2019-2020 CAL Committes

2020 AJEI Summit: Anna Manasco, Chair

Summit Host Committee: Kirsten Castaneda, Chair

Summit Marketing: Cynthia Timms & Karen Precella, Co-Chairs

Government and Public Service Lawyers: Nancy Olson, Chair

Long-Range Planning: David Tennant, Chair

Membership: George Abele and Ben Cooper, Co-Chairs

Pro Bono: David Timchak, Chair

Programming: Jill Wheaton, Chair


  • Appellate Issues: Nancy M. Olson, Editor
  • JD Record: Gaëtan Gerville-Réache, Editor

Rules: Karen Precella, Chair

Website & Social Media: Matthew Friedlander, Chair

Committee Descriptions

Government Appellate Lawyers
The Committee welcomes all current and former government appellate practitioners from all areas of public service, including public service attorneys who are interested in appellate practice.  The committee strives to offer educational and networking opportunities for public service lawyers across a wide spectrum of practice areas. 

Long Range Planning
The Committee will assess the needs of our membership, determine goals for the Council, and plan ways to meet those goals.

The focus of the Membership Committee is to implement plans and ideas to increase the Council's membership. In its efforts to increase membership, the Membership Committee should make every effort to develop a diverse membership base composed of lawyers of different races, sexes and ethnic backgrounds, and in addition, lawyers who practice in different geographic areas and in both private and public practice. The Committee, with the assistance of the Publications Committee, will create and maintain a member directory. The committee will also strive to ensure that the Council members receive every benefit to which they are entitled. Similarly, the committee will attempt to monitor whether the Council is delivering the services its members desire. The committee will encourage members to become involved with committee work so that they derive the special benefits that come with active participation in the Council.

Pro Bono
The Committee will do a national survey to find successful appellate pro bono programs to design a pro bono appellate best practices template and model for implementation and for guidance to states and local bar associations who are interested in establishing a pro bono appellate program.

The Committee organizes meetings and educational programs for the Council. Currently those include the annual educational programming at the Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit (planned and held in conjunction with the ABA Appellate Judges Conference and the Appellate Judges Education Institute), in-person programs at the ABA Midyear and Annual Meetings, and webinars. Members of the committee identify and arrange for speakers, panels, and presentations, with an emphasis on diversity, and events that permit appellate attorneys to interact directly with the judges who participate in the Conference and the Institute.

The Committee will oversee publication of the Council’s newsletter, Appellate Issues,  CAL contributions to the JD Record, and other publications.

The Rules Committee works toward continued improvements in appellate practices by improving the rules that govern them. The committee regularly monitors, studies, and reports on amendments and proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and the Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States. It occasionally reports on noteworthy amendments or proposed amendments to other appellate rules that are of widespread interest. The Committee also undertakes its own initiatives to propose new rules to improve the administration of justice in appellate courts.

Website and Social Media Subcommittee 
This Subcommittee manages the Council's online presence and presentations. For instance, the committee ensures timely and regular announcements on Council related events, controls access to member-only benefits (such as judge interviews and panel discussions), and encourages networking on its LinkedIn forum. 

Committee Enrollment

The Council encourages its members to become involved and bring to the attention of these Committees their ideas and concerns, so that the objectives and interests of all members can be heard, understood and incorporated into the Council's proposals, projects and initiatives.

Committee work provides the opportunity for Council members to participate on a lively and open forum for analysis, debate and education. Committees also allow you to discuss common and diverse interests and goals and to network with appellate attorneys from around the nation.


Committee enrollment is on an annual basis and runs December 1 - November 30.  Re-enrollment is not automatic.

  • Committee terms begin on December 1 and end November 30 annually.
  • All committee members must re-enroll on a yearly basis. Enrollment will NOT be carried over.
  • Members enrolling in a Committee after January first should contact us.