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Fellows Events at the 2016 ABA Midyear Meeting

  • When: February 3–7, 2016
  • Where: San Diego, California

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Online registration is now closed.  To register for any of these events, please visit The Fellows registration desk at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place in San Diego.  The registration desk will be open Thursday, February 4-Saturday, February 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you in San Diego! 



Wednesday, February 3, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, February 4, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday, February 5, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, February 6. 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Complimentary ribbons are available to Fellows who visit The Fellows registration desk near ABA registration.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fellows Opening Reception

The Maritime Museum, Steam Ferry Berkeley
1492 N. Harbor Drive
 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Ticketed Event
For those not familiar with the Maritime Museum of San Diego, this landmark enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels.  Join us as we kick off the weekend of Fellows events aboard the permanently docked historic 1898 steam ferry Berkeley with Judge M. Margaret McKeown introducing our musical guests, the Paula Boggs Band!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Fellows Tour: San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Drive
9:30am – 12:30pm
Ticketed Event
Enjoy a VIP experience at the San Diego Zoo! During a 90-minute private tour, an experienced educator will introduce you to the incredible animals and plants living at the San Diego Zoo.  Get behind-the-scenes access with a special look at an off-exhibit area.  Roundtrip shuttle bus service to the zoo will depart from the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

CLE Research Seminar: Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities

Co-sponsored by the American Bar Foundation
10:00am – 11:30 am
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place

Evenwel v. Abbott: Should electoral districts be drawn by counting only voters, rather than all residents counted by the decennial census?

Moderator: Maria Blanco, UC Davis School of Law
Panelists: Thomas A. Saenz, President & General Counsel, MALDEF; John Eastman, Chapman University; Rachel Moran, William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity, American Bar Foundation and Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA Law


Fellows CLE Research Seminar – The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity and Mobility (CLE Requested)

A Project of the American Bar Foundation Co-Directed by Rachel F. Moran and Robert L. Nelson
2:00pm – 4:30pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place

The Latino population is currently projected to account for nearly 30% of our nation’s population by 2050. As a result, the future of Latinos in the United States will significantly shape the prospects and wellbeing of the country as a whole. At present, there are significant disparities between Latinos on the one hand and Whites and Asian Americans on the other as measured by indicators like rates of educational attainment, median income, median wealth, and political participation. The purpose of this program, like that of the project overall, is to imagine the different futures of Latinos that are possible by 2050. Our goal is to identify mistakes we cannot afford to make as well as opportunities we cannot afford to miss. This program is co-sponsored by the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, ABA Commission on Hispanic Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Immigration, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, ABA Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission, ABA Young Lawyers Division, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, National Association of Women Lawyers, and National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.

Manny MedranoTrial Lawyer and Broadcast Journalist

Rachel F. Moran, William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity, American Bar Foundation; Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA Law

Robert L. Nelson, MacCrate Research Chair in the Legal Profession,  American Bar Foundation; Professor of Sociology and Law, Northwestern University

Luz Herrera, Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, Experiential Learning, and Public Service, UCLA Law

R. Alexander AcostaChair, ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities; Dean, College of Law at Florida International University

Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director, California Bar Foundation

David Gutierrez, Ph.D., Professor & Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher, UC San Diego

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel at MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NH, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, contact Natalie Shoop at


60th Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet

6:00pm – 10:00pm

San Diego Natural History Museum
Balboa Park, 1788 El Prado

Ticketed Event
Roundtrip shuttle bus service  will depart from the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

Presenting Sponsor:


2016 Fellows Awards Recipients
Outstanding Service: Llewelyn G. Pritchard, Esq.
Outstanding Scholar: Professor Kimberle W. Crenshaw
Outstanding State Chairs: Barbara J. Gislason, Esq. and Honorable John R. Tunheim, Minnesota
Life Fellow Achievement Award: Selma Moidel Smith, Esq.

Keynote Speaker: 

Linda Hirshman

Linda Hirshman

Linda Hirshman is a lawyer, cultural historian, and the author of SISTERS IN LAW: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution and many other books. She received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she has taught philosophy and women’s studies at Brandeis University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and POLITICO.

For information about being a table sponsor at The Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet, or recognizing Award Honorees or our Keynote Speaker in the Banquet Program Book, please contact Natalie Shoop at (312) 988-6533 or

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fellows State Chair Orientation

10:30am – 12:00pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place
This workshop is a great opportunity for State Chairs (new and experienced) to interact with the Fellows staff and officers and learn more about the role of a State Chair.

Fellows State Chair Luncheon

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place
A business and recognition lunch for Fellows State Chairs.

Fellows Sing-along

Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place
What better way to top off a long day meetings than with a relaxed evening of sing-along favorites?  Bring a friend and enjoy this lively Fellows tradition.  Not much of a singer? No problem! Join us for a nightcap and enjoy the entertainment.

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