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2010-2011 Council

(Year denotes end of Council member's current term.)

Chair: Honorable Christine Durham (2011) has been on the Utah Supreme Court since 1982, and has served as Chief Justice and Chair of the Utah Judicial Council since 2002.  She previously served on the state trial court after a number of years in private practice.  She received her A.B. with honors from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Duke University, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees.  Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for the National Center for State Courts, is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Association.  Past professional service includes the governing boards of the American Inns of Court Foundation, the Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA, the Rand Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice, the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession, and the Federal Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure. Justice Durham is a past president of the National Association of Women Judges, and was that organization’s Honoree of the Year in 1997. Active in judicial education, Justice Durham was a founder of the Leadership Institute in Judicial Education, helped to create and lead the Utah Coalition for Civic Character and Service Education, and serves on the Utah Commission on Civic Education.  She was an adjunct professor for many years at the University of Utah College of Law, teaching state constitutional law, and served for twelve years on the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission.  She has received honorary degrees from four Utah universities and has been recognized nationally for her work in judicial education and efforts to improve the administration of justice.  In 2007 she received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence.

Chair-Elect: John F. O'Brien (2011) has been dean of New England Law | Boston since 1988. A native of Staten Island, New York, he received a B.A. in 1973 from Manhattan College; a J.D. in 1977 from New England Law | Boston, where he graduated first in his class; and an LL.M. in taxation in 1980 from Boston University School of Law. From 1977 to 1985, he was a senior attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. In 1985, he joined the faculty of New England Law | Boston, teaching Constitutional Law and Federal Income Taxation. He served as associate dean for two years before being named dean. Dean O'Brien previously served as chair of both the Accreditation Committee and the Independent Law Schools Committee of the Section. Before serving as chair of the Accreditation Committee, he was involved in the accreditation process, serving as special fact-finder and as both member and chair of law school evaluation teams. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court. He has received honorary doctor of laws degrees from New England Law | Boston (1998) and from his undergraduate alma mater, Manhattan College (2006).

Vice-Chair: Kent Syverud (2011) is the dean and Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor at Washington University School of Law. Before coming to Washington University in 2006, Dean Syverud was the Garner Anthony Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School for eight years, and spent 1987 to 1997 at the University of Michigan Law School, first as a professor and then as professor and associate dean for academic affairs. Prior to joining legal education, Dean Syerud was an attorney at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a member of numerous legal education organizations including the Law School Admission Council (chair of the board of trustees, 2005-2007; board member, 1999-2008), the American Law Institute, and was president of the American Law Deans Association from 2003 to 2005. From 1998 to 2004, Dean Syverud was editor of the Journal of Legal Education. He was also an expert witness on behalf of the University of Michigan in the case of Gutter v. Bollinger et al before the U.S. Supreme Court. Dean Syverud earned a B.S., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; a master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies; and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School where he was Order of the Coif and editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. His previous Section activities include serving on the 2006-2007 Accreditation Policy Task Force, co-chairing the 2009 Deans Workshop Planning Committee, and participating on site evaluation teams, several times as chair.

Secretary: J. Martin Burke (2011) served as dean at the University of Montana School of law from 1988 through 1993. Currently, Professor Burke teaches Federal Tax, Taxation of Property Transactions, Taxation of Business Organizations, Federal Estate and Gift Tax, and Exempt Organizations at Montana and also has been a visiting faculty member at the graduate tax programs at New York University School of Law, the University of Florida, and the University of Washington. He earned a law degree from the University of Montana School of Law, and an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law. Professor Burke is the coauthor of Taxation of Individual Income, Eighth Edition (LexisNexis 2007), Understanding Federal Income Tax, Third Edition (LexisNexis 2008), Modern Estate Planning, Second Edition (2002). He served on the Section’s Accreditation Committee from 1996 to 2002 serving as chair in 2001-2002; the Standards Review Committee from 2002-2005, serving as chair in 2004-2005; and on the Task Force on Accreditation Processes from 2001 to 2003.

Immediate Past Chair: Jerome C. Hafter (2011) is a partner in the Jackson, Mississippi office of Phelps Dunbar, LLP, which has offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Florida and the United Kingdom. He practices in the areas of business, corporate, and commercial law with a particular emphasis on representing agri-business industries. Hafter has served as president of the Washington County Bar Association, is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Judicature Society, and a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. Since 1979 he has served as chairperson of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions; from 1989 to 2000 as a member of the Board of Managers of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and its chair from 1998 to 1999. Hafter received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Rice University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and president of the Student Association. He attended Oxford University in England as a Marshall Scholar, obtaining a BA/MA with First Class Honors in Modern History and attended law school at Yale University, where he served as associate editor of the Yale Law Journal. Hafter is the author of numerous published books and articles. He served on the Accreditation Committee from 1998 to 2002 and on the Council since 2000.

Members

The Honorable Rebecca White Berch (2013) was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in March 2002 and became its 23rd chief justice in 2009. Before her appointment to the supreme court, she served the state of Arizona as solicitor general, first assistant attorney general, and as a court of appeals judge. Following graduation from the Arizona State University (ASU) law school in 1979, Justice Berch practiced law in Phoenix. In 1986, she joined the faculty at Arizona State University College of Law as director of the Legal Writing program. She also served as director of the law school’s academic support program. For the Section, she has served on the Bar Admissions Committee, including two years at its chair. Before joining the Arizona Supreme Court, Justice Berch served on the Arizona Bar Examinations Committee. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. In addition to her J.D. degree, Justice Berch holds a master’s degree in English, also from ASU. The law school textbook she co-authored, Introduction to Legal Method and Process, is in its fifth edition and is used in law schools throughout the nation. Justice Berch is a strong proponent of pro bono work; the Pro Bono Suite at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is named in her honor.

General Leo A. Brooks (2013) retired in January 1984 from the United States Army, having reached the grade of Major General. He began his military career as an infantry rifle platoon leader in the 2nd Infantry Division in Anchorage, Alaska. Subsequently, he was an assistant professor of military science at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, an advisor to the Vietnamese Army, and a battalion commander in Vietnam. He served in the Pentagon twice: first, as a budget liaison to the U.S. Congress and secondly, as a senior logistician in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Upon his retirement from the Army, General. Brooks became the managing director of the City of Philadelphia, where he headed the activities of the city's 30,000 employees in the ten service departments. He is currently an ordained deacon, a lay leader and an adult Sunday school teacher at Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia. General Brooks holds a bachelor of science degree from Virginia State University and a master of science in financial management from George Washington University, He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the National War College in Washington, D.C.

Paulette Brown (2013) is Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at the national law firm of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP. Her practice is focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation, successfully defending cases involving discrimination on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual harassment, disability, race, and national origin. Prior to joining Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, Ms. Brown was a partner at Duane Morris and at Brown & Childress, served as corporate counsel to several Fortune 500 companies, and served as a municipal court judge. Ms. Brown is a certified mediator for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, a member of the Employment AAA Panel, and serves as secretary of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. From 1993 to 1994, she was president of the National Bar Association and has held a number of other leadership positions in the organization. From 1991 to 1993, Ms. Brown was Master of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, Ms. Brown earned a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the state of New Jersey, named by the National Law Journal as one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys in the United States,” and received the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Award of Excellence. Ms. Brown is completing a term on the ABA Board of Governors and the House of Delegates. She has also been active in the ABA Governance Commission, the Section of Litigation, the Section of Labor and Employment, Commission on Women in the Profession, Fund for Justice Education, and was chair of the Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice.

Edwin J. Butterfoss (2013) is a professor at Hamline University Law School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Professor Butterfoss joined the Hamline faculty from the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper, Hamilton and Scheetz, where he practiced in the areas of product liability, employment discrimination, and commercial law. He also handled pro bono cases involving prisoners' rights and was a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocacy. At Hamline, Professor Butterfoss teaches Contracts, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure. He previously served as associate dean for academic affairs and was dean of the law school from 1998 to 2003. He will again assume the role of associate dean beginning July 1, 2010. He has served as a special assistant Hennepin County attorney, as a member of the Mayor's Task Force on Police-Community Relations in St. Paul, a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court-Criminal Courts Study Commission, a member of the board of the ACLU of Minnesota, and as a founding board member of the Innocence Project of Minnesota. Currently, he is a member of the Minnesota Judges' Criminal Benchbook Committee. Professor Butterfoss has served as a member of the Accreditation Committee, which he chaired for three years and currently serves on the Standards Review Committee and the Foreign Programs Committee. He graduated magna cum laude from Miami University of Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and magna cum laude with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where he was on the editorial board and case and note editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.

Michael J. Davis (2013) is the Centennial Teaching Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law. Professor Davis joined the KU law faculty in 1971 and teaches Property, Government Regulation of Land Development, and Religion and the State. In 1991, he received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to his faculty duties, Professor Davis served as the university’s general counsel for six years, dean of the law school from 1980 to 1989 and as interim dean from 2005 to 2006. He was also Of Counsel to the Kansas City law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker from 1989 to 2009. Before joining the law school, Professor Davis was an associate at Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn, a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Kansas City, and a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Louis Stokes.Professor Davis graduated with honors from Kansas State University and earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where he was the editor of the Michigan Law Review. He has served as chair of Section’s Accreditation Committee and Standards Review Committee, and served on the Finance Committee.  

Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey (2011) has served as a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and as an associate justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed her to serve as a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Nashville. Judge Daughtrey was the first woman on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Law School and the first woman assistant U.S. attorney in Nashville. Judge Daughtrey’s leadership roles at the American Bar Association include council member of the Judicial Administration Division, House of Delegates and Executive Committee of the Appellate Judges’ Conference, and as a member of the Standing Committee on Continuing Education of the Bar and the Commission on Women in the Profession. Judge Daughtrey received both her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University. She served on the Standards Review Committee from 2003 to 2005.

Robert D. Dinerstein (2011) is a professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, where he has served on the faculty since 1983. From 1997 to 2004, he was associate dean for academic affairs. Professor Dinerstein was the director of the law school’s nationally recognized clinical program from 1988 to 1996 and since August 2008 has once again assumed those dutes. He has directed and taught in the Criminal Justice Clinic and now directs the law school’s Disability Rights Law Clinic. Professor Dinerstein specializes in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the rights of people with intellecutal disabilities and mental illness, homelessness, civil rights, lawyer-client issues (especially client counseling) and clinical legal education. Before joining American University, Professor Dinerstein worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section. He has written extensively on clinical legal education and disability rights, and is coauthor and coeditor of A Guide to Consent (American Association on Mental Retardation, 1999). Professor Dinerstein was a member of the Clinton transition team in 21992 and was named by President Clinton to membership on the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation, on which he served from 1994 to 2001. His Section activities include Standards Review Committee, serving as chair in 2004-2005; the Skills Training Committee (now Clinical Skills), and the Technology Committee, as well as serving on more than 15 site evaluation teams. He also has been active in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), serving as chair of the Sections on Clinical Legal Education and Law and the Community, as well as a member of chair of AALS committees on Membership Review, Clinical Legal Education and the Sections and the Annual Meeting. Professor Dinerstein has an A.B. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has served on the Council since 2006.

Susan Gainey-Odoyo (Young Lawyers Division Liaison) (2011) is a former partner at the firm of Kightlinger & Gray in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she practiced in the fields of litigation, products liability and employment law. Ms. Gainey-Odoyo is currently on sabbatical to focus on writing. She recently spent two months performing volunteer work at an HIV-affected orphanage in Kenya. A native of Tampa, Florida, Ms. Gainey-Odoyo received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her J.D. degree with honors from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1999. She obtained an L.L.M., magna cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law in 2008. Ms. Gainey-Odoyo was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1999. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Gainey-Odoyo is active in numerous bar and community associations, where she often maintains a leadership position. In 2003, she was asked by Indiana’s Chief Justice to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court Commission for Continuing Legal Education and served as chair in 2006. She was also twice selected to participate in the Indiana Supreme Court’s Conclave on Legal Education. Ms. Gainey-Odoyo served on the governing council for the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association from 2006 to 2008 and has also served on the Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Council since 2005. Additionally, she participates in many pro bono programs, including serving as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, providing the ABA’s disaster legal services and participating in the ABA’s Wills for Heroes program. Ms. Gainey received-Odoyo an award from the Indiana Lawyer in 2006 as one of fifteen statewide “Up and Coming Lawyers.”

Tracy Allen Giles Esq., (2012) is a partner in the firm of Giles & Lambert, P.C. in Roanoke, Virginia, where he practices in the field of bankruptcy law. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia, Mr. Giles earned a J.D. degree from Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia. Mr. Giles has served on numerous American Bar Association committees including the Presidential Appointments Committee (2003-2004, 2004-2005), Standing Committee on Membership (2001-present), Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel (2004-present), and the Working Group on Strategic Planning (2004-present). From 1997 to 2000, he served on the ABA Board of Governors, the House of Delegates, and the Board of Governors Finance Committee. Mr. Giles is also active in the Virginia State Bar, currently serving on the executive committee of the Conference of Local Bars, and teaching at Virginia State Bar workshops and conferences. In 1996, the Virginia State Bar named him the R. Edwin Burnett Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year. He has also received a National Public Service Award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Platinum Key Award from the ABA’s Law Student Division.

Joan S. Howland (2012) is the Roger Noreen Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Information and Technology at the University of Minnesota Law School. Professor Howland teaches American Indian Legal History, Law in Cyberspace, and Business Law. Her scholarship focuses on American Indian law and culture, cyber law, business management, legal research methodologies, and law librarianship. She served on the Accreditation Committee from 2001 to 2006 and has served on the Council since 2006. Professor Howland was a member of the ABA 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, the Law School Admissions Council, the American Association of Law Libraries, and the American Indian Library Association. She is a member of the American Law Institute. In 2003, she received the Spirit of Law Librarianship award for her volunteer work with American Indian populations and with indigenous communities in South America. In addition to a J. D., 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.

Dennis O. Lynch (2012) is dean emeritus and professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law. He holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and J.S.D. and LL.M. degrees from Yale Law School. Professor Lynch was a program advisor in law and urban affairs for the Ford Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia in 1969-72. In 1974 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Miami School of Law where he taught until 1990, having served as associate dean from 1983 to 1986. He served as dean and professor at University of Denver College of Law from 1990 to 1997, and was dean of the University of Miami School of Law from 1999 to 2008. A nationally recognized authority on Latin American law, employment law, and labor arbitration, Dean Lynch received several awards and grants, including a Fulbright Scholar in economics in Venezuela (1965-66), a Research Fellowship in Law and Modernization (Yale, 1972-74), and an International Legal Center Research Grant (1974-77) for the study of the Colombian legal profession. He is active in the Association of American Law Schools, served on board of the Law School Admission Council, and the Section's Accreditation Committee from 2001 to 2005.

Bryan M. O’Keefe (2011) (Law Student Division Member) is a law student at Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law, where he is an Andrew G. Curtin Scholar and associate editor of the Penn State Law Review. He is the recipient of a CALI Award for earning the highest grade in Legal Research and Writing I and II, Post-Conviction Process, Labor Law, and Employee Benefits Law. In 2009, Mr. O’Keefe was a judicial intern for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in political communications from George Washington University in 2004, Mr. O’Keefe worked as a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, as an associate at Burson Marsteller where he wrote on labor issues, and established an independent consulting firm to provide strategic planning and research on labor issues. In the latter business, Mr. O’Keefe also worked with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C.-based research project examining higher education reform.

Maureen A. O’Rourke (2012) is dean and Michaels Faculty Research Scholar at the Boston University School of Law. Dean O’Rourke join the law school faculty in 1993 after working at IBM Corporation, where she handled software licensing issues. At the law school, her scholarship is focused on the intersection of intellectual property law and other fields, such as contract and anti-trust law. Dean O’ Rourke is the author a leading copyright casebook, Copyright in the Global Information Economy (Aspen Law & Business). She has published articles in the law reviews of Columbia, Duke, Iowa, and Minnesota and the technology journals of Berkeley, Harvard, and Boston University. Currently, she is the associate reporter on the American Law Institute’s Principles of Software Contracting Project. Dean O’Rourke graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from Marist College and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School. In May 200, she became Boston University’s sixth recipient of the Metcalf Award, the school’s highest teaching honor. She served as acting dean for two years prior to becoming the dean in 2006.

Raymond C. Pierce (2013) is the dean of North Carolina Central University School of Law. Prior to joining the law school in 2005, Dean 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 as President Bill Clinton’s deputy assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, where he managed the enforcement of federal civil rights laws in education and the development of federal civil rights education policy. Dean Pierce serves on the North Carolina Banking Commission, the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the American Law Deans Association board of directors, the National Association of Law Placement Foundation, and the executive board of Duke University’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University where he was admitted into the Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary Society, and earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Morgan T. Sammons, Ph.D. (2012) is the dean of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, California. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Dr. Sammons currently serves as president of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and was specialty leader for U.S. Navy Clinical Psychology. He served as special assistant for mental health to the U.S. Navy’s Surgeon General. Prior to that, he served as Director for Clinical Support for the United States Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, directing policy implementation and service delivery for U.S. Navy shore-based military treatment facilities. A prolific author, Dr. Sammons has edited two volumes and published over 40 journal articles. He is an associate editor for the APA journal Psychological Services. Dr. Sammons received both his M.C. and Ph.D. from Arizona State University and completed a fellowship in psychopharmacology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1991 to 1994.

Edward N. Tucker (2011) is a senior director with the accounting firm of Ellin & Tucker, Chartered. He has more than 40 years of experience with the firm as a certified public accountant (CPA), specializing in management advisory services, particularly mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic planning, human resources, real estate development, dispute resolution, investment, syndication, business valuation, and litigation support. Mr. Tucker earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Maryland and received the designation of CPA in 1963. In addition, Mr. Tucker holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is active in numerous professional and civic organizations including the American Institute of Certificate Public Accountants, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPEL), the Suburban Club of Baltimore County, and the Lancers Greater Baltimore Walk for the Homeless, and is a faculty member of the MICPEL Business Law Institute and the Judicial Institute of Maryland. Mr. Tucker served on the Section's Accreditation Committee from 2001 to 2007.

Honorable Charles R. Wilson (2011) is a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Tampa, Florida. In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He earned a B.A from Notre Dame University. and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School. After a clerkship with Judge Joseph Hatchett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, Judge Wilson practiced law for five years in Tampa. Subsequently, he was a County Judge in Florida, an U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Middle District in Florida, and a U.S. Attorney for the Middle District in Florida. Judge Wilson is a member of the Advisory Council of the University of Notre Dame Law School, the American Inns of Court, and the American Law Institute. He previously served on the Section's Accreditation Committee.

Section Delegates to the House of Delegates

Honorable Ruth V. McGregor (2012) is a former chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. She received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Iowa in 1964 followed by an M.A. in 1965. Justice McGregor received her J.D., summa cum laude from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1974 after which she entered private practice with the Phoenix firm of Fennemore Craig. In 1981, she accepted a clerkship to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, returning to Fennemore Craig in 1982, where she continued to practice in the areas of civil trial, administrative and appellate cases in both state and federal jurisdictions. She became a judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals in 1989, serving as vice chief judge from 1993 to 1995 and chief judge from 1995 to 1997; she was elevated to the Arizona Supreme Court in 1997. Justice McGregor served as Chair of the Council from 2007 to 2008 and has also served on the Section's Standards Review Committee.

Pauline Schneider (2011) is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where she practices primarily in the area of public finance. Prior to joining Orrick, Ms. Schneider practiced public finance at Hunton & Williams LLP for 21 years. She holds a B.A. from Glassboro State College, an M.A. in urban studies from Howard University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Ms. Schneider is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and is a former member of the Board of National Association of Securities Professionals. She served as both secretary and president of the District of Columbia Bar and was a member of its Board of Governors. She is a past Chair of the Section's Council and a former chair of the Accreditation Committee. Ms. Schneider is also a former member of the ABA Board of Governors as well as serving on the ABA Nominating Committee, the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, and chair of the Standing Committee on Election Law. In 1999, she received the ABA's Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.


Board of Governors Liaison

Amelia Helen Boss (2012) is Trustee Professor of Law at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law. She is an internationally recognized expert on legal issues in electronic commerce, a leading scholar on codifying international commercial law through treaty, a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, and the first professor and second woman to chair the ABA's Business Law Section. Previously, Professor Boss was professor and director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy at Temple University Beasley School of Law and was a faculty member at Rutgers-Camden School of Law, and a visiting professor at the University of Miami School of Law. A member of the Permanent Editorial Board of the Uniform Commercial Code, Professor Boss currently serves as an advisor and as the U.S. delegate to the United Nationals Commission on International Trade Law on issues relating to electronic commerce. Professor Boss as written scores of books, articles and reports on the uniform commercial code, electronic data transfer, and leasing transactions. After receiving a J.D. from Rutgers-Camden School of Law, where she served on the Law Review and participated in Jessup International Moot Court, Professor Boss clerked for the Honorable Milton B. Conford of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. She later entered prviate practice as an associate with Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz in Philadelpha and with McCarter & English in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. In 1998, The National Law Journal ranked Professor Boss as one of the 50 most influential women attorneys in the U.S. In January 2009, she was elected chair of the Commercial and Related Consumer Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools

Staff Liaisons to the Council and Accreditation Committee

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