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Founder and CEO of the World Justice Project; Noted California Jurist to speak at Fellows Events

July 28, 2016, Press releases

William Neukom and Tino Cuéllar will keynote Fellows Events at ABA Annual

William H. Neukom

Photo courtesy of the World Justice Project

Chicago, IL — The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) will host their annual Business Breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The breakfast is one of several events being hosted by The Fellows of the ABF during the 2016 American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting, Aug. 3-7, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif.

Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Photo courtesy of the American Law Institute

The breakfast will include a fireside chat featuring keynote speaker William H. Neukom, founder and CEO of the World Justice Project, an organization dedicated to promoting rule of law throughout the world. Neukom is a retired partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates, an international law firm, and is a lecturer at Stanford Law School. He was lead counsel for Microsoft Corporation for nearly 25 years, managing its legal, government affairs, and philanthropic activities. He retired from Microsoft as its executive vice president of law and corporate affairs in 2002, then returned to his law firm and served as its chairman from 2003 to 2007. A trustee emeritus of Dartmouth College, he was chair of their board from 2004 to 2007. He is past president of the ABA, and was the CEO of the San Francisco Giants baseball team from 2008 to 2011. Neukom, a Life Leadership Fellow of the ABF, helped to establish the William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law, currently held by Rachel F. Moran, dean emerita and professor at UCLA School of Law.

Following the keynote, the Honorable Cara Lee T. Neville, Chair of The Fellows of the ABF, will recap the work of The Fellows and of the ABF over the past year, as well as discuss upcoming Fellows initiatives.

On Friday, Aug. 5, the Fellows will also hold their State Chair Luncheon to recognize the work of outgoing state, international, and territorial chairs. The luncheon will feature a keynote entitled “Perspectives on Law and Artificial Intelligence: Useful Tool or Computers Gone Wild?” from California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino “Tino” Cuéllar. Cuéllar serves on the board of the ABF. For this Annual Meeting, the State Chair Luncheon is open to all Fellows of the ABF.

This Business Breakfast and State Chair Luncheon are ticketed events. To register, please visit the ABF website or the Fellows registration table at Moscone Center West from Wednesday, Aug. 3 to Saturday, Aug. 6. Please note that registration for the ABA Annual Meeting is separate. For more information on the Fellows events, please email fellows@abfn.org or call 800-292-5065.

Event details:

WHAT:            Fellows Annual Business Breakfast

WHEN:            7:30-9:30 a.m.Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016

WHERE:         San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Salon 12-14, 780 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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WHAT:            Fellows State Chair Luncheon

WHEN:            12-1:30 p.m.Friday, Aug. 5, 2016

WHERE:         San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Nob Hill A/B, 780 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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