Nominating Committee Announces 2020-21 Council Slate

Chair (automatic under Section Bylaws)
Scott Bales
Executive Director
Denver, CO

Scott Bales became the Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver in September 2019 after his retirement from the Arizona Supreme Court. Bales had served on the Court since 2005, including a five-year term as Chief Justice from 2014 to 2019. He is also a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and formerly served as the chair of the Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA’s Judicial Division and on the board of directors for the Conference of Chief Justices.

Before his appointment to the Court, Bales had practiced law for nearly 20 years as both a private and public lawyer. He was a partner in firms that later became Osborn Maledon P.A. and Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. Bales served as Arizona’s Solicitor General from 1999–2001. He also was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Policy Development, a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, and a Special Investigative Counsel for the Justice Department’s Inspector General. He has often taught courses as an adjunct professor at the law schools at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.

Bales earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University, an M.A. in economics from Harvard University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review from 1981 to 1983. He also was a Teaching Fellow from 1979 to 1983 at Harvard University and received the Allyn Young Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economics in 1980 and 1981. After graduating from law school, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Judge Joseph T. Sneed III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Election to a One-Year Term
Leo P. Martinez
Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, CA

Leo Martinez is Dean Emeritus and Albert Abramson Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He served as UC Hastings’ Academic Dean for twelve years and he served as the Acting Chancellor and Dean of the College in the 2009-2010 academic year. He is currently Vice Chair of the Council.

Professor Martinez is a past president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He has chaired or served on more than two-dozen ABA law school site evaluation visits and he has assisted more than a dozen law schools in their strategic planning. He is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), he was one of the academic advisers on the ALI’s Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance project, and he was a member of the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education that issued its final report in 2014. He received Public Advocates’ Voices of Conscience Award in 2011, he was elected an honorary fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel in 2017, and he was presented with the Hastings Visionary Award by the UC Hastings Board of Directors in 2018.

Outside of academia, Professor Martinez has chaired the boards of five different non-profit organizations including KQED, Inc., Public Advocates, Inc., the St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Public Media Company, and the Public Media Venture Group (a consortium of 25 public television stations). His past affiliations include a 10-year stint as a member of the board of CollegeTrack, a Bay Area-based organization that provides mentoring for high school students living in low-income and underserved areas and a six-year term as a member of the University of Kansas Chancellor’s Advisory Board.

Professor Martinez is a co-author of a leading insurance law casebook now in its eighth edition, a co-editor of a four-volume insurance treatise, and the author of many articles on tax, insurance law, and legal education that have appeared in journals including the Stanford Law ReviewTulane Law ReviewRutgers Law Review, Yale Law and Policy ReviewChina EU Law Journal, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Journal, and Global Jurist.

Vice Chair
Election to a One-Year Term
Joseph K. West
Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Duane Morris LLP
Washington, DC

Joseph K. West is a partner in the trial group at Duane Morris, LLP. He also serves on the firm’s partners board and is also the firm's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. He handles complex litigation matters and advises global companies on a wide array of matters. His clients currently include Walmart Stores Inc., Exxon Mobil, Chick-fil-A, Aon, and Dubai-based Al Ahli Holding Group. He has also acted as a trusted advisor to a number of clients in the sports and entertainment fields including Laurence Fishburne, Bill Duke, and the Carolina Panthers.

Mr. West was formerly Associate General Counsel - Head of Outside Counsel Management at Walmart Stores Inc. where he was responsible for managing the company's relationships with its outside law firms worldwide, including oversight of over 600 law firms and a budget of over $300 million. He was also a member of Walmart’s Class Action – Complex Litigation Group wherein he helped manage a number of groundbreaking matters including the largest class action matter in U.S. history. Prior to Walmart, he was Associate General Counsel at Entergy Corporation wherein he had first-chair responsibility for a broad array of commercial, casualty and toxic tort bench, jury trials, and arbitrations.

A nationally recognized expert on diversity and inclusion, Mr. West previously served as CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), a national advocacy group that conducts research and training on corporate diversity and inclusion issues. He has lectured and written extensively on this issue and currently represents, trains, and advises numerous publicly traded companies, their boards, and CEOs on issues related to diversity and inclusion and the compliance, risk management, and corporate strategies associated with this important and growing area of concern. In 2019, he received the Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Equity and Inclusion from Chambers & Partners. Mr. West is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a member of the Board of Directors of the Black Entertainment and Sports Law Association (BESLA), and a member of the Board of Trustees of Xavier University of Louisiana.

Mr. West was appointed by ABA President Paulette Brown to the ABA Commission on Diversity and Inclusion 360. He was a member of the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education and has served on the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. He was also a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel's ACC Value Challenge Steering Committee and formerly served on the board of the Arts Council of New Orleans as well as the Walton Arts Center Corporate Leadership Council. Additionally, former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco appointed him to chair the Louisiana State Museum Board.

He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and formerly served as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Tulane. He has lectured at the George Mason Antonin Scalia School of Law on corporate leadership and diversity and was recently retained by the school to help develop the first of its kind curriculum in corporate diversity and inclusion.

Election to a Three-Year Term

Craig M. Boise
Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, NY

Craig M. Boise is the 12th Dean and Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, where he has established a reputation as one of legal education’s leading innovators.

During his nine years as a law school dean, he has established one of the nation’s two largest hybrid online J.D. programs, the first online joint J.D./M.B.A. program, one of the earliest Master of Legal Studies programs for non-lawyers, the nation’s first law-school based incubator for solo practitioners, and a “risk-free” J.D. program granting a master’s degree in law to students who elect not to pursue a law career after successfully completing their first year of law school.

Before coming to Syracuse, Dean Boise was Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland–Marshall College of Law. He has held faculty positions at DePaul University College of Law, where he was also Director of the Graduate Tax Program, and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He has taught a variety of tax courses, and his scholarship on US corporate and international tax policy and offshore financial centers has been published in the Texas International Law Journal, the George Mason Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review, among others.

Before beginning his academic career, Dean Boise practiced tax law for more than eight years at Cleary Gottlieb and Akin Gump, in New York, and at Thompson Hine, in Cleveland, OH. He clerked for the Hon. Pasco M. Bowman II, of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Dean Boise earned his LL.M. in Taxation from NYU, his J.D. from the University of Chicago, and his bachelor’s degree in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also completed substantial coursework in piano performance at the university’s Conservatory of Music.

Dean Boise is a former member of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Standards Review Committee and the Steering Committee of the AALS’s Deans’ Forum. In 2018, he served as Co-Chair of the transition team for New York Attorney General Tish James. He is a member of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and is admitted to the bar in New York and Ohio.

Susan L. Kay
Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Clinical Professor of Law
Vanderbilt University Law School
Nashville, TN

Susan L. Kay is the Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School, having joined the clinical faculty in 1980. In addition to teaching in the Criminal Practice Clinic, she supervises the Trial Advocacy courses and teaches courses on Criminal Law and Evidence. Within the clinic, she has conducted major public law litigation concerning jail overcrowding, inmates’ rights, and juvenile justice. She recently served as a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court's Indigent Representation Task Force. In 2007, she completed an assignment as a court-appointed monitor in federal litigation challenging the state’s compliance with its responsibilities to children enrolled in the TennCare program. In 2005, she was co-reporter with on the Tennessee Bar Association Criminal Justice Section's study of effectiveness of counsel in death penalty cases.

Professor Kay is active in many professional and service activities and has served as president of the Clinical Legal Education Association, a national association that represents more than 600 law faculty, and as president of the board of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, and  the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. From 2009-19, she chaired the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. She is a former member of the Accreditation Committee and Standards Review Committee of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. She is a fellow of the Nashville Bar and the Tennessee Bar, and in 2019, received the A.C.L.U. of Tennessee’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professor Kay holds a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Honorable Bridget Mary McCormack
Chief Justice
Michigan Supreme Court
Lansing, MI

Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack joined the Michigan Supreme Court in January 2013, and became the Chief Justice in January 2019. 

An NYU Law graduate, Chief Justice McCormack started her legal career in New York City. In 1996 she joined the Yale Law School faculty. She then joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty, in 1998, where she taught criminal law, legal ethics, and various clinics. She was named Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in 2002. 

Chief Justice McCormack was elected to The American Law Institute in 2013. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology appointed her to the National Commission on Forensic Science in 2014. She serves as an editor on the ABA’s preeminent journal, Litigation. In 2019, Governor Whitmer appointed her as Co-Chair of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, and in 2020 she was appointed as Board Member of the Kids Kicking Cancer non-profit organization. Chief Justice McCormack continues to teach at the University of Michigan each year as well as publish in professional journals and law media.

Chief Justice McCormack is married to Steven Croley, a partner at Latham and Watkins. They have four children.

Re-election for a Three-Year Term

Daniel T. Madzelan
Associate Vice President, Government Relations
American Council on Education
Washington, DC

Daniel T. Madzelan joined ACE in 2014 as associate vice president for Government Relations. In his role, Madzelan helps advance ACE’s advocacy on behalf of the higher education community, particularly the array of federal policies and issues critical to the missions of American colleges and universities and the students they serve.

From 2009–10, Madzelan served as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, where he was charged with primary responsibility for administering a $2.6 billion program budget providing financial support to colleges and universities and their students, and had policy and program budget responsibility for the Title IV student financial aid programs that provided nearly $130 billion in grant, loan and work-study assistance to more than 14 million postsecondary students and their families. Previously, he was a longtime director of the forecasting and policy analysis service in the department’s office of postsecondary education. He worked in a number of capacities in that office before becoming a director.

Madzelan is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a bachelor of arts in economics with a concentration in mathematics and statistics.

Mary Campbell McQueen
National Center for State Courts
Williamsburg, VA

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 of arts degree from the University of Georgia and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.

Phyllis D. Thompson
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Washington, DC

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 have included chairing the Diversity Committee and the Editorial Advisory Committee (which oversees The Bar Examiner publication), and serving on the Multistate Bar Examination Committee.

Judge Thompson received her J.D. 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 B.A. 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. Prior to and during law school, she was an instructor and lecturer at Georgetown University.

Law Student Division Member
Election to a One-Year Term

Anders J. Miller
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
JD Expected May 2021

Anders Miller is a third-year law student at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University where he serves as a Student Bar Association Senator on the faculty Academic Affairs Committee. Mr. Miller is active in many public-interest groups in the Columbus community, particularly advocating for students and public education.

Prior to law school, he taught high school English in Columbus, Ohio for three years, to nearly four hundred students. During that time in the classroom, it became apparent that new teachers were not listened to nor supported adequately.

To address these issues, Mr. Miller founded and served as Vice Chair of the National Education Association’s Young Professionals Caucus to guarantee a voice for younger members in the union’s deliberative body. Additionally, he started the Ohio Education Association’s Ohio’s New Educators to fill that support gap for new educators in Ohio by engaging and empowering them to speak meaningfully to decision makers. For this work, Mr. Miller received his local union’s South-Western Education Association Accomplishment Award, given to a member deserving of recognition for outstanding work contributing to public education and the union.

Following Mr. Miller's experiences serving in Representative Robert "Bobby" Scott’s personal office in the United States House of Representatives, years as a page in the Ohio Statehouse while an undergraduate, and public education advocacy in the legislative process while teaching, he looks forward to continuing his career of public service in our government's legislative branch following law school.

Section Representative to the ABA House of Delegates
Re-election to a Second Three-Year Term

Joan Howland
Associate Dean & Professor
University of Minnesota Law School
Minneapolis, MN

Joan Howland is the Roger F. 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. In 2017, Professor Howland was elected to serve a three year term as the Section's representative to the ABA House of Delegates.

Throughout her career, Professor Howland  has been active in the Association of American Law Schools, 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.

The election of Council officers and members will take place at the Section’s annual business meeting, Friday, July 31, during the ABA Annual Meeting.


Article IX, Section 2 of the Bylaws of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar provides that 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 June 1. 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 15.