Commissioner Spotlight – Agnes Bundy Scanlan
How long have you been on the Commission?
I just completed my first year on the Commission.
In what other ABA entities are you involved? (Please include any leadership positions.)
I have been a member of the ABA starting as a law student. I’ve been a chair of the Business Law Section’s compliance committee and a Council member, and chair of privacy subcommittee of the Consumer Financial Services Committee.
What is one of your favorite things about serving on the Commission?
The Commission has a very talented and passionate membership. I thoroughly enjoy working with such a dynamic group of Commissioners.
What advice would you give to a firm/organization looking to increase diversity and inclusion among its attorneys?
Understanding the concept of diversity and inclusion is always the first step for any firm or organization aspiring to enhance its employee base. Sounds simple but it really involves commitment from the top of the firm or organization through and to the lower ranks. Only then will the firm or organization be ready to enhance its workplace through diversity and inclusion.
Who or what inspires you?
My late parents always have and will continue to be my inspiration.
What is your favorite midnight snack?
As a former farm girl, I’m rarely awake at midnight...though I’d probably have peppermint or chamomile tea.
What was your least favorite law school subject and why?
I loved law school even though I worked full-time. If pressed, I think property was my least favorite because the original case law focused on only men owning property!
What is your dream vacation?
A dream vacation would be to take the Orient Express (think Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express without the murder!) from Venice through Istanbul, Budapest, Prague and Vienna.
What is one of your hidden talents?
I can still speak Amharic from living in Ethiopia decades ago.