(Year denotes end of Council member's current term.)
Chair: Joan Howland (2015)
Associate Dean and Professor
University of Minnesota Law School
Joan Howland is the Roger Noreen Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Information and Technology at the University of Minnesota Law School. Professor Howland teaches American Indian legal history at the law school and law and business in the Executive MBA program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Her scholarship focuses on American Indian law and culture, information technologies, business management, thoroughbred horseracing and equine law generally, legal research methodologies, and law librarianship. She served on the Accreditation Committee from 2001 to 2006 and has served on the Council since 2006. Professor Howland was a member of the Section's Law Libraries Committee from 1992 through 1994 and co-chaired that committee from 1994 through 1996.
Professor Howland is active in the Association of American Law Schools and is the current chair of the Committee on Law Libraries and Technology. She is also active in the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Indian Library Association, and the American Library Association. She is a member of the American Law Institute. In 2003, she received the AALL Spirit of Law Librarianship award for her volunteer work with American Indian populations and with indigenous communities in South America. In addition to a J. D., Professor Howland earned master’s degrees in history, library science, and business administration. Prior to joining the faculty at Minnesota, she held administrative positions in the law libraries at U.C. Berkeley, Harvard, and Stanford.
Chair-Elect: The Honorable Rebecca White Berch (2015)
Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
Rebecca White Berch was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in March 2002 and served as its 23rd chief justice from 2009 to 2014. Before her appointment to the state Supreme Court, she served the state of Arizona as solicitor general, chief deputy attorney general, and as a court of appeals judge. Following graduation from the Arizona State University (ASU) College of Law in 1979, Justice Berch practiced law in Phoenix. In 1986, she joined the faculty at the ASU law school as director of the legal writing program and academic support programs.
For the Section, she has served on the Bar Admissions Committee, including two years at its chair. Before joining the Arizona Supreme Court, Justice Berch served on the Arizona Bar Examinations Committee. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and on the board of directors of the Conference of Chief Justices. In addition to her J.D. degree, Justice Berch holds a master’s degree in English. She has published numerous law review articles, and the law school textbook she co-authored, Introduction to Legal Method and Process, is in its fifth edition and is used in law schools throughout the nation. Justice Berch is a strong proponent of pro bono work; the Pro Bono Suite at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is named in her honor.
Vice Chair: Gregory G. Murphy (2015)
Gregory Murphy has been practicing law in Montana for 31 years. After earning a B.A. with highest honors at the University of Montana, Mr. Murphy earned a J.D. at Notre Dame Law School where he was a Thomas and Alberta White Scholar and served as associate editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. After graduation, he served a law clerkship with a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge before returning to Montana.
Mr. Murphy is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Montana Supreme Court and all Montana state courts, the Oregon Supreme Court and all Oregon state courts, the Crow Indian Tribal Court, the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court, the Fort Peck Tribal Court (Sioux and Assiniboine), and the Fort Belknap Tribal Court (Gros Ventre and Assiniboine).
Mr. Murphy’s Section activities include serving as chair of the Accreditation Committee from 2006 to 2007, vice chair from 2005 to 2006, and as a committee member from 2002 to 2005. He has also chaired the Montana Board of Bar Examiners, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), the Multistate Bar Examination Committee of the NCBE, as well as other committees. Mr. Murphy is currently co-chair of the Special Committee on a Uniform Bar Examination. In 1994, he was elected for life to the American Law Institute. The State Bar of Montana awarded Mr. Murphy its Distinguished Service Award in 2002 in recognition of his leadership in bar admissions.
Secretary: Edward N. Tucker, CPA/ABV (2015)
Ellin & Tucker, Chartered
After 49 years as a Senior Director, Edward N. Tucker has become a consultant to the accounting firm of Ellin & Tucker, Chartered. He has more than 40 years of experience with the firm as a certified public accountant (CPA), specializing in management advisory services, particularly mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic planning, human resources, real estate development, dispute resolution, investment, syndication, business valuation, and litigation support. Mr. Tucker earned a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Maryland and received the designation of CPA in 1963. In addition, Mr. Tucker holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is active in numerous professional and civic organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Tucker currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. Mr. Tucker is a current member of the Council and served on the Section's Accreditation Committee from 2001 to 2007.
Immediate Past Chair:
The Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr. (2015)
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Judge Oliver was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and became Chief Judge in 2010. Judge Oliver holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster, an M.A. in political science from Case Western Reserve University, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. From 1975 to 1976, Judge Oliver was a law clerk for the late Judge William H. Hastie of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Oliver was an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, where he served as chief of the Civil Division and chief of Appellate Litigation. From 1982 to 1994, he was a professor at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland Marshall College of Law and served as associate dean from 1991 to 1994.
He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Wooster, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the New York University Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association, and an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Akron. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, and the board of trustees of the College of Wooster. Judge Oliver has served on the Judicial Conference of the United States, and is currently a member of its Civil Rules Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Section's Council from 1996 to 2005 and has also served on the Accreditation Committee, the Standards Review Committee and numerous site visit teams. Judge Oliver previously served as co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section’s Minority Trial Lawyer Committee.
Jane H. Aiken (2017)
Associate Dean for Clinical Programs, Public Interest & Community Service and Professor
Georgetown University Law Center
Jane Aiken is professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and director of the Community Justice Project. Each student in the clinic represents claimants in unemployment hearings and works collaboratively on projects that address justice issues that are policy based, require extraordinary remedies or international and comparative law. Over the last three years, she has also taught evidence, torts, and motherhood and criminality. In 2010, she received Georgetown’s Frank F. Flegal Award for outstanding teaching. In her 26 years of teaching, she has directed clinics in which students act as lawyers under supervision in cases involving a wide array of legal issues including domestic violence against women and children, HIV, homelessness and international human rights.
Professor Aiken held the William M. Van Cleve Chair at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis where she was a professor from 1997 to 2007. She was a Carnegie Scholar for Teaching and Learning and a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal. She writes in the area of evidence, women’s rights and clinical pedagogy. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow with the American Bar Foundation. She was a member of the AALS Membership Review Committee from 2009 to 2011. She is the past co-chair of the ABA Women in Criminal Justice subcommittee of the Criminal Justice Section and previously served on the Section of Legal Education's Special Committee on the Professional Education Continuum.
Professor Aiken holds a B.A. from Hollins College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar. Professor Aiken also received an LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center as a fellow in the Center for Applied Legal Studies.
Diane F. Bosse (2017)
Of Counsel, Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
Buffalo, New York
Diane F. Bosse practices law in Buffalo, New York. She was appointed to the New York State Board of Law Examiners in 1998, and has been its chair since 2001. She served on the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners from 1999 to 2008, serving as its chair in 2006-2007. Ms. Bosse is a past president of the Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York and a past member of the boards of directors of the Bar Association of Erie County and of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association.
For the Section, Ms. Bosse served on the Accreditation Committee for six years (2007-2013), including two as committee chair, on the Standards Review Committee for three years (2004-2007), and on the Bar Admissions Committee for two years (2002-2004).
Ms. Bosse is an elected member of the American Law Institute. She has received the Award of Merit from the Bar Association of Erie County, the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Public Service from the University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association, the Award for Excellence in Public Service from the New York State Bar Association, the Chair’s Award from the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the Lamplighter Award from the Eighth Judicial District Gender & Racial Fairness Committee. She was honored in 2006 as the Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York. Mr. Bosse was named the Bar Association of Erie County Lawyer of the Year for 2014. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
General Leo A. Brooks (retired) (2016)
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Leo Brooks retired in January 1984 from the United States Army, having reached the grade of major general. He has had an abundance of command and management experience in large organizations. Among them was commander of an electronics construction and rebuild plant in Sacramento, California, which employed over 4,000 civilians. In 1976, he left the Sacramento assignment to command the 9,000 soldiers who peformed the supply, maintenance, engineering, automation, and communications for the Third Armored Corps in Fort Hood, Texas. Upon promotion to brigadier general, he was selected to head the worldwide food service activities of the Army, which included 1,000 dining facilities and the 178 commissary store system, with 10,000 civilian employees throughout the United States and twelve foreign countries. His final military assignment as a major general was another worldwide operation, the Defense Personnel Support Center in Philadelphia. There, he was charged with the buying and managing of all the food, clothing, and medical supplies and equipment for all U.S. military services.
Upon his retirement from the Army, General Brooks became the managing director of the City of Philadelphia, where he headed the activities of the city's 30,000 employees in the ten service departments, including fire and police. General Brooks holds a bachelor of science degree from Virginia State University and a master of science in financial management from George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the National War College in Washington, D.C.
Michael J. Davis (2016)
Professor, University of Kansas School of Law
Michael Davis is the Centennial Teaching Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law (KU). Professor Davis joined the KU law faculty in 1971 and teaches property, government regulation of land development, and religion and the state. In 1991, he received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to his faculty duties, Professor Davis served as the university’s general counsel for six years, dean of the law school from 1980 to 1989 and as interim dean from 2005 to 2006. He was also of counsel to the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker from 1989 to 2009.
Before joining the law school, Professor Davis was an associate at Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn, a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Kansas City, and a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Louis Stokes. Professor Davis graduated with honors from Kansas State University and earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where he was the editor of the Law Review. He has served as chair of Section’s Accreditation Committee and Standards Review Committee, and currently serves on the Finance and Governance committees.
Roger J. Dennis (2016)
Dean & Professor
Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law
Roger Dennis is the founding dean of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He was formerly the provost at Rutgers University-Camden as well as the dean at the Rutgers-Camden School of Law. He clerked for Judge Richard McLaren of the U.S. District Court in Chicago before working in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and practicing at Skadden Arps in Washington, D.C. Dean Dennis has published widely with a particular focus on the application of modern financial theory to corporate law, strategic corporate behavior, and securities regulation. His teaching currently focuses on the federal regulation of the purchase and sale of securities, the raising of capital, and the operation of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in light of changing economic and political environments.
Dean Dennis is a member of the board of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and past chair of the board of the United Way of Camden County. He was selected for membership on the national United Way Membership Accountability Committee. He also serves as a trustee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and on the advisory board of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. He earned a B.S. in speech from Northwestern University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern University School of Law where he was selected for the Order of the Coif.
Dean Dennis has held an elected seat in the American Law Institute since 1991 and has served in leadership positions on numerous committees of the ABA’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar as well as the Association of American Law Schools.
Antonio García-Padilla (2015)
Dean Emeritus and Professor
University of Puerto Rico School of Law
Before becoming the eighth president of the University of Puerto Rico in November 2001, Antonio García-Padilla had been dean of the school of law for 15 years. During his tenure as president, he launched an ambitious agenda for the institution in all relevant fields. He returned to his chair in the law school in October 2009 as dean emeritus where he teaches courses and seminars in civil procedure, constitutional and commercial law. He is the president of the Puerto Rico Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation. Dean García-Padilla has published extensively about legal and education in Puerto Rico and abroad.
Earlier in his career he served as law clerk to Judge Stephen G. Breyer, now Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, then serving as a circuit judge in the Federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and to Justice Angel M. Martín of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Dean García-Padilla has also been an adviser to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Dr. José Trías Monge.
For the Section, Dean García-Padilla has served on the Accreditation Committee. He has also served as president of the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation of Puerto Rico and as a member of the council of the American Law Institute. Dean García-Padilla received his law degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 1978 and a master’s in law from Yale Law School in 1981. He recently published a book about his years as university president.
Tracy Allen Giles, Esq. (2015)
Giles & Lambert, P.C.
Tracy Giles is a partner in the firm of Giles & Lambert, P.C. in Roanoke, Virginia, where he practices in the field of bankruptcy law. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia, Mr. Giles earned a J.D. degree from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law. Mr. Giles serves as the Virginia State Delegate in the ABA's House of Delegates, on the nominating committee of the House of Delegates and the Committee on Rules and Calendar, as well as the ABA's Standing Committee on Membership. He formerly served as chair of the ABA's Law Student Division, a member of the Coordinating Committee on Legal Education, the House of Delegates, the ABA Board of Governors, as a member and then chair of the Presidential Appointments Committee, a member of the Standing Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practitioners, the Commission on Domestic Violence, the Standing Committee on Membership and the Working Group on Strategic Planning.
Mr. Giles is also active in the Virginia State Bar where he currently serves on the council of the Virginia State Bar and its executive committee. He also serves on the professionalism committee and as a grader for the Virginia bar exam. He is a former president of the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar and a former member of the executive committee of the Conference of Local Bars. Mr. Giles is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. He serves on the board of directors of Apple Ridge Farm, a non-profit academic summer camp and educational program for inner-city children in the Roanoke area.
James J. Hanks Jr., Esq. (2017)
Partner, Venable LLP
James Hanks represents publicly- and privately-held corporations and other entities in a wide variety of general corporate law and governance matters. He has advised buyers or sellers in more than 250 mergers or acquisitions, many valued at more than one billion dollars (U.S.) He has also represented parties in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and regularly serves as independent counsel to the boards of directors and board committees of major U.S. corporations. Mr. Hanks is also a senior lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law, a visiting senior lecturer at Cornell University’s business school, and an adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School, teaching courses in mergers and acquisitions, and comparative corporate law and governance. In addition, he has taught classes in corporation law at various law schools in the U.S., Guatemala, and South Africa, and at the Institute of Law in Beijing. For several years, Mr. Hanks also has been a visiting professor of law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany.
Mr. Hanks is the author of the definitive 600-page treatise Maryland Corporation Law and the co-author (with former Stanford Law School dean Bayless Manning) of the third edition of Legal Capital. He is co-editor of the Handbook for the Conduct of Shareholders' Meetings as well as the author of several law review articles and a frequent speaker on corporation law issues.
For the Section, Mr. Hanks has served on the Standards Review Committee and on the Accreditation Committee, and on several site evaluation teams. He has also been active in the ABA Section of Business Law and is a member of the American Law Institute. He earned an A.B. from Princeton University; an LL.B. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was editor of the Maryland Law Review; and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. For a year after receiving his LL.B., Mr. Hanks was law clerk to Judge Charles Fahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. For several years, he has appeared in The Best Lawyers in America in three categories: corporate governance and compliance law, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions law and is also recognized in both Chambers Global (Band 1), Capital Markets: REITs: Maryland Counsel; and Chambers USA Capital Markets: REITs; (Band 1), Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Maryland (Band 1), and (Band 1) Capital Markets: REITs, Nationwide.
James M. Klein (2015)
Distinguished Visiting Professor
Charleston School of Law
James Klein began his academic career more than 40 years ago as a clinical professor at the University of Toledo College of Law. While at the University of Toledo, Professor Klein served as associate dean for academic affairs and as the college of law’s interim dean for two years. During this time, he was on the Ohio Deans Council and was involved in bench and bar committees statewide and in Toledo. In 2008-2009, he was the law school’s representative on the Ohio State Bar Association Task Force on the Education of Lawyers.
Professor Klein’s university activities included serving as the NCAA faculty athletic representative for 17 years and membership on many university committees. In 2007, he was appointed to a university professorship. Upon his retirement in 2009, he was awarded emeritus status. Currently, Professor Klein is a visiting professor at Charleston School of Law where he teaches civil procedure and directs the externship program.
From 1997 to 2003, Professor Klein served on the Accreditation Committee and has served on nine law school site evaluation teams, serving five times as team chair. He has also served on the Curriculum Committee, the ad hoc Accreditation Consistency Committee, and currently serves on the Nominating Committee. Professor Klein earned an A.B. degree from the University of Michigan and a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Izaac Rowe, Law Student Division Member (2015)
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
William S. Boyd School of Law
JD expected May 2015
Izaac Rowe is a student at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law and was the ABA’s 14th Circuit Governor for Nevada and Northern California from 2013 to 2014. He also serves as the Student Bar Association’s evening vice president and chief financial officer for the Financial Law Society. Mr. Rowe is a legal intern for the Clark County Public Defender and a parking arbitrator for the University of Nevada.
Previously, he worked as a certified mediator for Dean Dunn and Associates, as a legal law clerk for the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, and as an IT professional for the State of Nevada-s Depart of Child and Family Services. Mr. Rowe holds dual degrees in psychology and political science from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Cynthia Nance (2015)
Dean Emeritus & Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law
University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville),
Cynthia Nance served as the dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law from 2006 through 2011, and is both the first African-American and first woman to serve in this position. She earned a B.S. magna cum laude from Chicago State University, an M.A. in finance from the University of Iowa and a J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Professor Nance is past chair of the American Association of Law Schools' Employment Discrimination and Labor & Employment Law sections. For the ABA, she is a Council member of the Section on Labor and Employment Law (LEL) and represents the LEL Section in the ABA House of Delegates. She was recently appointed to the ABA Center on Racial and Ethnic Diversity.
Other professional affiliations include serving on the board of the National Association of Law Placement Foundation, the American Law Institute, the Deans' Development Committee of the American Inns of Court, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Board and as chair of the LSAC Finance and Legal Affairs Committee. She is a consultant to the Kettering Foundation Legal Education and Democracy Project.
The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Professor Nance is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an American Bar Association Fellow, and a 2012 recipient of the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award. She was a recipient of the inaugural Judge Andree Layton Roaf Award. She was also honored as the 2005 Arkansas Bar Association Outstanding Lawyer-Citizen. In 2004, she received the University of Arkansas Alumni Association's Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Public Service and was recognized in 2003 as a Northwest Arkansas Woman of Distinction and a Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Individual Achievement Award recipient. She has been honored as one of 25 Minority Trailblazers and 20 Women of Influence by Arkansas Business. In 2009, the University of Arkansas' chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) was renamed the Cynthia E. Nance Chapter of BLSA.
The Honorable Jequita H. Napoli (2015)
Cleveland County District Court
Judge Napoli was appointed as the Special District Judge in Cleveland County (Norman), Oklahoma in 1996 and is recognized as a judicial leader on issues of mental illness and domestic violence. She served for eight years as a member of the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners including a term as chair. During her tenure on the Oklahoma Board, Judge Napoli worked to enhance the close relationship between the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma judiciary, and the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners.
Since 2007, Judge Napoli has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates and in 2008-2009 was selected by Carolyn Lamm, then-president of the ABA to serve on the ABA Task Force on Law School Accreditation. She served six years, from 2004 to 2010, on the Accreditation Committee, and served on the Foreign Programs Subcommittee from 2008 to 2012, including two terms as chair (2008-2009 and 2011-2012).
For 12 years, she served on the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), including a term as chair in 2002-2003. Judge Napoli also served as the chair of the NCBE’s Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination Committee, overseeing the MPRE, the examination on professional ethics that is administered in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and a number of American territories. Judge Napoli earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with distinction from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Maureen A. O’Rourke (2015)
Dean, Boston University School of Law
Maureen O'Rourke is the dean and Michaels Faculty Research Scholar at the Boston University School of Law. Dean O’Rourke joined the law school faculty in 1993 after working at IBM Corporation, where she handled software licensing issues. At the law school, her scholarship is focused on the intersection of intellectual property law and other fields, such as contract and anti-trust law. Dean O’ Rourke is co-author of a leading copyright casebook, Copyright in the Global Information Economy. She has published articles in the law reviews of Columbia, Duke, Iowa, and Minnesota and the technology journals of Berkeley, Harvard, and Boston University. She was the associate reporter on the American Law Institute’s Principles of Software Contracting Project and is a member of the Marist College Pre-Law Advisory Board, past chair of the Association of American Law Schools sections on the Law School Dean and Computers & The Law, and a past member of the Boston Bar Association Council.
Dean O’Rourke graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from Marist College and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School. In May 2000, she became Boston University’s sixth recipient of the Metcalf Award, the school’s highest teaching honor. She served as acting dean for two years prior to becoming the dean in 2006.
Raymond C. Pierce (2017)
Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Raymond Pierce served as dean of North Carolina Central University School of Law from 2005 to 2012. During his tenure, the law school experienced the largest enrollment in its history and he oversaw the development of the first two institutes at the law school in addition to a Veterans Law Clinic, which received national recognition for providing legal assistance to U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. In July 2012, he joined the firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as partner.
Prior to joining North Carolina Central University School of Law, Mr. Pierce was a partner in the national law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP, representing clients in the steel, energy, construction, and banking businesses. From 1993 to 2000, he served as President Bill Clinton’s deputy assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, where he managed the enforcement of federal civil rights laws in education and the development of federal civil rights education policy.
Mr. Pierce serves on the North Carolina Banking Commission, the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the American Law Deans Association board of directors, the National Association of Law Placement Foundation, and the executive board of Duke University’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University where he was admitted into the Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary Society, and earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he later received a Distinguished Graduate Award and induction into the law school’s Society of Benchers.
Morgan T. Sammons, Ph.D. (2015)
National Register of Health Service Psychologists
A fellow of the American Psychological Association and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Dr. Sammons is a past chair of the Council of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and was specialty leader for U.S. Navy Clinical Psychology. He also served as special assistant for mental health to the U.S. Navy’s Surgeon General. Prior to joining the National Register of Health Service Psychoolgists in the summer of 2014, Dr. Sammons was dean of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Previously, he served as director for clinical support for the United States Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, directing policy implementation and service delivery for U.S. Navy shore-based military treatment facilities. A prolific author, Dr. Sammons has edited two volumes and published over 40 journal articles. He is an associate editor for the APA journal Psychological Services. Dr. Sammons received both his M.C. and Ph.D. from Arizona State University and completed a fellowship in psychopharmacology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1991 to 1994.
Section Delegates to the House of Delegates
The Honorable Ruth V. McGregor (retired) (2015)
Chief Justice Ruth McGregor served on the Arizona Supreme Court from February 1998 until June 30, 2009. She was the Court’s Chief Justice from June 2005 until her retirement. She was also a member of the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1989 until 1998, where she served as Chief Judge from 1995 to 1997. Before her appointment to the bench, Justice McGregor engaged in the private practice of law as a member of the Fennemore Craig law firm in Phoenix. She served as law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor during Justice O’Connor’s first term on the United States Supreme Court.
Justice McGregor received a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, and a master of arts degree from the University of Iowa. She received her doctor of jurisprudence degree, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University in Tempe, and a master of laws in the judicial process from the University of Virgina. Justice McGregor has participated extensively in professional activities, particularly those involving legal education and the discipline of lawyers and judges, and in organizations dedicated to assuring a fair and impartial judiciary. Among other activities, she has served as an officer and a member of the board of trustees for the American Inns of Court Foundation, as an officer and board member for the National Association of Women Judges, as a board member of the Conference of Chief Justices, and on the Section’s Council, including a term as Chair.
Justice McGregor currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Center for the Future of Arizona and of Justice At Stake and as special advisor to the O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.
The Honorable Christine M. Durham (2017)
Supreme Court of Utah
Justice Christine Durham has been on the Utah Supreme Court since 1982, and served as Chief Justice and chair of the Utah Judicial Council from 2002 to 2012. She previously served on the state trial court after a number of years in private practice. She is the past-president of the Conference of Chief Justices of the United States. She is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, the Board of Overseers for the Rand Corporation's Institute for Civil Justice, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Association. Past professional service includes the governing boards of the American Inns of Court Foundation, the Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA, the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, and the Federal Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure. She is also a past president of the National Association of Women Judges, and was that organization's Honoree of the Year in 1997.
Justice Durham has been active in judicial education, and was a founder of the Leadership Institute in Judicial Education. She helped create and lead the Utah Coalition for Civic Character and Service Education and served on the Utah Commission on Civic Education. She was an adjunct professor for many years at the University of Utah College of Law, teaching state constitutional law, and served for twelve years on the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission. She has received honorary degrees from four Utah universities and has been recognized nationally for her work in judicial education and efforts to improve the administration of justice. In 2007 she received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence; and in 2008 she received the "Transparent Courthouse" Award for contributions to judicial accountability and administration from the Institute for the Advancement of the Legal System at the University of Denver.
Justice Durham served on the Section’s Council from 2004 to 2012, including one year as its chair in 2010-2011. She received her A.B. with honors from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Duke University, where she is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees.
Board of Governors Liaison
Thomas R. Curtin (2015)
Morristown, New Jersey
A founding member of the Graham Curtin law firm, Mr. Curtin is a member of the Litigation Group and chairs its Sports & Entertainment and ADR Groups. He is also a member of the Appellate Practice Group and Class Action Group. He earned a B.A. from Fairfield University and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.
In 2012, Mr. Curtin was elected to a three-year term to the ABA Board of Governors for District 3 (New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and from 2001 to 2011, he was the New Jersey state delegate to the ABA. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, trustee of the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Curtin was president of the Notre Dame Law Association and is a member of the Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council.
Young Lawyers Division Liaison
Daniel Thies (2015)
Daniel Thies is the senior law clerk to Judge James F. Holderman of the Northern District of Illinois, and a former law clerk for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also serves as an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, teaching intellectual property trial advocacy.
Mr. Thies formerly served on the Council as the representative of the Law Student Division from 2008 to 2010. Recently, he was the Reporter of the Illinois State Bar Association Special Committee on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Delivery of Legal Services. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2010, where he served as deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He also graduated magna com laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in history from Yale University, where he was the president of the Yale Political Union.