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Fellows Awards

Nominations for the 2022 Fellows Awards are now open!
Please download the nomination form here

The deadline to submit is September 17, 2021.

Outstanding Service Award

The Fellows shall, on an annual basis, select a Fellow for the Outstanding Service Award, who has, in his or her professional career, adhered for more than thirty years* to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and to the service of the public.

*Prior to 2006, the Outstanding Service Award required fifty years of service.

Outstanding Scholar Award

The Fellows shall, on an annual basis, select a person, not necessarily a Fellow, for the Outstanding Scholar Award, who has engaged in outstanding scholarship in the law or in government.

Outstanding State Chair Award

The Fellows Officers shall, on an annual basis, select a current State Chair for the Outstanding State Chair Award, who has demonstrated a dedication to the work of the Foundation and the mission of the Fellows through exceptional efforts on behalf of the Fellows at the state level.

Distinguished Life Fellow Award

The Fellows shall, from time to time, select a Fellow to receive the Distinguished Life Fellow Award in recognition of a lifetime of sustained and significant professional achievement and public service.

For a full list of all previous award winners click here. 


We are pleased to announce the 2021 Fellows Awards honorees. The 65th Annual Fellows Awards Banquet will be held virtually on February 16, 2021.

Outstanding Service Award -- Professor Stephen A. Saltzburg The George Washington University

Stephen A. Saltzburg has taught at The George Washington University Law School since 1990.  In January 2004, he was named the Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor.  From 1990-2004, he was the Howrey Professor of Trial Advocacy, Litigation and Professional Responsibility.  Professor Saltzburg founded and became the Director of the Masters Program in Litigation and Dispute Resolution in 1996.  Before moving to George Washington, Professor Saltzburg taught at the University of Virginia School of Law from 1972 to 1990.  He was named the first Holder of the Class of 1962 Endowed Chair.  He co-founded the University of Virginia Law School Trial Advocacy Institute in 1981, which is now the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia Law School. 

 Professor Saltzburg served as Reporter for and then as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence.  He was the Reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Committee for the District of Columbia District Court and then became Chair of that Committee.  From 1987 to 1988, Professor Saltzburg served as Associate Independent Counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation.  In 1988 and 1989, Professor Saltzburg served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, and in 1989 and 1990 was the Attorney General's ex officio representative on the United States Sentencing Commission.  In June,1994, the Secretary of the Treasury appointed Professor Saltzburg as the Director of the Tax Refund Fraud Task Force, a position he held until January, 1995. He is a member of the ABA House of Delegates from the Criminal Justice Section (which he served as Chair in 2009).

 Professor Saltzburg is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on criminal law and procedure, evidence, litigation and trial advocacy. These include American Criminal Procedure (11th ed. 2018); Federal Rules of Evidence Manual (12th ed. 2019); Military Evidentiary Foundations (6th ed. 2016)); Military Rules of Evidence Manual (8th ed. 2015); Trying Cases to Win: In One Volume (2013); and Trying Cases to Win: In One Volume Student Edition (2020).

 He is a graduate of Dickinson College (1967) and the University Pennsylvania Law School (1970).  He clerked for the Hon. Stanley A. Weigel (N.D. Cal.), 1970-1971, and for the Hon. Thurgood Marshall, 1971-1972.

Outstanding Scholar Award -- Professor Laura E. GómezUniversity of California, Los Angeles 

Laura E. Gómez is the Rachel F. Moran Endowed Chair in Law at UCLA and Director of the Critical Race Studies Program (and was a co-founder in 2000). Her 2020 book Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism has been called “pioneering,” “insightful,” “incisive,” “bold,” and “required reading.” Previous books include Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race. She has four degrees from Harvard and Stanford and was the first Mexican American woman in the U.S. to earn both a law degree (1992) and a PhD (1994). She clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and has previously served as Interim Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA and Vice Dean of the UCLA law school.  Laura holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Chicana/Chicano Studies & Central American Studies.

       Outstanding State Chair Award

Elwood F. Cahill, Jr.Louisiana State Co-Chair

Mr. Cahill is a founding member of the Business Group of Sher, Garner, Cahill, Richter, Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. in New Orleans. His practice is concentrated in commercial real estate, business and finance law, as well as creditors' rights, workouts and foreclosures and commercial bankruptcy and other commercial transactions. Mr. Cahill works closely with many professional and trade organizations, including the American Bar Association’s Sections of Business Law, and Real Property Probate & Trust Law, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Mr. Cahill is a Fellow and the current Louisiana State Co-Chair of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow and former President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He is also a former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Children’s Hospital in New Orleans and is active in the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

Frank X. Neuner, Jr., Louisiana State Co-Chair

Frank X. Neuner, Jr., a partner at NeunerPate based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Prior to his appointment to LSC’s Board of Directors, he was a member of LSC’s Governance and Performance Review Committee and Operations and Regulations Committee. He also serves on LSC’s Disaster Task Force and Co-Chair LSC’s Eviction Task Force.

As a founder and Managing Partner of NeunerPate, Mr. Neuner oversees a law firm that has grown from four lawyers with a staff of four to 29 lawyers with a staff of 70. His practices focuses on commercial litigation, admiralty and maritime law, insurance employment law, and toxic tort litigation. 

He is the Chairman of the Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) and the President of the Louisiana Client Assistance Foundation (LCAF).  He is a past Chair of the Louisiana Public Defender Board, having served from 2008 to 2013. In this role, he led the drive for legislation to provide defense for the indigent. He is also a past President of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is a member of numerous professional and community services organizations. He is a past President and Campaign Chair of the United Way of Acadiana, past Chair of One Acadiana, Inc., and Co-Chair of the Lafayette Outreach for Civil Justice.

He is a recipient of the ABA Solo & Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award, the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2013 Distinguished Attorney Award, Louisiana State University Law School Distinguished Alumni of the Year in 2008 and been listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2004.

He holds a B.S. and a J.D. from Louisiana State University.  He has been married to Tracy Neuner for 49 years and have four children and 5 grandchildren.

Distinguished Life Fellow Award -- James J. SandmanUniversity of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Jim Sandman is Distinguished Lecturer and Senior Consultant to the Future of the Profession Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. He is also President Emeritus of the Legal Services Corporation, the United States’ largest funder of civil legal aid programs. Jim served as President of LSC from 2011 to February of 2020.

Jim practiced for 30 years with the international, Washington-based law firm of Arnold & Porter. He served as the firm’s Managing Partner for a decade.   Immediately prior to joining the Legal Services Corporation, he served for three years as General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools.  He is a past President of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar.

Jim is currently Chair of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Legal Issues Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic. He is Chair of the Board of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Vice Chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission,  and a member of the American Law Institute, the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, the District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Committee,  and the advisory board of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. He is a member of boards of the Pro Bono Institute, Albany Law School, the College of Saint Rose, and Washington Performing Arts.

Jim previously served as chair of the District of Columbia Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, as a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services, as Chairman of the Boards of the Meyer Foundation and of Whitman-Walker Health, and as a member of the boards of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia, the International Senior Lawyers Project, the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education, and Wilkes University.

Jim was named one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years” by the Legal Times in 2008. The University of Pennsylvania Law School has honored him with its Alumni Award of Merit and its Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award. He has also received the American Bar Association’s Presidential Citation; the District of Columbia Bar’s highest honor, the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Award; the Wiley A. Branton Award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Legal Rights and Urban Affairs; the Hugh A. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia; the D.C. Commission on Human Rights’ Cornelius R. Alexander Humanitarian Award; the Washington Council of Lawyers’ Presidents’ Award; the Council for Court’s Excellence’s Justice Potter Steward Award; and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland's Louis Stokes Paragon Award. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the College of Saint Rose and has received Villanova University’s Medallion Award. He has given commencement addresses at the College of Saint Rose, Villanova Law School, Rutgers Law School, and the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

Jim is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Executive Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Max Rosenn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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