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PAULETTE BROWN, President (2015-2016)
Paulette Brown, a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J.,
office of Locke Lord Edwards, is president-elect of the American Bar Association.
Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.
Brown has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America." She has received the New Jersey Medal from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.
Brown has repeatedly been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and by US News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
Brown earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. at Howard University.
LINDA A. KLEIN, President-Elect (2015-2016)
Managing shareholder in the Atlanta, Georgia, offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.
Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, J.D., 1983
Member of ABA House since 1998, and served as chair in 2010-12. Member of Advisory Committee to Chair of the House of Delegates. Member of Magna Carta 2015 Committee. Past chair of House Committee on Rules and Calendar (2006-08); Coalition for Justice (2006-10); ABA Day in Washington Planning Committee (2012-14). Past member of Standing Committees on Delivery of Legal Services (2000-01); State and Local Bar Activities (2001-04); Publication Oversight (2004-10). Council member for Section of International Law and co-chair of ABA Resource Committee in Section of Litigation. Chaired Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section in 2003-04. Recipient of Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 2004. First woman to serve as president of the State Bar of Georgia in 1997-98. Executive council member for National Conference of Bar Presidents in 1998-2001, and president of Caucus of State Bar Associations in 2001-02. Columnist for Law Practice Magazine’s Taking the Lead column.
Involved in: Southface Energy Institute, an Atlanta-based charity focusing on sustainable development ; On Board, a non-profit that advocates for diversifying corporate leadership; Neighbor to Family, a non-profit foster care provider that keeps siblings together; and Andrew College, a 160 year old institution that specializes in first in the family to attend college.
PATRICIA LEE REFO, Chair, Houe of Delegates (2014-2016)
Partner and Chair of the Professional Liability Litigation Group,
Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix, Arizona
University of Michigan school of law in Ann Arbor, J.D., 1983 Member of ABA House of Delegates in 1998-2001 and again since 2005. Chaired Law Day 2013. Chaired Standing Committee on Membership in 2008-2011. Member of Commission on Civic Education and the Separation of Powers in 2005-2007. Chaired Commission on the American Jury Project in 2004-2005. Chaired Section of Litigation in 2003-2004, and served on the section's Executive Committee in 1994-2010. Member of the Board of Directors for American Bar Endowment since 2009. Member of Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence to the U.S. Judicial Conference in 2000-2006. Member of Advisory Committee on Arizona Rules of Evidence since 2012. Practiced from 1983-1996 at Jenner & Block in Chicago.
MARY T. TORRES, Secretary (2014-2017)
Of Counsel, Beall & Biehler Law Firm, New Mexico
University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 1992
Mary has served in the House of Delegates as State Delegate from New Mexico and as a member of the Nominating Committee since 2005. She has also been a member of the Select, Technology, Steering, and Rules and Calendar committees of the House and a member and Secretary of the Minority Caucus of the House. She has also served on the Standing Committee on Public Education, the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and on the governing body of the Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. When Mary became President of the State Bar of New Mexico in 2002, she served as the first Hispanic woman in the nation elected president of a state bar association. She is a member of the National Hispanic Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and was President of the National Council of Bar Presidents.
G. NICHOLAS CASEY, JR., Treasurer (2014-2017)
Managing Member, Lewis, Glasser, Casey & Rollins, PLLC, West Virginia
West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1977
A lawyer and certified public accountant, Nick concentrates his practice in the areas of business development, financing, real estate leasing and acquisitions, employee benefits and related commercial business activities. He was a member of the ABA Board of Governors in 2009-2012. During his term on the ABA Board, he chaired the Board’s Finance Committee, and also chaired the Finance Committee’s Investment and Pension subcommittees. A past president of the West Virginia State Bar Association, Kanawha County Bar Association, and the West Virginia Bar Foundation, Inc., Nick served as West Virginia's State Delegate in the ABA House of Delegates and as a member of the House Nominating Committee. He also served on the House Technology and Communications Committee.
WILLIAM C. HUBBARD, Immediate Past President (2015-2016)
Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, South Carolina
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1977
William has held a variety of leadership positions within the ABA. He served two years as chair of the ABA House of Delegates (2008-10) and is the immediate past president of the American Bar Foundation. He is a past president of the American Bar Endowment. He also served on the ABA Board of Governors, the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, and chaired the ABA Young Lawyers Division. He is a member of the council of the American Law Institute, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. William chairs the board of directors of the World Justice Project, a multinational, multidisciplinary initiative to strengthen the rule of law worldwide.
RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY, Minority Member-at-Large (2014-2017)
Retired from active practice, Vallejo, California
McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, J.D., 1988
Attorney in Vallejo, Calif., retired from active practice. Chairs the California Law Academy Support Council. Founding partner of the first Asian Pacific American women-owned law firm in Sacramento. Former Assistant Dean at Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Member of ABA House of Delegates since 2012 (currently represents State Bar of California). Member of advisory committee to Standing Committee on Public Education. Member of Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee. Member of Commission on Women in the Profession in 2010-13. Past chair of Council for Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. Past president of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2002-03). Past member of State Bar of California Board of Governors. Worked as a nurse for 15 years before entering legal profession. Received JD in 1988 from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento.
WILLIAM R. BAY, Section of Litigation (2014-2017)
Partner, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis, Missouri
University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, J.D., 1978
Bill Bay is a Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis. His litigation practice includes more than 30 years of experience in the representation and trial of business disputes. Bill's clients vary from major financial institutions to manufacturers to for-profit colleges. He has litigated cases on behalf of companies facing high-risk litigation and helped businesses manage and respond to large portfolios of litigation in multiple jurisdictions.
Bill is the immediate past Chair of the 60,000-member ABA Section of Litigation. Missouri Lawyers Media selected Bill as a 2013 Influential Lawyer. The award is part of the Missouri Lawyers Awards, which honor the top innovators and influencers in Missouri's legal community.
Bill is active in a number of legal and community organizations throughout the region and country. He has been elected to leadership posts in several local, state and national bar associations, including president of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, president of the St. Louis Bar Foundation and member of the Missouri Bar Board of Governors. Bill has been a member of the ABA's House of Delegates since 2003 representing St. Louis. He served as Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services. Bill is currently co-chair of the Missouri Supreme Court and Missouri Bar’s Joint Commission on Women in the Profession and a member of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. He also served on the board of FOCUS St. Louis, which seeks to train, promote and educate leaders on regional issues.
DAVID F. BIENVENU, Sixth District (2014-2017)
Partner, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans, Louisiana
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1980
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 1997 (currently represents Louisiana State Bar Association). Chaired Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness in 2010-2013. Board member of Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in 2009-2010. Past member of Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (2005-2008); Special Committee on Death Penalty Representation (2001-2004); Committee on Justice Initiatives (1998-2001); Standing Committee on Gavel Awards (1993-1996). Peer consultant in ABA Center for Pro Bono. President of Louisiana State Bar Association in 1997-1998 and Louisiana Bar Foundation in 2004-2005. Established Louisiana State Bar’s Access to Justice Program, and is Vice President of Louisiana Civil Justice Center. Past President of the Historical Society of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
JOSEPH B. BLUEMEL, Tenth District (2013-2016)
Bluemel Law Office, Wyoming
University of Wyoming College of Law, J.D., 1986
A judge in Kemmerer, Wyoming, Joseph serves as the State Delegate from Wyoming in the House of Delegates and was a former Wyoming State Bar Delegate in the House. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline. Joseph served as a Director and President of the Wyoming State Bar (2006-2007). He is currently Vice Chair of the Wyoming Board of Professional Responsibility.
PAMELA A. BRESNAHAN, Woman Member-at-Large, (2014-2017)
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Washington, D.C.
University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, J.D., 1980
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 1987 (currently is a Delegate-at-Large). Chairs House Committee on Drafting Policies and Procedures. Council member for Fund for Justice and Education. ABA permanent representative to the United Nations/Public Information in 2010-2013. Past member of Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (2002-2005) and Commission on Women in the Profession (2000-2002). Chaired Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability in 1995-1997. Member of Gender Equity Task Force in 2012-2013. Council member for Section of Litigation in 2010-2013, and currently co-chairs the section’s ABA Resource Committee. Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Board of Trustees member for National Institute for Trial Advocacy since 2010. President of American Counsel Association in 2004-2005 and Women’s Bar Association of Maryland in 1987-1988.
A. VINCENT BUZARD, Fifteenth District (2015-2018)
Founder and Co-Chair Appellate Practice Group, Harris Beach PLLC
University of Michigan, J.D. cum laude, 1967
Vince Buzard is an Appellate Lawyer handling appeals in state and federal courts including regularly arguing in the State’s highest Court. He was Chair of the ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers (2013-2014) and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Appellate Judges Conference (2013-2014). He is the author New York Appellate Practice LexisNexis, and co-author New York Chapter The Appellate Practice Compendium (ABA). He was President of the New York State Bar Association (2005-2006) and President of the Monroe County Bar Association (1993-1994). He has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 2004; and a member of the New York State Bar House of Delegates since 1987. He is a Past Chair and current member of the State Bar Committee Reviewing Judicial Nominations and a member of the Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee. He is a past Chair Seventh District Judicial Screening Commission. He is a certified Federal Court Mediator and a former Corporation Counsel, City of Rochester. He has been a legal commentator, moderator and host on Rochester radio and television stations since 1977.
STEPHEN E. CHAPPELEAR, Seventh District (2013-2016)
Partner, Frost Brown Todd, Ohio
Ohio State University Law School, J.D., 1977
Stephen concentrates his practice in the areas of business and complex litigation. He is a member of the ABA House of Delegates, representing the Ohio State Bar Association. He is a past chair of the Section of Litigation’s Real Estate and Probate Committee and the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Trial Techniques Committee. He is a past president of the National Conference of Bar Foundations, National Metropolitan Bar Caucus, Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Foundation, Columbus Bar Association and Moyer Inn of Court.
MIN K. CHO, Young Lawyer Member-at-Large (2014-2017)
Partner, Holland & Knight, Orlando, Florida
Florida State University in Tallahassee, J.D., 2004
Member of ABA House of Delegates Since 2011. Serves on the Resolutions Committee for the Minority Caucus. Former Diversity Director for Young Lawyers Division. Member of NAPABA.
JUDGE HERBERT B. DIXON, JR., (2014-2017)
Judge, District of Columbia Superior Court
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1973
A member of ABA House of Delegates since 2008, Judge Dixon served on the HOD Nominating Committee and the Committee on Technology and Communications. He formerly served as chair of the National Conference of State Trial Judges, chair of the Judicial Division’s Court Technology, and co-chair of The Judges’ Journal Editorial Board. Judge Dixon served as chair of the Judicial Division’s Court Technology Committee and as a member of the ABA TECHSHOW® Planning Board. He currently serves as presiding judge of D.C. Superior Court’s Technology-Enhanced Courtroom Pilot Project and co-chair of the court’s Strategic Planning Leadership Council. He is a former presiding judge of Superior Court’s Civil Division and Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division. Judge Dixon is the Senior Judicial Adviser to the Courtroom 21 Project at Marshall-Wythe School of Law (The College of William & Mary) and a member of The Sedona Conference®.
DONALD R. DUNNER, Section of Intellectual Property Law (2014-2017)
Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1958
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 2002 (representing Intellectual Property Law Section). Member of ABA Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs (2011-2013). Chaired Section of Intellectual Property Law (1995-1996). President, AIPLA (1979-80). Chairman, Advisory Committee, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1982-92). Argued more than 160 cases at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Sedona Lifetime Achievement Award (2002). Jefferson Medal, New Jersey IPLA (2004). International Lawyer of Year for Patents, Who's Who Legal (2005). Listed in Legal Times' "Greatest Washington Lawyers in the Past 30 Years" (2008). IAM IP Hall of Fame (2010). AIPLA Board of Directors’ Award (2011). George Washington University Law School Adjunct Professor of the Year (2012). Linn Inn Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award and IP Jurisprudence Award of Hispanic National Bar Association (2012). National Law Journal 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (2000, 2013). Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award from American College of Trial Lawyers (2013). Managing Intellectual Property Lifetime Achievement Award in IP (2014). Who’s Who Legal Award - Patent Lawyer of the Year (2014). Fellow, ACTL and American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Co-author of Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Practice and Procedure and past co-author of Patent Law Perspectives.
PAMELA C. ENSLEN, Section Member-at-Large (2013-2016)
Senior Partner, Miller Canfield, Michigan
Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1981
Pamela is a trial attorney, specializing in complex commercial, employment, and white collar criminal matters as well as acting as a mediator and arbitrator. She is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. She has served in the ABA House of Delegates since 1999 and has served as State Delegate from Michigan. A former chair of the Dispute Resolution Section (1998-1999), she has also served as a member of the Center for Human Rights Advisory Council, Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee, the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence. A Fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 2003, she has served as a Fellows State Chair from Michigan since 2010.
ROBERT T. GONZALES, Eighteenth District (2013-2016)
Of Counsel, Hylton & Gonzales, Maryland
University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1976
Bob has served in the House of Delegates since 1994. From 2004-2012, he served as Maryland’s State Delegate in the House. He also chaired the Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee. He chaired the Minority Caucus of the House from 1996-2002 and was a member of the Committee on Rules and Calendar. Bob chaired the Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws and also served on the Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel and the governing body of the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. He is a member of the ABA sections of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and Individual Rights and Responsibilities. In addition, he served as the American Bar Foundation’s Fellows State Chair for Maryland. He was President of the Maryland State Bar Association (1995-1996) and the Bar Association of Baltimore City (1992-1993). Bob also served as President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents in 2001-2002.
JIMMY K. GOODMAN, Eleventh District (2013-2016)
Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C., Oklahoma
Stanford Law School, J.D., 1971
A trial lawyer since 1973, Jimmy’s practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation. He has served as Oklahoma’s State Delegate in the House of Delegates since 2005. From 1996-2005 he represented the Oklahoma County Bar Association in the House and he has also served as the President of that Association. He has long been an active member in the Section of Litigation, holding numerous positions of leadership in the Section, including service on the Section Council. He has also served on the commissions on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession, Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as well as the Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice. Jimmy has served the American Bar Foundation as Chair of the Fellows and as a member of the Board of Directors. He currently co-chairs the ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking.
ILENE KNABLE GOTTS, Section Member-at-Large (2015-2018)
Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City
Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., J.D., 1984
After holding a variety of other leadership positions in the Section of Antitrust Law for over a decade, served as the Section’s chair in 2009-10. Former staff attorney in Bureaus of Competition and Consumer Protection at Federal Trade Commission. Member of editorial or advisory boards for four publications in antitrust field. Chaired New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section in 2006-2007.
ERICA R. GRINDE, Young Lawyer Member-at-Large (2015-2018)
Deputy attorney in civil division of Missoula County Attorney’s Office in Montana
University of Montana School of Law in Missoula, J.D., 2008
Liaison from ABA Young Lawyers Division to Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services. Served as YLD’s director of conference, programs and products in 2013-14. Past president of New Lawyers Section in State Bar of Montana (2012-13). Mentors students through the University of Montana Women’s Law Caucus mentorship program.
CHRISTOPHER S. JENNISON, Law Student Member-at-Large (2015-2016)
Law Student, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY (J.D. anticipated 2016)
Chris is a third-year law student at Syracuse University College of Law from Silver Spring, Maryland. He is the Lead Articles Editor, Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement Journal, and a member of the Syracuse Law Moot Court Honor Society, serving on their Board for 2015-2016. Christopher previously served as the Circuit Governor for the Second Circuit on the Board of the Law Student Division (2014-2015), and has also served on the editorial board of The Student Lawyer. Christopher received a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government (2014) and a B.A. with honors from Syracuse University in Public Relations and Public Policy (2012). He has interned with the U.S. State Department, Montgomery County (Maryland) State’s Attorney’s Office, and the office of U.S. Senator Harry Reid, and will be interning with the Securities & Exchange Commission and with Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Chris is in his seventh year as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician. He is scheduled to graduate in May 2016.
BERNARD T. KING, Section Member-at-Large (2015-2018)
Senior partner at Blitman & King in Syracuse, New York.
Syracuse University College of Law in New York (Cum Laude), J.D., 1959
Member of ABA House of Delegates in 1992-98. Past member of Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services (1996-99). Member of Joint Committee on Employee Benefits since 1981. Chaired Labor and Employment Law Section in 1987-88. Chaired New York State Bar Association’s Labor Law Section in 1980-81. ABA Pension Committee (2008 – 2014). American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Syracuse Law School Board of Visitors (1985-2004). LeMoyne College Past Trustee and current Board of Regents. Boy Scout Board. Salvation Army Board.
WENDELL G. LARGE, First District (2014-2017)
Director/Shareholder at Richardson, Whitman, Large & Badger, Portland, Maine
University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, J.D., 1978
Wendell is an active trial lawyer who has been trying civil cases in Maine for more than 25 years. His cases are not limited by subject matter, but generally have included the defense of professional liability claims (medical, legal, insurance, real estate, architectural, and others), the defense of product liability claims, the defense of commercial transportation claims, and the prosecution and defense of large exposure personal injury claims. For a number of years Wendell served as lead trial counsel for one of Maine's largest publicly held corporations.
He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Wendell has served on the Civil Justice Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court in Maine, the Business and Consumer Docket Advisory Group for Maine, and the governing board for the Maine Bar Foundation. He has also served on the boards of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the Maine State Bar Association (President, 2006), and the New England Bar Association (President, 2008). He is in his fourth term as the state bar's representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and serves on the 11 member ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability. He is listed in the current editions of "The Best Lawyers in America", "New England Super Lawyers", "Chambers USA", and "Benchmark Litigation." He is also an Advisory Trustee to Portland Trails, which is building a network of walking and biking trails in Maine’s largest city.
PENINA K. LIEBER, Third District (2015-2018)
Penina Lieber is a Partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1986
She practices exclusively in the area of nonprofit and tax-exempt law and represents nonprofit organizations and associations in a wide range of legal matters - including tax, charitable trust litigation, corporate restructuring, governance, employment, licensing and accreditation, financing, public-private partnerships and joint ventures. She is listed as a "Best Lawyer in America", a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer and a "Best Lawyer in Pittsburgh". She enjoys an AV rating in Martindale Hubbell.
Penina is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Harvard University. She received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Penina was a judicial law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and has served as Special Counsel to the Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania in the Hershey Trust litigation.
She is the current Chair of the ABA Commission on IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts), former Chair of the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board and a past member of The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She has been appointed by the incoming President of the American Bar Association to serve on the ABA Commission on Youth-At-Risk. Penina is Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Past Secretary and Woman Governor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is life trustee of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and a sustaining fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. Penina is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and a member of its Consultative Members Group on Principles of Nonprofit Law. In addition, Penina is an approved Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she teaches the courses in nonprofit and tax-exempt law. She has published three books on nonprofit legal issues: The Tax Treatment of NGO's - Legal, Ethical and Fiscal Frameworks for Promoting NGO's and their Activities, (Kluwer Law International, 2004); The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Organizations, (Civic Research Institute, 2005); and The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Organizations, (2007 Annual Supplement). Penina has been a featured speaker at international conferences on the charitable sector in Johannesburg, South Africa and Barbados, West Indies, as well as at many state and national conferences. Penina is also one of the original course planners and continuing lecturers for the PBI Nonprofit Institute, now in its 12th year.
Ms. Lieber is active within the profession, academic and nonprofit communities. She recently was awarded the PBA President’s Award for outstanding commitment to the Pennsylvania Bar. She has served on the Editorial Board of the ABA's Judges' Journal; is a member of the PBA House of Delegates; past At-Large Woman Governor on the PBA Board of Governors and past Chair of two PBA standing committees: the Charitable Organization Committee and the Attorney Discipline Committee. She is married to Marvin S. Lieber, Past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and has three children: Jessica Lieber Smolar, Assistant United States Attorney; Michele E. Lieber, Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Ally Financial Services; and Rob Lieber, a screenwriter in Hollywood.
ORLANDO LUCERO, Minority Member-at-Large (2015-2018)
New Mexico Underwriting Counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Company,
Stanford University, 1980 , J.D., 1983
An active alum, Orlando is a former Member of the Board of Governors of The Stanford Associates. Chairs ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. Vice-chair (Real Property Division) of Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. Section liaison to Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and to Commission on Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities. Past president of New Mexico Natural History Museum Foundation (1999-2000) and New Mexico Chapter of NAIOP (2003). Received J.D. in 1983 from Stanford Law School in California.
Also known as “the Bow Tie Guy” for his exclusive wearing of bow ties, Orlando is the New Mexico Underwriting Counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Previously, Orlando worked as a commercial escrow officer at Stewart Title of Albuquerque and at First American Title Insurance Company. Before going into the title insurance business in 2003, Orlando was in private practice primarily focusing on real estate and business transactions.
Orlando is the Vice-Chair of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and has served in many capacities, including as Chair of the Standing Committee on Diversity. He is the Chair of the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, and he is the RPTE liaison to the Section liaison to Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and to Commission on Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities. He is a former member of the Advisory Commission to the ABA Committee on Public Education. He chaired the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the New Mexico State Bar for many years.
Orlando is a frequent national and local lecturer and writer on numerous topics related to real estate transactions, title insurance and business entities. Orlando has been an Adjunct Professor at the UNM Anderson School of Business, where he has taught a commercial real estate course.
Orlando is an active member of the Albuquerque community having served in many leadership capacities, including: Board Member and past-Secretary, Albuquerque Museum Foundation; President, New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties; 1997 NAIOP Chapter Member of the Year; Founder, New Mexicans for Smart Growth; President, New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation; President, Pastoral Council, Church of the Risen Savior Catholic Church; Chairman of the Board, All Faiths Receiving Home; Secretary/Treasurer of Landmark Musicals, Inc; Secretary and Board Member, New Mexico Land Title Association.
JOHN L. McDONNELL JR., Fourteenth District (2015-2018)
Contract attorney at Reed Smith in San Francisco
University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1963
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 1988, and currently serves on Nominating Committee as state delegate from California. Member of Steering Committee of Nominating Committee, and vice-chair of Committee on Scope and Correlation of Work. Chaired House Committee on Issues of Concern to the Legal Profession in 2006-07. Past member, Select Committee of the House (2010-11). Served previous term on Board of Governors in 2000-03. Past member of Standing Committees on Meetings and Travel (2003-06 and 2011-14), and Membership (2009-11). Past member of ABA Day in Washington Planning Committee (2006-08). Served as vice-president of California State Bar in 1988-89. Founding member and secretary of California Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. Conductor of Oakland Cathedral Choir in 1965-2009.
HARRY TRUMAN MOORE, Twelfth District (2014-2017)
Solo Practitioner, Goodwin Moore PLLC in Paragould, Arkansas
University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, J.D., 1975
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 1997 (currently represents Arkansas Bar Association). State Delegate 2000-2009. Special Adviser to Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services. Past member of Standing Committee on Public Education (2007-2010) and Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements (2005-2007). Executive Committee member for Conference of State Bar Delegates in 2003-2006. President of Arkansas Bar Association in 1996-1997. Co-Chair of Arkansas State Claims Commission. Board member for Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Association.
E. FITZGERALD PARNELL III, Fifth District (2015-2018)
Partner at Poyner Spruill in Charlotte, North Carolina.
University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1973
North Carolina State University, BS in Engineering, 1969
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 2004, and currently serves on Nominating Committee as state delegate from North Carolina. Past member of standing committees on the Federal Judiciary (2010-13) and Ethics and Professional Responsibility (2002-05). North Carolina state chair in the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. President of North Carolina State Bar in 2001-02. Recipient, Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award. Law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Bobbitt, North Carolina Supreme Court; Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Founding member, North Carolina Federal Bar Advisory Council, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, and Federal Defenders of the Western District of North Carolina. Elder and former Chair, Executive Committee of the Session, Trinity Presbyterian Church; Moderator, Permanent Judicial Commission, Presbytery of Charlotte. Member, North Carolina IOLTA Trustees, UNC Law Alumni Association Board.
DAVID R. POE, Section Member-at Large (2013-2016)
Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, District of Columbia
Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1974
Dave's practice focuses on providing administrative, regulatory, and multi-jurisdictional representation and advice to clients in infrastructure service industries, particularly electric utilities, telecommunications and cable TV. Dave has served as a Section Delegate in the ABA House of Delegates since 2005. A former chair of the Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law, he currently serves on the Section’s Long Range Planning Committee. David is a member of the Federal Energy Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.
MARCIA MILBY RIDINGS, Woman Member-at-Large (2013-2016)
Principal, Hamm, Milby & Ridings, PLLC, Kentucky
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1976
Marcia has served as Kentucky’s State Delegate in the ABA House of Delegates for six years and is a member of the Nominating Committee. She was president of the Kentucky Bar Association in 1995-1996 and was named Outstanding Lawyer of Kentucky in 2006. She also represents Kentucky as a commissioner on the Uniform Laws Commission (National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws). She serves on the boards of directors of Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
EDUARDO R. RODRIGUEZ, Eighth District (2013-2016)
Partner, Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP, Texas
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1968
Eduardo has been a trial lawyer for over forty years. He was a member of the ABA House of Delegates from 1991-1995 and again from 2007 to the present. He has chaired the Standing Committee on Gavel Awards and was a member of the Standing Committee on Public Education. He served on the Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession and co-chaired the Presidential Summit “Diversity in the Legal Profession: The Next Steps 2009.” Eduardo served as President of the State Bar of Texas in 2004-2005.
RAMONA G. SEE, Judicial Member-at-Large (2015-2018)
Judge in Los Angeles County Superior Court (Torrance Courthouse).
University of Michigan, B.A.
Boston College Law School, J.D. 1985
Former Chair of the Judicial Division National Conference of State Trial Judges and member of the Judicial Division, Trial Torts and Insurance Practice Section, Section of International Law and GP/Solo. Participated in the World Justice Project – Singapore Regional Meeting and Vienna II. Vice Chair of the Judicial Division Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary from 2013 – present). Member of ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. Member of Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative Council in 2011-14. Member of coordinating council for Judicial Division and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Chaired the ABA Judicial Clerkship Program sponsored by the Council on Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the Educational Pipelined and Judicial Division from 2008-2013.
Former President of the Benjamin Aranda II Inn of Court and continues to be a member of the Inn. Member of the National Association of Women Judges, former Vice President and Board member of California Judges Association, former board member of the California Judges Association Foundation. Served two double terms on the California Administrative Office of the Court’s Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee. Former Chair of the California Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Civil Law Committee.
Judge See has been a judge for 18 years and has a general civil assignment. Prior to appointment, her practice area concentrated in the area of commercial, business and real estate litigation.
JOHN C. SCHULTE, Thirteenth District (2013-2016)
General Practitioner, Schulte Law Firm P.C., Montana
University of Montana School of Law, J.D., 1985
A general practitioner in Missoula, Montana, John litigates both civil and criminal cases and also handles matters through alternative dispute resolution. John was President of the State Bar of Montana in 2007-2008 and served as a member of the State Bar’s Executive Committee in 2005-2009 and as a Trustee from 1994-2006. He was President of the Western Montana Bar Association in 1992-1993 and is a member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association, and the Western Montana Estate Planning Council.
ALAN VAN ETTEN, Seventeenth District (2015-2018)
Partner at Deeley King Pang & Van Etten in Honolulu
University of California Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 1972
Member of ABA House of Delegates in 1998-2010. Served on Nominating Committee as State Delegate from Hawaii in 2001-2010. Member of Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary in 2008-2011. State chair for Hawaii in the Fellows of American Bar Foundation in 2001-2010. President of Hawaii State Bar Association in 1997. Member of Hawaii judiciary’s Attorneys and Judges Assistance Program.
JOE B. WHISLER, Ninth District (2015-2018)
Shareholder at Cooling & Herbers in Kansas City, Missouri
Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, J.D., 1972
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 2006, and currently serves on Nominating Committee as state delegate from Missouri. Past member, Select Committee of the House of Delegates and Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee. President of The Missouri Bar in 2004-05. Member of Kansas City Coalition Against Human Trafficking.