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Fellows Awards

We are currently reviewing nominations for the 2015 Fellows Awards.  The 2015 Fellows Awards will be presented Saturday, February 7, 2015 in Houston, Texas at the Minute Maid Ballpark Stadium.

For a complete list of all previous Fellows Awards honorees click here.

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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.

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.

Distiguished Honoray Fellow

The Distinguished Honorary Fellow Award will be given from time to time to an Honorary Fellow in recognition of a lifetime of sustained and significant professional achievement and public service. Conferral of the Award is conditioned upon the recipient’s agreement to attend the Award presentation ceremony.

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


The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is pleased to annouce the 2014 Fellows Awards Honorees.  The 2014 Fellows Awards were  presented on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at the 58th Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet at The Murphy in Chicago, IL.

Outstanding Service Award-- The Honorable Patricia McGowan Wald

Patricia McGowan Wald served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for twenty years, from 1979-1999, including five years as Chief Judge. She was a member of the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern Europe Law Initiative Executive Committee from 1993-99, working on constitutional and judicial reform in that region’s emerging democracies.  In 1999, she was appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to serve as judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where she sat on the first ICTY Srebrenica genocide trial.  From 2002-2012, she was a member of the governing body of the OSI Justice Initiative, a member of the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, an advisor to the American Law Institute’s Sentencing Project and a Co-Chair of the Advisory Board to DLA-Piper’s New Perimeter Project.

She was also a member of the Advisory Committee to the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States.  Additionally, she served on the American Constitution Society’s Security and Justice Initiative Task Force.  A graduate of Yale Law School, Judge Wald also previously served as an attorney with the Mental Health Law Project, an attorney with the Center for Law and Social Policy, co-director of the Ford Foundation Drug Abuse Research Project, an attorney with the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, and as the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs in the Carter Administration’s Justice Department.  Judge Wald was the first woman of the D.C. Circuit bench and the first woman to head Legislative Affairs in the U.S. Department of Justice.  She was the recipient of the American Bar Association’s Medal of Honor in 2008. 

Since 2012 she has been a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and in 2013 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  She is the mother of five children and grandmother to ten.

Outstanding Scholar Award-- Professor Deborah L. Rhode

Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, the director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and the director of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.  She is the founding president of the International Association of Legal Ethics, the former president of the Association of American Law Schools, the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, the former founding director of Stanford’s Center on Ethics, a former trustee of Yale University, and the former director of Stanford’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender.  She also served as senior counsel to the minority members of the Judiciary Committee, the United States House of Representatives, on presidential impeachment issues during the Clinton administration.  She is the most frequently cited scholar on legal ethics.  She has received the American Bar Association’s Michael Franck award for contributions to the field of professional responsibility; the American Bar Foundation’s W. M. Keck Foundation Award for distinguished scholarship on legal ethics, the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for her work on expanding public service opportunities in law schools, and the White House’s Champion of Change award for a lifetime’s work in increasing access to justice.  She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and vice chair of the board of Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund).

 Professor Rhode graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Yale College and received her legal training from Yale Law School.  After clerking for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, she joined the Stanford faculty.  She is the author or coauthor of over twenty books and over 250 articles.  She also serves as a columnist for the National Law Journal and has also published editorials in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Slate.  Recent publications include The Beauty Bias, Women and Leadership, Legal Ethics, Gender and Law, Moral Leadership, and Access to Justice.


Outstanding State Chair Award-- 

Henry M. Coxe III, Florida State Co- Chair 

Henry M. Coxe III is a Life Fellow and State Co-Chair of The Florida Fellows. He served as President of The Florida Bar and President of The Jacksonville Bar Association.

A Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer since 1988, he has been the recipient of The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award, named the Jacksonville Financial/Daily News Lawyer of the Year, recipient of The Florida Bar President's Award of Merit, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) President's Award, and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid's Justice for All Award.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as a Delegate to the American Bar Association.  He served on the Board of Directors of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, and chaired the Disciplinary Grievance Committee of the U.S. District Court, Jacksonville Division, and The Florida Bar.

Mr. Coxe’s practice focuses on criminal defense in both state and federal courts.  He has served on the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and the Florida Supreme Court Innocence Commission; and the Judicial Nominating Commissions of the Fourth Circuit and First District Court of Appeal.  He is a Master of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court and for many years a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. 

 In four of the past five years, Mr. Coxe has been identified as one of the top 10 Florida lawyers in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, and a member of the Florida Legal Elite “Hall of Fame” by Florida Trend Magazine.  He was the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Steven M. Goldstein Criminal Justice Award presented by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the 2011 Selig Goldin Award from the Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar, and the 2012 Medal of Honor Award presented by The Florida Bar Foundation.

He is married to Mary (Wellesley, Duke Law) and they have three children:  Katie (Penn, UF Law); Matson (Vanderbilt, University of North Carolina Law); and Anne English (Davidson, Columbia Law).

A. Joshua Markus, Florida State Co-Chair

Andrew J. (Josh) Markus is a shareholder at Carlton Fields, P.A. located in theMiami office of the Firm. He is the chair of the International Practice Group of the Firm as well as head of the Public Private Partnership Team for the Firm. He is also the Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the firm.  Josh is a graduate of Duke University, the University of Florida School of Law (J.D., with honors), and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LLM, magna cum laude). His practice involves representing US and non-US companies in international and domestic corporate transactions including joint ventures, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, public private partnerships and multi-jurisdictional projects. He also advises these companies on general corporate and commercial matters with particular focus on electronic commerce, distribution of goods and services, direct marketing, advertising and entertainment oriented matters and general corporate operational matters in cable and satellite television, sports (particularly soccer) and wholesale and retail consumer products.

 Mr. Markus is Board Certified as an International Lawyer inFlorida.  He is the author of numerous articles and publications and is a frequent speaker on international law topics.