This is my final President’s Message for the College’s eBulletin. Next month, I will have the privilege of introducing San Francisco Fellow Susan Harriman as the 73rd President of the College at our Annual Meeting in Rome. Susan is dedicated to the mission of the College and will skillfully lead us in the right direction with her positive energy and passion for the College.
Brett and I recently returned from our final regional meeting of the College year in beautiful Alaska. State Chair Neil O’Donnell and the Alaska State Committee organized a great program for the Northwest Region’s Fellows and spouses/guests. We have found the regional meetings to be a terrific way for Fellows to gather in special locales with the same quality speakers you find at our national meetings but at a lower price point. For example, the Alaska meeting speakers included a Major General (Ret.), a journalist, an author, a former state court judge and state Supreme Court Justice, the Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, and the winningest musher in history including four championships of the 1,000 mile Iditarod dogsledding race. All this in Alaska’s premier ski area, Mount Alyeska, in the shadows of impressive mountains overlooking the Cook Inlet and teeming with bears, moose, and Beluga whales.
We particularly enjoyed spending time with Past President Doug Young and Terry and Past President Rodney Acker and Judy who joined us on a few trips this year since most of their meetings during their year as President were remote due to the COVID pandemic.
This month we conducted meetings with State and Province Chairs, encouraging them and their State/Province Committees to redouble their efforts to identify and nominate for fellowship the best trial lawyers in their areas. We also met this month with the diversity liaisons from the various states and provinces. These liaisons were appointed a few years ago in order to elevate the importance of identifying the best trial lawyers regardless of race, ethnicity, or geography. These efforts over the past few years have resulted in positive increases in the numbers of diverse candidates who meet and exceed the standards of excellence demanded for fellowship in the College.
In May, in conjunction with the ACTL-Marshall Scholars Association Forum on the Rule of Law at the U.S. Supreme Court, we had the opportunity to acknowledge Justice Stephen Breyer for his honorable, dedicated, and civil service to the United States judicial system. In July, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was welcomed onto the Supreme Court. In Rome, the College will confer Honorary Fellowship on Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
President-Elect Susan Harriman has organized a terrific slate of speakers for our 2022 Annual Meeting September 14-18 in Rome, Italy, and Executive Director Dennis Maggi and the National Office staff have arranged special venues and activities. We have good registration numbers for the meeting but a few spots remain. Please click here for more information. If you are unable to join us in Rome, there will be an opportunity to purchase the presentation videos after the meeting concludes.
The speakers in Rome include the Honorable Joe Donnelly, former U.S. Senator and current Ambassador to the Holy See; Bernard Frischer of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory of Roman Antiquities at the University of Virginia; Destiny Garcia, Executive Director of Clean Slate Utah, winner of the 2022 Emil Gumpert Award; Dr. Heather Thompson, author of Blood in the Water; Delia Gallagher, CNN’s Vatican Correspondent providing an up close look at Pope Francis; Honorary Fellowship to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett; Lord David Pannick, QC of Blackstone Chambers; Boma Alabi, a Nigerian trial lawyer; Angelo Matassa former military attaché with the Embassy of Italy in Canada discussing the prevention of international money laundering; and Kati Marton, author of Power with Purpose: the Astonishing Career of Angela Merkel.
Brett and I look forward to meeting and spending time with Fellows at this year’s remaining State meetings and to joining many of our Fellows and spouses/guests at what promises to be an extraordinary meeting in Italy.
Michael L. O'Donnell
The Annual Meeting takes place September 15-18, 2022 in Rome, Italy. Additional information can be found here. We hope to see you at this historic destination.
Season Three is Now Available!
Season Three of Trial Tested: A Podcast by the American College of Trial Lawyers is available now. Join hosts Amy Gunn, Mike Herring and Dave Paul as they bring you fascinating interviews with Past Presidents Warren Lightfoot and Doug Young, Former Regent Christy Jones, Fellows Nancy Hollander and Marie Heinen, as well as a two-part interview with New York attorney and Fellow David Boies. All seven episodes of Season Three are available now. Listen on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcast app.
Doing Well by Doing Good: Enhancing Your Career as a Trial Attorney with Pro Bono Service
On November 10, speakers and panelists will discuss how pro bono service can enhance one’s trial career, including examples of how pro bono/access to justice work can provide younger lawyers with valuable trial experience. The panelists will also discuss the importance of, and provide examples of, partnering with their outside counsel on meaningful access to justice work. This free, virtual program will be available to both Fellows and non-Fellows. More information, including registration dates, coming soon.
Fellow Fred D. Gray
Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Joe Biden bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon Fellow Fred D. Gray at a White House ceremony on Thursday, July 7, 2022. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant endeavors that benefit society.
Emil Gumpert Award Update
Lindsay Herf, Director of Arizona Justice Project’s Fair Sentencing Program, recently wrote to thank the Foundation and the Emil Gumpert Award Committee for selecting them as the winner of the 2021 Emil Gumpert Award. Included in her letter were stories of gratitude from individuals who were granted parole and have regained their freedom for the first time in 25 years or more.
Over the past twelve months, dozens of impacted individuals had an opportunity to appear before the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency, acting as the parole board, to show how they had transformed their lives and why they have earned a chance at release on parole. Because of the confusion on the sentencing law in Arizona, some of these individuals had lost hope that they would ever have a chance at release. The AJP legal teams (staff, lawyers, law students) and pro bono lawyers recruited by the AJP represented numerous individuals at these parole hearings. Here are some of their success stories:
“I worked so hard for so long just to be a better person. I am so grateful for your support and that of your organization. I believe that it was crucial and impacted the Board’s final decision greatly. I am returning to the world with my eyes wide open, and I will succeed.” - Daniel P. (after grant of parole, 06/16/2022)
“I would not be where I am today without these blessings of circumstances that made it possible for a chance for me in the future. I am forever grateful to the AJP and the ASU Post-Conviction Clinic for all of their hard work on my behalf. This is my new beginning!” - Latasha H. (after her release 04/08/2022)
Emil Gumpert Award Increases to $150,000
The Trustees of the Foundation recently voted to increase the Emil Gumpert Award from $100,000 to $150,000. With this increase, the Foundation hopes to provide an even greater impact for an organization or program that is providing access to justice.
Fellows of the College are our best source of applications for this prestigious award, and many past winners were nominated by a Fellow. Please share information about the award with your contacts at worthy organizations. More information, including the application, can be found on the Emil Gumpert Award page of the College website. Applications for the 2023 Emil Gumpert Award are due September 30, 2022.
Past President David Beck was inducted as a “Texas Legal Legend” by the Litigation Section of the Texas Bar Association this past June. The honor is intended to memorialize the stories of legendary lawyers with the hope that they will enhance the public’s understanding of the historical importance of lawyers and the importance of making a difference.
Fellow Gray Culbreath was awarded the Order of the Palmetto for dedicating twenty-two years of outstanding service to the South Carolina State Museum.
Fellow Alistair Dawson has been elected as Chair of the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.
Fellow Fred D. Gray co-authored a book entitled Alabama v. King: Martin Luther King Jr and the Criminal Trial That Launched the Civil Rights Movement which was released in May. Gray was just 24 years old when he became the defense lawyer for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The book takes readers behind the scenes of that landmark case.
Past President Jeff Leon was selected to serve as co-lead of the Commission Counsel for the Public Order Emergency Commission in Ottawa, Canada. The Public Order Emergency Commission is an independent public inquiry established by the Governor in Council following the declaration of a public order emergency by the Government of Canada on February 14, 2022.
Alberta Province Committee Chair Kevin T. Mott has been appointed Queen’s Counsel for Alberta by the Lieutenant-Governor in Counsel.
Fellow James A. O'Reilly, a pioneer lawyer in Aboriginal law, was appointed to the Order of Canada, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to Canadian society. It is one of the country’s highest honours.
Fellow Edward J. Walters Jr. has published a book entitled Ipse Dixit: Ruminations on a Career at Law. The book is a collection of articles, stories and interviews written over the course of his 45+ year career in the courtroom.
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself” – Oprah Winfrey
Of the many inspiring quotes relating to the importance of mentoring, Oprah Winfrey’s is my favorite. Her poetic turn of phrase reminds us that mentoring is not about us: It is about those whom we help to find their own path to success as they define it. To further that goal is the mission of the Mentoring Committee of Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization (“JTB”).
Those of you who read broadly and remember well may recall my message to you in the eBulletin just about a year ago, when the Foundation had just approved a grant application from JTB. As I noted then, JTB is an organization founded several years ago by future-looking federal judges who recognized that many economically disadvantaged and first-generation law students could not afford to avail themselves of the learning opportunity presented by federal judicial internships because such internships were unpaid. From that concern, JTB was born with the mission of finding funds to provide meaningful stipends to the next generation of potential Assistant U.S. Attorneys, federal defenders, and federal court litigators.
The ACTL Foundation, with the strong encouragement of John Siffert of New York, a former Foundation Trustee, Former Regent and current Mentoring Committee Chair, was pleased to become a funding source for JTB’s Summer Internship Program. But that was not enough in and of itself, given the unique ability of the College to provide a strong network of mentors for the participants in JTB’s Summer Judicial Internship Program, which happens to be winding down now for the summer of 2022. The Mentoring Committee, with special efforts from John and his Vice Chairs Suzie Price of Santa Ana and Kimball Anderson of Chicago, have partnered impressively with JTB, including by identifying and pairing Fellows with forty-one interns for this past summer.
I have been proud and delighted to be one of those mentors. My mentee, Zita, is a citizen of China who attended college in the U.S. and is now entering her second year at a Boston-area law school. Having lost her mother not too long ago, she moves forward with the courage and strength with which her mother imbued her and looks to a future in the law – perhaps practicing in a law firm with offices in both of her countries – with enormous optimism, and with the bright light of hope to which Oprah Winfrey referred. I have no doubt that my mentoring relationship with Zita has given me more than it has given her, no matter the extent of my efforts.
There is no doubt in my mind that JTB’s Summer Judicial Internships are a win/win all around, for the interns, the College, the Foundation, and the federal courts. With your generous help, the Foundation looks forward to supporting programs like this, which will enhance the federal bar for generations to come.
Because justice can’t wait . . .
President, ACTL Foundation
State and Province Committees
Former Regent Mona Duckett Q.C. and Fellow Shane Parker Q.C., joined with the Honourable Mr. Justice Peter Martin (Alberta Court of Appeal) in presenting a 90-minute CLE session entitled “Civility, Professionalism and Respect in Advocacy.” The event was presented live, but also recorded and is available by clicking this link.
The Fellows will be holding their annual summer party on Saturday, August 6. The party will be held outdoors at the home of Fellow Eric Olson and Colorado Fellow and ACTL President Mike O’Donnell and his spouse Brett plan to attend.
the Kentucky Bar Association honored two Fellows at its convention in Owensboro in June. Judicial Fellow Thomas B. Russell was recognized for his Service to Young Lawyers, and Fellow A.V. Conway was presented with the Distinguished Lawyer Award. On June 15, Fellow Bob Stopher chaired a panel with Fellows Doug Morris and Lou Anna Red Corn entitled “Practical and Ethical Problems Arising in Remote/Zoom Litigation” for CLE credit at the KBA convention. Additional panelists included U.S. Magistrate Judge Brent Brennenstuhl and Chief Regional Circuit Judge Rene Williams. More than 150 Kentucky Bar Members attended the presentation. Thirty Fellows, spouses and guests gathered for the annual chapter dinner on June 15 at the Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro. The Kentucky Fellows were pleased to welcome College Treasurer Bill Murphy and his wife, Pat. Bill’s remarks emphasized the importance of the College’s mission and the need to involve younger and more diverse inductees to achieve the long-term goals of the College.
On May, 31, 2022, the Manitoba Fellows gathered and were joined by Chief Judge of the Provincial Court, Judge Margaret Wiebe. She discussed the challenges faced by her Court over the last several years as we have dealt with COVID and the consequences of remote hearings. Fellows enjoyed a discussion about the challenges of mentoring, developing advocacy skills and ensuring competency when litigation is being done by telephone, by video and with more infrequent in-person hearings.
Fellow Elizabeth Dunigan was nominated by Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker to become an Associate Justice of the Superior Court; she was elevated to the Bench on July 25, 2022. Dunigan has served on the State Committee, as the MA Diversity Liason, and in other roles in the College. The Fellows enjoyed a lovely "Spring Fling" dinner boat cruise of Boston Harbor on June 10. President-Elect Susan Harriman joined the fun. Another event is planned for August 4: a night at Polar Park to watch a WooSox game with a ballpark buffet, with President O'Donnell and his wife Brett planning to attend.
Newfoundland and Labrador:
Judicial Fellow Daniel Boone was recently elevated to the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal. Congratulations Justice Boone!
On July 14-15, the New Jersey Fellows hosted its Summer Trial Advocacy Institute in cooperation with the NJ Institute of Continuing Legal Education at the NJ Law Center. Almost forty New Jersey Fellows are slated to participate. On August 17, the New Jersey Fellows will host their Annual Gala at the Park Chateau in East Brunswick and will present the Frank Dee Award, for outstanding service, to Fellow Dennis Drasco. On October 18, 2022, the New Jersey Fellows will provide a seminar on Professionalism in Trial Practice at Seton Hall Law School.
Last Fall, the Utah State Committee nominated Clean Slate Utah for the College’s Emil Gumpert Award. After investigating about 30 other nominations, the Emil Gumpert Award Committee voted to recommend Clean Slate Utah for the $100,000 award. President O’Donnell presented the award in Salt Lake City on May 17. Clean Slate Utah helps indigent people expunge their criminal records, clearing the path to housing, employment, and a better life. The U.S. Senate recently confirmed President Biden’s appointment of Utah Fellow Trina Higgins as U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah. Ms. Higgins is the first female to serve in that position.
Following the confirmation of Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson, the Judicial Independence Committee studied those proceedings, as well as the previous proceedings for Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Following several meetings and evaluation of written submissions, our committee has developed recommendations to reform the confirmation hearings for nominees to the Supreme Court. The committee is preparing “An Open Letter to the Senate” for the Executive Committee to evaluate before the annual meeting. This “Open Letter” advances measures to restore the confirmation process to one that will inspire confidence in those nominated and those viewing the hearings. The committee also continues its service in addressing attacks on the judiciary in the states and provinces.
Special appreciation is expressed to Committee Member Virginia (Ginny) C. Nelson. Over the last five years, Ginny has been a leader in preparing the College’s White Paper – The Need to Preserve Fair and Impartial Courts – followed by her full engagement in the inaugural Judicial Independence Committee. She was also a leader in our collaboration with the National Association of Women Judges. Ginny leaves the committee with gratitude from all who have served with her.
National Trial Competition:
Representatives from the committee attended the Training Advocates Conference via zoom in late July. This conference is for coaches of all of the law student competitions and is a chance for our committee and the Texas Young Lawyers Association to spell out any changes in the upcoming 2023 Regionals and Finals. Regionals will take place one of the first three weekends in February and finals will be in San Antonio March 29-April 2nd. As always, if a law school in your state will be hosting the Regional, a committee liaison will be reaching out to the state chair where the Regional is taking place for help recruiting judges for this competition. ACTL Fellows make the best judges and their service is one reason this trial competition is the best. Please say yes when asked to help recruit and judge.
Public Defender Committee:
The committee has had several telephone conferences this year and is working on two initiatives. The first is to send our Diversion White Paper to DOJ officials for consideration. The second project is the gathering of district practices in Federal Courts regarding the extent and scope of individual voir dire in criminal cases. Notably, in the civil practices, the parties are afforded more time and greater scope during this process. The committee is looking into this process with the hope of ultimately seeking to have implemented a practice similar to the civil practice.
Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award:
The committee met in June and discussed several possible nominees for the Gates Award. The committee is currently doing further due diligence on five suggested nominees. The committee will be meeting again on August 12th to discuss the suggested nominees and to select a finalist to recommend to the Board of Regents for this prestigious award. All inquiries can be directed to Committee Chair Paul Hickey at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Teaching of Trial and Appellate Advocacy:
The College’s inaugural Diversity Trial Advocacy program was – according to the comments of the attendee participants and faculty, and national legal media – a resounding success. Preparations are well underway for the 2023 program – for May, again in Chicago. Our society and our courtrooms are diverse. The lawyers trying cases in those courtrooms ought better to mirror that diversity. The College is uniquely situated to help equip that next cadre of outstanding diverse trial lawyers. Recommendations for attorney participants and for faculty Fellow volunteers are appreciated. Registration will again be limited to fifty lawyers. If you have diverse candidates to recommend or want to help with the faculty, please contact the Program Chair, Tom Heiden. Thomas.email@example.com
Thurgood Marshall Equality and Justice Award:
The committee continues to search for persons who deserve to be recognized with the College's Thurgood Marshall Equality and Justice Award. This 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. We strongly invite and encourage all Fellows to submit candidates who they believe should be considered for this award to the committee through the Executive Office. Your recommendations should include a biographical description of the candidate's work which demonstrates their efforts to champion justice and equality, as well as your reasons why they are deserving of this award. We look forward to honoring those who have been "a champion of justice in all forms."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or directly to the committee chair indicated below.
Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Award
The Award, named for The Honourable Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, is to be awarded to a judge or a member of the bar in the United States or Canada, whether or not a Fellow of the College, who has played an exceptional role in creating and promoting access to justice. The Award will recognize innovative measures or extraordinary personal commitment and professional dedication which have enhanced access to justice in the United States or Canada. To view the previous recipient and submit a proposal for the Committee to consider click here
Sandra Day O'Connor Jurist Award
The Award is to be given from time to time to a judge in the United States or Canada, whether or not a Fellow of the College, who has demonstrated exemplary judicial independence in the performance of his or her duties, sometimes in especially difficult or even dangerous circumstances. To view previous recipients and submit a proposal for the Committee to consider 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 was 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
Peter J. Osborne
Superior Court of Justice, Ontario
Elizabeth A. Dunigan
Superior Court of Massachusetts
2022 Annual Meeting
September 15 - 18, 2022
Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
2023 Spring Meeting
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
Massachusetts Fellows Event
August 4, 2022
Colorado Summer Event
August 6, 2022
Iowa Fellows Meeting
August 12-13, 2022
Sioux Falls, IA
New Jersey Summer Gala
August 17, 2022
East Brunswick, NJ
Georgia Fellows Black Tie Dinner
August 18, 2022
Idaho Fellows Annual Dinner
August 20, 2022
Michigan Fellows Summer Gathering
October 1, 2022
Traverse City, MI
Montana Fellows Dinner
October 14, 2022
Alabama Fellows Dinner
November 3, 2022
Nebraska Fellows Dinner
November 4, 2022
Please click here
for a listing of all upcoming events.
Michigan Fellows Dinner, Frankfort, Michigan: President O’Donnell and Brett attended the Michigan Fellows dinner at the legendary Crystal Downs Country Club on May 14-15, 2022. The club provided a magnificent setting for the dinner overlooking the golf course and lakes. Approximately forty-five Fellows and spouses were in attendance, entering the event serenaded by a bagpiper standing under an American flag. State Chair Dan Scully provided the O’Donnells a wonderful introduction to the Traverse City area of Michigan, and they enjoyed visits to the Traverse City downtown and beautiful lake front views. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, rivaling those in Washington D.C. On Saturday evening the Fellows and guests were dressed in formal attire and shared a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting while Chair Scully made remarks regarding the activities of the state committee.
Democracy’s Last Line of Defense, Chicago, Illinois: A symposium entitled Democracy’s Last Line of Defense: A Symposium on Why and How to Preserve the Rule of Law and an Independent, Impartial Judiciary was held at The Old Post Office in Chicago, May 25-26, 2022. President O’Donnell attended along with approximately 250 lawyers, judges, politicians, academics, and media representatives. The first panel was focused on independent, impartial courts being critical to ensuring the fairness and legitimacy of democratic political systems. The panel addressed the nature of the assault on the courts and proposed tactics to defend against those assaults. The next panel addressed social media and countering disinformation in the courts. Other panels focused on the future of the Supreme Court in light of the presenters' perceived radical nature of the Court, racial justice and the courts, and implicit and explicit bias in the courts. Finally, five breakout groups discussed how corporate leaders, judges, practitioners, non-profits, and foundations can address these issues. President O’Donnell, on behalf of the College, was afforded an opportunity to speak and he encouraged all organizations to try to find a common interest and voice in support of the rule of law and judicial independence. He expressed hope that this was the first, and not last, of these types of meetings.
Region 12 Spring Fling, Boston, Massachusetts: On June 10, President-Elect Susan Harriman was at the Region 12 Spring Fling, a Spirit of Boston Dinner Cruise, which brought together the Fellows from across New England for a lovely night on the water. Fellow Peter Ettenberg of the Massachusetts State Committee was responsible for organizing the event and State Chair Ellen Epstein Cohen was present, as were Past President Joan Lukey and her husband Phil Stevenson. They all enjoyed a lovely dinner with dancing. The cruise afforded President-Elect Harriman a great opportunity to meet and socialize with the many Fellows and guests in attendance. The outing was impacted a bit in terms of attendance by the NBA playoffs game between the Warriors and the Celtics, and President-Elect Harriman quietly enjoyed the outcome of the game as the evening came to a close and the Warriors came back from 5 down in the 4th quarter to win by 10.
Texas Fellows Luncheon, Houston, Texas: President O’Donnell attended the annual Texas Fellows luncheon on June 10, 2022, at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, joining approximately fifty Fellows who were in attendance. State Chair Robby Alden and President O’Donnell were pleased to be joined by Regent Lyn Pruitt; Emil Gumpert Award Committee Chair Kathryn Snapka; and Past Presidents David Beck, Doug Young and Rodney Acker. President O’Donnell used the opportunity to speak to the ongoing training programs conducted by the College, including the virtual Boot Camp Trial Training Program in London this past December as well as last May’s inaugural Diversity in the Courtroom Program held in Chicago. The luncheon occurred soon after the “Dobbs” opinion draft was leaked and there were discussions on the approach of the College to speak out on the protests at Justice’s homes and the threats to injure or kill justices, all of which are of great concern to the College. President O’Donnell also mentioned the formation of a Joint Committee consisting of the Judiciary and Judicial Independence Committees, which are exploring the Senate confirmation process for judicial nominees. The meeting also featured the presentation of the ACTL National Moot Court Competition awards to the winning Texas Tech team. Past President Acker was proud to be in attendance as a Red Raider. Fellow David Weinstein, former Chair of the Moot Court Competition Committee, spoke to the group; very appropriate since thirty-two years ago David was a member of the Texas Tech winning team and was named Best Oral Advocate in that competition.
Tri-State Regional Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana: On June 9-12, 2022, President O’Donnell and Brett attended the Tri-State meeting at the historic Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, organized by Alabama State Committee Chair Gaynor St. John. Regent Bob MacKenzie and Secretary Rick Deane were also in attendance. Friday’s General Session Speakers included Lee Sentell, Alabama Tourism Director who spoke about tourism in the South and the Civil Rights movement; Nick Sellers, CEO of the 2022 World Games to be held this summer in Birmingham, Alabama; Frank Stitt, Chef, Author and Owner of Highlands Bar & Grill, a James Beard 2018 Best Restaurant. Saturday’s speakers included a panel of collegiate sports experts who discussed name, image, and licensing (NIL) issues as well as the future of paying college athletes; Zella Palmer, documentary filmmaker, author, and professor at Dillard University, who spoke about the Evolution of Louisiana Creole Cuisine; and former US Senator Doug Jones, who spoke about guiding the White House through the US Senate confirmation process. President O’Donnell thanked Fellows for their contributions to the College and discussed the Executive Committee’s concerns regarding the appropriateness of certain lines of questioning during Supreme Court selection hearings. Because of these concerns, the Judiciary and Judicial Independence Committees will be making recommendations for possible presentation to the US Senate.
New Brunswick Fellows Dinner, Moncton, New Brunswick: On June 13, 2022, President O’Donnell and Brett were joined in Moncton, New Brunswick, by Past President Rodney Acker and Judy, Past President Doug Young and Terry, and by Regent Michelle Awad and her husband Jack Graham. The New Brunswick Fellows Dinner was held at Little Louie’s Oyster Bar, and the meal was fantastic. Twenty were present for dinner and this was the first gathering since 2019. Province Vice Chair Ken McCullough hosted the event. President O’Donnell addressed the group, recognizing Province Chair Rob Purdy and speaking about the work of the General Committees and the State and Province Committees, including the recent Diversity in the Courtroom training program as well as the Just The Beginning internship program.
Novia Scotia Fellows Dinner, Halifax, Novia Scotia: On June 14, 2022, the Youngs, Ackers and O’Donnells traveled together following the dinner in New Brunswick to Halifax, Nova Scotia to meet again with Regent Michelle Awad and her husband Jack Graham. The Nova Scotia Fellows dinner was held at Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar, a few blocks from the host hotel, the Muir. President O’Donnell made remarks to the group and thanked Province Chair Robert Purdy and Regent Awad for their service. As with all of the Fellows and guests in the Atlantic Provinces, the Nova Scotia Fellows were warm, gracious and welcoming.
Newfoundland and Labrador Fellows Dinner, St. John’s, Newfoundland: On June 15, 2022, Past Presidents Young, Acker and O’Donnell and their spouses traveled together to St. John’s, Newfoundland for the Fellows meeting in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Fellows dinner was held at the VU Resto & Bar in St. Johns. The venue had a sweeping view of St. John’s Bay, a very beautiful natural harbor which narrows at the mouth of the Bay leading to the ocean. Province Vice Chair Dan Simmons and Chair Rob Purdy hosted the group and President O’Donnell posthumously recognized Fellow Derek Hogan, who was inducted in 2021 but unfortunately passed away shortly thereafter. Several Fellows recognized Fellow Hogan’s special qualities. The highlight of the evening was the “screech-in” ceremony, unique to St. John’s. To become an honorary Newfoundlander, it is a requirement to drink a low-end strong rum, called Screech, and then kiss a cold, dead cod. Past Presidents Young and Acker, President O’Donnell, Terry and Brett all completed the task!
Kentucky Fellows Dinner and CLE, Owensboro, Kentucky: On June 15, 2022, Treasurer William Murphy and his wife Pat had the opportunity to travel to Kentucky to attend the State’s Dinner meeting and a CLE presentation by the committee at the Kentucky State Bar Association Meeting. The Dinner meeting was held at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and was attended by more than twenty Kentucky Fellows and guests. State Chair Freed served as master of ceremonies and paid homage to Fellow A.V. Conway, who was named the Kentucky Lawyer of the Year by the Kentucky Bar Association during the convention. State Chair Freed also graciously welcomed Treasurer Murphy and Pat and made special recognition of the only female Fellow in attendance, Lou Anna Red Corn. Fellow Red Corn, a Native American, was the first woman named as a Commonwealth Attorney in Kentucky. Treasurer Murphy was glad for the opportunity to join the Kentucky State Committee for this meeting.
Quebec Fellows Dinner, Montreal, Quebec: President O’Donnell and Brett traveled to Montreal to attend the Quebec Fellows Dinner on June 16, 2022, at The Mount Royal Club in downtown Montreal. Past President Doug Young and Terry joined the meeting. Immediate Past Province Chair Bernard Amyot and Province Chair Julie-Martine Loranger hosted. Approximately seventy Fellows and guests attended. President of the University of Montreal, Daniel Jutras, was the keynote speaker. Fellow Amyot served as master of ceremonies and President O’Donnell had the privilege of announcing to the group that Amyot had just been nominated to be the next Regent for the region. President O’Donnell’s remarks highlighted the recent virtual Boot Camp Trial Training Program in London/Wales and the Diversity in the Courtroom training program in Chicago. Past President Young then summarized the Forum on the Rule of Law held at the US Supreme Court. A highlight of the evening for President O’Donnell and Past President Young was presenting this year’s Gale Cup winners with plaques to commemorate their accomplishment.
Northwest Regional Meeting, Alaska: Anchorage, Alaska was the site of the Northwest Regional meeting July 7-10, 2022. Regent Carey Matovich greeted President O’Donnell and Brett and arranged for a short pre-trip to Denali Park. Past President Acker and Judy joined the memorable trip. Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska served as the venue for the regional meeting, with approximately forty Fellows in attendance. Alaska State Chair Neil O’Donnell hosted the meeting. Speakers included General Randy “Church” Kee, U.S. Air Force (retired) who spoke on Arctic security affairs and a panel including former Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe and former Alaska Third Judicial Presiding Judge Elaine Andrews, who provided excellent mediation tips and strategies. Former California Federal Judge Jeremy Fogel, executive director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, addressed the future of virtual proceedings and cameras in the courtroom considering the COVID pandemic and was very interested in collaborating with the College’s Advocacy in the 21st Century Committee and its chair Secretary-Designate John Day. The final speaker was the “winningest musher in the world,” Jeff King, four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
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.
Fred W. Tyson, ’07, Montgomery, June 7, 2022
Robert F. Miller, ’72, La Jolla, July 2, 2021
Patrick E. Geraghty, ’95, Fort Myers, April 8, 2021
William A Foster, ’85, Fernandina Beach, June 15, 2022
Richard Smoak, ’92, Pensacola, May 2, 2022
Robert L. Trohn, ’83, Lakeland, July 17. 2022
W. Marcus W. Nye, ’91, Pocatello, July 16, 2022
Francis Higgins, ’88, Chicago, December 1, 2018
Walter Jones, Jr., ’96, Chicago, October 21, 2021
Gerald J. Rapien, ’86, Fort Mitchell, July 5, 2022
Adrianne Landry Baumgartner, ’11, Covington, June 22, 2022
Robert J. Muldoon, Jr., ’82, Somerville, July 4, 2022
Frederick M. Rowe, ’69, Santa Fe, January 11, 2022
Charles Paulson, ’83, Portland, June 12, 2022
Robert S. Goggin, ’95, Wayne, July 3, 2022
Eugene M. Purcell, ’98, Bluffton, June 6, 2022
Forrest Bowers, ’93, Lubbock, May 9, 2019
David A. Handzo, ’09, McLean, June 15, 2022