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Judges Initiative Committee

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Judges Initiative Committee


Mission Statement

The mission of the Judges Initiative Committee is to provide a home specifically dedicated to the Section's judicial members. The Committee provides a forum to interact with other judges and Section members and exchange ideas on topics of mutual interest, opportunities for education, and the ability to participate in Section activities.


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2017 Spring Meeting



Spring Meeting 2017: Joint Meeting of the Judges Initiative Committee and Business Courts Subcommittee. Attendees include, among others, Judges Nancy Allf (Nevada), Elihu Berle (California),Timothy Driscoll (New York), Joseph Iannazzone (Georgia) Mary Miller Johnston (Delaware), Richard Licht (Rhode Island), Clifton Newman (South Carolina), Denise Owens (Mississippi), Stephen Schuster (Georgia), Elizabeth Stong (New York), Christine Ward (Pennsylvania), Christopher Wilkes (West Virginia), Christopher Yates (Michigan), and retired Judges Gail Andler (California, not pictured) and Donald Parsons (Vice Chancellor, Delaware – not pictured). Other attendees included Lee Applebaum (Co-Chair Communications and Technology Subcommittee, not pictured), Douglas Eyre (Co-Chair In-House Litigation Management Subcommittee), Justine Mershman (ABA Section of Business Law), Richard Renck (Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee), Vanessa Tiradentes (Co-Chair, Diversity Clerkship Program).



Spring Meeting 2017: Business Court Representatives Orientation with 2017-2019 BCR Judges Nancy L. Allf (8th Judicial District Business Court, Las Vegas, Nevada), Richard A. Licht (Rhode Island Superior Court Commercial Calendar) and Christopher C. Wilkes (23rd Judicial Circuit-West Virginia Business Court Division).




2017 Spring Meeting Business and Corporate Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Judges Initiative Committee Dinner.



Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chair the Honorable Clifton Newman, speaking at Business and Corporation Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Judges Initiative joint Committee Dinner.


2016 Annual Meeting



Judges Denise Owens, Timothy Driscoll, Christopher Yates, Clifton Newman and the 2016 Diversity Clerks.


2016 Fall Meeting



2016 Fall Meeting, Joint Meeting of Judges Initiative Committee, Dispute Resolution Committee and Business Courts Subcommittee (Attendees included Section Chair William Johnston, Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chairs Judge Clifton Newman and Richard Renck, Dispute Resolution Committee Chair Judge Stephen Schuster, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Chair Heidi Staudenmaier and immediate past Chair Patrick Clendenen, Business Court Subcommittee Co-Chair Judge Elihu Berle, Business Court Representatives Judges Jerome Abrams, Timothy Driscoll, James Gale, Mary Miller Johnston, and Denise Owens, and Section members Linda M. Leali, Robert Barker, Sasha Francis, and Lee Applebaum




2016 Annual Meeting



Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons, Judge Stephen Schuster, Judge Christopher Yates, Porsha Winters (Diversity Clerk, Valparaiso, Indiana), Abby Grace Peretz (Diversity Clerk, Palatine, Illinois), Justice Henry duPont Ridgely (Section Advisor), Sarah Denis (Diversity Clerk Coral Gables, Florida)



(L-R) Judge Clifton Newman (Co Chair Judges Initiative) and Business Court Representatives Judges Jerome Abrams, Mary Miller Johnston, Timothy Driscoll, Christopher Yates and Denise Owens. Not pictured, Judge James Gale




(L-R) Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons, Judge Timothy Driscoll (BCR and Co Chair Health Care and Life Sciences Subcommittee), Robert Haig (Business Court Pioneer), Judge Christopher Yates (BCR), Judge Jerome Abrams (BCR)



2016 Annual Meeting Boston: Joint meeting of Judges Initiative Committee, Dispute Resolution Committee, and Business and Corporate Litigation Committee’s Subcommittees on Business Court, Business Torts, Health Care and Life Sciences, and Trial Practice. Officers present included Judge Stephen Schuster (Co-Chair, Dispute Resolution Committee), Judge Clifton Newman (Co-Chair, Judges Initiative Committee), Lee Applebaum (former Co-Chair, Judges Initiative Committee), Judge Elihu Berle (Co-Chair, Business Courts Subcommittee), Peter Valori (Co-Chair, Business Torts Subcommittee), Daniel R. Formeller (Co-Chair, Business Torts Subcommittee and Women Business and Commercial Advocates, and former Chair of the Trial Practice Subcommittee), Emily Burton (Vice Chair, Corporate Counseling and Litigation and Trial Practice Subcommittees), Judge Timothy Driscoll (BCR) and Kevin Hormuth (Co-Chairs, Health Care and Life Sciences Litigation Subcommittee), Judge Mary Miller Johnston (BCR) and Michaela Sozio (Co-Chairs, Trial Practice Subcommittee). Also present are Judge Gail Andler (BCLC Vice Chair, Co-Chair, Women Business and Commercial Advocates, and former Chair of the Trial Practice Subcommittee); Business Court Representatives Judge Jerome Abrams, Judge James Gale, Judge Denise Owens and Judge Christopher Yates; Justice Henry duPont Ridgely (Business Law Section Advisor), Mitchell Bach (former BCLC and Judges Initiative Committee Chair), first-timer John E. Rosen from Charleston, South Carolina, and Diversity Clerks Sandy Duan and Jonathan Frimpong.




2016 Spring Meeting



2016 Spring Meeting Program: We made it to Trial. What Now? (L-R Sitting) Chancellor Denise Owens (Jackson, Mississippi), Melissa Visconti (Damien Valori), Michaela Sozio (Course Planner and Co-Moderator, Vice Chair Trial Practice Subcommittee) (L-R Standing) Judge Christopher Yates (Specialized Business Docket Kent County Michigan), Victor Vital (Vice Chair Trial Practice and Business Torts Subcommittees), Judge Timothy Driscoll (Commercial Division New York), Judge J. Stephen Schuster (Course Planner and Co-Moderator, Chief Judge Cobb County Georgia Superior Court)






Joint meeting of Judges Initiative Committee and Subcommittee on Business Courts. How often do lawyers get an opportunity to meet with 10 judges at once.




(L-R) Business Court Representative Judge Timothy Driscoll, Committee Co-Chair Lee Applebaum, BCLC Chair Patrick Clendenen



(L-R) BCLC Chair Patrick Clendenen, Committee Co-Chair Judge Clifton Newman, Business Section Advisor Justice Henry duPont Ridgely



2016 Spring Meeting Program: We made it to Trial. What Now? (L-R) Judge Christopher Yates, Chancellor Denise Owens, Victor Vital, Melissa Visconti, Judge Timothy Driscoll, Michaela Sozio, Judge J. Stephen Schuster


2015 Annual Meeting




2015 Annual Meeting Joint Program of the Judges Initiative Committee, and Appellate Litigation, Business Courts, Business Torts and Trial Practice Subcommittees: "Attorney Fee Awards and Sanctions from the Judges Perspective". Participating Judges, the Honorable: Jerome Abrams (Minnesota), Gail Andler (California), Philip Brandt (Washington), William Carpenter (Delaware), Mark Denton (Nevada), Timothy Driscoll (New York), Patricia McInerney (Pennsylvania), Clifton Newman (South Carolina), Denise Owens (Mississippi), Henry Ridgely (Delaware), Stephen Schuster (Georgia), and Ben Tennille (North Carolina). Moderators: Lee Applebaum (co-chair Judges Initiative Committee) and Daniel Formeller (co-chair Trial Practice Subcommittee). Participating chairs and vice chairs: Mark Trachtenberg (chair Appellate Litigation), Peter Valori (chair Business Torts), Julissa Rodriguez (co-vice chair Appellate Litigation), and Michaela Sozio (co-vice chair Trial Practice). Tyler O'Connell and Emily Burton, the co-chair and co-vice chair of the Corporate Counseling and Litigation Subcommittee, also discussed their upcoming publication, Reducing the "Deal Tax": Delaware's Recent Scrutiny of Non-Monetary Settlements, a draft of which is posted to the BCLC's web page.



2015 Annual Meeting Program: "Avoiding a Train Wreck: Best Practices For Multi-Tracked Litigation, Mediation, & Arbitration". Seated (L-R): Maureen Beyers (Program Co-Chair and Moderator), Honorable Patricia McInerney (Business Court Representative), MaryBeth Wilkinson. Standing (L-R): John Levitske (Program Co-Chair), Blake Rohrbacher, Victor Vital, Honorable Ben Tennille. Not pictured Bingxin (Amy) Xia (materials coordinator).



(L-R) Outgoing Judges Initiative Co-Chair the Honorable J. Stephen Schuster, Business Court pioneer Robert L. Haig, and Business Court Representative Jerome B. Abrams.



2015 Annual Meeting Program: “Game of Twitter: Litigation in the Age of the Internet”. Seated (L-R): Honorable Clifton Newman (Co-Chair Judges Initiative), Roman M. Silberfeld, Honorable Mary M. Johnston. Standing (L-R): Paul J. Masinter (Program Chair and Coordinator), Lucia Coyoca, James “Jim” Bates. Not pictured Carmelite M. Bertaut (materials coordinator).



2015 Annual Meeting Program: "Ethics for Lawyers on the Move". Seated (L-R): Holly Tomchey, Honorable Jerome B. Abrams (Business Court Representative). Standing (L-R) Andrew F. Halaby (Program Chair and Moderator), Patricia Sallen, Miranda K. Mandel.




2015 Annual Meeting Program: "Litigation Updates in the World of Counterfeit Chic, Blurred Lines, and the Colonel's Secret Recipe". Seated (L-R): Honorable Clifton Newman (Co-Chair Judges Initiative), Professor Sharon Sundeen, Wendi Sloane. Standing (L-R) Ryan Isenberg (Program Chair and Moderator), Sara Bussiere (materials coordinator).



2015 Diversity Clerks: (Front, L-R) Lotus Fung, Nina Patterson, Wali Raja, Zhao Liu, and Vanessa Mannings. (Back, L-R) Cameo Joseph and Gregory Richardson. Not pictured: Jessica Watsky.



2015 Annual Meeting: (L-R) Judge Mark Denton (Business Court Representative, Las Vegas, Nevada Business Court), Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons (Section Council, Delaware Court of Chancery), Judge Denise Owens (Business Court Representative, Mississippi Chancery Court), Lee Applebaum (Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee), Judge Patricia McInerney (Business Court Representative, Philadelphia Commerce Court), Judge Clifton Newman (Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee, South Carolina Business Court), Judge Gail Andler (Co-Chair Trial Practice Subcommittee, Orange County, California Complex Litigation Court), Paul "Chip" Lion (Section Chair 2014-2015), Judge Alvin Thompson (Section Chair 2005-2006, U S. District Court for the District of Connecticut)



Business Court Representative Judge Jerome Abrams, panelist on the 2015 Annual Meeting Program "Ethics for Lawyers on the Move"



Business Court Representatives Judge Mark Denton and Judge Patricia McInerney



Business Court Representatives Judges Patricia McInerney and Mark Denton being acknowledged for their service by Section Chair Chip Lion


2015 Fall Meeting



Committee Co-Chair Judge Clifton Newman with outgoing Business Court Representative Judge Mark Denton



Committee Chairs Patrick Clendenen and Judge Clifton Newman


2015 Spring Meeting



2015 Spring Meeting Program Panel: "Getting Your Evidence in At Trial and Using it Effectively in a Business Case". L-R Sitting: Judge Denise D. Owens (Business Court Representative, 5th Chancery District Court, Jackson, MS), Judge Timothy S. Driscoll (Business Court Representative, New York Supreme Court Commercial Division), Judge Patricia McInerney (Business Court Representative, Philadelphia Commerce Case Management Program), Victor D. Vital (Vice-Chair Business Torts Subcommittee, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Dallas). L-R Standing: Patricia M. Hamill (Conrad O'Brien, Philadelphia), Judge J. Stephen Schuster (Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee, Program Co-Chair, Superior Court of Cobb County, GA), and Michaela L. Sozio (Vice-Chair Trial Practice Subcommittee, Program Moderator, Tressler, LLP, Los Angeles). Not Pictured, Lee Applebaum (Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee, Program Co-Chair, Fineman, Krekstein & Harris, PC, Philadelphia).




2015 Spring Meeting Program "Getting Your Evidence in At Trial and Using it Effectively in a Business Case". L-R Attorney Patricia Hamill, and Business Court Representatives Judge Denise Owens, Judge Timothy Driscoll and Judge Patricia McInerney.



2015 Spring Meeting L-R around table: Business Court Representative Judge Mark Denton, former Business Court Representative Judge Allen Goldberg, Section Program Specialist Justine Reichardt, Business Court Representative Judge Elihu Berle, former Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chair Mitchell L. Bach, Business Court Representative Jerome Abrams, former Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chair Judge Gail Andler, Business Court Representative Judge Timothy Driscoll, Business Court Representative Judge Patricia McInerney, Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chair Judge J. Stephen Schuster, Business Courts Subcommittee Chair Richard Renck, and Section Committees Manager Leslie Archer. Not pictured, Lee Applebaum, Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee.



2015 Spring Meeting, Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chair Judge J. Stephen Schuster, Business Court Representative Judge Patricia McInerney, and Business Court Representative Judge Jerome Abrams.


2014 Annual Meeting



2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Section Luncheon, Recognition of Diversity Clerks serving in 2014. Standing, L-R, Judge Gail Andler (Co-Chair Trial Practice Subcommittee, Superior Court, Orange County, CA), Paul "Chip" L. Lion, III (Chair, Business Law Section), and Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons (Council, Delaware Court of Chancery). Sitting, L-R, Waleed Ahmed, Amanda Reasoner, Samantha Hsieh, and Daniel P. Knudsen (Diversity Clerks). Diversity Clerks not pictured, Anita Alexander, Kwesi Atta-Krah, Alton Bradley, Jeffrey Dorough-Lewis, and Dayna Thomas.



2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Section Luncheon. Standing, L-R, Judge Gail Andler (Co-Chair Trial Practice Subcommittee, Superior Court, Orange County, CA), Paul "Chip" L. Lion, III (Chair, Business Law Section), and Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons (Council, Delaware Court of Chancery). Sitting, L-R, Business Court Representatives Judge Christine Ward (Pittsburgh), Judge Mark Denton (Las Vegas), Judge Patricia McInerney (Philadelphia), and Judge Joseph Iannazzone (Georgia). Not pictured. Business Court Representatives Judge Audrey Carrion (Baltimore) and Judge Elihu Berle (Los Angeles).



2014 Annual Meeting. Guest participants at joint meeting of Appellate Litigation, Business Torts and Trial Practice Subcommittees. Judge Patricia McInerney (Business Court Representative, Philadelphia Commerce Court), Judge Allen Goldberg (former Business Court Representative, Chicago Commercial Calendar).



2014 Annual Meeting. Guest participants at joint meeting of Appellate Litigation, Business Torts and Trial Practice Subcommittees. Judge Mark Denton (Business Court Representative, Las Vegas Business Court), Judge Christine Ward (Business Court Representative, Pittsburgh Complex Commercial Litigation Center).



2014 Annual Meeting. Business Court pioneers Robert L. Haig and Judge Ben F. Tennille.



2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Program, "Avoiding Discovery And Trial Practice Disasters--Tales From The Bench And Trenches". Panel, standing L-R, Arnold A. Pinkston (Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Allergan), William D. Johnston (Section Vice Chair, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor LLP). Sitting, Judge Clifton Newman (South Carolina Business Court), Judge Audrey J. S. Carrion (Business Court Representative and Baltimore Business and Technology Court), Daniel R. Formeller (Chair, Trial Practice Subcommittee and Program Chair), and Paul Masinter (Moderator; Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC).



2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Section Luncheon, Recognition of Diversity Clerks serving in 2014. Standing, L-R, Daniel P. Knudsen, Amanda Reasoner, Samantha Hsieh, Alton Bradley, Dayna Thomas, Waleed Ahmed, and Jeffrey Dorough-Lewis. Not pictured, Anita Alexander and Kwesi Atta-Krah.



2014 Annual Meeting: Joint Planning meeting of Judges Initiative Committee, Subcommittee on Business Courts and National Conference of State Trial Court Judges.



2014 Annual Meeting: Joint Planning meeting of Judges Initiative Committee, Subcommittee on Business Courts and National Conference of State Trial Court Judges.



2014 Annual Meeting. Business Court Representative Judge Joseph Iannazzone of Georgia.



2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Judges Initiative and Business and Corporate Litigation Committees' Dinner. Standing, L-R, Patrick Clendenen (Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee), and Judge Stephen Schuster (Co-Chair, Judges Initiative Committee).




2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Outgoing Business Court Representatives recognized for service to the Section by Section Chair Dixie Johnson. L-R Judge Audrey J. S. Carrion (Business Court Representative, Baltimore Business and Technology Court), Dixie Johnson (Section Chair), Judge Christine Ward (Business Court Representative, Pittsburgh Commercial Litigation Center), and Judge Joseph Iannazzone (Business Court Representative, Gwinnett County, Georgia Business Court).



2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Section Luncheon, Recognition of Diversity Clerks serving in 2014. Standing, L-R, Daniel P. Knudsen, Amanda Reasoner, Samantha Hsieh, Alton Bradley, Dayna Thomas, Waleed Ahmed, and Jeffrey Dorough-Lewis. Not pictured, Anita Alexander, Kwesi Atta-Krah.


2014 Fall Meeting



2014 Fall Meeting. L-R Judge Elihu Berle (Business Court Representative, Los Angeles Superior Court Complex Civil Litigation Panel), Judge Stephen Schuster (Co-Chair, Judges Initiative Committee), Judge Patricia McInerney (Business Court Representative, Philadelphia Commerce Court), Judge Joseph Iannazzone (Business Court Representative, Gwinnett County, Georgia Business Court), Judge Mark Denton (Business Court Representative, Las Vegas Business Court).



2014 Fall Meeting. L-R Judge Stephen Schuster (Co-Chair, Judges Initiative Committee), Lee Applebaum (Co-Chair, Judges Initiative Committee), Merrick L. Gross (immediate past Co-Chair, Judges Initiative Committee).


2014 Spring Meeting



Panel: Innovations in Resolving Complex Business Disputes. L-R, Judge Elizabeth Stong (Bankruptcy EDNY), Lee Applebaum (Judges Initiative Committee), Judge Audrey Carrion (Baltimore Circuit Court Business & Technology Case Management Program), Richard Chernick (JAMS), Melanie Damian (Vice-Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee), Judge Stephen Schuster and Merrick "Rick" Gross (Co-Chairs Judges Initiative Committee).



Program, "Innovations in Resolving Complex Business Disputes," co-sponsored by the Judges Initiative Committee and the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee.


2013 Annual Meeting



Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals graciously hosts an educational tour of the James R. Browning Courthouse for members of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee and the Judges Initiative during the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting.



Members of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee and Judges Initiative held a joint dinner at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse during the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting.

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