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Fellows Awards

**We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Fellows Awards- click here to download a nomination form** 

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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.


We are pleased to announce the 2018 Fellows Awards honorees.  The 62nd Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet will take place on February 3, 2018 at The Vancouver Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Outstanding Service Award-- Hon. Ernestine Steward Gray

Ernestine Steward Gray was first elected to the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, Section "A", on November 6, 1984 where she has served with distinction for 33 years. A native of South Carolina, Judge Gray received her early education in the public schools of Orangeburg, South Carolina. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Louisiana State University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate degree in 1976. Judge Gray was admitted to the Louisiana Bar on October 2, 1976. Before Judge Gray's election to the bench, she was engaged in the private practice of law. She also worked with the Baton Rouge Legal Aid Society where she handled hundreds of family law cases. In November, 1977 she was hired by the Louisiana Attorney General, William J. Guste, Jr., to work in the Anti-trust Unit. In December, 1979 she became a trial attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a position which she held until she resigned to become a candidate for judge. She is the Past President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, National CASA, the local YWCA, YMCA and Volunteers of America Boards of Directors. Judge Gray has received national recognition for her work and is in great demand as a presenter and speaker on the local, state, and national levels. She regularly appears before the State Legislature to speak and provide information on issues relating to youth in both the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems. As well, she has been invited to speak before committees of the United States Congress. She is the recipient of many awards, included among them: 2013 CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award; 2011 Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorney’s Trailblazer Award, for steadfast leadership and dedication to blazing new trails in Louisiana legal community; 2008 Honorary Membership, Louisiana Chapter of the Order of the Coif ; 2004 Recipient of Spirit of Crazy Horse Award Reclaiming Youth International; 2002 Albert Elias Award for Advancement of Compassionate Care of Troubled Youth, National Council on Crime and Delinquency; 2000 Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, recognition for Achievements that have made the future safer and brighter for children and families in America’s communities; and the 1995 American Bar Association Franklin D. Flaschner Judicial Award. Judge Gray is married to James A. Gray II. They have two children, Attorney Cheryl Gray Evans and James A. Gray III, a chemical engineer and attorney. She has four grandchildren: Morgan Gray, Moriah Gray, James A. Gray IV and Emory Steward Evans.


Outstanding Scholar Award-- Professor Carrie Menkel-MeadowUniversity of California,  Irvine

Carrie Menkel-Meadow is the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine and A.B. Chettle Jr. Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure Emerita at Georgetown University Law Center. She is one of the founders of the modern legal dispute resolution field and has been teaching negotiation, mediation and related subjects for over 35 years. She has published over 15 books and 200 articles in the field, including Mediation and Its Applications for Good Decision Making and Dispute Resolution (2016); Dispute Resolution Beyond the Adversary Model (2nd ed. 2011); Negotiation: Processes for Problem Solving (2nd ed. 2014); Mediation: Practice, Policy and Ethics (2nd ed. 2013); What’s Fair: Ethics for Negotiators (2004); and a three volume edited treatise Complex Dispute Resolution: Foundations, Decision Making, Multi-Party Dispute Resolution and International Dispute Resolution (2012). She was the first recipient of the American Bar Association’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Dispute Resolution (2011), for her work in conceptualizing the role of the lawyer as “problem-solver” and has won the Center for Public Resources Award for Best Scholarly article on dispute resolution three times (1983, 1991 and 1998). She has also won numerous awards for her teaching. Professor Menkel-Meadow has taught law and dispute resolution to diplomats, lawyers, law students, mediators, government officials and ordinary citizens in 26 countries (on seven continents). She is an active mediator and arbitrator, as well as policy and strategic planning facilitator, and has consulted for the World Bank, United Nations, the Federal Judicial Center and federal and state courts, and the International Red Cross on matters of conflict resolution and dispute system design. She has also worked on peace in the Middle East, transnational legal issues in Europe, transitional justice in South America, and new forms of economic cooperation and dispute resolution and legal education in Asia. Professor Menkel-Meadow graduated cum laude Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, magna cum laude, B.A. (in sociology) and Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has been awarded many honorary doctorates, most recently Honorary Doctorate in Human Sciences from the KU University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2016. She has taught at the Law Schools of the University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Los Angeles, Georgetown University and the University of California, Irvine, and as a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Torino (Italy), Haifa University (Israel), National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), University of Toronto, University of Buenos Aires, Alberto Hurtado University (Chile) and INCAE (Costa Rica and Nicaragua), among others. She served on the Board of the American Bar Foundation from 1994-2004, serving on its Executive Committee and as Secretary of the Board).

Outstanding State Chair Award --  Pennsylvania State Fellows Co-Chairs

Mitchell L. Bach, Esq., Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Mitchell Bach, a Member of the firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, in Philadelphia, is a trial lawyer specializing in complex commercial litigation. Mr. Bach is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Bach has experience in a wide variety of civil matters including securities fraud, RICO, construction litigation, intellectual property litigation, environmental litigation, banking litigation, and major commercial disputes. In addition to traditional litigation, Mr. Bach is skilled in the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques, having made innovative use of ADR since long before ADR achieved wide scale recognition. Mr. Bach also acts as outside general counsel to a number of closely-held companies in the Delaware Valley, providing day-to-day advice regarding business issues and transactions, with a view toward prevention of litigation and cost-efficient solutions to business problems. Mr. Bach is a long-standing member of both the Section of Business Law and the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association (ABA). He was appointed as Chair of the ABA Section of Business Law’s Committee on Corporate and Business Litigation, and Chair of its Business Courts Subcommittee. Mr. Bach was appointed as one of the original Co-Chairs of the Business Litigation Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association; and played a key role in the organization and development of the Commerce Case Management Program of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, in 1999. He also is actively involved in the creation of other specialized business courts throughout the United States. Mr. Bach served as Chair of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and currently serves as Pennsylvania Co-Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
Mr. Bach graduated with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he returned to lecture in business law. He received his law degree, also with honors, from the law school of the University of Pennsylvania. Before entering private practice, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Masterson, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Professor Amelia Boss, Drexel University School of Law

Amy Boss is one of the nation's leading commercial law scholars. An expert on legal issues in electronic commerce and on codifying international commercial law through treaty, she is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and the first professor and second woman to have chaired the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. A member of the Permanent Editorial Board of the Uniform Commercial Code, Professor Boss has served on numerous drafting committees revising commercial law, particularly as it pertains to electronic commerce. She served as a member of the drafting committees preparing amendments to Articles 1, 2, and 2A of the Uniform Commercial Code, was a member of the drafting committee that drafted Article 2B (later the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act or UCITA), was ABA Advisor in the drafting of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UCITA), and participated in the drafting of the federal ESign Act. She currently serves as a member of the Drafting Committee to revise UCC Articles 1, 3 and 9 to deal with electronic home mortgage notes. She also has served as an adviser and as the U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on issues relating to electronic commerce, representing the U.S. in the development of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce and the Model Law on Electronic Signatures. She has also worked with the U.N. Commission on Trade and Development and the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Council on issues involving electronic commerce. In 1998, The National Law Journal ranked Professor Boss as one of the 50 most influential women attorneys in the U.S. She has served as chair of the Commercial and Related Consumer Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, as a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Commercial Financial Lawyers, and on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance project, and on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Commercial Law.
Professor Boss has written scores of books, articles and reports on the uniform commercial code, electronic data transfer, leasing transactions and other topics, appearing in publications including the Tulane Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice and International Lawyer. She has been a faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law (where she was a professor and director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy) as well as Rutgers-Camden School of Law, and a visiting professor at University of Miami School of Law. She has taught in Japan, China, New Zealand, Ireland, Greece and Italy, and lectured throughout the world.

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