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Honorable Eileen A. Kato (Ret.) serves as Chair of the Fellows. She is a current Patron 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 retired from the bench in March of 2016. She is a graduate of University of Santa Clara School of Law, where she was Business Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. . Judge Kato currently serves as Treasurer on the Executive Committee for the International Organization for Judicial Training, as a consultant to the National Center for State Courts, as a faculty member of the National Judicial College, and as a volunteer for the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic.

She has also served as a board member for the American Bar Association, National Center for State Courts, Justice at Stake,, and Co-Founder and President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Judicial Council, member of the 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

Cynthia E. Nance (Cyndi) serves as Chair Elect 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 former 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 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 American Bar Association 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, 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

Darrell G. Mottley serves as Secretary of the Fellows. Mr. Mottley practices in the Washington D.C. office of the Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. law firm. Mr. Mottley is noted as a strategic advisor and counselor who analyzes global intellectual property issues from legal and business perspectives. He has worked extensively with starts-ups, privately and publicly held companies as virtual in-house counsel and as lead counsel on a wide array of intellectual property issues. He advises on disruptive innovation and high-technology intellectual property matters in a wide variety of fields, such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, internet-related technology, medical devices, and electro-mechanical technologies. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Mottley was an engineer in private practice, in the federal government and a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Mr. Mottley is a Past President of the District of Columbia Bar in Washington D.C. During his term as President, he emphasized lawyers should do more for access to justice and pro bono service for those in need. Mr. Mottley chaired the DC Bar Global Legal Practice Task Force studying the impact of globalization on the legal profession. 

Mr. Mottley is currently a board member of the Council for Court Excellence; and a board member of Rising For Justice (formerly DC Law Students in Court). Mr. Mottley is a former Chair, The DC Fellows, American Bar Foundation. He currently services as the Chair of the ABA Standing Committee for Trade in Legal Services. His past leadership and community service positions include: Executive Council, National Conference of Bar Presidents; Council of American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law; Chair, Editorial Board, American Bar Association, Landslide IP Law Magazine; and Industrial Advisory Council, Virginia Tech, College of Engineering.

Mr. Mottley is an Adjunct Faculty member of The George Washington University Law School and Howard University School of Law. Mr. Mottley is also contributing author to the Thomson Reuters published book, Navigating Fashion Law: Leading Lawyers on Exploring the Trends, Cases, and Strategies of Fashion Law, in which he authored the section “The Tools for Protecting Fashion Law Clients.”  Mr. Mottley has been rated a SuperLawyer by Thomson Reuters in 2020. Mr. Mottley has been named an IP Star in the United States and in the District of Columbia by Managing Intellectual Property in 2013-2020. Mr. Mottley is listed in the World’s Leading Patent Professionals for 2017-2020. He holds a law degree, with honors, from The George Washington University; a Masters of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech. 

Contact Mr. Mottley:
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
1100 13th Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC  20005
Office: (202) 824-3000


Ellen M. Jakovic serves as Immediate Past 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 American Bar Association and 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 since 2014. 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 Board of the Council for Court Excellence.  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 DC Bar Foundation, the Bar Association of DC and the Washington Foreign Law Society.  She received the Bar Association of DC’s Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award in 2014 and their Lawyer of the Year Award in 2019.

In addition to her bar association activities, Ms. Jakovic serves as Chair 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. She also currently serves on the Governing Board of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, which oversees the Washington National Cathedral and its sister institutions.  Ms. Jakovic served on the Board of Trustees of The Doane Stuart School, a co-educational, interfaith college preparatory school in Albany, New York, from 2001 to 2019.  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, and has served on the governing boards of St. Albans School, a boys college preparatory school in Washington, DC, the Harvard Club of Washington, DC, and the Friends of Harvard Women’s Softball. She currently is active on the Harvard Club’s Schools and Scholarships Committee.

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

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