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Introducing the 2016-2017 Fellows Chair:
Michael H. Byowitz

Michael H. Byowitz, Chair of The Fellows
We are very excited to introduce our new Chair of The Fellows, Michael H. Byowitz. Mr. Byowitz practices at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York where he was a partner for more than 30 years (and where he presently serves as Of Counsel) specializing in antitrust law and policy, and advising multinational corporations on major domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate takeovers. He has served as New York State Co-Chair of the Fellows and received the Fellows' Outstanding State Co-Chair award in 2012.

Q: What does being a Fellow mean to you?

A: It means being a part an honor society of diverse lawyers committed to supporting the important, cutting edge, empirical, interdisciplinary research of the premier legal research institute in the world. 

Q: Where were you born and raised?

A: I was born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York, in a family that didn't have a lot of financial resources but my parents strived and succeeded in providing their children with the opportunity to have a better life than they did. I went to college (Columbia) and law school (NYU) in Manhattan. 

Q: What type of law do you practice, and how did you become interested in that particular area?

A: At Wachtell Lipton, I practice antitrust law (referred to outside the U.S. as competition law), and spend the bulk of my time on mergers and acquisitions. I represent companies seeking to merge before the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and State Attorneys General in the United States, and retain and work with competition lawyers in the many jurisdictions around the world that have adopted mandatory premerger notification laws - the Commission of the European Union, the Canadian Competition Bureau, and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in China, just to name a few. I also represent clients from time to time in cartel cases which have international dimensions (often investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and one or more competition authorities around the world).

I didn't plan to be an antitrust lawyer. My first legal job was as a litigator with a law firm in Washington DC. After working at that firm for two years, seeking more hands on experience, I applied to and received offers from three Divisions of the United States Department of Justice. I decided to join the Antitrust Division because it offered the opportunity to work on both civil cases (mergers) and criminal cases (bid rigging and price fixing). After four years at the Antitrust Division, I was approached by Wachtell Lipton, joined the firm in 1983, and have happily practiced law here ever since.     

Q: If you had decided not to pursue a career in law, what would you have done?

A: To be honest, I've wanted to be a lawyer since I was about 12 years old. If I hadn't become a lawyer, I would probably have gone into something related to American History as this has always been a particular interest of mine.    

Q: What was the last book you read?

A: The last book I finished reading was The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, an enjoyable read with a good deal of interesting information about two incredible individuals and the sister who helped in their efforts. I'm presently in the midst of two books - a biography focusing on Abraham Lincoln's early years (before he became nationally prominent) and a book on the creator of the Wonder Woman comic book character, a very interesting man who was a prominent supporter of women's suffrage and the inventor of the lie detector.

Q: What are you most looking forward to during your term as Chair of The Fellows?

A: The ABF does very important research and the Fellows are increasingly being called upon to raise more substantial funds for the ABF for a number of reasons including cuts in federal grant funding over time. It is very important that we recruit more Fellows and that we convince existing Fellows to continue giving after they attain Life Fellow status. This might sound like nuts and bolts, but it's a very important challenge, and one that I hope and plan to meet.   

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: The ABF is the only institution of its kind in the American legal system. It does empirical research on critical areas of practice including access to justice, diversity in the profession, the impact of mass incarceration, how real juries actually function, the extent to which end of life documents are used in intensive care situations, the impact of early childhood education programs, and many, many others.  It provides data not previously available for lawyers, judges and society at large to make important policy decisions that affect real people, their lives and the judicial system. There is no one else doing this kind of work on as broad a scope and with such consistently excellent results as the ABF.
In This Issue
2016-17 Fellows Officers
Make Your Annual Contribution
Honor a Colleague with a Fellows Nomination
2016-17 Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law
Fellows Events at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting
Fellows Online Profiles and Directory
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
Immediate Past Chair
Minneapolis, MN

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Make Your Annual Contribution
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Honor a Colleague with a Fellows Nomination
Fellows in the News
Recent and Upcoming Events

August 5-9, 2016

September 14, 2016
Featured Meryl Chertoff, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Justice & Society Program.  Hosted by State 
Co-Chairs Judge Elizabeth Snow Stong 
and Kenneth G. Standard. Special thanks to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for sponsoring

September 15, 2016
Featured ABF Research  Professor Shari Diamond. Hosted by State Co-Chairs, Alice E. Richmond, Lauren Stiller Rikleen and Marilyn J. Wellington. Special thanks to Sherin and Lodgen LLP for sponsorsing

September 16, 2016
A celebration of  the publication of three new books on the  New Legal Realism (NLR) , an   ABF research project  that has evolved into a major contemporary school of legal study. The books were co-edited by ABF Professer Elizabeth MertzThomas W. Mitchell, co-editor of Volume I and professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, presented a short seminar

A reception in conjunction with the International Bar Association 2016 Annual Conference. Hosted by Michael H. Byowitz, Chair of The Fellows and Steven M. Richman, Co-Chair of International Fellows

September 23, 2016
Held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Missouri Bar. Featuring ABF Research Professor Laura Beth Nielsen. Hosted by State Co-Chairs Dana T. Cutler, Dean R. Lawrence Dessem and Amy C. Gunn

October 1, 2016
Featuring 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
Featuring 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
Featuring Professor  Rachel MoranInaugural Neukom Visiting Chair. Special thanks to Bergman Dacey Goldsmith for sponsoring

November 16, 2016
Featuring ABF Director Emeritus Robert Nelson.
Hosted by State Co-Chairs Mitchell L. Bach and Professor Amelia H. Boss

December 6, 2016
Featuring 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

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New Legal Realism Book Launch   
On September 16, 2016, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) celebrated the publication of three new books on the 
  New Legal Realism (NLR) , an ABF research project that has evolved into a major contemporary school of legal study.  The goal of the NLR project is to develop rigorous, genuinely interdisciplinary approaches to the empirical study of law. The books were co-edited by ABF Research Professor   Elizabeth Mertz , and include contributions from several other ABF scholars. Illinois Fellows were invited to the event which began with a short seminar by Thomas W. Mitchell, co-editor of Volume I and professor at Texas A&M University School of Law.

The New Legal Realism  volumes, The New Legal Realism: Translating Law-and-Society for Today's Legal Practice and The New Legal Realism: Studying Law Globally, introduce readers to NLR scholarship, while demonstrating the value of thoughtful interdisciplinary translation between law and social science. This scholarship charts a new course for interdisciplinary legal research by synthesizing theory, empirical research, global perspectives, and law in action. The volumes together demonstrate the importance of the NLR project, not only for legal scholarship, but for law schools and practices.

Translating the Social World for Law examines the linguistic problems that arise in efforts to translate between law and the social sciences. We usually think of "translation " as pertaining to situations involving distinct languages such as English and Swahili. But realistically, we also know that there are many kinds of English or Swahili, so that some form of translation may still be needed even between two people who both speak English-including, for example, between English speakers who are members of different professions. Law and the social sciences certainly qualify as disciplines with quite distinctive language patterns and practices, as well as different orientations and goals. In coordinated papers that are grounded in empirical research, the volume contributors use careful linguistic analysis to understand how attempts to translate between different disciplines can misfire in systematic ways. The contributors to this volum e are members of an interdisciplinary working group on Legal Translation. 

A national movement,   New Legal Realism began as an  ABF research project  co-directed by Mertz in the late 1990s. "It seemed clear that the legal academy was searching for a new way to integrate social science and law," Mertz said. "After years of experience at the ABF, I knew that it was possible to bring the full range of disciplines together to understand law better-not just economics or psychology or anthropology, or any one approach, but all of them." Mertz met with a group of scholars, including ABF Director Emeritus  Bryant Garth , to discuss plans for a research project. This resulted in a panel, " Is it Time for a New Legal Realism ," at the 1997 annual meeting of the  Law and Society Association  (LSA). NLR scholarship has since been featured at subsequent meetings of the LSA and  American Association of Law Schools .  

Read more about The New Legal Realism Volumes I & II  here, and about Translating the Social World for Law  here.
Thank you to the American Bar Endowment

J. Anthony Patterson, ABE President, and David Collins, Immediate Past ABF President, at the Annual Business Breakfast 

A special thank you to the   American Bar Endowment (ABE) ! This summer at the Fellows Business Breakfast at the ABA Annual Meeting, the ABE presented the ABF with a grant for $2,930,998.00! 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 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in August. The ABF is grateful to the Endowment for their generosity and support in making our work possible!

Professor Laura F. Edwards
The American Bar Foundation has appointed Laura F. Edwards, the Peabody Family Professor of History at Duke University, as the 2016-17 William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and LawHer research focuses on how disadvantaged and dependent groups such as slaves, women, and children used the law in the nineteenth-century U.S. South to maintain peace and empower themselves with rights. 

During her year as the Neukom Fellows Research Chair, Edwards will work on a research project entitled "Only the Clothes on Her Back: Women, Textiles, and State Formation in the Nineteenth-Century United States." The project explores the relationship between U.S. textile trade in the nineteenth century and institutions of law and governance. It will reveal the ways in which subordinated groups engaged in trade, used the legal system, and ultimately shaped the nation's governing institutions. The research will provide a new framework for understanding the development of inequality in the United States, demonstrating that problems of inequality today are more entrenched and therefore, more difficult to resolve.

The Neukom Fellows Research Chair was established in 2014 to lead the ABF's empirical research on law and legal processes, relating to issues of diversity and inequality that woman, people of color, people with disabilities, and persons from the LGBTQ community face in the justice system.
Fellows Events at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

Panelists during the Fellows CLE Research Seminar, Civil Rights Advocacy: Past, Present and Future
William H. Neukom and Ajay Mehrotra during the Fellows Annual Business Breakfast
Fellows at the Opening Reception enjoying the California Historical Society
Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, CA Supreme Court Justice and ABF Board Member, giving remarks at the State Chair Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who attended the Fellows Events at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco! We would also like to thank The Clorox Company  for generously sponsoring The Life Fellows Champagne Toast! 

We hope to see you at our events during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami, FL. More information will be coming soon!

To view more photos from the events, please visit our website, Flickr page or Facebook.
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.

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
William F. Womble, Winston Salem, NC

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 Patron  Fellow Giving Society  since June 1, 2016 ! We greatly appreciate their continued support and contributions to the Foundation. 

Life Patron Fellows
Contributed an aggregate of $5,000

James Bartimus, Leawood, KS
M. Douglas Dunn, Naples, FL
David Charles Frederick, Washington, DC
Stephen F. Gates, Houston, TX
Stuart Z. Grossman, Coral Gables, FL
Judy Perry Martinez, New Orleans, LA
Robert M. Rhodes, Jacksonville, FL
Andrea Zopp, 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 
June 1, 2016 , 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 June 1, 2016, please click   here.
For a complete list of all Life Fellow Giving Society Members, please click here.

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 June 1, 2016, please click  here!
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