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Reginald M. Turner serves as Chair of the Fellows. Mr. Turner is a member of Clark Hill’s Executive Committee, Government Policy Group, and Labor and Employment Practice Group. Reginald is named in the peer review guides Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers®, as well as the Michigan Chronicle Power 50DBusiness Top LawyersCrain’s Detroit Business Power Lawyers and Crain’s Most Connected.  He has been identified by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and Best Lawyers as a Lawyer of the Year.

Reginald has successfully litigated commercial, employment, class action and public policy matters in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. He regularly counsels clients in negotiation, drafting and administration of labor and employment contracts in the private and public sectors. Reginald is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Employers, the American Arbitration Association’s Michigan Employment Advisory Council and the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Section Council.

As an experienced lobbyist, Reginald advocates effectively for corporate clients in federal, state and local matters. He has significant government service experience at all three levels.  Reginald served as a White House Fellow under President Bill Clinton, and worked for U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretaries Henry Cisneros and Andrew Cuomo. He has also had gubernatorial, mayoral and county executive appointments in Michigan.

Reginald is a director of Comerica, Inc., one of the nation’s largest financial institutions. He chairs the board’s Enterprise Risk Committee, and serves on the Audit Committee and the Qualified Legal Compliance Committee. Reginald is also a director of Masco Corporation, one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand name products for new home construction and home improvement. He serves on the board’s Audit Committee and Governance Committee.

Reginald is a past president of the National Bar Association and past president of the State Bar of Michigan. He has served as the State Delegate for Michigan in the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and he is a past chair of the ABA House of Delegates Rules & Calendar Committee, the Committee on Issues of Concern to the Profession, and the Committee on Credentials and Admissions. Reginald is also a past chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and the Commission on the Lawyer's Role in Assuring Every Child a Quality Education. He is a Life Benefactor Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor reserved to less than 1 percent of lawyers in each state.

Reginald is active in public service and civic and charitable organizations. He is chairman of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation,  vice chairman of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and a trustee of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. He is a past chair of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and past vice-chair of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

In 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Reginald to the Michigan State Board of Education and he won a statewide election for a full term in 2006. From 2000-2003, Reginald represented Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer on the Detroit Board of Education. He has previously served as Secretary of the Wayne County Airport Authority, as Secretary of the Wayne County Business Development Corporation, on Governor John Engler’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Michigan Gaming, as chairman of the City of Detroit Board of Ethics, and on the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

Contact Mr. Turner:
Clark Hill PLC
500 Woodward Avenue Suite 3500
Detroit, MI  48226-3485
Office: (313) 965-8300
Email: 

Ellen M. Jakovic serves as Chair-Elect of the Fellows. Ms. Jakovic is a past Chair of the Washington, DC Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. She is a recipient of the 2013 Fellows Outstanding State Chair Award.

Ms. Jakovic is a partner in the antitrust group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she advises clients on the antitrust aspects of complex mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures and coordinates U.S. and international merger control filing and clearance efforts. She is an active member of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association and recently served as co-editor for the fifth edition (2015) of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Premerger Notification Practice Manual. She has been named to the Washington DC Super Lawyers list for the past five years. Ms. Jakovic is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, magna cum laude, and Harvard Law School, where she served on the Board of Student Advisers.

A leader in the DC legal community, Ms. Jakovic currently serves on the Boards of the Council for Court Excellence and the DC Bar Foundation.  Ms. Jakovic is a Past President of The Barristers, the Women’s Bar Association of DC, and the Women’s Bar Association Foundation.  She also has served on the governing boards of the DC Bar, the Bar Association of DC and the Washington Foreign Law Society.  She is the 2014-15 recipient of the Bar Association of DC’s Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award.

In addition to her bar association activities, Ms. Jakovic serves as Secretary of the Governing Board of the National Cathedral School, a girls college preparatory school in Washington, DC, and is a past co-chair of the school’s Annual Fund and Capital Campaign. Ms. Jakovic has served on the Board of Trustees of The Doane Stuart School, a co-educational, interfaith college preparatory school in Albany, New York, since 2001.  In 2006, Ms. Jakovic received the school’s Right Reverend David Standish Ball Distinguished Trustee Award for extraordinary service and dedication to the school’s mission and, in 2013, she received the schools’ Distinguished Alumni Award. Ms. Jakovic is a Past Chair of the Board of CCBC Children’s Center, a preschool in Northwest Washington, DC, a past member of the Governing Board of St. Albans School, a boys college preparatory school in Washington, DC, and a past member of the Board of the Harvard Club of Washington, DC. She currently is active on the Harvard Club’s Schools and Scholarships Committee and is a member of the Board of the Friends of Harvard Women’s Softball.

Contact Ms. Jakovic:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
655 15th Street N.W. Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005-5720
Office: (202) 879-5915
Email: 

Honorable Eileen A. Kato (Ret.) serves as the Secretary of the Fellows. She is a current Life Fellow and a past Chair of the Washington Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Judge Kato was appointed to the King County District Court (Seattle) in June of 1994, and recently retired from the bench in March of 2016. She is a graduate of University of Santa Clara School of Law. Judge Kato currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Bar Association, as a consultant to the National Center for State Courts, as a faculty member of the National Judicial College, as an executive committee member of the International Organization for Judicial Training, and as a volunteer for the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic.

She has also served as a board member for the National Center for State Courts, Justice at Stake, President of the Washington State District and the Municipal Court Judges Association (DMCJA), Chair of the DMCJA Education Committee, Chair of the DMCJA DUI Regional Education Programs, President of the National Asian Pacific Americna Bar Association Judicial Council, ABA Justice Kennedy Commission on Sentencing, ABA Judge's Journal Editorial Board, and Chair of the ABA Judicial Division Conference of Specialized Court Judges. Judge Kato is a frequent speaker and presenter at local, national, and international conferences and forums. 

Contact Judge Kato:
Hon. Eileen A. Kato (Ret.)
P. O. Box 28241
Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: (206) 779-3709
Email: 

Rew R. Goodenow serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Fellows. Mr. Goodenow is a shareholder and a former director in the law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer. His practice includes commercial and corporate contract drafting, litigation and insolvency work for a wide range of local, statewide, national, and international clients. Mr. Goodenow authored Nevada’s original limited liability company act and the book Nevada Business Entities. He lectures and writes extensively at meetings of local bar associations in Nevada and at meetings of the American Bar Association on the subject of limited liability companies. Mr. Goodenow currently serves on the Board of Governors of the ABA and on the Board of Visitors of the National Judicial College. During 2006 and 2007, he served as president of the State Bar of Nevada. He is also past president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. 

Mr. Goodenow received his law degree from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 1988, where he was an editor of the Iowa Law Review. He is the past chair on the editorial board of the ABA Journal. His undergraduate degree is from Tulane University. When he is not at work, Mr. Goodenow enjoys spending time with his wife Susan and their four daughters, Sarah, Emily, Allison and Lindsey. Mr. Goodenow practices with the philosophy that in order to be a competent transaction lawyer, you have to know your way to the courthouse.

Contact Mr. Goodenow:
Parsons Behle & Latimer
50 W. Liberty Street Suite 750
Reno, NV  89501-1970
Office: (775) 323-1601
Email: 

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