October 17, 2014

About Us

About Us

The only ABA entity dedicated to the substantive issues affecting the federal judiciary, shaping ABA policy and monitoring Congressional activity affecting the judicial branch.

The Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements (SCFJI), the only ABA entity dedicated entirely to the substantive issues affecting the federal judiciary, conceives of, studies, and makes recommendations to the ABA on improvements to the federal judicial system.  The Committee serves a vital role in the development of Association positions on legislative and administrative proposals potentially affecting the federal judiciary.  The SCFJI also coordinates activities within the ABA relating to improvements in this arena.  Finally, the Committee serves as a liaison between the ABA and the federal judiciary, as well as with other governmental and nongovernmental entities involved in judicial reform.  

The Committee is composed of federal judges, practicing attorneys, and academics who provide a broad array of experience and viewpoints.  

The Standing Committee is housed within the American Bar Association's Justice Center.


Michael H. Reed, Pepper Hamilton LLP


Michael St. Patrick Baxter, Covington & Burling LLP

Fern C. Bomchill, Mayer Brown LLP

Helen B. Kim, Theodora Oringher PC

Patrick McGlone, Ullico Inc.

James M. Pearl, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Robert O. Saunooke, Saunooke Law Firm PA

Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, US District Court for the Southern District of New York

Hon. Elizabeth Snow Stong, US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York

Paul R.Q. Wolfson, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Hon. James A. Wynn, Jr., US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Ex-Officio Member

Peter Bennett, Bennett Law Firm, PA

Immediate Past Chair

Hon. Norma L. Shapiro, US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Kenneth G. Standard, ABA Board of Governors, Epstein Becker & Green PC

Hon. Thomas L. Ambro, Business Law Section, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Sidney Butcher, Criminal Justice Section, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office

Karen T. Grisez, Commission on Immigration, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Hon. J. Daniel Breen, Judicial Division, US District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Irwin H. Warren, Section of Litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Gregory M. Cesarano, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Carlton Fields

Judith Resnik, SCFJI Academic Advisory Board, Yale Law School

Denise A. Cardman, ABA Governmental Affairs Office 

It is the mission of the Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements to:

(1) coordinate activities within the Association relating to improvements in the federal judicial system; 

(2) maintain effective liaison with other institutions working on judicial reform and with the federal judiciary and other appropriate government officials; and 

(3) study and make recommendations for improving the federal judicial system.

ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598 
Fax: 312.988.5709 

Staff Attorney II
Nicole VanderDoes
Phone: 800.238.2667 x5742
E-mail Nicole