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LINDA A. KLEIN, President (2016-2017)
Senior Managing Shareholder in the Atlanta, Georgia, offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.
Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, J.D., 1983
Member of ABA House since 1998, and served as chair in 2010-12. Member of Advisory Committee to Chair of the House of Delegates. Member of Magna Carta 2015 Committee. Past chair of House Committee on Rules and Calendar (2006-08); Coalition for Justice (2006-10); ABA Day in Washington Planning Committee (2012-14). Past member of Standing Committees on Delivery of Legal Services (2000-01); State and Local Bar Activities (2001-04); Publication Oversight (2004-10). Council member for Section of International Law and co-chair of ABA Resource Committee in Section of Litigation. Chaired Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section in 2003-04. Recipient of Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 2004. First woman to serve as president of the State Bar of Georgia in 1997-98. Executive council member for National Conference of Bar Presidents in 1998-2001, and president of Caucus of State Bar Associations in 2001-02. Columnist for Law Practice Magazine’s Taking the Lead column.
Involved in: Southface Energy Institute, an Atlanta-based charity focusing on sustainable development ; On Board, a non-profit that advocates for diversifying corporate leadership; Neighbor to Family, a non-profit foster care provider that keeps siblings together; and Andrew College, a 160 year old institution that specializes in first in the family to attend college.
HILARIE BASS, President-Elect (2016-2017)
Greenberg Traurig, Miami, Florida
University of Miami School of Law, J.D. 1981
Hilarie is co-president of Greenberg Traurig in Miami, where she also served eight years as national chair of the litigation department. She is a member of ABA House of Delegates in 1988-95 and again since 2000. She currently serves on Nominating Committee as state delegate from Florida. She served as a member of House Committee on Issues of Concern to the Legal Profession in 2008-2010. She chaired Rules and Calendar Committee in 2012-14, Select Committee in 2006-08, and Admissions and Credentials Committee in 2002-04. She was a member of Board of Governors in 1990-93; a member of Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. She served as a member of Commission on Women in the Profession in 2002-05. She is past chair of Legal Opportunity Scholarship Committee (2005-08), Midyear Meeting Host Committee (2007 and 1995), council for the Fund for Justice and Education (1999-2002), Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel (1998-99), and Committee on Public Education and the Law (1993-96). She chaired Section of Litigation in 2010-11, and currently serves on council of Section of International Law. She is vice chair of University of Miami Board of Trustees since 2005 and past chair, United Way of Miami-Dade and secretary and general counsel of Orange Bowl Committee.
DEBORAH ENIX-ROSS, Chair, House of Delegates (2017)
Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, NY
University of Miami School of Law, J.D. 1981
Deborah is Senior Adviser to the International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City. She is a member of ABA House of Delegates since 2010; currently serves as minority member-at-large. She is vice-chair of House Committee on Credentials and Admissions; a member of Commission on Governance. Chairs Africa Law Initiative Council for Rule of Law Initiative. She chairs the Business and Human Rights Project of the ABA Center for Human Rights. She chaired the Section of International Law in 2006-07, and currently serves on section council. She co-founded section’s Women’s Interest Network, and was instrumental in creating Women’s Interest Group at International Bar Association. She is past chair of ABA Section Officers Conference (2007-09). She is a member of the New York Law School Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program Advisory Committee and is Vice President of World Justice Project.
MARY T. TORRES, Secretary (2014-2017)
Of Counsel, the Law Offices of Mary T. Torres, New Mexico
University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 1992
Mary has served in the House of Delegates as State Delegate from New Mexico and as a member of the Nominating Committee since 2005. She has also been a member of the Select, Technology, Steering, and Rules and Calendar committees of the House and a member and Secretary of the Minority Caucus of the House. She has also served on the Standing Committee on Public Education, the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and on the governing body of the Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. When Mary became President of the State Bar of New Mexico in 2002, she served as the first Hispanic woman in the nation elected president of a state bar association. She is a member of the National Hispanic Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and was President of the National Council of Bar Presidents.
G. NICHOLAS CASEY, JR., Treasurer (2014-2017)
Chief of Staff
Governor of West Virginia
West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1977
A lawyer, certified public accountant, and former managing member of Lewis, Glasser, Casey & Rollins, PLLC in West Virginia, Nick’s practice focused on the areas of business development, financing, real estate leasing and acquisitions, employee benefits and related commercial business activities. He currently serves as Chief of State to the Governor of West Virginia. Nick has served as a member of the ABA Board of Governors since 2009. He chaired the Finance Committee and its Investment and Pension subcommittees. He is a past president of the West Virginia State Bar Association, Kanawha County Bar Association, and the West Virginia Bar Foundation, Inc. Nick has also served as West Virginia's State Delegate in the ABA House of Delegates and as a member of the House Nominating Committee.
MARY L. SMITH, Secretary-Elect (2017)
University of Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1991
Mary currently serves as head of a $6 billion health care system that serves 2.2 million persons across the country. She is a member of ABA House of Delegates in 2007-12 and again since 2013. She currently serves as delegate-at-large; a member of House Committee on Credentials and Admissions; and a member of Board of Governors in 2009-12. She chaired Non-Dues Revenue Committee in 2011-12. She was a member of Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws in 2012-15, and served as chair in 2013-15. Mary was a member of Commission on Women in the Profession in 2006-09. She was Secretary of Section of Litigation. She was Section council member in 2011-12 and Council member of Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (now Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice) in 2007-11. She is Immediate past president of National Native American Bar Association. She was a member of executive council for National Conference of Bar Presidents. She received the Spirit of Excellence Award in 2012 from ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. She was counselor in civil division at U.S. Department of Justice in 2010-12. Mary served as a member of Obama-Biden transition team following 2008 election. She held posts at the White House in 1997-2000.
MICHELLE A. BEHNKE, Treasurer-Elect, (2017)
Principal of Michelle Behnke & Associates in Madison, WI University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, J.D., 1988. Michelle focuses her practice on business, real estate and estate planning.
Michelle is a member of ABA House of Delegates since 2008. She was a member of the Board of Governors in 2010-2013, and served as Chair of the Operations and Communications Committee. Michelle has also chaired the Finance Committee's Investment Subcommittee. Michelle served as Wisconsin's State Delegate in the ABA House of Delegates and as a member of the House of Delegates Nominating Committee (2013-2016). She was a member of the Commission on Governance. She is a past Chair of the Fund for Justice and Education Council. She chaired the Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services in 2006-2009. Michelle was a member of the Standing Committee on Membership in 2009-2010 and 2013-2015.
Michelle served as President of the State Bar of Wisconsin in 2004-05. In addition to bar leadership, Michelle is the President of the Wisconsin International Women's Forum-Wisconsin and serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin Law School.
PAULETTE BROWN, Immediate Past President (2016-2017)
Paulette Brownis a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J.,
office of Locke Lord Edwards.
Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.
Brown has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America." She has received the New Jersey Medal from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.
Brown has repeatedly been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and by US News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
Brown earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. at Howard University.
RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY, Executive Director Emeritus of California LAW, incorporated this new
incorporated this new non-profit as the foundational structure that will connect, collaborate, coordinate and communicate between the existing pipeline programs in the State of California. California LAW supports the 17 existing high school law academies, 28 community colleges, 6 undergraduate institutions and 6 law schools who are partners in this project to diversify the legal profession in the State of California through the educational pipeline.
Ashley has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2010 representing the State Bar of California. She was elected to the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors in 2014 and is the first Filipina and 2nd Asian Pacific American women on the ABA’s board in its 138-year history. She is a former Presidential appointee to the Committee on Public Education, co-chaired the Women of Color committee for the prestigious Commission on Women in the Profession and served as chair of the Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. She served on the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees from 2004-2007 chairing the Diversity Pipeline Task Force and leading the BOT in forming the Council on Access and Fairness, one of today’s leaders in legal diversity.
She is a past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association receiving its Trailblazer Award in 1998. The recipient of numerous awards including a Special Diversity Award from the State Bar of California (2010) and the Francis Newell Carr Women Lawyers if Distinction Award from Women Lawyers of Sacramento (2011), she graduated from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1988 and practiced law for 15 years before returning to her alma mater as Assistant Dean of Career Services. Although retired, Ashley still devotes her time to diversity in the legal profession through the educational pipeline into the law.
WILLIAM R. BAY, Section of Litigation (2014-2017)
Partner, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis, Missouri
University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, J.D., 1978
Bill Bay is a Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis. His litigation practice includes more than 30 years of experience in the representation and trial of business disputes. Bill's clients vary from major financial institutions to manufacturers to for-profit colleges. He has litigated cases on behalf of companies facing high-risk litigation and helped businesses manage and respond to large portfolios of litigation in multiple jurisdictions.
Bill is the past Chair of the 60,000-member ABA Section of Litigation. Missouri Lawyers Media selected Bill as a 2013 Influential Lawyer. The award is part of the Missouri Lawyers Awards, which honor the top innovators and influencers in Missouri's legal community.
Bill is active in a number of legal and community organizations throughout the region and country. He has been elected to leadership posts in several local, state and national bar associations, including president of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, president of the St. Louis Bar Foundation and member of the Missouri Bar Board of Governors. Bill has been a member of the ABA's House of Delegates since 2003 representing St. Louis. He served as Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services. Bill is currently co-chair of the Missouri Supreme Court and Missouri Bar’s Joint Commission on Women in the Profession and a member of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. He also served on the board of FOCUS St. Louis, which seeks to train, promote and educate leaders on regional issues.
DAVID F. BIENVENU, Sixth District (2014-2017)
Partner, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans, Louisiana
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1980
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 1997 (currently represents Louisiana State Bar Association). Chaired Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness in 2010-2013. Board member of Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in 2009-2010. Past member of Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (2005-2008); Special Committee on Death Penalty Representation (2001-2004); Committee on Justice Initiatives (1998-2001); Standing Committee on Gavel Awards (1993-1996). Peer consultant in ABA Center for Pro Bono. President of Louisiana State Bar Association in 1997-1998 and Louisiana Bar Foundation in 2004-2005. Established Louisiana State Bar’s Access to Justice Program, and is Vice President of Louisiana Civil Justice Center. Past President of the Historical Society of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
PAULA E. BOGGS, Eighteen District (2019)
Attorney and Retired Executive in Sammamish, Washington. University of California at Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 1984
Paula was first elected as a member of the ABA House of Delegates in 1993, followed by a four-year term that ended in 1997, when she moved to Texas for an in-house position with Dell Computer. Elected as a delegate-at-large in 1998, she served as a Texas State Bar delegate in 2001-2002. She became a House of Delegates member representing Washington State Bar Association in 2003, prompted by a move back to the state. She served as state delegate since 2007 until her election to the Board. She chaired the Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws in 1997-98. She received the Spirit of Excellence Award in 2006 from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. She is past chair of Legal Aid for Washington, 2006-08. She served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Starbucks Corp. (2002-12). Paula served as assistant U.S. attorney for Western District of Washington in 1988-94. She is a songwriter, multiple copyright-holder and lead singer for Paula Boggs Band. She was a member of President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities (2013-17) and a member of White House Council for Community Solutions (2010-12). She is a U.S. Army Airborne veteran, having served as an officer, 1981-88 and on the White House Iran-Contra Legal Task Force, 1987-88.
PAMELA A. BRESNAHAN, Woman Member-at-Large, (2014-2017)
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Washington, D.C.
University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1980
Member, ABA House of Delegates since 1987. Past Chair, House Committee on Drafting Policies and Procedures. Former Council member for Fund for Justice and Education. ABA permanent representative to the United Nations/Public Information in 2010-2013. Past member of Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (2002-2005) and Commission on Women in the Profession (2000-2002). Chair, Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability in 1995-1997. Member of Gender Equity Task Force in 2012-2013. Council member for Section of Litigation in 2010-2013, and currently co-chairs the section’s ABA Resource Committee. Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Board of Trustees Executive Committee member for National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) since 2010. President of American Counsel Association in 2004-2005 and Women’s Bar Association of Maryland in 1987-1988.
A. VINCENT BUZARD, Fifteenth District (2015-2018)
Founder and Co-Chair Appellate Practice Group, Harris Beach PLLC
University of Michigan, J.D. cum laude, 1967
Vince Buzard is an Appellate Lawyer handling appeals in state and federal courts including regularly arguing in the State’s highest Court. He was Chair of the ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers (2013-2014) and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Appellate Judges Conference (2013-2014). He is the author New York Appellate Practice LexisNexis, and co-author New York Chapter The Appellate Practice Compendium (ABA). He was President of the New York State Bar Association (2005-2006) and President of the Monroe County Bar Association (1993-1994). He has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 2004; and a member of the New York State Bar House of Delegates since 1987. He is a Past Chair and current member of the State Bar Committee Reviewing Judicial Nominations and a member of the Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee. He is a past Chair Seventh District Judicial Screening Commission. He is a certified Federal Court Mediator and a former Corporation Counsel, City of Rochester. He has been a legal commentator, moderator and host on Rochester radio and television stations since 1977.
Hon. William C. Carpenter, Sixteenth District (2015-2018)
Superior Court of Delaware
Widener University LS; admitted to Bar: 1976. Delaware Superior Court (1993-present); United States Attorney for Delaware (1985-1993); ABA: Delaware State Bar Association; adjunct professor-Widener University School of Law; American Inns of Court; American College of Business Court Judges. YMCA; American Red Cross; Blood Bank of Delmarva; University of Delaware Alumni Association; Rotary Club of Wilmington; Christ Church-Lay Reader. House of Delegates; Nominating Committee; Chair-JD-NCSTJ; SOC Executive Committee; SOC Decennial Committee; SOC Representative to the BOG PEP Committee; JD Executive Committee; Delaware Criminal Justice Council of Judiciary, Chair; Delaware Sentencing Accountability Commission, Chair.
MIN K. CHO, Young Lawyer Member-at-Large (2014-2017)
Partner, Holland & Knight, Orlando, Florida
Florida State University in Tallahassee, J.D., 2004
Member of ABA House of Delegates Since 2011. Serves on the Resolutions Committee for the Minority Caucus. Former Diversity Director for Young Lawyers Division. Member of NAPABA.
JUDGE HERBERT B. DIXON, JR., (2014-2017)
Judge, District of Columbia Superior Court
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1973
A member of ABA House of Delegates since 2008, Judge Dixon served on the HOD Nominating Committee and the Committee on Technology and Communications. He formerly served as chair of the National Conference of State Trial Judges, chair of the Judicial Division’s Court Technology, and co-chair of The Judges’ Journal Editorial Board. Judge Dixon served as chair of the Judicial Division’s Court Technology Committee and as a member of the ABA TECHSHOW® Planning Board. He currently serves as presiding judge of D.C. Superior Court’s Technology-Enhanced Courtroom Pilot Project and co-chair of the court’s Strategic Planning Leadership Council. He is a former presiding judge of Superior Court’s Civil Division and Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division. Judge Dixon is the Senior Judicial Adviser to the Courtroom 21 Project at Marshall-Wythe School of Law (The College of William & Mary) and a member of The Sedona Conference®.
DONALD R. DUNNER, Section of Intellectual Property Law (2014-2017)
Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1958
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 2002 (representing Intellectual Property Law Section). Member of ABA Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs (2011-2013). Chaired Section of Intellectual Property Law (1995-1996). President, AIPLA (1979-80). Chairman, Advisory Committee, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1982-92). Argued more than 160 cases at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Sedona Lifetime Achievement Award (2002). Jefferson Medal, New Jersey IPLA (2004). International Lawyer of Year for Patents, Who's Who Legal (2005). Listed in Legal Times' "Greatest Washington Lawyers in the Past 30 Years" (2008). IAM IP Hall of Fame (2010). AIPLA Board of Directors’ Award (2011). George Washington University Law School Adjunct Professor of the Year (2012). Linn Inn Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award and IP Jurisprudence Award of Hispanic National Bar Association (2012). National Law Journal 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (2000, 2013). Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award from American College of Trial Lawyers (2013). Managing Intellectual Property Lifetime Achievement Award in IP (2014). Who’s Who Legal Award - Patent Lawyer of the Year (2014). Fellow, ACTL and American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Co-author of Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Practice and Procedure and past co-author of Patent Law Perspectives.
J. TIMOTHY EATON, Seventeen District, (2019)
Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Chicago, Illinois Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, J.D. 1977; Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, LLM 1979
Tim was a member of ABA House of Delegates in 1999-2002. He was a member of Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs in 2012-2014. He is past chair of Appellate Advocacy Committee in Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He also was Past president of the Illinois State Bar Association (2001-2002); Chicago Bar Association (2013-2014); and Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois (1988-1989). He currently is on the Board of Governors of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.
He argued hundred of cases in the Illinois Appellate Court, Supreme Court of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has authored a manual on appellate practice, has written a number of articles on appellate and arbitration law, and has lectured extensively on legal related matters. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the College of Commercial Arbitrators.
MARYANN E. FOLEY, Thirteen District (2019)
Law Office of Maryann E. Foley, Anchorage, Alaska
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, J.D. 1979
Maryann was the State Delegate to the House of Delegates for Alaska from 2010-2016. Previously, she represented the Alaska Bar Association for six years.
She served on the Section of Family Law Executive Committee from 2009-2014 including being its Chair in 2012-2013.
Maryann is a past President of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (1987-1988). She has held various committee chairs for the Alaska Bar Association and has been a law examiner since 1989. Member Anchorage Bar Association, Soroptimist International and ATHENA.
ILENE KNABLE GOTTS, Section Member-at-Large (2015-2018)
Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City
Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., J.D., 1984
After holding a variety of other leadership positions in the Section of Antitrust Law for over a decade, served as the Section’s chair in 2009-10. Former staff attorney in Bureaus of Competition and Consumer Protection at Federal Trade Commission. Member of editorial or advisory boards for four publications in antitrust field. Chaired New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Section in 2006-2007.
BENJAMIN E. GRIFFITH, Section of State and Local Government Law (2019)
Griffith Law Firm, Oxford, Mississippi
University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1975
Ben is principal of Griffith Law Firm in Oxford, Mississippi, and enjoys a federal and state civil litigation practice with emphasis on election law and voting rights litigation, defense of local governments in civil rights litigation, environmental law and insurance defense. He serves on the Finance and Internal Operations Committee of the Board of Governors and is the Board’s liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law, the Judicial Division’s National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary, and LRIS (Lawyer Referral and Information Services Standing Committee). He has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 2009. He is Adjunct Professor (Municipal Law Practice Skills, Election Law) at University of Mississippi School of Law, serving since 2014. He is the Section of International Law’s liaison to International Municipal Lawyers Association and the World Jurist Association, and serves as General Counsel for WJA. He served as Chair of the Section of State & Local Government Law (2007-2008) and chaired its International Committee from 2012 to 2016. Ben served as chair of ABA Standing Committee on Election Law in 2010-13 and is its liaison to the Board of Governors. He is a member of Advisory Commission to ABA Standing Committee on Election Law. Since 2008 he has chaired the International Steering Committee of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and is General Counsel to the World Jurist Association, having served as WJA’s National President for United States from 2008 to 2010 and 2015 to 2016. Ben is past president of National Association of County Civil Attorneys and the Mississippi Association of County Board Attorneys and past chair of the Government Law Section of the Mississippi Bar. He is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Mississippi Bar Foundation. He is President of the William C. Keady Chapter of American Inns of Court and serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Mississippi Law Alumni Board. He is the Editor and chapter author of America Votes! Challenges to Modern Election Law & Voting Rights (ABA 2008, 2012, and 2016). Since 1994 he has been board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the ABA-accredited National Board of Civil Trial Advocacy and has been recognized by his peers with inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Municipal Law each year since 2007.
ERICA R. GRINDE, Young Lawyer Member-at-Large (2015-2018)
Deputy attorney in civil division of Missoula County Attorney’s Office in Montana
University of Montana School of Law in Missoula, J.D., 2008
Liaison from ABA Young Lawyers Division to Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services. Served as YLD’s director of conference, programs and products in 2013-14. Past president of New Lawyers Section in State Bar of Montana (2012-13). Mentors students through the University of Montana Women’s Law Caucus mentorship program.
BARRY C. HAWKINS, Second District (2015-2017)
Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Stamford, Connecticut
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1968
Barry is a partner with Shipman & Goodwin LLP, practicing in the areas of real estate and litigation. He is the author of several papers on real estate issues and has taught and lectured extensively on real estate, land use, and environmental issues, including alternative dispute resolution. Since 1983, he has been a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and served three years on its national Board and as Chair of its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is the Past President of the Connecticut Bar Association (2012-2013) and since 1997 has been a Uniform Law Commissioner for the State of Connecticut. Hawkins was a Member of the Executive Council of the National Council of Bar Presidents from 2013-2015 and has been a Member of the ABA House of Delegates since 2010. Before being elected to the ABA Board of Governors, he served since 2014 as the Connecticut State Delegate and as a member of the ABA Nominating Committee, a member of the Standing Committee on Specialization and a member of the Advisory Committee on Gun Violence. He is a former Chair of the national drafting committee for the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA). He lectures nationally on the subject of institutional endowment funds and UPMIFA. Mr. Hawkins is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed in: Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Real Estate, 2002-2015; Connecticut Super Lawyer: Real Estate, 2006-2015; The Best Lawyers in America: Litigation-Real Estate Law, 1993-2015; and Who's Who Legal, 2012-2015. He is a recipient of the 2003 Connecticut Secretary of State Public Service Award. After graduating from University of Virginia School of Law in 1968, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He earned a Bronze Star in Vietnam (1969-1970).
DAVID S. HOUGHTON, Tenth District (2019)
Houghton Bradford Whitted in Omaha, NE
University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City, J.D., 1975
David is a managing member of Houghton Bradford Whitted in Omaha, Nebraska. He served as a member of ABA House of Delegates in 1998-2010. He is Chair of Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws. He served as Secretary of American Bar Foundation, and chaired the Fellows in 2009-10; President of National Conference of Bar Presidents in 2002-03. He is past president of Nebraska State Bar Association (1995-96) and Omaha Bar Association (1993-94).
BERNARD T. KING, Section Member-at-Large (2015-2018)
Senior partner at Blitman & King in Syracuse, New York.
Syracuse University College of Law in New York (Cum Laude), J.D., 1959
Member of ABA House of Delegates in 1992-98. Past member of Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services (1996-99). Member of Joint Committee on Employee Benefits since 1981. Chaired Labor and Employment Law Section in 1987-88. Chaired New York State Bar Association’s Labor Law Section in 1980-81. ABA Pension Committee (2008 – 2014). American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Syracuse Law School Board of Visitors (1985-2004). LeMoyne College Past Trustee and current Board of Regents. Boy Scout Board. Salvation Army Board.
SCOTT C. LABARRE, Goal III Disability (2019)
LaBarre Law Offices P.C., Denver, Colorado
University of Minnesota J.D. 1993
St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, BA 1990.
Scott owns and operates LaBarre Law Offices P.C., (LLO). LLO specializes in employment law, disability rights, Randolph-Sheppard Act cases, and some international policy work particularly in the area of copyright law. Mr. LaBarre has appeared in federal and state courts throughout the United States securing many important victories for his clients such as Enyart v. National Conference of Bar Examiners, 630 F.3d 1153 (9th Cir. 2011)(securing the right for blind students to use assistive technology as an accommodation on the multistate bar exam) and Cannon v. Palmer College of Chiropractic, 850 N.W.2d 326 (Iowa 2014)(securing the right of a blind student to pursue a doctor of chiropractic degree with his requested accommodations). He is permanently admitted before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and DC Circuits, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the Supreme Court of Colorado, and the Maryland Court of Appeals (Maryland’s highest court). LaBarre has been named one of Colorado’s Super Lawyers, a distinction recognizing the top five percent of Colorado attorneys.
Prior to launching his own firm in July of 1998, Mr. LaBarre acted as general counsel for the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Colorado, where he specialized in laws affecting the blind and disabled. Mr. LaBarre served in that capacity for five years. Even after establishing LLO, he remains very active in the NFB through his volunteer service in many leadership roles. In October of 2005, members of the NFB of Colorado elected LaBarre their President. He also serves as Chairman of the Preauthorized Contributions Committee, one of the Federation’s major national fundraisers. Additionally, he is President of the National Association of Blind Lawyers and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Center for the Blind. The Federation has presented LaBarre with the Raymond W. McGeorge Award in 2010 for his work on behalf of the blind in Colorado and the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award in 2014 for his efforts to achieve successful adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Individuals Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, and Otherwise Print Disabled.
Since 2010, LaBarre has acted as the NFB’s lead delegate to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO’s) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights to work on an international treaty to create the international exchange of published works in accessible formats for the blind and print disabled leading to the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty in June of 2013. This work has led to his election to the Accessible Books Consortium Board, a body sponsored by WIPO and designed to serve as an entity implementing the Marrakesh Treaty on a practical level, promote cross-border exchange of accessible books for the print disabled, and to encourage inclusive publishing.
As an original and current member of the Steering Committee, LaBarre helped to establish the Federation’s Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposium on Disability Rights which gathers leaders from all sectors in the arena of disability rights to discuss the current status of the law and to plan needed reform. LaBarre has presented at the Symposium on several occasions.
He is active in national, state and local bar associations through his service in many roles. LaBarre is a founding member of the Disability Rights Bar Association and serves on its Executive Board as Chairman. In September of 2016, LaBarre will begin a three year term on the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors. He has also been a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Disability Rights and served as its Chair from 2004-2007. Mr. LaBarre is also active in the ABA's Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division and reassumed a position on its governing council starting in August of 2013, previously serving on the Division’s Council from 2005 through 2009. In the last decade plus, he has also performed the roles of a Director in the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division, Vice Chairman and a member of the ABA-YLD Bar Leadership Team, YLD Liaison to the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, a member of the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, and Treasurer and a member of the Executive Council of the Denver Bar Association’s Young Lawyers.
He left Minnesota in 1993 to work at the National Headquarters of the National Federation of the Blind. He moved to Colorado in June of 1994.
WENDELL G. LARGE, First District (2014-2017)
Director/Shareholder at Richardson, Whitman, Large & Badger, Portland, Maine
University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, J.D., 1978
Wendell is an active trial lawyer who has been trying civil cases in Maine for more than 25 years. His cases are not limited by subject matter, but generally have included the defense of professional liability claims (medical, legal, insurance, real estate, architectural, and others), the defense of product liability claims, the defense of commercial transportation claims, and the prosecution and defense of large exposure personal injury claims. For a number of years Wendell served as lead trial counsel for one of Maine's largest publicly held corporations.
He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Wendell has served on the Civil Justice Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court in Maine, the Business and Consumer Docket Advisory Group for Maine, and the governing board for the Maine Bar Foundation. He has also served on the boards of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the Maine State Bar Association (President, 2006), and the New England Bar Association (President, 2008). He is in his fourth term as the state bar's representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and serves on the 11 member ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability. He is listed in the current editions of "The Best Lawyers in America", "New England Super Lawyers", "Chambers USA", and "Benchmark Litigation." He is also an Advisory Trustee to Portland Trails, which is building a network of walking and biking trails in Maine’s largest city.
PENINA K. LIEBER, Third District (2015-2018)
Penina Lieber is a Partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1986
She practices exclusively in the area of nonprofit and tax-exempt law and represents nonprofit organizations and associations in a wide range of transactional and legal matters - including tax, charitable trust litigation, corporate restructuring, governance, employment, licensing and accreditation, financing, public-private partnerships and joint ventures. She is listed as a "Best Lawyer in America", a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer and a "Best Lawyer in Pittsburgh". She enjoys an AV rating in Martindale Hubbell.
Penina is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Harvard University. She received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Penina was a judicial law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and has served as Special Counsel to the Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania in the Hershey Trust litigation.
She is former Chair of the ABA Commission on IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts), former Chair of the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board and a past member of The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She has served on the ABA Commission on Youth-At-Risk and the Editorial Board of the ABA Judges Journal. Penina is Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Past Secretary and Woman Governor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is a life trustee of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and a sustaining fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.
Penina is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and a member of its Consultative Members Group on the Restatement of Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organigations. In addition, Penina is an approved Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she teaches the Law of Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations. She has published three books on nonprofit legal issues: The Tax Treatment of NGO's - Legal, Ethical and Fiscal Frameworks for Promoting NGO's and their Activities, (Kluwer Law International, 2004); The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Organizations, (Civic Research Institute, 2005); and The 2007 Complete Guide to Nonprofit Organizations, (2007 Annual Supplement). Penina has been a featured speaker at international conferences on the charitable sector in Johannesburg, South Africa and Barbados, West Indies, as well as at many state and national conferences. Penina was an original course planners and lecturer for the annual PBI Nonprofit Institute.
Ms. Lieber is active within the profession, academic and nonprofit communities. She was awarded the PBA President’s Award for outstanding commitment to the Pennsylvania Bar. She is a member of the ABA House of Delegates; past At-Large PBA Woman Governor and past Chair of two PBA standing committees: the Charitable Organization Committee and the Attorney Discipline Committee. She is married to Marvin S. Lieber, Past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and has three children: Jessica Lieber Smolar, Assistant United States Attorney; Michele E. Lieber, Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Ally Financial Services; and Rob Lieber, a screenwriter in Hollywood.
JOHN LOUROS, Law Student (2017)
Pennsylvania State University; New York Law School
New York Law School, J.D. Candidate 2017
John Louros is a second-year law student at New York Law School. He is the incoming Law Student Division Representative to the ABA Board of Governors, and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Law Student Division. In his community, he has set up volunteer projects through New York Cares and organized fundraisers for pediatric and ovarian cancer research. In the Law Student Division, he restructured the Division’s Student Lawyer publication, expanded the Division’s ABA Grant Fund program and drafted the Division’s social media policy.
ORLANDO LUCERO, Minority Member-at-Large (2015-2018)
Vice-President/New Mexico State Underwriting Counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, Albuquerque, NM
Stanford University, A.B. 1980 with distinction and honors (Phi Beta Kappa); Stanford Law School, J.D. 1983
Also knows as "the Bow Tie Guy" for his exclusive wearing of bow ties, Orlando is the New Mexico State Underwriting Counsel for the Fidelity National Title Group. Previously, Orlando worked as New Mexico Underwriting Counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Company, as as a commercial escrow officer at Stewart Title of Albuquerque and at First American Title Insurance Company. Before going into the title insurance business in 2003, Orlando was in private practice primarily focusing on real estate and business transactions.
Orlando is the former Vice-Chair of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, where he served in many capacities, including, including on Council and as Chair of the Standing Committee on Diversity. He is the former Chair and member of the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline; he is the Board of Governors liaison to the Commission on Racial and and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and to the Commission on Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities. He is a former member of the Advisory Commission to the ABA Committee on Public Education. He chaired the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the New Mexico State Bar for many years.
Orlando is a frequent national and local lecturer and writer on numerous topics related to real estate transactions, title insurance and business entities. Orlando has been an Adjunct Professor at the UNM Anderson School of Business, where he has taught a commercial real estate course.
Orlando is an active member of the Albuquerque community having served in many leadership capacities, including: Board Member and Secretary, Albuquerque Museum Foundation; President, New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties; 1997 NAIOP Chapter Member of the Year; Founder, New Mexicans for Smart Growth; President, New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation; President, Pastoral Council, Church of the Risen Savior Catholic Church; Chairman of the Board, All Faiths Receiving Home; Secretary/Treasurer of Landmark Musicals, Inc; Secretary and Board Member, New Mexico Land Title Association. An active alum, Orlando is a former Member of the Board of Governors of the Stanford Associates.
ANDREW JOSHUA (JOSH) MARKUS, Eight District (2019)
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Miami, FL; Duke University, 1970; University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law in Gainesville, J.D.1973; Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium LLM, 1974
Josh is Shareholder and head of the international practice at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Miami. He was a member of the ABA House of Delegates from 2005-2014. He chaired the Section of International Law in 2003-2004, and served on that section's council for more than 20 years. He was a Recipient of the Section's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He is a past member of the Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight (2010-2013) and Membership (2004-2007) and was was a Commissioner on the Commission on Women in the Profession(2013-2016). He was previously the Florida state chair for Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and the recipient of the Fellow's Outstanding State Chair Award in 2014. Josh is currently the President of the American Jewish Committee, Miami/Broward and serves on the National Board of Governors of the American Jewis Committee.
LORELIE S. MASTERS, Goal III Women-at-Large (2019) Partner in at Perkins Coie’s Insurance Recovery Group in Washington, D.C. Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 1981
Lorelie served as a member of ABA Gender Equity Task Force (2012-15); a member of Commission on Women in the Profession (2009-12); Publications and Content Officer and member of the Executive Committee for the ABA Section of Litigation (2013-15); a member of the Section of Litigation Council (2010-13); various other leadership roles in Section of Litigation (2003-present); Policyholder Chair of Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (2000-03). Member of Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar Association (2010-13). She is a member of Board of Directors of the DC Bar Foundation (2013-present). She is a member of Board of Directors of the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center (2012-present). She served as President of Women’s Bar Association of DC (2007-08) and a member of the Board of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation of Washington, D.C. (2008-14). She served as president (2014-15) and Founder of American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. She is author of a nationally recognized insurance treatise, Insurance Coverage Litigation; author of Liability Insurance in International Arbitration: The Bermuda Form, winner of 2012 Book Prize by the British Insurance Law Association and considered the “standard work on the topic.” Matter Between C and D,  EWCA (Civ) 1282 (Eng.),  (Cooke L.J.). She was a candidate in first ever election for D.C.’s Attorney General (2014).
JOHN L. McDONNELL JR., Fourteenth District (2015-2018)
Of Counsel, Hartog, Baer & Hand, Orinda, California
University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1963
John is certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. His practice includes all aspects of the planning and administration of trusts and decedents’ estates, fiduciary asset management and litigation relating to trusts and estates; international estate and trust planning and administration; marital property agreements; mediation and arbitration in estate-related disputes; consultation and testimony as an expert witness in estate-related litigation; and service as court-appointed special master, trustee and guardian ad litem. He has experience also in the representation of court-appointed receivers, construction litigation, plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, marital dissolutions, aircraft accident litigation and criminal defense representation. John has testified before various committees of the California Legislature and has worked with various California legislators, members of Congress and staff on legislation affecting the legal profession.
John served a previous term on the Board of Governors (2000-03). He has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1988. John’s House of Delegates Committee memberships have included the Credentials and Admissions Committee; Committee on Issues of Concern to the Legal Profession (Chair, 2007-08); Select Committee of the House of Delegates; Committee on Resolution and Impact Review; Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee; and Committee on Scope and Correlation of Work.
John was an Advisor to the Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence and is a past member of the Standing Committees on Meetings and Travel and Membership. He was State Membership Co-Chair for California and ABA State Delegate for California (2007-15). He has been a member of the ABA Day in Washington Planning Committee since 2006.
John is a past member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California. His State Bar positions included Executive Committee member and Chair of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section; Chair, Board Committee on Legal Services; Chair, Board Committee on Professional Standards and Admissions; Chair, Consortium/Committee on Competence; and State Bar Vice President.
John has been a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel since 1978 and has served as State Chair, a member of the Board of Regents, Chair of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee and Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force. He has been an author and frequent lecturer in the field of estates and trusts for the California Continuing Education of the Bar program and other professional organizations.
John is the co-founder of the California Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and a Board member since 1983. He is a Director and Member of the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of Mills College in Oakland, California. He is a past member and officer of several boards of professional, civic, charitable, cultural, social, educational, alumni and political organizations.
HON. LESLIE B. MILLER, Eleventh District (2019)
Pima County Superior Court judge in Tucson, Arizona, since 1985 Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Miller is a member of ABA House of Delegates since 2002; currently serves as delegate-at-large and chairs House Committee on Credentials and Admissions. She is Vice-chair of Committee on Scope and Correlation of Work. She served previously on Board of Governors in 2009-12. She is a member of Special Committee on Annual Meeting Program Planning. She is a member of Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity; Judicial Division liaison to council of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and SCOM. She served as a member of Gender Equity Task Force in 2012-13 and Africa Law Initiative Council in 2002-05. She chaired Judicial Division in 2006-07 and National Conference of State Trial Judges in 2000-01. She served as a member of World Justice Project commission in 2008-09 and advisory commission in 2007-08. She was President of Pima County Bar Association in 1989-90, Arizona Judges Association in 1992-93, Inn of Court in 1998-1989 and a member of the Arizona Board of Governors in 1983 - 1985. She was President of Susan G. Komen Board of Directors in 2009-11; President of the Boys and Girls Club in 1995-96 and a member of Board of Directors for International Mariachi Conference in 1988-2005 and YMCA in 1995 - present.
HARRY TRUMAN MOORE, Twelfth District (2014-2017)
Solo Practitioner, Goodwin Moore PLLC in Paragould, Arkansas
University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, J.D., 1975
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 1997 (currently represents Arkansas Bar Association). State Delegate 2000-2009. Special Adviser to Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services. Past member of Standing Committee on Public Education (2007-2010) and Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements (2005-2007). Executive Committee member for Conference of State Bar Delegates in 2003-2006. President of Arkansas Bar Association in 1996-1997. Co-Chair of Arkansas State Claims Commission. Board member for Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Association.
E. FITZGERALD PARNELL III, Fifth District (2015-2018)
Of Counsel at Poyner Spruill in Charlotte, North Carolina.
University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1973
North Carolina State University, BS in Engineering, 1969
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 2004; served on Nominating Committee as state delegate from North Carolina. Past member of standing committees on the Federal Judiciary (2010-13) and Ethics and Professional Responsibility (2002-05). President of North Carolina State Bar in 2001-02. Recipient, Friend of the Court Award by Judicial Branch of North Carolina Government and Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award. Law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Bobbitt, North Carolina Supreme Court; Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Founding member, North Carolina Federal Bar Advisory Council, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, and Federal Defenders of the Western District of North Carolina. Elder and former Chair, Executive Committee of the Session, Trinity Presbyterian Church; Moderator, Permanent Judicial Commission, Presbytery of Charlotte. Member, UNC Law Alumni Association Board.
LINDA L. RANDELL, Section Member-at-Large (2019)
Yale Law School J.D. 1973
University of Michigan, AB
Linda is a lawyer in Hamden, Connecticut; she served as senior vice president and general counsel at UIL Holdings Corp. until 2016, after it was sold to an affiliate of the Spanish utility Iberdrola. She was Partner, Wiggin and Dana LLP, 1980-2007. She is a member of ABA House of Delegates since 2013; currently serves on Nominating Committee as delegate representing Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law and chaired that section in 2009-2010; vice-chair of section’s Nominating, Electricity, Corporate Governance and Antitrust committees, as well as its Book Board. She is section liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight since 2014 and a member of the committee in 2011-2014. Linda is past president of the Yale Law Journal Co., 2009-2010 and 2013-2014; currently serves as senior adviser to the board. She is past president of Jewish Family Service of New Haven, 2012-2014.
HON. RAMONA G. SEE, Judicial Member-at-Large (2015-2018)
Judge in Los Angeles County Superior Court (Torrance Courthouse).
University of Michigan, B.A.
Boston College Law School, J.D. 1985
Former Chair of the Judicial Division National Conference of State Trial Judges and member of the Judicial Division, Trial Torts and Insurance Practice Section, Section of International Law and GP/Solo. Participated in the World Justice Project – Singapore Regional Meeting and Vienna II. Vice Chair of the Judicial Division Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary from 2013 – present). Member of ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. Member of Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative Council in 2011-14. Member of coordinating council for Judicial Division and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Chaired the ABA Judicial Clerkship Program sponsored by the Council on Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the Educational Pipelined and Judicial Division from 2008-2013.
Former President of the Benjamin Aranda II Inn of Court and continues to be a member of the Inn. Member of the National Association of Women Judges, former Vice President and Board member of California Judges Association, former board member of the California Judges Association Foundation. Served two double terms on the California Administrative Office of the Court’s Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee. Former Chair of the California Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Civil Law Committee.
Judge See has been a judge for 18 years and has a general civil assignment. Prior to appointment, her practice area concentrated in the area of commercial, business and real estate litigation.
KEVIN L. SHEPHERD, Section Member-at-Large (2019)
Partner at Venable LLP in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D. 1984
Kevin is a member of ABA House of Delegates since 2011; currently represents the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. He chaired the Section in 2005-06. He chairs the Section’s Working Group on Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Terrorist Financing Efforts Affecting Lawyers. He chaired ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession in 2010-15. He is a past member of Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight, 2003-06. Kevin is a former Maryland state co-chair for Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the ABF Fellows Research Advisory Committee President of American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 2010; member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and Governor, Anglo-American Real Property Institute.
WILLIAM N. SHEPHERD, Section Member-at-Large (2017)
Partner at Holland & Knight in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, J.D., 1994
William is Co-Team Leader of the Finance and Financial Services Industry Sector Group. He was a member of ABA House of Delegates in 2009-12; Member of Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs. He served as member of Global Anti-Corruption Initiatives Task Force and chaired Criminal Justice Section in 2011-13. He currently serves on section council and co-chairs Long Range Planning Committee.
DARCEE S. SIEGEL, Section Member-at-Large (2019)
Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, J.D., 1985
Darcee, the former City Attorney of North Miami Beach, Florida and in-house municipal attorney since 1988, currently serves as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator. She is a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 2011 representing the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division (GPSLD). She is Vice Chair of the House Committee on Issues of Concern to the Legal Profession (2015-2016) and a member of the Committee (2012-2016). She is a past member of the Standing Committee on Public Education (2000-2003) and the Standing Committee on Membership (2008-2011). Darcee is a current member of the Standing Committee on Gun Violence (2014-2016) and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission (2015-2016). She served as Chair of SOC Membership Committee (2005-2007 and 2013-2016). She served as Secretary and Diversity Officer of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2013-2015) and a member of TIPS Council (2010-2015). She chaired GPSLD (2007-2008) and served as Chair-Elect (2006-2007); Secretary (2005-2006); Treasurer (2004-2005) and a member of its Council (1999-2009 and 2010-2016).
Darcee is the recipient of the ABA/TIPS Kirsten Christophe Award and the ABA/GPSLD Nelson Award. In her spare time, she serves on the Florida International University Vice Provost Executive Council where she mentors students with their career choices, resume critiquing and interviewing skills. She also serves as a Special Master/Magistrate for the City of Miami adjudicating code enforcement cases.
ALAN VAN ETTEN, Seventeenth District (2015-2018)
Partner at Deeley King Pang & Van Etten in Honolulu
University of California Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 1972
Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates 1998-2010. Member, Nominating Committee of the ABA, 2001-2010; State Delegate to the ABA 2001-2010. Member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary in 2008-2011. Member of the ABA Board of Governors 2016–2018; Chair, Member Services Committee of the ABA Board of Governors 2016–2017; Board of Governors Liaison to the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges, the Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law, and the Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability, 2016–2017; Hawaii State Chair of the Fellows of American Bar Foundation 2001-2010; Life Member, American Bar Foundation; President of Hawaii State Bar Association 1997; Treasurer of Hawaii State Bar Association 1994, 1995; Vice President, Hawaii State Bar Association, 1996. Chair, Board of Directors of the Hawaii judiciary’s Attorneys and Judges Assistance Program.
Alan is a 1967 graduate of Yale University and a 1972 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. In 1993 and 1994, at the Law School's request, he was Adjunct Professor (Advanced Torts/Insurance Law) at the University of Hawaii's School of Law. He frequently speaks, writes and teaches on the subject of Hawaii Insurance Law; he has co-written the materials for, and been a panel presenter on, more than forty (40) insurance coverage and bad faith seminars since 1997. Attendees at the seminars are other attorneys and insurance professionals. Because his teachings contribute significantly to establishing the standard of practice of insurance claims handling in the State of Hawaii, he has served as an expert witness on that standard for both insureds and insurers in Hawaii.
Alan co-founded the Insurance Coverage Litigation Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association in 2006, was its first chairperson, and is currently again its Chair. For many years he served as a Vice-Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) of the Tort & Insurance Practice Section of the ABA. He was its Program Chair for ICLC's Annual Meeting in February, 2009.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, possessing the highest (“AV”) rating by Martindale Hubbell, and chosen as a national Superlawyer in Insurance Coverage Litigation, Alan’s practice concentrates in civil litigation, with an emphasis on insurance law and litigation, representing primarily policyholders in insurance coverage and insurance bad faith cases. He also litigates commercial torts on behalf of both corporate plaintiffs and corporate defendants. He was the 2014 Hawaii Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Coverage Law. He is the only practicing attorney in Hawaii who is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC), a national invitation-only organization of insurance coverage and bad faith attorneys. Alan regularly represents individual and commercial policyholders, has also represented the State of Hawaii, and has recovered many millions of dollars for his clients, both in insurance coverage and in bad faith cases.
JOE B. WHISLER, Ninth District (2015-2018)
Shareholder at Cooling & Herbers in Kansas City, Missouri
Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, J.D., 1972
Member of ABA House of Delegates since 2006, and currently serves on Nominating Committee as state delegate from Missouri. Past member, Select Committee of the House of Delegates and Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee. President of The Missouri Bar in 2004-05. Member of Kansas City Coalition Against Human Trafficking.