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Ellen M. Jakovic serves as Chair of the Fellows. Ms. Jakovic is a past Chair of the Washington, DC Fellows of the 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 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 Chair Elect of the Fellows. She is a current Life Fellow and a past Chair of the Washington Fellows of the 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 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: 
Cynthia E. Nance (Cyndi) serves as Secretary of the Fellows. She is Dean 
Emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor at the University of Arkansas
School of Law. Ms. Nance earned her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from
Chicago State University. She holds a J.D., with distinction, from the University
of Iowa College of Law and an M.A. from the University of Iowa College of
Business. She joined the Arkansas Law faculty as an assistant professor in 1994,
and served as dean of the law school from 2006-2011. She teaches Labor and
Employment Law, Workplace Legislation and Poverty Law.

Professor Nance is the Eighth Circuit Member of the Association (ABA) Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, and represents the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section in in House of Delegates. Nance is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and an elected member of its Board of Governors. She is also an elected member of the American Law Institute and The Labor Law Group, and serves on the Arkansas Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission. She is also a former member of the Council Member of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.

Nance is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association Commission on Diversity and the Arkansas Bar Foundation Trust Committee. An Association of American Law Schools Founding Fellow, she is a former chair of the Association’s Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination sections. Nance also previously served on the Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, the National Association of Law Placement Foundation Board and the Arkansas Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Committee. Nance is a member of the Harold Flowers Law Society, an affiliate of the National Bar Association, the International Women's Forum, Arkansas Forum and a Board Member of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame. She formerly served on the boards of WelcomeHealth and Bikes, Blues and Barbecue of Northwest Arkansas. (Her bike is a Harley named Beatus meaning “blessed”.)

A member of the Phi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Professor Nance currently serves on the Graduate Advisor’s Council and as faculty Advisor to the Kappa Iota Chapter. She previously served in leadership roles including the positions of Vice-president and President and is a charter member of the Phi Alpha Omega Chapter. Additional examples of her commitment to service include her past roles as a member of the Law School Admissions Council Board of Trustees, the Interfaith Worker Justice Board, the Advisory Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and as an Anti-Racism Trainer for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She served as a member of the Greensboro Massacre Truth and Reconciliation Commission Advisory Group, and the Boards of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Arkansas ACLU, Sources for Independent Living, AFSCME Local 965, the Women's Foundation of Arkansas, and the Northwest Arkansas Workers' Center.

Professor Nance’s articles appear in journals including the Iowa Law ReviewBerkeley Journal of Employment and Labor LawIowa Law ReviewRutgers Law Review and Brandeis Law Review. She has given presentations on various legal and educational issues nationally as well as in Mexico, Brunei, Singapore and Ukraine. She served as keynote speaker for the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas' inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

She has received various awards for her outstanding service, including the Association Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement, Arthur A. Fletcher Award of the American Association for Affirmative Action, the Association Spirit of Excellence Award, Arkansas Bar Association Outstanding Lawyer-Citizen Award, and the University of Arkansas, Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Public Service. She is a recipient of the Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Commission Individual Achievement Award, and was recognized as one of Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine's "25 Women Making a Difference," as a "Woman of Influence" by Arkansas Business, and as one of the most influential lawyers on Twitter by On Being a Black Lawyer. She has been featured as one of Arkansas 12 Most Powerful Women by AY Magazine and Talk Business Quarterly. Professor Nance is also the inaugural recipient of the Harold Flowers Association's Judge Andree Layton Roaf Award of Excellence, and received the Women Law Students' Gayle Pettus Pontz award. In 2016, Nance received the Community Leader Award from the Northwest Arkansas Worker Justice Center. Professor Nance views as her most special honor the fact that in 2009, the University of Arkansas' Black Law Students Association Chapter renamed its chapter the Cynthia E. Nance Chapter of BLSA.

Contact Dean Nance:
University of Arkansas School of Law
WATR 225 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Office: (479) 575-2403
Email: 

Reginald M. Turner serves as Immediate Past 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 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 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: 

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