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Luncheon: Celebrating 25 Years of Advancing the Rule of Law

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August 3, 2015
12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Chicago 
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
West Tower
Green Level, Crystal Ballroom

Tickets/registration


  • Standard rate: $80
  • Non-profit and student rate: $65




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Keynote speaker


Mari Carmen Aponte is the Ambassador of the United States to El Salvador.

Before assuming leadership of the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador in 2010, Ambassador Aponte worked as an attorney and consultant at a consulting firm in Washington D.C., and served on the Board of Directors of Oriental Financial Group.  From 2001-2004, Ms. Aponte was the Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration. 


Prior to that, she practiced law in Washington D.C. for nearly twenty years.  Ms. Aponte has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the University of the District of Columbia.  She was a member of the Board of Rosemont College, and served as president of the Hispanic National Bar Association; the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia; and as a member of the District of Columbia Judicial Nominations Commission.  In 1979, as a White House Fellow, Ms. Aponte was Special Assistant to United States Housing and Urban Development Secretary Moon Landrieu.  Ms. Aponte has a B.A. in Political Science from Rosemont College, an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University, and a J.D. from Temple University.

Recognizing Current and Former Chairs of the ABA Rule of Law Projects


Hon. Robert Alsdorf

Nancy Anderson

Ambassador Harriet C. Babbitt

Hon. Rosemary Barkett

Martha Barnett

Talbot (Sandy) D'Alemberte

Jose W. Fernandez

Robert J. Grey, Jr.

William M. Hannay, III

Robert H. Henry

R. William Ide, III

E. Christopher Johnson, Jr.

Nathaniel Raphael Jones

Dianna Kempe

Armando LaCasa

Gerold Libby

Hon. Margaret M. McKeown

Leigh Middleditch, Jr.

Homer Moyer, Jr.

Roberta Cooper Ramo

James R. Silkenat

Laura Stein

William Howard Taft, IV

Hon. John Tunheim

Walter White, Jr.

John Yang

Stephen N. Zack

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Sponsorship opportunities


For questions or to secure your sponsorship, please contact Samantha Feinstein at samantha.feinstein@americanbar.org or +1 202.662.1687.

Rule of Law Champion—for a sponsorship donation of $5,000, the sponsoring entity would receive the following benefits:

  • Ten (10) reserved seats at the luncheon (one full table)
  • Black and white, half-page tribute advertisement and recognition as a “Rule of Law Champion” in the program
  • Verbal acknowledgement at the event
  • Ability to provide branded materials, such as pens and other giveaways
  • Recognition on the ABA ROLI web page for a year
  • Invitation for two (2) to the Green Room Reception

Rule of Law Advocate— for a sponsorship donation of $2,500, the sponsoring entity would receive the following benefits:

  • Ten (10) reserved seats at the luncheon (one full table)
  • Recognition as a “Rule of Law Advocate” in the program
  • Invitation for two (2) to the Green Room Reception

Rule of Law Reformer—for a sponsorship donation of $1,000, the sponsoring entity would receive the following benefits.

  • Ten (10) reserved seats at the luncheon (one full table)
  • Recognition as a “Rule of Law Reformer” in the program

Rule of Law Friend—for a sponsorship donation of $500, an individual would receive the following benefits.

  • Five (5) reserved seats at the luncheon
  • Recognition as a “Rule of Law Friend” in the program