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Introducing the 2017-2018 Fellows Chair:
Rew R. Goodenow

We are pleased to introduce Rew R. Goodenow as the 2017-2018 Fellows Chair.  Mr. Goodenow is a shareholder and a former director in the law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer in Reno, NV.  His practice includes commercial and corporate contract drafting, litigation and insolvency work for a wide range of local, statewide, national, and international clients. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the National Judicial College, and during 2006 and 2007, he served as president of the State Bar of Nevada.

Q: What does being a Fellow mean to you?
A: Membership in the Fellows constitutes an honor and recognition of one's status in the legal community and commitment to the higher ideals of advancement of public policy and understanding of the law and legal systems.

Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio (Cleveland), but raised on a farm in Iowa.

Q: What type of law do you practice, and how did you become interested in that particular area?
A: Commercial law, mostly M&A, recently, in the mining field.  Both transactions and trials. 

Q: If you had decided not to pursue a career in law, what would you have done?
A: Probably grain farming.  Work and play in the outdoors has always appealed to me.

Q: What are you most looking forward to during your term as Chair of The Fellows?
A: Expanding the Fellows events and participation on the West Coast, particularly California and Vancouver, B.C.

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: It is the commitment to empirical research that distinguishes the ABF from other organizations.  It is unique among law related organizations.  It also enjoys a stellar reputation in the academy and among lawyers.

Q: What do you do in your free time?
My wife Sue and I enjoy a variety of activities, most importantly our four daughters, their husbands (and one fiance) and our granddaughter. We are avid and active road cyclists. Sue gardens and I hunt, so we sort of live off the land much of the year.

Q: Anything else you'd like to share with us?
A: I invite Fellows to contact me, to share their aspirations for our organization and any ideas or comments they may have.  It is important to keep our research relevant to the legal community.  Besides, I like talking with other Fellows about the ABF's work.
In This Issue
2017-2018 Fellows Officers
Make Your Annual Contribution
Honor a Colleague with a Fellows Nomination
Introducing New Life Fellow Giving Societies
Life Fellow Giving Societies
ABF Awarded Grant by ABE
2017-2018 Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law
Fellows Events at the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting
Researching Law
2017-18 Fellows Officers

Rew R. Goodenow
Reno, NV

Reginald Turner
Detroit, MI

Ellen M. Jakovic
Washington, D.C.

Michael H. Byowitz
Immediate Past Chair
New York, NY

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, 2017, by clicking here.
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Honor a Colleague with a Fellows Nomination
Fellows in the News
Recent and Upcoming Events

July 13, 2017
Featured 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
Featured ABF Faculty Fellow, Professor Rebecca Sandefur. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Laura Caldera Taylor and Andrew M. Schpak. Special thanks to University of Oregon School of Law, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, and Barran Liebman LLP for sponsoring

September 12, 2017
Featured The Honorable 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
Featured 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. Special thanks to Crowley Fleck PLLP for sponsoring

September 14, 1207
American Bar Foundation Fellows Cocktail Reception in conjunction with the SOC Fall Leadership Meeting

September 15, 2017
Featured 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. Special thanks to The Simon Law Firm, P.C and James W. Tippin & Associates for sponsoring

September 27, 2017
A reception at the American Bar Foundation held to celebrate the publication of   Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequalitya new book by ABF Research Professors   Robert L. Nelson  and  Laura Beth Nielsen  and  ABF-affiliated scholar  Ellen Berrey

September 28, 2017
A book discussion and reception for  The Many Hands of the State: Theorizing Political Authority and Social Control a new book co-edited by  Kimberly J. Morgan, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, and Ann Shola Orloff, professor of sociology and political science at Northwestern University, and includes contributions from ABF Director Ajay K. Mehrotra

September 29, 2017
Held in conjunction with the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting NEXT Conference. Sponsored by State Co-Chairs Peter M. Kellett and Steven F. Stapleton, and Reginald M. Turner, Chair-Elect of the Fellows

October 11, 2017
Held in conjunction with the Vermont State Bar Annual Meeting. Hosted by State Chair Frank H. Langrock. Special thanks to Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP for sponsoring

October 17, 2017
Featuring Henry M. Greenberg, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Chair of NYSBA's Committee on the New York State Constitution. Hosted by State Co- Chairs Judge
 Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring

October 17, 2017
Featuring Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General. Hosted by State Co-Chairs  Jaime Hawk and Salvador Mungia. Special thanks to Gordon Thomas Honeywell for sponsoring

November 14, 2017
A reception honoring Robert M. Carlson, President-Elect of the American Bar Association and Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Hosted by State Co- Chairs Judge
 Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring

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New Life Fellow Giving Societies

At the last Annual Meeting of the Fellows in New York, the Fellows voted to revise certain Fellows Bylawsin an effort to clarify Fellows giving society levels and to offer additional opportunities for Life Fellows to progress to higher giving levels.  Those revisions resulted in the following generous Fellows becoming members of the newly categorized societies below.  Thank you!

Philanthropist Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of $50,000

Michael H. Byowitz, New York, NY
David A. Collins, Beverly Hills, MI
Ellen J. Flannery, Washington, DC
William H. Neukom, Seattle, WA

Visionary Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of $25,000

Jacqueline Allee, Coral Gables, FL
Mortimer M. Caplin, Washington, D.C.
John J. Creedon, Larchmont, NY
David S. Houghton, Omaha, NE
William G. Paul, Oklahoma City, OK
David K.Y. Tang, Seattle, WA

Leadership Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of $17,500

Jimmy K. Goodman, Oklahoma City, OK
Michael J. Horvitz, Cleveland, OH
Toni Rembe, San Francisco, CA

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, 2017! We greatly appreciate their continued support and contributions to the ABF. 

Benefactor Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of $10,000

Bobbe Jean Bridge, Seattle, WA
Lauren Robel, Bloomington, IN

Patron Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of $5,000

Janet Ellen Barton, Phoenix, AZ
William H. Brown III, Haverford, PA
William A. Burck, Washington, DC
Robert M. Carlson, Butte, MT
Joseph E. Cirigliano, Avon, OH
Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, Menlo Park, CA
James Vinson Derrick, Jr., Houston, TX
Robert H. Edmunds, Jr., Greensboro, NC
Dorothy Eisenberg, Westhampton, NY
W. Royal Furgeson, Jr., Dallas, TX
Thomas V. Girardi, Los Angeles, CA
Leon P. Haller, Harrisburg, PA
Thomas E. Kopil, Langhorne, PA
Jeffrey R. Kuester, Atlanta, GA
Adrianne C. Mazura, Chicago, IL
Harvey Mandell Tettlebaum, Jefferson City, MO
Howard T. Wall III, Franklin, TN

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 , 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 July 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.
ABF Receives $3.4 Million Grant from the American Bar Endowment

A special thank you to the  American Bar Endowment (ABE) !  This summer during the ABA Annual Meeting, the ABE presented the ABF with a grant for $3,414,720. This grant will provide vital annual funding of research and programming to the American Bar Foundation. The check was officially presented at the meeting of the ABA House of Delegates during the 2017 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York. The ABF is grateful to the Endowment for their generosity and support in making our work possible!  
The ABF has received annual grants from the ABE since its founding in 1952. This $3.4 million grant is the largest amount the ABF has received in seven years, and will support the organization's research projects during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

American Bar Foundation Names Berkeley Professor Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law

The  American Bar Foundation (ABF)  has appointed 
Angela Onwuachi-Willig , the Chancellor's Professor of Law at the  University of California, Berkeley, School of Law , as the 2017-18   William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law . Onwuachi-Willig is a renowned scholar of law and inequality whose teaching centers on Employment Discrimination, Evidence, Family Law, Critical Race Theory, and Torts.

Established in 2014, the Neukom Fellows Research Chair leads the ABF's empirical research on law and legal processes relating to issues of diversity and inequality that women, people of color, people with disabilities and persons from the LGBTQ community face in the justice system. It was created to build upon the work of the ABF's  Research Group on Legal Diversity, a network of scholars who conduct empirical research on  diversity in the legal profession and institutions of justice, as well as the impact of diversity on legal processes and institutions.

During her year as the Neukom Fellows Chair, Onwuachi-Willig plans to work on two research projects. The first is a book project tentatively titled "Trials and Trauma: The Ties Between Till and Trayvon," which will examine the race-based traumas that African Americans experience in the wake of high-profile acquittals of defendants who have killed unarmed African Americans. She will approach this research through a legal comparison and analysis of the murders of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin and the acquittals for those responsible, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, and George Zimmerman.
Her second project will focus on the founding and development of the  National Bar Association, the country's largest network of predominantly African American lawyers and judges, formed in 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa. Her research will explore how the five founders understood their role as black lawyers during that time period, as well as the factors that drove the NBA's development and the challenges the founding members faced in the bar and courtroom.
Pictures from the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting in New York

Thank you to everyone who attended the Fellows Events at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York!

Click here to view photos from the Fellows Opening Reception held at the Bear Lounge at the Russian Tea Room. We would like to thank Jones Day for sponsoring!

From left to right: Neal R. Sonnett, Florida State Co-Chair and Patron Fellow, and Ajay Mehrotra,  Executive Director of the American Bar Foundation. Photos by Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company

Click here to view photos from the Fellows Business Breakfast which featured 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. We would like to thank Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz , Latham & Watkins, LLP, and Winston & Strawn, LLP for sponsoring!
From left to right: Alexander Forger,  Helaine Barnett, Robert J. Grey, Jr., and Michael Byowitz, Immediate Past Chair of the Fellows. Photos by Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company

We hope to see you at our events during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, BC. More information will be coming soon!
To view more photos from the events, please visit our website, Flickr page or Facebook

Researching Law

Researching Law: An ABF Update  is a quarterly newsletter designed to acquaint a wide audience with the research activities of the American Bar Foundation. The current issue, "Illuminating the Invisible American Sovereignty: A Profile of the ABF's First Scholar of Native American Legal Systems", profiles Professor Justin B. Richland, the latest researcher to join the American Bar Foundation's faculty, becoming a research professor in the fall of 2016.

Professor Richland is an associate professor of anthropology and social sciences at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the intersections of culture, language and law in contemporary Native American and US settler colonial governance. In addition to his research, since 2015, he also serves as Associate Justice of the Hopi Appellate Court, the highest court of the Hopi Nation. In 2016, he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in support of current research on the role that law has played in reshaping indigenous cultural property rights and their relations to non-indigenous institutions and agencies that control their property. 

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, 2017, 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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