, who directed the film, also directed the Academy Award-winning movie Selma, and is the first woman of color to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  The film is expected to be a nominee for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Academy Awards.
Chris Schmidt, ABF Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, was recently honored with the Surrency Prize by the American Society for Legal History. The prize is awarded annually for the best article published in the Society's journal, Law and History Review.  Schmidt's article, "Divided by Law: The Sit-ins and the Role of the Courts in the Civil Rights Movement," appeared in the February 2015 issue of the journal. It argues that the 1960 lunch counter sit-in demonstrations launched the direct-action phase of the Civil Rights Movement and helped to provide a new understanding of the concept of civil rights.
Robert Vargas, ABF Visiting Scholar and Assistant Professor at University of Notre Dame, recently received the 2016 American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on People of Color and Crime New Scholar Award.  This award recognizes an individual who is in the early stages of her or his career and has made significant recent contributions to the literature on race/ethnicity, crime, and justice. Vargas received the award in November at the annual ASC Conference.
New ABF Study 

new study  by the  American Bar Foundation   (ABF),  National Center for State Courts  (NCSC), and  supported  by the  Public Welfare Foundation  , confirms the efficacy of a new solution to the growing access to justice crisis in American civil courts.

The study was conducted by  Rebecca L. Sandefur , Faculty Fellow at the ABF, and  Thomas M. Clarke , Vice President of research and technology at the NCSC. Sandefur and Clarke assessed the appropriateness and sustainability of the  New York City Navigators Program . The program provides "navigators" - trained  and supervised individuals without full, formal legal training - to unrepresented litigants in New York City's civil courts. The study was conducted in Brooklyn's Housing Court and the findings were shared in  a report  released December 14, 2016.

The report, "Roles Beyond Lawyers: Evaluation of the New York City Court Navigators Program and its Three Pilot Projects," shows that the outcome of most eviction cases depends less on the merits of the case and more on whether tenants have access to legal help.

In 2005, a study revealed that, of the 58,000 eviction cases the Brooklyn Housing Court handles each year, approximately 90 percent of tenants do not have a lawyer, while the vast majority of landlords do. According to the report, one out of every nine of those cases ends with the tenant being forcibly removed from their home by a formal eviction. In 2015 alone, city marshals evicted more than 22,000 tenant families in New York City.

In response to this, Judge Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, introduced a new approach. In 2014, the New York City Court Navigators Program was launched through three pilot projects. Sandefur and Clarke's study in the Brooklyn Housing Court is the first comprehensive evaluation of these three pilot projects. News of the release of the report has already reached national media outlets, with coverage in The Wall Street Journal and NPR (WNYC).

Read more about the study here. 
2017 Fellows Awards Recipients
Congratulations to the 2017 Fellows Awards Honorees! 

T he Fellows Awards will be presented during the ABA Midyear Meeting at the 61st Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet at the  The Historic Alfred I. duPont Building  on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

Helaine Barnett, Esq.
Outstanding Service Award

 Professor Akhil Reed Amar
Outstanding Scholar Award

Honorable Eileen A. Kato (Ret.)
Outstanding State Co-Chair, Washington

Salvador A. Mungia, Esq.
Outstanding State Co-Chair, Washington 

Professor Charles J. Ogletree
Distinguished Life Fellow Award

Fellows Events at the 2017 ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami, FL

We hope to see you at the Fellows Events at the 2017 ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami, FL! 

Please be sure to stop by our registration desk at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Miami to pick up your Fellows ribbon.

Friday, February 3, 2017
Fellows Opening Reception
Whisper Lounge at the W Hotel Miami, 50th Floor
Ticketed Event
Enjoy the incredible, panoramic views of downtown Miami and the Biscayne Bay as we kick off the Midyear events with music, food and friends at one of the city's most spectacular venues. Located on the 50th floor of the W hotel just a block from conference headquarters, the Whisper Lounge is a quintessential Miami experience featuring an Art Deco inspired indoor lounge and an open air sky-high patio.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Fellows Tour: 
"A Sandbox Full of Paradox"
9:30am - 12:30pm
Ticketed Event
Discover Miami--a distinctly American city where the weather is tropical and the lifestyle is anything but ordinary!  Led by Kevin Doran, a certified Miami Heritage Tour Guide, our driving tour of the city will introduce you to the historic Miami Beach Art Deco District, Little Havana and the Cuban exile experience, a stunning collection of graffiti and mural art in the Wynwood Art District, and Downtown Miami and the Brickell Financial District, where the architecture of I.M. Pei, Zaha Hadid, Caesar Pelli, Herzog & de Mueron, and others reflect Miami's growing importance as a 21st century city.

Fellows CLE Research Seminar (CLE Requested)
"The Unintended Consequences of American Criminal Justice"
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
2:00pm - 4:30pm
From mass incarceration to the death penalty, American criminal laws and policies frequently have unexpected and unintended consequences. This panel of leading experts will discuss the broad reach of our current American criminal justice system by highlighting ways in which the American criminal justice system may not align with the system we think (or hope) we have. Topics will include the effects of parental incarceration on children and the application of the death penalty to people with mental disabilities.

This program is co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Disability RightsABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, ABA Section of Criminal JusticeABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division.

61st Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet
The Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Ticketed Event 

Professor Akhil Amar will deliver the keynote address.

Sunday, February 4, 2017
Fellows State Chair Workshop
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
10:30am - 12:00pm
This workshop 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 State Chair Luncheon
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
12:30pm - 2:00pm
A business and recognition lunch for Fellows State Chairs.

Fellows Sing-along
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
9:00pm - ?
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.

On November 7, 2016, the  American Bar Foundation (ABF) hosted the "The Network for Justice Planning Summit: Creating Legal and Legislative Support for Latino Communities," at the  UCLA Luskin Conference Center. The summit was part of a series of regional events for the new ABF research and planning initiative,  "The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility."  The Future of Latinos is a nationwide interdisciplinary research project dedicated to understanding the current condition of Latinos in the United States, the structural barriers that impede full equality and integration for this emerging population, and the sites  of  intervention  that  promise to be most impactful in promoting opportunity and mobility through law and policy. The summit was held in Los Angeles, with the goal of establishing a California-based network for justice pilot program to connect Latino populations with legal resources. Support for the event was provided by the California Bar FoundationCalifornia Community FoundationUCLA, and UC Davis School of Law.

New Book By ABF Researchers

"Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work,"  the newly released book b ABF scholars, Terrence C. Halliday , ABF Research Professor, and Sida Liu, Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, is the first comprehensive social science study of the everyday work and political mobilization of criminal defense lawyers in China's criminal justice system

Liu and Halliday's interdisciplinary research documents the emergence of politically mobilized lawyers and human rights activism under China's authoritarian state.  Their research draws from 329 interviews with criminal defense lawyers and rights activists conducted between 2005 and 2015, as well as analysis of news media and social media exchanges, to reveal the intersection of legal practice and politics in China.

The book is a product of more than a decade of ongoing research. Liu is a sociologist of law who has written extensively on Chinese law and socio-legal theory, especially the legal profession in China. Halliday is a world-renowned scholar and researcher with a focus on global law-making, professions, and international law reforms.

Halliday has been a vocal advocate for increasing protections for Chinese criminal defense lawyers and human rights activists following a government crackdown on the legal community under Chinese President Xi Jinping. Criminal defense lawyers and legal staff have been targeted by the Chinese police and state security apparatus and many lawyers have been interrogated and forcibly detained. In a January 2016  open letter  to President Xi, coauthored by Halliday and published in  The Guardian , renowned jurists from around the world denounced the Chinese government's crackdown on members of the Chinese legal community and demanded adherence to universal legal standards.

Read more here.
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
Wm. T. Robinson III, Florence, KY
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 September 1, 2016 ! We greatly appreciate their continued support and contributions to the Foundation. 

Life Patron Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of $10,000

Irwin Mark Cohen, McLean, VA
Ezekiel Solomon AM, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Life Patron Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of $5,000

Joseph W. Armbrust, Jr., Jupiter, FL
Brigitte Schmidt Bell, Evanston, IL
Wilber H. Boies, Chicago, IL
John Allen Chalk, Sr., Fort Worth, TX
John G. Corlew, Jackson, MS
James P. DeAngelo, Harrisburg, PA
George H.T. Dudley, St. Thomas, VI
James J. Elacqua, Palo Alto, CA
Henry L. Feuerzeig, St. Thomas, VI
Paul E. Freehling, Chicago, IL
Donald Fried, New York, NY
Michael Donwell Gunter, Winston Salem, NC
Thomas Z. Hayward, Jr., Barrington Hills, IL
Andrew L. Herz, New York, NY
David E. Keltner, Fort Worth, TX
Ted M. Kerr, Midland, TX
William Norman Krucks, Chicago, IL
Thomas C. Leighton, Eagan, MN
Raymond S. Londa, Elizabeth, NJ
Marc J. Manderscheid, Saint Paul, MN
Amy Cashore Mariani, Boston, MA
Marcia M. McMurray, Cleveland, TN
Frank X. Neuner, Jr., Lafayette, LA
Philip John Pfeiffer, San Antonio, TX
Abraham Charles Reich, Philadelphia, PA
W. Brian Rose, New York, NY
Eric M. Roth, New York, NY
Gerald L. Rushfelt, Kansas City, KS
Barry Sullivan, Chicago, IL

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, 2016 , please

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, 2016, please click   here.
For a complete list of all Life Fellow Giving Society Members, please click here. Lists are updated at the beginning 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 September 1, 2016, 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.
The American Bar Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in faculty and doctoral fellow publications are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Bar Foundation, nor the policy positions of the American Bar Association or its affiliates.