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Purpose of the Program

The Business Law Section is committed to encouraging and increasing the participation of lawyers of color in Section activities. To further this commitment, the Section has created the Business Law Ambassadors Program designed to facilitate the full participation of lawyers of color in Section activities and to develop future leaders of the Section. The program also aims to increase familiarity with the Section among members of bar associations and organizations for lawyers of color.

Obligations of the Section

For the Program to be successful, the Section commits financial resources and participation opportunities to the Ambassadors. These commitments include the following:

  • To reimburse expenses, consistent with Section policies, for attendance at the ABA Annual Meeting, the Section Spring Meeting, and one stand-alone meeting of the committee to which the Ambassador is appointed for each year of their two-year term;
  • To involve the Ambassador in the substantive work of the committee to which the Ambassador is assigned;
  • To assign to each Ambassador a mentor within the Business Law Fellows, Ambassadors and Diplomat Committee and a mentor within the Ambassador's committee to help each Ambassador navigate his or her way within the Section and to help ensure that each Ambassador's tenure is a success; and
  • To maximize the opportunities for participation and professional development within the Section.

Obligations of the Business Law Ambassadors

Critical to the success of the Program is the commitment of the Business Law Ambassadors to take advantage of the opportunities presented by becoming active participants in Section activities. Their commitments include the following:

  • To attend the Spring and Annual Meetings of the Section as well as any stand alone meetings of their Committees;
  • To continue participation in bar organizations or associations for lawyers of color and identify substantive areas of common interest in which members of the organizations or associations for lawyers of color and the Business Law Section can coordinate;
  • To coordinate with the Section Liaison to the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession to provide broader exposure of the benefits of Section membership to the members of the various national bar organizations for lawyers of color; and
  • To act as mentors to new Business Law Ambassadors and other lawyers of color who join the Section.

Business Law Ambassadors Application

Please click here to download the 2013-2015 Business Law Ambassadors application. Applications are due by April 12, 2013. Please submit your application via email to Leslie Archer at leslie.archer@americanbar.org.

Please contact Leslie Archer at (312) 988-5630 or leslie.archer@americanbar.org with any questions regarding your application to the Business Law Ambassadors Program.

The Selection Process

The Officers of the Section will govern the process by which Business Law Ambassadors are selected. To be considered for selection as a Business Law Ambassador, a person must be a lawyer of color who practices business law in a law firm, corporate entity, or government agency and whose practice coincides with the work of a substantive committee of the Section; while favorable consideration is given to the fact that an applicant is an active member of a national bar association for lawyers of color, being an active member of such an association is not a requirement. Selection as a Business Law Ambassador is intended to be an honor which carries a prestige and distinction reflecting the substantive contributions of a business lawyer of color. Candidates for the Program will be determined the first year through consultation with the Section's Committee on Diversity, and, where appropriate, with the leadership of the various national bar organizations for lawyers of color.

Number of Business Law Ambassadors

The Program will select five Ambassadors each year and will fund their expenses for two years. Thus, in any year after the first year of the Program, there would be a total of ten Ambassadors, divided into two classes. After two years, an Ambassador may continue to be eligible for expense reimbursement under normal Section policies but would not be reappointed an Ambassador, absent extraordinary circumstances.

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Business Law Ambassadors

2012-2014 Ambassadors

  • CLASS OF BUSINESS LAW AMBASSADORS 2012-2014

    Natacha Carbajal
    New York, NY
    Business Bankruptcy Committee

    Anne Gwal
    Newark, DE
    Corporate Counsel Committee

    Yuna Peng
    McLean, VA
    Federal Regulation of Securities Committee

    Martha Sandoval
    Seattle, WA
    LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

    Juan M. Sempertegui
    Washington, DC
    Consumer Financial Services Committee

2011-2013 Ambassadors

  • CLASS OF BUSINESS LAW AMBASSADORS 2011-2013

    Brian Castro
    Washington, DC
    Federal Regulation of Securities Committee

    Joanna Garcia
    Tampa, FL
    Business and Corporate Litigation Committee

    Sumbal Mahmud
    Brookfield, WI
    Nonprofit Organizations Committee and Business and Corporate Litigation Committee

    Marc A. Rawls
    Atlanta, GA
    Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee

    Anthony M. Sharett
    Columbus, OH
    Consumer Financial Services Committee

    Kenneth E. Sharperson
    Newark, NJ
    Business and Corporate Litigation Committee

    Andrew Tsai
    Chicago, IL
    Intellectual Property Transactions Committee

2010-2012 Ambassadors

2009-2011 Ambassadors

2008-2010 Ambassadors

2007-2009 Ambassadors

2006-2008 Ambassadors

2005-2007 Ambassadors

2004-2006 Ambassadors

2003-2005 Ambassadors

2002-2004 Ambassadors

2001-2003 Ambassadors

2000-2002 Ambassadors