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Fellows Awards


Please download the ABF Fellows Nomination form here, or contact the Fellows Office at . Note: the deadline for submitting nominations is October 1, 2020.

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.

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


We are pleased to announce the 2020 Fellows Awards honorees.  The 64th Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet will take place on February 15, 2020 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, TX.

Outstanding Service Award -- Jamie S. Gorelick, Partner at WilmerHale

As one of Washington's best-known litigators, Ms. Gorelick has represented corporations and individuals in a wide array of matters, particularly in the regulatory and enforcement arenas.  Routinely listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in America,” she has been profiled as “A Legend in the Law” in the Washington Lawyer, and listed by the National Law Journal as one of the “Thirty Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years.”  She was recently recognized by the American Lawyer as a “Lifetime Achiever.”

Ms. Gorelick was one of the longest serving Deputy Attorneys General of the United States, the second highest position in the Department of Justice. She also served as General Counsel of the Department of Defense.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Gorelick was Vice Chair of the Task Force on the Audit, Inspection and Investigation Components of the Department of Defense. She was also Assistant to the Secretary and Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of Energy.

 Ms. Gorelick has served on numerous government boards and commissions. She is currently a member of the Department of Defense Policy Board. Previously, Ms. Gorelick was a member of the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the "9/11 Commission").  Ms. Gorelick has also been a leader in the bar.  She was President of the District of Columbia Bar, Chair of the ABA’s Commission on Legal Ethics 20/20, in the leadership of the Litigation Section, and a member of the ABA’s Committee on Professional Discipline. 

Jamie was a founder and board member of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and has served on many non-profit boards, including that of the National Women’s Law Center.  She chairs the Board of the Urban Institute.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute and the Trilateral Commission.  A former member of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, she has taught at both its Law School and the Kennedy School.

 Jamie is a member of the boards of Amazon and Verisign and previously served on the boards of United Technologies and Schlumberger.

Outstanding Scholar Award -- Professor Lauren B. EdelmanUniversity of California, Berkeley

Lauren B. Edelman is Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program (JSP). She has served as Associate Dean for JSP and as Director of the Center for the Study of Law & Society.  She was previously Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Edelman’s research addresses the interplay between organizations and their legal environments, focusing on employers’ responses to and constructions of civil rights laws, workers’ mobilization of legal rights, the impact of management practices on law and legal institutions, dispute resolution in organizations, school rights, empirical critical race studies, and employer accommodations of disabilities in the workplace. Her publications appear in the American Journal of Sociology, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Policy, Annual Review of Sociology, Annual Review of Law and Social Science and edited volumes. Her recent book, Working Law: Courts, Corporations and Symbolic Civil Rights, won the Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA), the George R. Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management, the Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the ASA, and honorable mention for the  C. Herman Pritchett Book Prize from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association.  She has also received a number of awards from the Law and Society Association (LSA) including the Article Prize, the Stanton Wheeler Mentorship Award, and the Harry J. Kalven Prize.  Edelman has also won a Guggenheim Fellowship, has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and was a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.  She has served as trustee, secretary, and president of LSA, chaired the Sociology of Law section of the American Sociological Association, served on the Board of the American Bar Foundation, and was elected to the Sociological Research Association. 

Outstanding State Chair Award -- New York State Fellows Co-Chairs

Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong, Eastern District of New York

Hon.Elizabeth S. Stong is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  Previously, she was a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and law clerk to U. S. District Judge David Mazzone.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council of the American Law Institute, board of the ABA Center for Innovation, and the Advisory Committee of the Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought and holds leadership roles in the International Insolvency Institute, Practising Law Institute, P.R.I.M.E. Finance, American Bar Foundation, and ABA Business Law Section, International Law Section, and Judicial Division. 

Her past positions include President of the Harvard Law School Association, Chair of the NCBJ International Judicial Relations Committee, and Chair of the New York City Bar ADR Committee.  She also served on the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Commission on Women in the Profession, and Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.

Judge Stong has trained judges in more than 25 countries on five continents, including Central Europe, North, Central and West Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula with the U.S. Commerce Department, the World Bank, ABA-ROLI, and INSOL, among other organizations.  She has consulted with the Supreme Court of China and People’s High Courts in Beijing and Guangzhou, and led judicial workshops in Cambodia, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.  She received the ABA Glass Cutter Award, the NYIC Hon. Cecelia Goetz Award, the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Freda Nisnewitz Award for Pro Bono Service, the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Judicial Service Award, and the MFY Legal Services Scales of Justice Award.  Judge Stong is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and St. John’s University School of Law.  She received her A.B. magna cum laude and her J.D. from Harvard University.

Kenneth G. Standard, Of Counsel and General Counsel Emeritus at Epstein Becker Green

 Kenneth G. Standard is Of Counsel in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice at Epstein Becker Green, and General Counsel Emeritus of the Firm, having served as its first General Counsel. Based in the New York office, he also is Chair Emeritus of the Firm's Diversity and Professional Development Committee, as well as Chair Emeritus of the Firm's Quality Assurance Committee. A member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association ("ABA") from 2010–2012 and again from 2012–2015, Mr. Standard also is a past President of the New York State Bar Association ("NYSBA"), the largest voluntary state bar association in the country. His counseling and litigation experience is extensive, encompassing both the private and public sectors. As lead or sole counsel, Mr. Standard has handled more than 40 matters to decision, in federal, state, and local trial and appellate courts, and administrative agencies.

Mr. Standard served as Assistant General Counsel, Labor Relations, Environmental and Benefit Plans, at Consolidated Edison Company of New York City during years when its workforce averaged about 15,000 employees. Before that, as Director of the Office of Legal Services of the New York City school system and its approximately 100,000 employees, he supervised a law department of approximately 25 attorneys and 20 support staff. Earlier, as Vice-President and Senior Counsel of the Products Division of what was then the Bristol-Myers Company, he was responsible for all legal matters of the Products Division and of the Monarch Crown government sales corporate subsidiary of the Bristol-Myers company. Included in those legal issues were labor and employment matters presented by the approximately 2,000 non-union employees of the two businesses. He hired the first female attorney in the Bristol-Myers legal department.

Mr. Standard has always had a strong commitment to making the legal profession more equitable and more reflective of the country's diverse population and this can be seen in his professional activities regionally, nationally and internationally. As president of the New York State Bar Association in 2004–2005, he developed a program for inner-city high school students to visit New York state law schools for a full day, meeting law students, faculty, and lawyers and attending mock law school classes. The program continues today, and each of the 15 law schools within the state has participated, a number of them multiple times. 

He is a long-time member of the ABA and of its House of Delegates and served on its Board of Governors from 2010 to 2015, chairing its Executive Compensation Committee from 2014–2015. He also has served as a member of several ABA entities, including the Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, the House of Delegates Resolution and Impact Review Committee, and the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and co-chairs the New York State Chapter of the Fellows. He has served two terms on the ABA's Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, most recently as Chairman.

Prior to becoming President of NYSBA, Mr. Standard held several other leadership positions: President-Elect, Chair of the House of Delegates, member-at-large of its Executive Committee, Vice-President, and Treasurer. He has served on many committees, including Judicial Selection, The Law Governing Firm Structure and Operation, Association Governance, Executive Director Search, and Minorities in the Profession. He has chaired the Association's Nominating Committee, its Committee on Diversity and Leadership Development, and its Committee on Judicial Selection. He recently retired as Co-Chair of NYSBA's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. He continues as a Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of NYSBA's International Section. Mr. Standard has given numerous CLE and other presentations in various parts of the United States, as well as in Austria, Chile, China, France, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Vietnam on issues and topics of interest to the global legal community. Mr. Standard is a Life Fellow of the NYSBA Foundation.

Mr. Standard has also served as chair or member of various committees of the New York City Bar Association, including the Nominating Committee, Lawyers in Transition, and Corporate Counsel. He also is a member of the New York State Chief Judge's Attorney Emeritus Advisory Council, whose mission is to foster pro bono efforts among retired and semi-retired attorneys. He is a former voting member of Empire Blue Cross-Blue Shield. In 2013, Mr. Standard was elected to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a Fellow, the highest recognition by one's colleagues of sustained, outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence. In 2015, he was elected to membership in the Management Attorneys Conference, an association of leading management-side labor and employment attorneys. In 2019, Mr. Standard was inducted into the Fred D. Gray Hall of Fame by the National Bar Association, in recognition of his many decades of dedication to the legal profession and pursuit of justice. The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students.

Mr. Standard has, over the years, held a variety of leadership posts at the 12,000 member Harvard Club of New York City, which was established in 1865, ultimately being elected the first minority President of the Club. While President, he led the planning, financing and building of a long-deferred, eight-story addition to the organization's landmark clubhouse. As Chair of the Club’s Athletics Committee in the 1970s, he appointed its first female members. Some years later, as President, he appointed the first female Chair of the Athletics Committee.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Standard served as a member of the Board of Directors of the VNSNY. He also has served as a member of the Board's Executive and Governance committees and as Chairman of the Board of the VNSNY Family Care Services subsidiary. In 2014, he elected to convert to the status of Director Emeritus. VNSNY is the largest not-for-profit home health care provider in the nation, where annually approximately 13,000 employees care for more than 135,000 patients who have acute and/or chronic health care needs.

Mr. Standard formerly served as a Director of the United Seamen's Service and he is past Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Aspirin Foundation of America. Crain's New York Business named Mr. Standard one of the "100 Most Powerful Minority Business Leaders in New York" in its most recent compilation. In 2014, Mr. Standard was recognized by his Epstein Becker Green colleagues with the Firm's Making a Difference Award, for his achievements in promoting diversity and inclusion, throughout his career. In July 2017, Mr. Standard was a panelist at the annual Aspen Institute Justice and Society week-long seminar.

A graduate of Harvard College and of Harvard Law School, Mr. Standard was honored in September 2017 with the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Award, for his service to Harvard University. Mr. Standard also earned an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from the New York University School of Law.

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