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October 2021

Dear Friends:
 

This message will be published on October 1, during the Annual Meeting, although I have written it on September 11 as we and the nation solemnly reflect back on the horrific events of 20 years ago. October 2 is the official end of my term as President and begins the term of Mike O’Donnell of Denver, Colorado as the 72nd President of the College. The College is lucky to have Mike. Having known Mike for the last ten years through our service on the Board of Regents and the Executive Committee, I can vouch for his leadership and steady hand at the wheel. I hope that you took the opportunity to read about Mike and his wife, Brett, in the recent edition of the Journal, and that you get to meet Mike and Brett in person as regional, state, and province meetings resume. You will be as impressed with Mike as I am (but don’t bet against him on the golf course). 

While College meetings were all virtual for the first eight months of my term, in-person meetings increased in size and frequency beginning in July. In fact, the last four meetings prior to the Annual Meeting ranged in size from 60 to 90+ people. On August 26th, the College held its first Regional meeting in more than eighteen months at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch near Vail, Colorado. The 10th Circuit Regional Meeting was a huge success. I continue to be amazed at the quality of speakers that the College can attract, not just at the national level, but regionally as well. The headliner at the 10th Circuit Meeting was Associate Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch who was interviewed by the Chief Judge of the 10th Circuit, Tim Tymkovich. Of course, the interview included some great observations by Justice Gorsuch, but one comment stood out. Despite the controversy surrounding his confirmation process, Justice Gorsuch commented on the kindness of people and the fact that every person who has approached him post-confirmation has had a kind or encouraging word. It is easy to forget that kindness exists when you watch the evening news and observe what happens daily in Washington or reflect back on the events of September 11th, 2001. The kindness and collegiality Fellows demonstrate toward one another is obvious, and Judy and I have been the beneficiaries of that kindness as we have traveled in recent months. Our observations certainly reaffirm our belief in the Fellows’ commitment to collegiality through every region of the College.   

Another outstanding speaker at the 10th Circuit Meeting was Colorado Attorney General Phillip Weiser. His comments, titled "Empathy, Lawyers, and Leadership," incorporated some of the same themes as Justice Gorsuch’s comments and had particular meaning to me following the political rancor of the last year, the number of statements issued by the College in response to strident language by politicians from both parties, and now the news coverage of 9/11. After pointing to polls that indicate that Americans’ trust in the Government, the media and each other has been shrinking, General Weiser suggested that one (and maybe the only) encouraging development of the pandemic is that it has been a humanizing force allowing us to see each other on a level deeper than politics and creating a “call and hunger for unity in the face of the crisis.” Interestingly, he cited another poll showing 90% of Americans feel “we are all in this together.” This reflects the same attitude and public opinion that seemed to prevail after 9/11. Certainly, that is different than what is portrayed on the nightly news. I hope Attorney General Weiser is right.

As of my writing of this message, we remain scheduled to meet in person in Chicago and my hope is to see you there. It will be a terrific meeting with the same quality of speakers we have all come to expect at College meetings, including former Secretary of State Jim Baker. It will be interesting to hear his insights on whether there is some greater sense of hope for unity as the world battles the pandemic and we navigate the post-Afghanistan era. If you weren’t able to join us in-person or via livestream, you can still sign up and watch the speakers at your convenience. You won't be disappointed.

As my term concludes, Judy and I are thankful for the opportunities we have had over the last year to work with a terrific Executive Committee, with Dennis Maggi and the National Staff, and to meet and work with many Fellows across both our countries in person and by Zoom. I am also grateful to my partners at Norton Rose Fulbright for their support for the time I have spent as President over the last year. More than anything, I am grateful for Judy's support during the last year.

Rodney Acker
ACTL President

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The 2022 Spring Meeting will be held February 24-27 at the historic Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California. Confirmed speakers for the event include: Lance Armstrong and Tony Award winning Broadway composer and attorney, Jay Kuo. Additional presentations will include a panel regarding violence against judges. Join us for this collegial event and enjoy a winter respite along the beautiful Southern California Coast.

Coming Soon: ACTL Podcast

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Launching October 2021

Trial Tested: A Podcast by the American College of Trial Lawyers presents enlightening discussions about life and law through interviews with prominent trial lawyers and significant figures in the world of trial law. From lead counsel in historic cases to justices of the court, you will hear from the people who have made an impact in the courtroom – and in life. Hosted by three Fellows: Amy Gunn, Mike Herring and Dave Paul, Trial Tested aims to inspire trial attorneys to maintain and improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice. 

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The College will be in Rome, Italy for the 2022 Annual Meeting. Mark your calendars now to join us for this historical destination.

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Good Things Really Can Come in Small Packages 

Sometimes ACTL Foundation grants are considerable in size and significant in scope, both geographically and impact-wise. Such programs are far-reaching, and inherently capable of improving access to justice for a multitude of men, women and children in one fell swoop.

But, sometimes good things truly do come in small packages. The grant dollars sought are small, the programs are local, and the impact is in the first instance – but only in the first instance – felt by a single individual at a time. These are the microcosmic programs that specialize in paying it forward by expanding a handful of dollars into future lawyers whose careers make a difference.

Such is the case with the ACTL’s new public interest fellowship developed in conjunction with the Southern University Law Center. The inaugural ACTL Summer Fellow, Michael Amenyah, is one of the University’s rising third year law students. Michael had the opportunity to intern this summer at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (“SLLS”), where, among other experiences, he observed and spent quality time with Federal Judge Brian Jackson of the Middle District of Louisiana, himself a Southern University Law Center graduate. (Judge Jackson also happens to be a FACTL, and I personally had the privilege of helping induct him as a Fellow back in 2010, one step ahead of his swearing in as a judge.)  

Michael gave as much as he received, receiving high marks from his supervisors at SLLS, not simply for his work but for his commitment to helping those who need it most. He will be a better lawyer because of the internship, and his community will be a better place because he is a better lawyer. Each year, for as long as the program exists, an ACTL Summer Fellow will go forward to lift our profession and those we serve. For a $5,500 grant, one would be hard pressed to achieve greater value.

The Trustees express our gratitude to Fellow Mark Surprenant, immediate Past President of SLLS and a member of the ACTL’s Access to Justice and Legal Services Committee, for bringing this grant application to us. When Fellows take the time to become involved in their communities and to bring to the Foundation worthy programs regardless of their size, we all benefit enormously. 

We hope that you’ll consider walking in Mark’s footsteps.

Because justice can’t wait . . .

 
Joan A. Lukey
ACTL Foundation President 
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State Committees
 

Alabama

The Committee is planning the 2022 Tri-State Meeting, to be held in New Orleans January 20-22, 2022. Fellows in Alabama, Georgia and Florida will be invited to attend.

Alaska

The Chapter had its first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic with an Alaska Fellows dinner on July 9. Rodney and Judy Acker flew from Texas to join the Fellows for this event.
 

Colorado

The Committee has committed to again present a one-day trial practice program in conjunction with CLE Colorado likely to be held in November 2021. Fellows Carolyn Fairless and Eric Olson are leading this effort.
 

Georgia

The Committee held its Annual Black Tie Dinner in Atlanta on August 19. More than 80 Fellows and guests attended and attendance was predicated on the attendees representing they were either fully vaccinated against Covid or had a negative test within 48 hours of the event. The Fellows were delighted to be joined by President Acker and his wife. The dinner was a great success.
 

Kentucky

Fellows Jonathan Freed and Doug Morris assembled a panel of Fellows and judges to lead an ethics seminar, moderated by an ethics professor, at the Kentucky Bar Convention held virtually in June 2021.
 

Maryland

The District of Columbia and Maryland chapters are planning to hold their bi-annual dinner at the Supreme Court of the United States in June of 2022. The dinner, which has been held in alternating years for more than a decade, has been postponed for two years because of COVID.
 

Massachusetts

On August 17, thirty-five Fellows gathered at the new home of the Triple A Worcester Red Sox (WooSox) at Polar Park in Worcester, MA, for wonderful evening of friendship and to watch a ballgame. President Rodney Acker and his wife Judy flew up from Dallas to attend. Past President Joan Lukey also attended. Everyone in attendance had a great time and enjoyed getting to see Fellows that they haven’t been able to be with in over a year. The Fellows are hoping to make this an annual event.
 

Minnesota

Fellows recently enjoyed their first opportunity for an in-person event, at an outdoor location on a beautiful summer evening. Regent Greg Lederer attended and provided kind words and inspiration. The Fellows also remembered Fellow Brian O’Neil, who died during the past year.
 

Missouri

Missouri has plans for two public assistance lawyers seminars in October, one in St. Louis and second in Kansas City. There are also plans for additional seminars to be presented by the Missouri female Fellows that will be directed toward female trial lawyers.
 

Nevada

Fellow Tammy Peterson has organized a committee to work on a Boot Camp Trial Program with Paul Sandler, who chairs the national Boot Camp committee. Although COVID has presented some obstacles, the committee plans to present this program in 2022. 
 

New Hampshire

In January 2021, the Chapter issued a press statement denouncing the January 6 attack on the Capitol and those who sowed distrust in the November election. In February, the New England Regional Trial Competition was held at UNH Law School in Concord, NH. In all, 35 Fellows participated as judges in the three-day competition, eight of whom were from New Hampshire.
 

New Jersey

On May 13, 2021, the State Committee hosted a virtual event to bestow the annual Frank Dee Award on FACTL Michael Griffinger. His partner, FACTL Lawrence Lustberg, spoke movingly about Mike. President Rodney Acker joined the meeting and updated the attendees on College business.
 

New York – Downstate

In June 2021, the Committee presented a virtual fireside chat with Past President Bob Fiske. Bob, who has had a fascinating career, was interviewed about his life by Fellow David Paul, who will be one of the hosts of the College’s podcast series in the coming year. Regent Larry Krantz and Downstate NY Chair Rich Strassberg conducted a live Q&A session on Zoom for the Fellows in attendance.
 

North Carolina

Fellow Brian Beverly, a recent inductee, graciously volunteered to speak on judicial independence with NC Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson as part of the joint initiative between ACTL and the National Association of Women Judges. They spoke to a Rotary chapter in Raleigh with about 80 attendees and many questions. It was a great success.
 
Fellow David Freedman, another new inductee, will speak at the Spring 2022 meeting of the North Carolina Chapter with Jim Cooney, a longtime Fellow, on an interesting case receiving national publicity that involved a challenge to a North Carolina district attorney. David and Jim represented opposite parties.
 
The Committee plans to hold its next annual meeting March 17–20, 2022 in Charleston, SC starting with a reception Thursday evening, educational sessions Friday and Saturday mornings with free time in the afternoons, and evening functions Friday and Saturday.
 

Oklahoma

On August 6, Fellows produced the one-day Boot Camp Trial Training Program in Oklahoma City at the Western District of Oklahoma United States Courthouse. Working with Boot Camp Committee Chair Paul Sandler and three federal and state judges, multiple Oklahoma Fellows presented opening statements, direct and cross examination, and closing statements from the Rosenberg Spy Trial. It was an in-person program with 100 in attendance and many more on a wait list. Feedback from young lawyers confirmed this was a rewarding experience and our Fellows had a great time participating. For states that have not yet produced a Boot Camp Trial Training Program, the Fellows highly recommend reaching out to Paul Sandler. 
 

Pennsylvania

On July 15, 2021, the Fellows held a summer gathering at the Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh which was attended by President Rodney Acker, Regent Katie Recker, State Vice Chair John McShea and four Judicial Fellows, three from the federal bench and one from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
 
Fellow John Gismondi (Pittsburgh) agreed to serve as the mentoring liaison and has already made substantial progress by working with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to consider drafting a policy statement encouraging firms to have more junior lawyers participate in all facets of courtroom proceedings and working with the ACLU and Public Defender groups to present continuing education programs to public defenders and other public sector attorneys throughout the state.
 
Working with the Administrative Office for Pennsylvania Courts, state Fellows have developed and will present this fall three continuing education programs to judges statewide to assist in fulfilling part of their CLE requirements. Separate programs will be presented on Privileges, in both the civil and criminal context, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation, and Expert Witnesses. Each of the three programs will be four hours in length.
 
The State Committee, led by the efforts of John McShea, issued a statement criticizing a study that purported to use mathematical models to reveal racially unbalanced sentencing patterns with certain federal judges.
 

South Carolina

The Fellows just fulfilled a $100,000 pledge to the U.S.C. School of Law in consideration of naming rights for a seminar room at the Law School. Over the course of this year, Fellows will be furnishing the room and decorating it with information and memorabilia concerning the College and its South Carolina Fellows. This classroom with the College’s name on it will provide very positive visibility at the state’s primary law school for many years to come.
 

Tennessee

Pandemic permitting, the Fellows from Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are in the planning stages for a joint meeting in Memphis that will include a day long CLE mock trial presentation.
 

Texas

The Fellows hosted their annual Summer Luncheon live at the Dallas Country Club on July 2, 2021. Approximately 45 Fellows from around the state attended (in spite of air travel from Dallas to Houston being cancelled because of airline operational issues). Regent Lyn Pruitt attended, gave remarks, and was presented with a gift of recognition in appreciation for her service. Fellow George Chapman gave an entertaining rendition of Atticus Finch’s closing argument from To Kill a Mockingbird.
 

Wyoming

The Fellows were heavily involved in defeating proposed legislation which would have reduced the right to a 12-person jury in civil jury trials to a 6-person jury.
 
General Committees
 

Access to Justice and Legal Services

The Committee is actively supporting the work of the Pro Bono Fellows, and looks to encourage all members of the College to provide names of additional Fellows who might qualify for selection. In addition, the Committee is working to promote support among all Fellows for increased and stable LSC funding, the provision of additional resources to the organizations who serve low-income individuals, and to provide information and resources to support organizations such as the Innocence Project, NLADA, and Immigration Crises Solution groups.
 

Advocacy in the 21st Century

The Committee continues to follow the responses of the justice system to the challenges presented by the pandemic and to determine which of those responses should survive the pandemic. The Committee is preparing a short survey of Fellows to learn their experience with remote video technology and thoughts about the use of remote video technology in the future. The results of that survey will lead to the creation of a position statement on the College’s views of the future of remote technology in our court system.
 

Attorney-Client Relationships

The Committee has submitted its final draft of a presentation on attorney-client relationships to provide guidance to in-house counsel. Once finalized by the National Office, the presentation will be available for Fellows' use.
 

Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Award

After completing its investigation of and deliberation concerning many impressive candidates, the Committee submitted a nominee for consideration.
 

Boot Camp Trial Training Programs

The Committee is presenting the one-day boot camp trial training program in many cities throughout the United States and Canada; if you are interested in helping to coordinate a program in your jurisdiction, please contact the Committee Chair Paul Sandler at pms@shapirosher.com.
 

Complex Litigation

The Committee has been busy working on two major projects; updating the popular Anatomy of a Patent Trial treatise, which has been completed, and completing work on a treatise concerning use of Electronic Evidence. The Electronic Evidence treatise has been accepted for publication by Bloomberg.
 

Federal Civil Procedure

The Committee plans to review proposed Rule 87 addressing judicial emergencies and consider providing public comment between now and the expiration of the public comment period on February 16, 2022.
 
The Committee also plans to monitor the Advisory Committee’s consideration of a proposed amendment to Rule 9(b) which would allow conditions of the mind such as malice, intent and knowledge to be averred “without setting forth the facts or circumstances from which the conditions may be inferred.” Depending on the status of discussions at the Advisory Committee meeting on October 5, the Committee plans to determine whether the College should provide input to the Advisory Committee during its consideration of the proposed amendment in advance of publication for public comment.
 

Federal Criminal Procedure

The Committee is finalizing a guide for state and federal prosecutors to provide best practices to help them comply with their Brady and Giglio obligations, with the goal of a fair trial, and helping prosecutors avoid uncomfortable and unnecessary problems and accusations.
 

Federal Rules of Evidence

The Chair and other members continue to attend meetings of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence, including the virtual meeting held April 30. The Advisory Committee reviewed potential amendments and revisions to Rules 702 (testimony by expert witnesses), 106 (remainder of or related writings or recorded statements) and 615 (exclusion of witnesses), and discussed other topics for consideration. The Committee has received feedback from the Reporter to the Committee that the College’s participation is valued. 
 
The Committee continues work on its white paper regarding attempts by the courts and parties to streamline trials, focusing on the intended and unintended consequences of those approaches.
 
At the request of the Chair of the Complex Litigation Committee, the Committee provided comments regarding Complex Litigation’s draft treatise on Digital Evidence.
 

Gale Cup

Canada’s premier bilingual law school mooting competition, the Gale Cup Moot, will return to an in-person format for 2022 and will be held on March 3 and 4. For the first time in its 48-year history, the competition will be held in Ottawa. Chief Justice Wagner has graciously agreed to preside over the competition’s final round, which will take place in the main courtroom of the Supreme Court of Canada.
 

Heritage

The Committee is forging ahead with interviewing senior Fellows. The Committee will attempt to provide articles regarding these Fellows for each of the Journals.
 

International

After conducting a survey of Fellows regarding its new teaching abroad program, a subcommittee of 15 Fellows has been formed and met September 1. The Committee is also co-sponsoring, along with the Bootcamp Committee, a trial advocacy program in London for young barristers and Fellows who wish to attend.
 

Judicial Independence

Working with the Pennsylvania State Committee in an effort led by Fellow John McShea, the Committee assisted with the issuance of a statement by certain Pennsylvania Fellows joining the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Federal Defender and the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in repudiating a study that purported to use mathematical models to reveal racially unbalanced sentencing patterns with certain federal judges.
 

National Moot Court Competition

The Committee seeks to engage committee members to act as judges and recruit judges for the competitions in their regions. The Committee is also working to improve the functioning of the competition and to increase the number of schools that participate.
 

National Trial Competition

The National Trial Competition was held virtually this year in April 2021 via Zoom for the first time. The winning team was from UCLA. In 2022 the host schools will likely determine whether to conduct the Regional Competitions virtually or in-person. The National Competition, which the Committee is hoping to conduct in-person, is scheduled for March 30–April 3, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas.
 

Public Defenders

The Committee is contributing to efforts to reduce mass incarceration in the US by encouraging the Department of Justice to expand federal pretrial diversion in criminal cases. Fellow Chuck Diamond authored a moving paper encouraging US Attorneys to invest aggressively in diversion as an alternative to criminal conviction. A number of committee members assisted in finalizing the paper, and it was joined in by the Federal Criminal Procedure Committee.
 

Sopinka Cup

The Sopinka Cup Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored in part by the ACTL, is tentatively scheduled to proceed in-person in Ottawa on March 18 and 19, 2022. The planning committee is positioned to proceed with the competition virtually if needed.
 

Teaching of Trial and Appellate Advocacy

A subcommittee is working to promote the use of the College’s many training videos by raising awareness of their existence and how they can be used to mentor young lawyers and teach trial and appellate advocacy. The Committee plans to use the College’s new Learning Management System to organize and disseminate those videos and other digital content.
 
The outgoing Chair and other Committee members will present a one-hour virtual seminar using Civility videos created by Fellows which focus on the importance of lawyers developing their own personal style, reputation and brand for promoting civility.
 
The Committee is working on promoting and supporting Fellows to present flexible trial advocacy programs in law schools, ranging from short lectures and demonstrations on trial segments to fuller trial advocacy programs.
 
The Committee is also working to find audiences on virtual platforms for regular ongoing trial advocacy training programs, ranging from civility to deposition training to lectures, demonstrations and training on direct examination, cross-examination and opening and closing statements.
 

Thurgood Marshall Equality and Justice Award

The Thurgood Marshall Equality and Justice Award Committee, formed in the Fall of 2020 to honor those who through their courage and fortitude stood steadfast in their passionate pursuit of equal justice, will present its inaugural award during the College’s 2021 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois posthumously to the late, the Honorable John Lewis. The Award will be accepted in person by John-Miles Lewis, son of the great Honorable John Lewis.
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The College recognizes extraordinary individuals and their important contributions to the law through the awards described below. A nominator need only submit a letter of support, and the award committee will complete an investigation before deciding whether to recommend the person to the Board of Regents. Please consider nominating a worthy recipient. You may send your letter to nationaloffice@actl.com or directly to the committee chair indicated below.

Griffin Bell Award for Courageous Advocacy
Awarded only when appropriate to honor outstanding courage demonstrated by trial lawyers in unpopular or difficult causes. The award is one of the highest honors conferred by the College upon an individual trial lawyer and recognizes lawyers who have persevered in pursuit of an important cause despite substantial personal danger, fear, unpopularity, opposition or other difficulties. To view past recipients, click here.
 
Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award
To honor a lawyer or judge, whether or not a Fellow of the College, who has made a significant, exceptional and lasting contribution to the improvement of the litigation process. The person selected might be a trial practitioner, a judge, a teacher, a writer, a legislator, an administrator, or initiator of organizations or programs, or some other person whose work has been substantively significant or who has inaugurated or advanced significant programs. To view past recipients, click here.
 
Thurgood Marshall Equality and Justice Award
The Thurgood Marshall Equality and Justice Award, named for the revered lawyer, civil rights advocate and first Black Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, is to be given from time to time to an individual who has been a champion of justice and equality in all forms, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation or other form. The candidate must possess vision, courage, and fortitude, and must have stood steadfast in the passionate and effective pursuit of equal justice under the law. The inaugural award will be presented to the late Rep. John Lewis at the College’s 2021 Annual Meeting in Chicago. To submit a proposal for the Committee to consider click here.
 
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NATIONAL MEETINGS

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2022 Spring Meeting
February 24 - 27, 2022
Hotel del Coronado
Coronado, CA

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2022 Annual Meeting
September 15 - 18, 2022
Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Rome, Italy

REGIONAL MEETINGS


Tri-State Regional Meeting
(Alabama, Florida, Georgia)
January 20 to 22, 2022
The Windsor Court Hotel
New Orleans, LA


STATE MEETINGS

Nebraska Fellow Meeting
October 8, 2021
Lincoln, NE

Kansas Fellows Meeting
October 23 to 24, 2021
Wichita, KS

Alabama Fellows Dinner
November 11, 2021
Birmingham, AL


OTHER MEETINGS Please click here for a listing of all upcoming events.
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Florida Fellows Luncheon, Orlando: On Tuesday, August 3, President Acker attended a luncheon with the Central Florida Fellows in Orlando, Florida. Rodney was delighted to fly in the night before and have dinner with Mark Horwitz, the luncheon organizer, and his partner Vince Citro, an inductee in Tucson, and enjoyed conversation about Vince having been a winner at the National Trial Competition.
 
The luncheon the next day was held at the University Club of Orlando and was attended by approximately twenty Fellows, including two newly approved inductees and State Chair Scott Richardson who had driven in from West Palm Beach for the lunch. President Acker spoke for a few minutes about the need to identify new Fellows, Judicial Independence, the Advocacy in the 21st Century Committee, mentoring and the Annual Meeting in Chicago. There were four or five questions from the group on several topics, including the nomination process. The lunch discussion then centered around identifying new candidates to consider from Central Florida. 

Rodney enjoyed his visit with the Florida Fellows, and reported that Mark Horwitz did a great job organizing the luncheon, and that Scott Richardson is doing a great job as State Chair.

South Carolina Rodney Trip Report 5South Carolina Fellows Dinner, Columbia: On Thursday, August 5th, 2021, President Acker and his wife Judy flew to Columbia, South Carolina for a dinner with the South Carolina Fellows. Both were excited for the trip, one of Judy’s first in-person events as First Lady and only their second trip to South Carolina. They were happy to get to see a number of friends they had made during their first trip in 2020. 
 
The Fellows had organized a day long CLE, followed by a cocktail reception. The Ackers had the opportunity to visit with a number of Fellows, including former Regents Frankie Marion and Ed Mullins, and State Chair Wallace Lightsey. The Fellows were all very hospitable and welcoming.
 
Wallace and Fellow William Hubbard, Dean of the South Carolina law school, gave the Ackers an impromptu tour of the law school campus. The Fellows are very involved with the law school and have raised substantial money for its relatively new facility, which now has an ACTL classroom with a plaque reflecting the names of every South Carolina Fellow.
 
The Ackers then joined the Fellows for dinner at the Palmetto Club. Wallace spoke about what was happening in the chapter and encouraged everyone to attend the Annual Meeting. President Acker then spoke briefly about the need to identify new candidates and commended Wallace on the great job South Carolina has done in that regard with 13 Inductees in the last two years and six more to be inducted in Chicago; the work on Judicial Independence, particularly the educational program in which the College is partnering with the League of Women Judges; and the new mentoring program.
 
To close the dinner, Wallace presented the Ackers with a gift and then, in a gesture very meaningful to Rodney, repeated the Jim Coleman quote on professionalism and mentoring from Rodney’s most recent eBulletin message.
 
President Acker reported that the South Carolina chapter is doing well and could not have been more hospitable, and that Chair Wallace Lightsey is doing an excellent job.

Iowa Fellows Virtual Meeting: President Acker joined the Iowa Fellows virtual meeting on Saturday morning, August 14, 2021. State Chair John Gray conducted an efficient meeting which included comments from Rodney as well as comments from Regent Greg Lederer, in addition to the normal business of the state committee.
 
President Acker gave an update on the Chicago meeting; the Advocacy in the 21st Century Committee and its White Papers for which a need continues on given the surge of the Delta variant; the Judicial Independence Committee, with an emphasis on the educational program with the National Association of Women judges and the opportunity for the Iowa Fellows to volunteer to participate; and finally, the formation of a new Mentoring Committee that will be voted on at the Fall Board of Regents Meeting, including its history and the plans that are being formulated.
 
After remarks by President Acker and Regent Lederer, the committee discussed several new candidates for investigation and is being well led by John and Greg. Rodney enjoyed the opportunity to participate in their meeting, even though remotely.  

Massachusetts Fellows Event, Boston: On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, President Acker and First LadyCharles Steinberg, Peter, Ellen, Rodney Judy joined the Massachusetts Fellows for an outing to a minor league baseball game. Due to flight schedules, Rodney and Judy arrived early enough to have a leisurely visit with Past President Joan Lukey before the drive to Worcester for the game.
 
State Chair Peter Ettenberg organized the event and 55 people, including 35 Fellows, attended. Peter had arranged for the use of the Hanover Deck overlooking left field which provided plenty of space for social distancing. Judy and Rodney enjoyed the opportunity to see old friends like FACTL Mike Angelini, a Worcester native, and to make some new friends. Peter also introduced the Ackers to the WooSox club president, Charles Steinberg, who was cordial and engaging.
 
President Acker and Judy made the most of their visit to Boston and Worcester. Rodney was delighted to report that the Massachusetts Chapter is in great shape, and that Peter has done a wonderful job in his two years as chair. Incoming State Chair Ellen Cohen will undoubtedly continue that work.

Georgia Fellows Dinner, Atlanta: On Thursday, August 19, President Acker and First Lady Judy joined the Georgia Fellows for their Annual Black Tie Dinner. 
 
The Dinner was held this year at the Piedmont Driving Club, an elegant building in downtown Atlanta, close to Piedmont Park. The room was spacious with plenty of room to spread out. There were almost 100 people, including 55 Fellows, in attendance. The cocktail reception gave the Ackers plenty of opportunity to talk with a number of Fellows and guests, including Past President Jack Dalton and Marcy, Past President Chilton Varner and Morgan, Regent Rick Deane and Teresa, and State Chair Ben Brewton and his wife Heidi (from Augusta). The crowd was lively and clearly happy to see each other in person.
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After the reception, State Chair Ben Brewton began the program. Ben introduced Regent/Secretary Designate Rick Deane, who in turn introduced President Acker. Rodney spoke about the revised vaccination requirements for the Annual Meeting, the Advocacy in the 21st Century Committee, the Judicial Independence Committee educational project, and the new Mentoring Committee. Introductions were then made of both a recently inducted Fellow as well as a Fellow who will be inducted in Chicago. Rick Deane then presented Ben, who is completing his term as chair, with a gift. As expected, Rick was his usual elegant self.
 
President Acker reported that the Georgia Chapter continues to be a model for the College and Ben has done a great job as chair.

10th Circuit Regional Meeting, Avon, Colorado: On Thursday morning, August 26, 2021, President Acker along with First Lady Judy departed Dallas to attend the 10th Circuit Regional Meeting at The Ritz Carlton at Bachelor Gulch, Rodney’s last College trip as president before the Annual Meeting.
 
The 10th Circuit meeting began Thursday evening with a welcome cocktail reception, well attended by 58 Fellows plus many spouses and guests. Present were Past Presidents Mike Stout and Fran Wikstrom, President-Elect Mike O’Donnell, Regents Dan Folluo and Joe Caldwell, former Regents John Tucker and Paul Hickey, and Executive Director Dennis Maggi. Special guests included US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, 10th Circuit Chief Judge Tim Tymkovich, Judicial Fellow and recently installed USDJ Gina Rodriguez, Justice Monica Marquez of the Colorado Supreme Court, and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. 
 
Friday morning’s events began with an outside breakfast, followed by the program inside. President-Elect O’Donnell introduced President Acker, who gave some brief remarks regarding the state of the College. Three guests spoke on Friday morning: Chris Romer, head of the Vail Valley Chamber of Commerce; Fire Chief Karl Bauer who gave an interesting talk on wildfires; and the headliner, Justice Gorsuch who was interviewed by Chief Judge Tymkovich. Following the program, there was a lunch on the hotel patio and then the afternoon was free for people to enjoy the beautiful venue. 
 
Saturday morning began with another outside breakfast, followed by a program which included talks by Justice Marquez regarding the Colorado Supreme Court building and Learning Center, epidemiologist Michelle Brown on COVID, Regent Joe Caldwell discussing diversity in the College, and then remarks by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. 
 
The meeting concluded with a Saturday night dinner where President Acker and Judy enjoyed the company of Justice Gorsuch, Justice Marquez and her wife and Attorney General Weiser and his wife. 
 
Rodney and Judy enjoyed the meeting and the venue immensely, and offered their congratulations to the planning committee, chaired by Colorado Fellow Mark Fogg, on the excellent job they did planning the meeting. 
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The College has been notified of the passing of the Fellows listed below. The date after each name notes the year of induction into the College, and the date following the state or province is the date of his or her passing. A tribute to each will appear in the In Memoriam section of a subsequent issue of the Journal.

California
William G. Baumgaertner, ’08, Los Angeles, July 24, 2021
Jon C. Cederberg, ’11, Los Angeles, May 19, 2021
Thomas J. McDermott, Jr., ’82, Palm Desert, June 30, 2021
F. Alton Tybout, ’76, Rancho Mirage, January 8, 2020
 
Georgia
John T. Marshall, ’79, Atlanta, July 22, 2021
 
Illinois
James P. Chapman, ’75, Carbondale, August 18, 2021
Howard J. Trienens, ’70, Chicago, July 26, 2021
 
Indiana
Gene M. Jones, ’85, La Porte, August 14, 2021
Leon R. Kaminski, ’76, La Porte, August 12, 2021
 
Kansas
Gene H. Sharp, ’77, Liberal, July 27, 2021
 
Kentucky
William R. Garmer, ’92, Lexington, July 30, 2021
 
Nebraska
Steven E. Achelpohl, ’02, Omaha, April 17, 2021
 
New York
Eugene P. Souther, ’77, Glen Cove, July 16, 2021
Barry H. Garfinkel, ’72, New York, August 29, 2021
 
North Carolina
James R. Fox, ’06, Winston Salem, August 15, 2021
David B. Freedman, ’20, Winston Salem, September 3, 2021
Walker Y. Worth, Jr., ’95, Fayetteville, August 30, 2021
 
North Dakota
Richard H. McGee, II, ’99, Bottineau, June 30, 2021
 
Oklahoma
Wallace G. Steidley, Jr., ’96, McAlester, August 22, 2021
 
Oregon
Walter H. Sweek, ’90, Portland, August 7, 2021
 
Pennsylvania
Neal R. Brendel, ’13, Pittsburgh, August 25, 2021
 
Texas
John Eckel, ‘82 Galveston, July 30, 2021
 
Virginia
Henry H. McVey, III, ’86, Williamsburg, July 28, 2021
 
Washington
Evan L. Schwab, ’83, Seattle, July 25, 2021
 
Wisconsin
William Stuart Parsons, ’86, Cedarburg, January 10, 2021