Commission On Multijurisdictional Practice

Biographies

Chair:

Wayne J. Positan is Managing Director of Lum, Danzis, Drasco, Positan & Kleinberg, LLC, a thirty-lawyer firm in Roseland, New Jersey. He specializes in the practice of labor and employment law/litigation. He recently served a three-year term on the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Council, and is presently Co-Director of Divisions Designate and a member of the Special Projects Committees on Fair Measure and Expansion of Legal Services Training. He has previously served as Chair of the Section Council Committee on Multijurisdictional Practice, Co-Chair of the Section Annual Meeting, Co-Chair of the Task Force on the Merit Selection of Judges, as a member of the Council Committee on MDP, as a member of the Task Force on State Justice Initiatives, and as Section delegate to the Symposium on MJP at Fordham University. Mr. Positan is a member of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, presently serving as Treasurer (2002-2003), having previously served on the Board of Trustees (1998-2002) and as Chair of the NJSBA Committee on MJP and the Labor and Employment Section. He is Editor-in-Chief of the New Jersey ICLE book "New Jersey Labor and Employment Law" and chairs the ICLE Annual Labor Law Forum/Bench Bar Conference. He was selected to the inaugural class of Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and to The Best Lawyers in America. He is a graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, and obtained his J.D. from NYU School of Law.

Members:

Alan T. Dimond is a partner at the firm of Greeenberg Traurig in Miami, FL. The firm employs 750 lawyers in eighteen offices in thirteen jurisdictions. Mr. Dimond concentrates his practice on commercial and development related litigation. He is a former President of The Florida Bar and has served in the American Bar Association House of Delegates and on several Association committees.

Peter D. Ehrenhaft is a member of Miller & Chevalier in Washington, DC, engaged in a practice concentrating on transnational transactions and international trade matters. He was an officer or member of the Council of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice for more than 20 years and presently serves as Vice Chair of its Transnational Practice Committee. He is currently the ABA's representative to the U.S. Trade Representative/Department of Commerce Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Trade in Services as the sole member from the legal services sector. He is also active as a member of the Consultative Committee of the American Law Institute's Project on Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure and the Corporate Counsel Committee of the American Arbitration Association.

Joanne M. Garvey is a partner at the multi-national, 450-lawyer firm of Heller Ehrman White and McAuliffe in San Francisco, CA. She concentrates her practice in the area of state and local tax law. Ms. Garvey is a former member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors and a former Chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the Consortium on the Delivery of Legal Services. She is currently a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Ms Garvey is a former Vice-President of the State Bar of California and President of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Stephen Gillers is the Vice Dean and Professor of Law at New York University School of Law where he has taught since 1978. His courses include regulation of lawyers, evidence, and law and literature. Professor Gillers has written widely on legal and judicial ethics, including in law reviews and the legal and popular press. He has taught legal ethics as a visitor at Harvard Law School and at Cardozo Law School and has spoken on lawyer regulatory issues at federal and state judicial conferences, ABA meetings, state bar meetings nationwide, before Congress, and in law school lectureships. Professor Gillers is the author of Regulation of Lawyers: Problems of Law and Ethics, a widely-used law school casebook whose sixth edition was published in 2002. Following a clerkship with Chief Judge Gus J. Solomon in Federal District Court in Portland, Oregon, Professor Gillers practiced law for nine years in New York City before joining the NYU faculty.

W. Anthony Jenkins is a partner with the 175-member law firm of Dickinson and Wright in Detroit, MI. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and corporate law. Mr. Jenkins is the State Delegate for Michigan to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He is a former President of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, and presently a member of the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan.

Charles E. McCallum is a partner with the 175-member firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Grand Rapids, MI. He concentrates his practice in corporate, business and transnational law. Mr. McCallum is a Council Member and committee chair of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law. He is a past Chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Cheryl I. Niro is a partner in the Chicago commercial litigation firm of Quinlan & Carroll, and President of Judicial Dispute Resolution, Inc. She has a state and federal practice as a neutral, and has negotiated and facilitated the resolution of complex cases. Ms. Niro is the Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Bar Association. Currently, she is serving on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, a member of the Council of the Section of Dispute Resolution, the Caucus of State Bars, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Ms. Niro has been a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and House Drafting Committee.

Larry Ramirez is a sole practitioner in Las Cruces, NM. He is a former Chair of the American Bar Association Section of General Practice, Solo and Small Firms and he served on the Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession. Mr. Ramirez is the former Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico.

Hon. Randall T. Shepard is the Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. Chief Justice Shepard is also the Chair of the Conference of Chief Justices’ Committee on Multijurisdictional Practice.

Marna S. Tucker is a senior partner in the Washington, D.C. firm of Feldesman, Tucker, Leifer, Fidell & Bank LLP. She has practiced law in the domestic relations field for almost thirty years, having become a nationwide expert in complex divorces, domestic violence and prenuptial matters. The Washingtonian Magazine has recognized Ms. Tucker as one of the "Top Fifty" lawyers in Washington, D.C., as well as one of the outstanding divorce practitioners. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Tucker has gained prominence for her leadership in the legal community, having been elected the first woman President of the 43,000 member District of Columbia Bar in 1984, and the first woman to be elected President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, a nationwide organization of state and local bar presidents. She has recognized expertise in professional ethics and lawyer discipline, having chaired the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline for three years, and having served for six years as a member of the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility, the body responsible for disciplining attorneys for misconduct. She currently serves on the ABA Standing Committee on the Independence of the Judiciary and on the Commission on Judicial Selection Standards. In the community, Ms. Tucker has chaired the Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against Women for the past four years. She was appointed by the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to serve on the Court Task Force on Gender Bias. She is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the National Women’s Law Center, where she has served for almost twenty years. Ms. Tucker has served as a member of the Board of Regents of Georgetown University, a member of the Board of Visitors of Georgetown Law Center, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Diane C. Yu is currently the Deputy Director of the University Presidential Transition Office for New York University, after which she will become an NYU Vice President beginning in May 2002.  She was previously Associate General Counsel at Monsanto Company in St. Louis, MO and Chief Legal Strategist. She was Chief Counsel to the Agriculture Business and from 1997-1999 was Monsanto's Managing Counsel, responsible for all operations and management. She is Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (the first Asian American ever to chair an American Bar Association Section or Division), in the House of Delegates, and on the Board of Directors of the American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA). Previously, she was General Counsel for the State Bar of California, where she argued bar discipline and admissions cases before the United States and California Supreme Courts. She has expertise on the unauthorized practice of law, was Chair of the California Committee of Bar Examiners, and served on both the Multistate Bar Examination Committee and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. In addition, she was a White House Fellow, Superior Court Commissioner, and in private practice.

Reporter:

Bruce A. Green is the Louis Stein Professor at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. He chairs the professional ethics committee of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and the ABA Litigation Section's Committee on Law Schools. Professor Green is a member of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, the NYSBA Special Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, and the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. He is past chair of the Joint Committee on the Legal Referral Service of New York City, of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility, and of the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s committees on Ethics and Professionalism and Amicus Curiae Briefs. Professor Green writes extensively in the areas of legal ethics and criminal procedure. Prior to joining the Fordham faculty in 1987, he served as a law clerk to Judge James L. Oakes and Justice Thurgood Marshall and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School.

Liaisons:

American Bar Association Board of Governors

John L. McDonnell, Jr. is a partner with the 240-member law firm of Crosby Heafey Roach & May in Oakland, CA. He limits his practice to matters relating to trusts and estates, including planning, administration, litigation, including expert consultation and testimony, alternative dispute resolution and fiduciary asset management. Mr. McDonnell isa member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors, and serves on the Operations and Communications Committee. His other American Bar Association activities have included membership in the House of Delegates since 1988, acting as California State Membership Chair or Co-Chair since 1996, and serving as an Advisor to the Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence. Mr. McDonnell has served as Chair of the State Bar of California Consortium (later Committee) on Competence. While a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, he was Chair of the Committee on Legal Services and Professional Standards and Admissions.

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility

M. Peter Moser is of counsel, Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP, Baltimore, Maryland office and serves on its ethics committee. His practice emphasizes business, tax and estate planning, health care law, and counseling attorneys on legal ethics, malpractice and disciplinary matters, and has also included trial and appellate advocacy. Mr. Moser has written extensively in the areas of judicial conduct and professional responsibility and has taught these subjects at the University of Baltimore and University of Maryland Law Schools. He has served on various governmental commissions, including the Maryland State Ethics Commission (Chair, 1987-89) and the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission (1975-78, Chair 1982-86). Mr. Moser has been a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates since 1978 (currently as a Business Law Section Delegate), serves on the ABA Ethics Committee, and formerly was ABA Treasurer (1993-96) and was a member of the ABA Board of Governors (1984-87, 1992-96). He has been President of the Maryland and Baltimore City Bar Associations. Mr. Moser received his B.A. from the Citadel with high honors and his LLB. from Harvard Law School.

American Bar Association Commission on Evaluation of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct

Lucian T. Pera is a partner with the Memphis, Tennessee, law firm of Armstrong Allen Prewitt Gentry Johnston & Holmes, PLLC, a 75-member firm with offices in three states. His practice is composed primarily of civil trial work, including a wide variety of media, health care, personal injury, and general commercial litigation, and he also counsels and represents lawyers, law firms, and others in the area of ethics and professional responsibility. A Memphis native, Mr. Pera is a graduate of Princeton University and Vanderbilt University School of Law, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Tennessee Ethics Handbook (now in its fourth edition) and has served for more than four years as Vice-Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Committee for the Study of Standards of Professional Conduct, which has developed and will propose to the Supreme Court of Tennessee within the next few months new legal ethics rules for Tennessee based on the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct. From 1990 through 1994, he represented the TBA in the ABA House of Delegates. From 1994 through 1997, he served as one of two Young Lawyer Members-at-Large of the ABA Board of Governors and, during 1996 through 1997, he was the first young lawyer to serve as Chair of the Board's Finance Committee and as a member of the Association's eight-person Executive Committee. He also serves on the Commission on Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct ("Ethics 2000").

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Client Protection

James E. Towery is the Immediate Past Chair, and current member, of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Client Protection. He is a partner in the San Jose, California law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones and Appel. His practice is primarily professional liability defense and business litigation. Mr. Towery served as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates from 1989-1998. He was the Chair of the planning committee that organized the Symposium on Multijurisdictional Practice of Law held at Fordham University in March 2000. Mr. Towery has spoken and taught extensively on issues relating to professional ethics, attorney’s fees and civil litigation. He is a nationally recognized expert on fee arbitration procedures and programs. From 1990-1992, he served as Presiding Arbitrator of the State Bar of California Fee Arbitration Program. Mr. Towery was also a member of the State Bar of California Fee Arbitration Committee from 1982-1988, serving as chair of that committee in 1987-1988. He is member of the American Arbitration Association’s Law Practice Dispute Resolution Panel. Mr. Towery was President of the State Bar of California in 1995-1996.

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Discipline

Thomas A. Decker is a Senior Member and Managing Partner in the Philadelphia office of Cozen and O’Connor. Prior to joining Cozen and O’Connor, he was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Asbury Automotive Group. Prior to joining Asbury, Mr. Decker was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Unisource Worldwide, Inc. (1997-1999). He previously was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Saint-Gobain Corporation (1974-1997). (Saint-Gobain operates in the United States through its three principal subsidiaries, Ball-Foster Glass Container Co., Certain Teed Corporation and Norton Company.) He also was an Associate at Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz. Mr. Decker was the Chairman of the Committee of Corporate General Counsels of the American Bar Association (1998-July 2000). He also is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and the ABA Negotiated Acquisitions Committee. He was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners (1998-2000). He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Business Advisors of the University of Virginia Law School, and the Board of Trustees of the Gesu School. Mr. Decker also served as a Director of Pierce Leahy Corporation. Formerly he was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, Pennsylvania Business Roundtable, American Corporate Counsel Association (Chairman of the Policy Committee) and was formerly the Chairman of the Philadelphia Municipal Authority. Mr. Decker received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Decker served in the United States Army, earning the rank of Captain.

National Conference of Bar Examiners

Erica Moeser assumed the position of President of the National Conference of Bar Examiners in October 1994. She previously served as the Director of the Board of Bar Examiners of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. She served as the Chair of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association from August 1995 until August 1996. Ms. Moeser has taught Professional Responsibility as an adjunct at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Ms. Moeser holds the following degrees: B.A. (geology), Newcomb College of Tulane University, 1967; M.S. (Curriculum and Instruction), the University of Wisconsin, 1970; and J.D., the University of Wisconsin, 1974. She was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in January 1975.

American Bar Association Coordinating Council of the Center for Professional Responsibility

Burnele V. Powell is Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Prior to 1996, he was Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught legal ethics and administrative law. Before joing the Carolina faculty, he was a Graduate Law Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School, where he received his LL.M degree in 1979. Before entering Harvard, he was Associate Regional Counsel at the Department of Housing & Urban Development in Boston. Dean Powell’s professional memberships include the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation (At-Large Fellow), the National Bar, the Kansas Bar and the Kansas City Lawyers Association.

American Corporate Counsel Association

Susan Hackett joined the American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA) in 1989; as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, she is currently focused on: the provision of legal services and counseling to ACCA, and the supervision of its legal/amicus agenda; the development of ACCA's written, electronic, and communication resources and networks (such as ACCA's magazine and Web site); ACCA's advocacy efforts including in-house legal ethics, encouraging corporate pro bono and diversity commitment, multidisciplinary practice issues, attorney-client privilege protection, and multi-jurisdictional practice questions; and the development of strategic and cooperative relationships with other bar associations and professional groups, especially those representing attorneys of color and/or focused on pro bono services. Susan is a 1983 Honors College graduate (dual B.A. in political philosophy and international relations) of James Madison College at Michigan State University, and a 1986 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as President of Phi Delta Phi, the international honorary legal fraternity. Before joining ACCA, she was a transactional attorney at Patton Boggs, a large DC law firm. Susan has lectured before a wide variety of legal audiences, and has authored articles on a number of professional and managerial topics for such publications as the ACCA Docket, Litigation magazine and Business Law Today. She is a member of the Board of Directors of NAPIL (the National Association for Public Interest Law); the DC Conference on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession; and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). She also serves on the advisory board of House Counsel magazine. She is licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.

National Organization of Bar Counsel

William P. Smith, III became General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia in 1984. In this capacity he works with the State Disciplinary Board of the State Bar of Georgia in its handling of complaints against lawyers. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and the DeKalb Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the Georgia Bar Foundation and Past-President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law.

Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Anthony E. Davis is a Partner at Moye, Giles, O’Keefe, Vermeire & Gorrell, LLP (in New York and Colorado), advising lawyers and law firms on legal profession and legal ethics issues, and in the area of law firm risk management and loss control. He is the author of RISK MANAGEMENT: Survival Tools For Law Firms, and just published (February, 2000), THE ESSENTIAL FORMBOOK: Comprehensive Practice Management Tools for Lawyers, published by the American Bar Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching "Legal Profession" at Brooklyn Law School. In addition to his books, he has written and lectured widely on a variety of legal profession and ethics issues. He is a Director and the Secretary of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, a member of the MDP/MJP Task Force of the Section of Law Practice Management of the American Bar Association, a member of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a member of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. He received his law degree from Cambridge University, and a LL.M. from New York University School of Law. He is admitted in New York, Colorado, and as a solicitor (non-practicing) in England.

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