July 01, 2017

Nominating Committee Announces 2017-2018 Council Slate

Nominating Committee Announces 2017-2018 Council Slate

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Joan Howland, professor and associate dean at the University of Minnesota Law School, presented the following slate to the Council. The election of Council officers and members will take place at the Section’s annual business meeting, Saturday, August 12, at the Sheraton New York Times Square during the ABA Annual Meeting.

One or more additional nominations may be made for any designated seat on the Council, including officers of the Council (except Chairperson and Immediate Past Chairperson), by petition signed by not less than 50 members of the Section in good standing, not more than 10 of whom are residents of any one state. A person so nominated shall be called the "petitioner". The petition shall specify which nominee the petitioner is challenging and shall state that the petitioner has agreed to the nomination and meets the criteria for the position being sought. The petition shall be delivered in person or by mail to the Section Office at the Association headquarters and must be received no later than July 15. The Secretary shall thereupon confirm that such individual is eligible to serve if elected. If additional nominations are made, the Chairperson shall distribute to the membership a final notice of nominations as soon as practical but no later than July 22.

Chair (automatic under the Bylaws)
Maureen A. O’Rourke
Dean & Professor
Boston University School of Law
Maureen A. O’Rourke is dean, professor of law, and Michaels Faculty Research Scholar at Boston University School of Law. She joined the faculty in 1993 after working in the legal department at IBM Corp. She became interim dean in 2004 and has been dean since 2006. Dean O’Rourke is a co-author of the casebook Copyright in the Global Information Economy, a recipient of Boston University’s highest teaching award, chair of the Marist College Pre-Law Advisory Board, a member of the AccessLex Institute Board of Directors, and past chair of the AALS Sections on the Law School Dean and Computers & The Law. She is the current chair-elect of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. She received her BS summa cum laude from Marist College and her JD from Yale Law School.

Election to a One-Year Term
Jeffrey Lewis
Dean Emeritus and Professor
Saint Louis University School of Law
St. Louis, Missouri
Jeffrey Lewis joined Saint Louis University School of Law as dean in 1999 and served in that capacity for 11 years. He returned to full-time teaching in 2010 with the title of dean emeritus and professor. He began his law teaching career in 1970 at the University of Akron School of Law. He served on the law faculty at the University of Florida from 1972 to 1999, and during his tenure at Florida he served as associate dean for seven years and dean for eight years. Dean Lewis earned both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Duke University.

Dean Lewis has been active with the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools throughout his career. He previously served on the Council from 1999 to 2004. He also chaired the Accreditation Committee and the Standards Review Committee, served on the AALS Accreditation Committee, and chaired or served as a member of more than 20 ABA/AALS site evaluation teams. Dean Lewis currently serves as the Council’s vice chair.

Vice Chair
Election to a One-Year Term
Diane Bosse
Of Counsel, Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
Buffalo, New York
Diane F. Bosse practices law in Buffalo, New York. She was appointed to the New York State Board of Law Examiners in 1998, and has been its chair since 2001. She served on the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners from 1999 to 2008, serving as its chair in 2006-2007. Ms. Bosse is a past president of the Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York and a past member of the boards of directors of the Bar Association of Erie County and of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association.

Prior to serving on the Council, Ms. Bosse served on the Accreditation Committee for six years (2007-2013), including two as committee chair; on the Standards Review Committee for three years (2004-2007); and on the Bar Admissions Committee for two years (2002-2004). Ms. Bosse is an elected member of the American Law Institute.  Ms. Bosse received her undergraduate and law degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Election to a Two-Year Term
Antonio García-Padilla
Dean Emeritus and Professor
University of Puerto Rico School of Law
Before becoming the eighth president of the University of Puerto Rico in November 2001, Antonio García-Padilla had been dean of the school of law for 15 years. He is the president of the Puerto Rico Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation. Earlier in his career he served as law clerk to Judge Stephen G. Breyer, now associate justice of the Supreme Court, then serving as a circuit judge in the Federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and to Justice Angel M. Martín of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.

Dean García-Padilla has served on the Section’s Accreditation Committee and currently serves as a member-at-large on the Council. He has also served as a member of the council of the American Law Institute. Dean García-Padilla received his law degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 1978 and a master’s in law from Yale Law School in 1981.


Re-election to a Three-Year Term
James Hanks
Partner, Venable LLP
Baltimore, Maryland

Jim Hanks represents publicly- and privately-held corporations and other entities in a wide variety of general corporate law and governance matters. Mr. Hanks been a senior lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law, a visiting senior lecturer at Cornell University’s business school, and an adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School, teaching courses in mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and corporate law and governance. In addition, he has taught classes in corporation law at various law schools in the U.S., Guatemala, the Republic of Georgia, and South Africa, and at the Institute of Law in Beijing. For many years, Mr. Hanks also has been a visiting professor at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. Since 2015, he has been Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice at the University of Maryland School of Law

For the Section, Mr. Hanks has served on the Standards Review Committee and on the Accreditation Committee, and on several site evaluation teams. He has also been active in the ABA Section of Business Law and is a member of The American Law Institute. He earned an A.B. from Princeton University; an LL.B. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was an editor of the Maryland Law Review; and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. For a year after receiving his LL.B., Mr. Hanks was law clerk to Judge Charles Fahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Re-election to a One-Year Term
Raymond C. Pierce
Chief Education Officer
The Global Teaching Project
Washington, D.C.

Raymond Pierce joined The Global Teaching Project in February 2016. Previously, he was a partner with the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough where he was a member of the firm's corporate, banking, and education practice groups. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Pierce served as dean and professor of law at the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Prior to joining North Carolina Central University School of Law, Mr. Pierce was a partner in the national law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP, representing clients in the steel, energy, construction, and banking businesses. From 1993 to 2000, he served in the administration of President Bill Clinton as the politically appointed deputy assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Pierce was also a member of the White House Domestic Policy Council committee that developed the Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Zone economic development initiative. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he was later inducted into the school's Society of Benchers.

Election to Three-Year Terms

Robert Glidden
Rockbridge, Virginia
Robert Glidden was president of Ohio University from 1994 until his retirement in 2004, and served as interim president of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2010-2011. From 1979 to 1994 he was at Florida State University, as professor and dean of the School of Music (1979-1991) and then as provost and vice president for academic affairs (1991-1994). During his career he has been a member of the faculties at Wright State University, Indiana University, the University of Oklahoma, and he was dean of music at Bowling Green State University in the late 1970s. A native of Iowa, he took his academic degrees, all in music, from the University of Iowa: the B.A. in 1958, the M.A. in 1960, and the Ph.D. in 1966.

Mr. Glidden was active in higher education accreditation for nearly 40 years. In the early 1970s he was executive director of the National Association of Schools of Music and National Association of Schools of Art in Washington. He was chairman of the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation in the mid-1980s and in 1996-1998 was founding chair of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). He served on the CHEA board until 2004 and was a member of the ABA Accreditation Committee from 2009 to 2015.

Donald Guter
President & Dean
South Texas College of Law Houston

Donald J. Guter is the president and dean of South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston). Prior to joining STCL Houston, he was dean of Duquesne University School of Law from 2005 to 2008. Dean Guter served in the U.S. Navy for 32 years, retiring in 2002 as a Rear Admiral, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC). He climbed the ranks of the JAG corps serving as trial counsel, legislative counsel, special counsel to the Chief of Naval Operations, and ultimately became the 37th Judge Advocate General of the Navy from 2000 to 2002. He has since served as the CEO for the Vinson Hall Corporation, the executive director of the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation, and was chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel from 2007 to 2011. Dean Guter received his JD from Duquesne University in 1977, and his BA from University of Colorado in 1970.

Mary Campbell McQueen
National Center for State Courts

Mary C. McQueen has served as president of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) since August 2004. Previously, Ms. McQueen served as Washington State court administrator from 1987-2004 and director of Judicial Services for the Washington State Office of the Administrator for the Courts (1979-1987), president of the Conference of State Court Administrators (1995-1996), and chair of the Lawyer’s Committee of the American Bar Association/Judicial Division. She is a member of the Washington and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.

Ms. McQueen has served on numerous ABA committees and task forces including the Standing Committee on State and Federal Courts, the Commission on the Future of Legal Services and the newly created ABA Center for Innovation. In her capacity as President of NCSC, Ms. McQueen coordinates major national initiatives for the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) including the review of model rules and policies on admission to the bar, legal education requirements and professional ethics for lawyers and judges. She serves as secretary general of the International Organization on Judicial Training (IOJT) consisting of 80 country members. Ms. McQueen holds a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Georgia and a JD from Seattle University School of Law.

Phyllis D. Thompson
District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Phyllis Thompson was appointed to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush in 2006. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served for several years on the court's Committee on Admissions, grading the written component of the District of Columbia bar examination and conducting character and fitness reviews. As a judge on the court, she now serves as liaison judge to the Committee on Admissions. Since 2014, she has also served on the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Her board of trustees committee assignments include chairing the Editorial Advisory Committee (which oversees The Bar Examiner publication) and serving on the Multistate Bar Examination Committee.

Judge Thompson received her JD with high honors in 1981 from George Washington University Law School, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and was a Notes Editor of the law review. She received a master's degree in religion from Princeton University in 1976 and a BA in anthropology in 1974 from George Washington University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa during her junior year and was valedictorian of her graduating class.   

Section Representative to the ABA House of Delegates

Election to a Three-Year Term
Joan 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 a course on American Indian legal history and a course on Magna Carta and the evolution of Anglo-American law. 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 on the Council from 2006 to 2016, including a term as chair from 2014-2015. 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 current 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 addition to a JD, 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

Law Student Division Member
Election to a One-Year Term
Samuel M. Chang
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
J.D. expected 2018
Samuel Chang has served as Student Body President of the Associated Students of UC Hastings since May 2016. As a member of the ABA’s Law Student Division, he served as Circuit Governor for the 14th District from February 2016 to February 2017. Mr. Chang currently serves as the chair of the LSD’s Education Cost Committee. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of California-San Diego in June 2014.