Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Established in 1955, the Fellows comprise an honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who support the research of the ABF.
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The Fellows comprise an honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of the Fellows. Fellows have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Fellows support the research work of the American Bar Foundation through annual contributions and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to leaders of the legal profession.

The Fellows comprise an honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of the Fellows. Fellows have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Fellows support the research work of the American Bar Foundation through annual contributions and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to leaders of the legal profession.

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Don't miss this profile on Fellows Chair and Michigan Leadership Fellow Reginald M. Turner, Jr., from the Detroit Free P...
08/29/2019
Lifetime achievement award winner isn't done giving back | Shining Light Awards

Don't miss this profile on Fellows Chair and Michigan Leadership Fellow Reginald M. Turner, Jr., from the Detroit Free Press. Mr. Turner will receive one of the Detroit Free Press and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition's Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards in October.

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Reginald Turner, a member of the Detroit Institute of Arts board, is the recipient of the 2019 Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership.

Florida Patron Fellow and American Bar Endowment President Stephen N. Zack has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement ...
08/23/2019

Florida Patron Fellow and American Bar Endowment President Stephen N. Zack has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The American Lawyer. Stephen will be profiled in the magazine's September issue. Congratulations, Stephen!
Read more here: https://tinyurl.com/y5yss8vx

Massachusetts Fellow and University of California, Irvine School of Law Chancellor's Professor Michele B. Goodwin has be...
08/22/2019

Massachusetts Fellow and University of California, Irvine School of Law Chancellor's Professor Michele B. Goodwin has been named adviser to The American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law Third Torts: Remedies. Congratulations, Michele!
Read more here: http://ow.ly/jU1L50vG6I6

If you missed last week's Fellows CLE at the ABA Annual Meeting, entitled "Race, Law, and the Mind Sciences: The Many Im...
08/15/2019

If you missed last week's Fellows CLE at the ABA Annual Meeting, entitled "Race, Law, and the Mind Sciences: The Many Implications of Implicit Bias", no need to worry-- You can listen in full on our website. Click the link below:
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Yesterday we gathered in Napa to hear American Bar Foundation Researcher and UCLA School of Law  Professor Devon Carbado...
08/14/2019

Yesterday we gathered in Napa to hear American Bar Foundation Researcher and UCLA School of Law Professor Devon Carbado discuss his latest research on race and police violence. Thank you for the engaging presentation, Devon!

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"Race, Law, and the Mind Sciences: The Many Implications of Implicit Bias"
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"Race, Law, and the Mind Sciences: The Many Implications of Implicit Bias"
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James Casey, Wisconsin Fellow and attorney in Washington, D.C., was recently re-elected to the State Bar of Wisconsin No...
08/08/2019
James Casey, Wisconsin Fellow, Re-elected to the State Bar of Wisconsin Nonresident Lawyers Division Board - American Bar Foundation

James Casey, Wisconsin Fellow and attorney in Washington, D.C., was recently re-elected to the State Bar of Wisconsin Nonresident Lawyers Division Board and was awarded the CPP designation (Certified Privacy Practitioner). Congratulations, James! Read more here:
http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3225

James Casey, Wisconsin Fellow and attorney in Washington, D.C., was recently re-elected to the State Bar of Wisconsin Nonresident Lawyers Division Board. Mr. Casey was also recently awarded the CPP (Certified Privacy Professional) designation.Read more here.

James Haddow, Maine Fellow and partner at Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow, LLP, is editor and author of two chapters of a n...
07/26/2019
James Haddow, Maine Fellow, Authors Two Chapters of Maine Employment Law Treatise - American Bar Foundation

James Haddow, Maine Fellow and partner at Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow, LLP, is editor and author of two chapters of a new Maine employment law treatise. Congratulations, Jim! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3217

James Haddow, Maine Fellow and partner at Petruccelli,  Martin & Haddow LLP, is editor and author of two chapters of a new Maine employment law treatise released 6/25/19. The book gives guidance on statutes, regulations and case decisions on employment practices, employment transactions, and causes...

Adwoa Ghartey-Tagoe Seymour, Georgia Fellow & Assistant General Counsel at Cox Enterprises, has been awarded the 2019 Co...
07/25/2019
Adwoa Ghartey-Tagoe Seymour, Georgia Fellow, Receives 2019 Corporate Counsel Rising Star Award - American Bar Foundation

Adwoa Ghartey-Tagoe Seymour, Georgia Fellow & Assistant General Counsel at Cox Enterprises, has been awarded the 2019 Corporate Counsel Rising Star Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle & the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter. Congrats! Read more here: http://ow.ly/KJ7C50v5cRl

Adwoa Ghartey-Tagoe Seymour, Georgia Fellow and Assistant General Counsel at Cox Enterprises, has been awarded the 2019 Corporate Counsel Rising Star Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter. The Rising Star Award honors an outstanding attorne...

David H. Berg, Texas Life Fellow and Partner at Berg & Androphy, recently published ABA bestseller "The Trial Lawyer: Wh...
07/24/2019
David H. Berg, Texas Life Fellow, Publishes "The Trial Lawyer: What It Takes To Win, Second Edition" - American Bar Foundation

David H. Berg, Texas Life Fellow and Partner at Berg & Androphy, recently published ABA bestseller "The Trial Lawyer: What It Takes To Win" Second Edition (ABA, 2018). Congratulations, David! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3219

David H. Berg, Texas Life Fellow and partner at Berg & Androphy, recently published ABA bestseller The Trial Lawyer: What It Takes To Win, Second Edition (ABA, 2018). The book provides guidance for trial lawyers through excerpts from Mr. Berg's previous cases as well as those of other lawyers, incl...

Felicia Boyd, Minnesota Fellow and Partner at Barnes Thornburg LLP, has been named to Managing Intellectual Property's T...
07/23/2019
Felicia Boyd, Minnesota Fellow, Named to Managing Intellectual Property's Top 250 Women in IP 2019 - American Bar Foundation

Felicia Boyd, Minnesota Fellow and Partner at Barnes Thornburg LLP, has been named to Managing Intellectual Property's Top 250 Women in IP 2019 list. Congratulations, Felicia! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3212

Felicia Boyd, Minnesota Fellow and partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, has been named to Managing Intellectual Property's Top 250 Women in IP 2019 list. The list recognizes the leading female IP practitioners in private practice who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the pas...

Linda A. Klein, Georgia Benefactor Fellow and Senior Managing Shareholder at Baker Donelson has been appointed to the Bo...
07/22/2019
Linda A. Klein, Georgia Benefactor Fellow, Appointed to Carter Center Board of Councilors - American Bar Foundation

Linda A. Klein, Georgia Benefactor Fellow and Senior Managing Shareholder at Baker Donelson has been appointed to the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center. Congratulations, Linda! Read more here :http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3213

Linda A. Klein, Georgia Benefactor Fellow and senior managing shareholder at Baker Donelson, has been appointed to the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization advancing peace and health worldwide. The Board of Councilors is a leadership advisory group that promotes un...

John Wester, North Carolina Life Fellow and Litigator at Robinson Bradshaw has been selected by the American College of ...
07/19/2019
John R. Wester, North Carolina Life Fellow, to Chair National Committee on Judicial Independence - American Bar Foundation

John Wester, North Carolina Life Fellow and Litigator at Robinson Bradshaw has been selected by the American College of Trial Lawyers to serve as the inaugural chair of its General Committee for Judicial Independence. Congratulations, John! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3214

John Wester, North Carolina Life Fellow and litigator at Robinson Bradshaw, has been selected by the American College of Trial Lawyers to serve as the inaugural chair of its General Committee for Judicial Independence. The committee includes three federal judges and will lead the College's efforts i...

Meet Malcolm “Skip” Harsch, and Illinois Fellow. He is the Director on the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender I...
07/18/2019
Fellows Spotlights - American Bar Foundation

Meet Malcolm “Skip” Harsch, and Illinois Fellow. He is the Director on the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the American Bar Association. Mr. Harsch joined the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in May 2018.

Q: What does being a Fellow mean to you?
A: I think it means being a part of a family of distinguished individual attorneys throughout the country. Being a part of such an accomplished group gives me a sense that I have excelled in my profession and through my work have shown that I am a valued part of the legal community. It also means that some person or persons thought highly enough of me to submit my name for consideration to become a Fellow. It is truly an honor.

Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: I was born and raised in Geneva, IL.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career in law?
A: Probably my father. He is an accomplished attorney, working in environmental law for over 40 years. He never pushed me to go to law school, actually the opposite. But his dedication to the profession always stuck with me, even when I chose to pursue a degree in biology in college.

Q: If you hadn’t pursued a career in law, what would you have done?
A: I probably would have become a teacher. Mostly likely high school. I love interacting with younger generations and think I would have made a great high school science teacher.

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: My first passion is sailing. I race competitively on a Tartan 10. This summer I will be participating in my fourth Race to Mackinaw Island. I also love to sing. I am a member of the Great Lakes Dredge and Philharmonic Society. We are an all men’s caroling group. It’s a blast.
Q: Anything else you'd like to share with us?

For more Spotlights, click on the link here:http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/Fellows_Spotlights.html

Malcom "Skip" Harsch is an Illinois Fellow. He is the Director on the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the American Bar Association. Mr. Harsch joined the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in May 2018. Read more here. July 18, 2019.

David J. Steele II, Montana Fellow and managing partner at Geiszler Steele, PC, has been elected to serve as the Secreta...
07/18/2019
David J. Steele II, Montana Fellow, Elected State Bar of Montana Secretary/Treasurer - American Bar Foundation

David J. Steele II, Montana Fellow and managing partner at Geiszler Steele, PC, has been elected to serve as the Secretary/Treasurer for the State Bar of Montana. Congratulations, David! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3215

David J. Steele II, Montana Fellow and managing partner at Geiszler Steele, PC, has been elected to serve as the Secretary/Treasurer for the State Bar of Montana. He will serve a two-year term. Mr. Steele previously served as a Trustee on the Montana State Bar Board of Trustees. Mr. Steele is a Past...

Brian J. Bergman, California Fellow and Partner at Bergman Dacey Goldsmith, recently secured re-development land for pub...
07/11/2019
Brian J. Bergman, California Fellow, Secures Redevelopment Land for LA County - American Bar Foundation

Brian J. Bergman, California Fellow and Partner at Bergman Dacey Goldsmith, recently secured re-development land for public use in Los Angeles County. Congratulations, Brian! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3211

Brian J. Bergman, California Fellow and partner at Bergman Dacey Goldsmith,  has secured redevelopment land for LA County along with attorney Jason Barbato.  Bergman and Barbato created an eminent domain plan which showed that the land was necessary for public use. Their argument invoked the CEQA...

Happy 4th of July from the Fellows staff! Be safe and enjoy the holiday!
07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July from the Fellows staff! Be safe and enjoy the holiday!

07/03/2019
Fellows Events at the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco - American Bar Foundation

Don't forget to sign up for the Fellow's events being held at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco! Check out the list here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/events/3822

ABF Fellows Registration Hours:Marriott Marquis Hotel780 Mission Street, San FranciscoWednesday, August 7: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pmThursday, August 8: 7:30am - 5:30 pmFriday, August 9: 7:30 am - 5:30 pmSaturday, August 10: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Carol F. Lee, D.C. Life Fellow and Special Counsel at Taconic Capital Advisors, recently received The American Law Insti...
06/21/2019
Carol F. Lee, District of Columbia Life Fellow, Receives ALI's Distinguished Service Award - American Bar Foundation

Carol F. Lee, D.C. Life Fellow and Special Counsel at Taconic Capital Advisors, recently received The American Law Institute's Distinguished Service Award at the Institute's 96th Annual Meeting. Congratulations, Carol! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3208

Carol F. Lee, District of Columbia Life Fellow and Special Counsel at Taconic Capital Advisors, recently received ALI's Distinguished Service Award at the Institute's 96th Annual Meeting. When presenting the award, Raymond J. Lohier Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said of Ms...

Professor Richard J. Sobelsohn,  New York Fellow, Fordham Law and Vice President, Legal, for Cohen Brothers Realty Corpo...
06/20/2019
Professor Richard J. Sobelsohn, New York Fellow, Authors Chapter of Two Volume Treatise, "Negotiating and Drafting Office Leases" - American Bar Foundation

Professor Richard J. Sobelsohn, New York Fellow, Fordham Law and Vice President, Legal, for Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, authored a chapter in the two volume treatiese, "Negotiating and Drafting Office Leases." Congratulations, Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3205

Professor Richard J. Sobelsohn, New York Fellow and Vice President, Legal, for Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, has authored a chapter entitled "Green Lease Provisions" in the two volume treatise Negotiating and Drafting Office Leases, published by Law Journal Press. The treatise offers a road ma...

Professor Thomas Baker, Florida Life Fellow, has been elected as "Professor of the Year 2018-2019" by the FIU College of...
06/19/2019
Professor Thomas Baker, Florida Life Fellow, Selected As Florida International University College of Law "Professor of the Year 2018-19" - American Bar Foundation

Professor Thomas Baker, Florida Life Fellow, has been elected as "Professor of the Year 2018-2019" by the FIU College of Law students and published two books: "First Amendment Law: Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion" and "Constitutional Analysis in a Nutshell." Congratulations! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3206

Professor Thomas Baker, Florida Life Fellow and Professor at Florida International University College of Law, has been selected as "Professor of the Year 2018-19" by the Florida International University College of Law student body.Professor Baker has also recently published two new editions of book...

Ted Waggoner, Indiana Life Fellow and Managing Partner of Peterson Waggoner & Perkins, LLP Law Firm recently authored tw...
06/18/2019
Ted Waggoner, Indiana Life Fellow, Authors Two Chapters for "Second Acts for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers" - American Bar Foundation

Ted Waggoner, Indiana Life Fellow and Managing Partner of Peterson Waggoner & Perkins, LLP Law Firm recently authored two chapters for "Second Acts for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers." Congratulations, Ted Waggoner! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3207

Ted Waggoner, Indiana Life Fellow and Managing Partner at the firm Peterson Waggoner & Perkins, LLP, has authored two chapters for the ABA Senior Lawyers Division's new book Second Acts for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers. Waggoner's chapters are entitled "Addressing Ethical Issues Facing the Aging L...

06/18/2019
Alan G. Brackett, Louisiana Fellow, Receives Louisiana Bar Foundation President's Award - American Bar Foundation

Alan G. Brackett, Louisiana Fellow, received the prestigious Louisiana Bar Foundation President's Award for recognition of his support of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and his volunteer service. Congratulations, Alan! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3197

Alan G. Brackett, Louisiana Fellow, has received the prestigious Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) President's Award. The award was presented to Mr. Brackett in recognition of his exemplary support, dedication and advancement of the mission of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, as well as his outstanding vo...

Carolyn B. Witherspoon, Arkansas Life Fellow, has been inducted into Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Car...
06/17/2019
Carolyn B. Witherspoon, Arkansas Life Fellow, Inducted into Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame - American Bar Foundation

Carolyn B. Witherspoon, Arkansas Life Fellow, has been inducted into Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Carolyn! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3198

Carolyn B. Witherspoon, Arkansas Life Fellow, has been inducted into the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Witherspoon is a director and founder of the firm Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon and Galchus. Through her leadership and service, she has served the legal profession and the state of Arkansas in count...

06/14/2019
Hon. Lawrence Winthrop, Arizona Fellow, Receives 2019 Walter E. Craig Distinguished Services Award - American Bar Foundation

Honorable Lawrence Winthrop, Arizona Fellow, received the 2019 Walter E. Crag Distinguished Services Award from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education for his professionalism and service. Congratulations, Judge Winthrop! Read more here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellows/news/3199

Hon. Lawrence Winthrop, Arizona Fellow, has received the 2019 Walter E. Craig Distinguished Services Award from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. This award is given to an attorney who has manifested adherence to the highest principles and tradition of the legal profession and ....

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