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Cara Lee Neville

Honorable Cara Lee T. Neville (Ret.) is the Immediate Past Chair of The Fellows. Judge Neville is immediate past Secretary of the ABA, served two terms on the ABA’s Board of Governors, has served as a member of the House of Delegates for more than 25 years, and served on the ABA Nominating Committee as State Delegate from Minnesota. She currently serves on the councils for the ABA Center for Human Rights, International Law, and the Trial, Torts, and Insurance Sections. She chaired the Coordinating Council of the ABA Justice Center, Coalition for Justice, and the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section. Judge Neville is past President of the National Association of Women Judges and Amdahl Inns of Court. Judge Neville is a past member of the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and served on the Judges Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Judicature Society and a "founding mother" of the Minnesota Women Lawyers Association and currently serves on their advisory committee and in the Assembly of the Minnesota State Bar Association. 

Judge Neville was one of the eleven Commissioners nationally who wrote the Model Code of Judicial Conduct, chaired the ABA Judicial Division’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee, the National Association of Women Judges Ethics Committee, the American Judicature Ethics Committee, and served on the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee to revise the Minnesota Judicial Code.

She is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, where in 2015; she was honored to receive the Honorable Warren E. Burger Distinguished Alumni Award, given to the graduate who exhibits the highest values and ethical standards while providing outstanding leadership within the Profession. Judge Neville has been named one of the schools most distinguished graduates and listed as one of 100 graduates who have made a difference. In 2016, she was awarded the Professional Excellence Award by the Minnesota State Bar Association. This award recognizes attorneys who strive to meet the many responsibilities of a lawyer, including efforts to improve the administration of justice and practice of law, efforts to promote access to justice, efforts to serve and govern the profession, and service of benefit to the community. Judge Neville is also a previous recipient of The Fellows’ Outstanding State Chair Award for the state of Minnesota.

 Judge Neville served approximately 30 years on the state of Minnesota’s District Court.  Having taken Senior Status, she now serves as President and founder of Benchmark National ADR, LLC which provides Alternative Dispute Resolution including serving the courts as a special master and providing private mediation and arbitration services.

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