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The Honorable John Tunheim, CEELI Council Chair
Judge John R. Tunheim has served as a United States District Judge since 1995. Judge Tunheim served as the Chairman of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board, an independent federal agency responsible for reviewing and facilitating public disclosure of previously classified government records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Judge Tunheim has invested a significant amount of time in international rule of law development. His early work in Kosovo helped the United Nations to re-establish and improve the legal system, and ultimately, to restructure the entire judiciary. In 2007-2008, he worked as the principal outside advisor to the process that developed the Kosovo Constitution, including training the constitutional commission, negotiating the final compromises and drafting provisions that established the judicial system, the constitutional court and the intelligence and security sectors. Judge Tunheim’s international work also includes extensive efforts in Uzbekistan to help the country implement important changes in pretrial criminal procedures intended to significantly improve the human rights record in Uzbekistan.
Judge Tunheim has worked on rule of law development projects, not only in Kosovo, Uzbekistan and Georgia, but also in Russia, Montenegro, Jordan, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Lithuania. He also helped develop an extensive course on judicial ethics to be taught at the CEELI Institute in Prague. He is a former Chair and member of the Council of the American Bar Association Division on Government and Public Sector Lawyers and serves on the Division’s Council of Fellows. He is now serving as the new Chair of ABA ROLI’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative Council.
Marcelo Bombau, CEELI Council Member
Mr. Bombau leads the Mergers and Acquisitions and Media and Entertainment departments at M. & M. Bomchil (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Since joining the firm in 1981 he has worked on a number of important transactions, participating actively in some of the most important reorganizations and company purchase deals carried out during the last decade. The Mergers and Acquisitions field has been at the core of his activities, giving advice on difficult negotiations and actively participating in due diligence processes, negotiations and structuring of complex businesses. Mr. Bombau is member of the board of directors of several local companies as per appointment requested by foreign interest-holders. He has received distinctions in several publications within his area of practice. He has written many articles in his area of expertise and has lectured both in Argentina and abroad. Mr. Bombau graduated from Universidad Nacional de La Plata in 1981.
He is a member of Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires; the American Bar Association, where he served as Chair of the Section of International Law; the Hispanic National Bar Association and the International Bar Association. In May 2015, Mr. Bombau was appointed as member of the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative Council.
Karen E. Bravo, CEELI Council Member
Karen E. Bravo is a well-known international law scholar and a Professor of Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Bravo’s research interests include regional integration, labor liberalization, personhood, and human trafficking. Professor Bravo practiced corporate law with international law firms in New York and Massachusetts following her graduation from Columbia Law School. Her practice areas included venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions and emerging and public company representation. She left her law firm practice to join the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) in the Republic of Armenia, where she worked with domestic judiciary and advocates, and local and international NGOs on legal reform and education programs and strategies. Professor Bravo was co-chair of the Teaching International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law from 2011 to 2014. She will serve a one year appointment to the ABA Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative beginning August 2014.
Steven M. Richman, CEELI Council Member
Steven M. Richman practices in the areas of commercial and international law and litigation, including real estate, corporate/shareholder disputes, contracts, construction litigation, energy law, art law, arbitration, secured transactions, intellectual property, bankruptcy and antitrust. Mr. Richman is secretary of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and former chair of the International Law Section, Antitrust Committee, and New Jersey Lawyer Magazine Editorial Board. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Richman is a member of the editorial board of The New Jersey Lawyer newspaper.
Within the American Bar Association, Mr. Richman has twice received the Outstanding Subcommittee Chair award within the Litigation Section, as well as an award for Outstanding Newsletter Editor for the Trial Practice Committee newsletter. He currently is communications officer for the ABA International Law Section, a vice chair of the International Litigation Committee of the ABA International Law Section, a member of the ABA House of Delegates, and a member of the ABA Human Rights Institute Advisory Council. He also is publications officer of the Sales Committee of the International Bar Association and co-communications officer of the Professional Ethics Committee. Mr. Richman has written numerous legal articles and books on federal civil practice and international, bankruptcy, commercial and constitutional law and political issues and is a frequent CLE lecturer.
The Honorable Richard G. Stearns, CEELI Council Member
Judge Richard G. Stearns has served as a judge in the District of Massachusetts since 1993, when he was nominated by President Clinton. Prior to his service as a Federal judge he served on the Superior Court of Massachusetts and as served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
Judge Stearns has served on many committees, including the Judicial Conference Committee on Security until 2012, Committee on Space and Facilities (2005 – 2008), Committee on Federal‐State Jurisdiction (1996‐2002). Judge Stearns now serves as a member of the Committee on International Judicial Relations and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has been an advisor and lecturer at the Department of Defense Counter Proliferation Initiative (Central and Southern Europe, Ukraine, Morocco, Central Asia); European Space Agency Symposium, Scotland (2104); NATO Counter‐Terrorism Initiative (Southern Europe and Black Sea); NATO Symposium on Suicide Terrorism (Cambridge University, England 2006); U.S. State Department and Department of Justice Rule of Law Initiative and EXBS Program (Moldova, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Armenia, Cyprus, Macedonia, Tajikistan, Turkey); European Counter‐Terrorism Initiative (Ireland); Pluscarden Programme for the Study of Global Terrorism, St. Antony's College, Oxford (2006, 2008); ABA‐CEELI Project (Russia, Kyrgyzstan).
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Judge Stearns received numerous commendations for prosecutions involving terrorism, espionage, defense procurement, and white collar crime from the U.S. Attorney General and the Director of the FBI. Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Judge Stearns served as an Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, where he headed the Career Criminal Prosecution Unit. Judge Stearns is a Trustee at the Vincent Memorial Hospital for Women at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he chairs the Committee on Science and Research for the Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology.
Paige M. Willan, CEELI Council Member
Paige M. Willan focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration at both the trial and appellate level. She has experience with cases pending before a variety of state and federal courts, including appeals to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Willan has represented clients in both the prosecution and defense of a wide array of commercial claims, including complex contract and business tort claims, actions for the avoidance of fraudulent conveyances and preferences under federal and state bankruptcy law, copyright and misappropriation of trade secret claims, petitions for confirmation of international arbitral awards, and allegations of professional malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.
In addition to her commercial dispute resolution practice, Ms. Willan has experience representing clients in investigations conducted by federal and state government agencies. She has also provided pro bono representation to veterans who have been denied disability benefits by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Before becoming a member of the Bar, Ms. Willan lived and worked in Ukraine for an organization promoting public diplomacy through educational and cultural exchange. Ms. Willan is fluent in Russian and proficient in Ukrainian.
The Honorable Denise R. Johnson, CEELI Council Special Advisor
Justice Johnson was the first woman to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court. She was appointed in 1990, and retired in 2011. She authored hundreds of opinions, including precedent-setting decisions in the fields of civil rights, civil liberties, torts and other areas. While on the Court, Justice Johnson led and participated in significant initiatives aimed at improving access to justice, judicial education and the judicial system. She has been a ROLI volunteer since 2012, serving in three areas in the Europe and Eurasia Division. In 2012, Justice Johnson assisted ABA ROLI’s Armenia program and served as a Judicial Reform Legal Specialist in Yerevan, Armenia. In 2013, she trained Serbian defense advocates in trial skills as a Legal Specialist for ABA ROLI’s Criminal Defense Capacity Program in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2014, she did similar work in Skopje, Macedonia, judging mock trials and training defense lawyers. Justice Johnson has lectured at the Universita degli Studi di Udine and the Universita di Trento, Facolta di Jurisprudenza, in Italy. Prior to her service on the bench, she was the Chair of the Vermont Human Rights Commission and served as an Assistant Attorney General, Chief Public Protection Division in Vermont.
The Honorable Thomas B. Griffith, CEELI Council Special Counselor
Judge Griffith was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in June 2005. A graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Judge Griffith was engaged in private practice from 1985 – 1995 and again in 1999. His primary areas of emphasis were commercial and corporate litigation and government investigations. From 1995 – 1999, Judge Griffith was Senate Legal Counsel of the United States. In that capacity, he represented the interests of the Senate in litigation and advised the Senate leadership and its committees on investigations, including the impeachment trial of President Clinton. From 2000 until his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals, Judge Griffith was Assistant to the President and General Counsel of Brigham Young University.
Judge Griffith has long been active in the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI). He currently serves on the CEELI Council of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative and on the board of directors of the CEELI Institute in Prague. Since joining the Court, Judge Griffith has taught courses on Presidential Powers and Judicial Process at the Brigham Young University Law School and on the Role of an Article III Judge at Stanford Law School.
Homer E. Moyer, CEELI Council Special Counselor
Homer Moyer, a partner in the Washington DC law firm of Miller & Chevalier, has been recognized as a premier lawyer in multiple international legal fields and as one of the country's leading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) lawyers. A political appointee of both political parties, he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He chaired the ABA's Section on International Law and has guided pro bono projects that have been hailed for their global impact.
He was the co-founder and chair (1990-2002) of the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), which has provided technical legal assistance to emerging democracies of the former Soviet bloc, a project described by former Attorney General Janet Reno as "the worthiest pro bono project that American lawyers have ever undertaken." He founded the CEELI Institute, a post-graduate lawyer and judicial training institution in Prague, is president of Friends of the CEELI Institute, and has served on the board of the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative since its inception.
The Honorable Ramona G. See, CEELI Council Special Counselor
Judge Ramona G. See is a judge for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in California. She earned a bachelor's degree from University of Michigan and a J.D. from Boston College. She was elected to serve on the Superior Court and ran for re-election in 2012. She was re-elected to continue to serve as a judge for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in California. Judge See served as a member of the CEELI Council from 2011 to 2014 and has joined the Council in 2014 in the new capacity of the Special Counselor. Judge See is currently serving as a member of the ABA Board of Governors as the Judicial Member-at-Large from 2015-2018.