The Nominating Committee, chaired by the Honorable Christine Durham, presented the following slate to the Council. The election of Council officers and members will take place at the Section’s annual business meeting on Saturday, August 10, 10:15-11:15 a.m. at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.
Nominated for a one-year term
Chair: (automatic under the Bylaws)
The Honorable Solomon Oliver Jr.
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.
Joan S. Howland
Associate Dean & 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 immediate past 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.
The Honorable Rebecca White Berch
Supreme Court of Arizona
Rebecca White Berch was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in March 2002 and became its 23rd chief justice in 2009. Before her appointment to the 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 11 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.
Nominated for election to a three-year term:
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 Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar as well as the Association of American Law Schools.
Nominated for re-election to a three-year term
Jane H. Aiken
Associate Dean for Clinical Programs, Public Interest & Community Service & 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 and in 2013 she was named Faculty Member of the Year. 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 on the faculty 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 Women in Criminal Justice subcommittee of the ABA's 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.
Brigadier General Leo A. Brooks (retired)
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 performed 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.
Partner and Chief Diversity Officer
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Paulette Brown is a partner at an international AmLaw 100 law firm and her practice is focused on all facets of labor and employment, including collective and class actions, successfully defending cases involving discrimination on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual harassment, disability, race, and national origin. Prior to joining Edwards Wildman Palmer, Ms. Brown was a partner at Duane Morris and at Brown & Childress, served as corporate counsel to several Fortune 500 companies, and served as a municipal court judge. Ms. Brown is a member of the Employment AAA Panel, and serves as first vice chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. From 1993 to 1994, she was president of the National Bar Association and has held a number of other leadership positions in the organization. From 1991 to 1993, Ms. Brown was Master of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court. Ms. Brown has served on both the ABA Board of Governors and the House of Delegates. She has also been active in the ABA Governance Commission, the Section of Litigation, the Section of Labor and Employment, the Commission on Women in the Profession, the Fund for Justice Education, and was chair of the Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice. Ms. Brown has been nominated and is a candidate for the office of ABA President-Elect.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, Ms. Brown earned a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the state of New Jersey, named by the National Law Journal as one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys in the United States,” and received the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Award of Excellence. In 2011, Ms. Brown received the ABA's Spirit of Excellence Award and the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.
Edwin J. Butterfoss
Hamline University Law School
Ed Butterfoss joined Hamline University Law School in 1983. He served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1995 to 1998 and from 2010 to 2012, and as dean of the law school from 1998 to 2003. He joined the Hamline faculty from the law firm of Pepper, Hamilton and Scheetz, where he practiced in the areas of product liability, employment discrimination, and commercial law. He also handled pro bono cases involving prisoners' rights and was a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocacy.
At Hamline, Professor Butterfoss teaches contracts, criminal law, and criminal procedure. He has published numerous articles in the area of criminal procedure, particularly focusing on Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues. He was a founding board member of the Minnesota Innocence Project and served for many years on the board of the ACLU of Minnesota.
Professor Butterfoss has served as a member of the Accreditation Committee, which he chaired for three years, the Standards Review Committee, and the Foreign Programs Committee. He graduated magna cum laude from Miami University of Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and magna cum laude with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where he was on the editorial board and case and note editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.
Michael J. Davis
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 the Section’s Accreditation Committee and Standards Review Committee, and currently serves on the Finance and Governance committees.