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Deborah L. Rhode is 2014 Recipient of Outstanding Scholar Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

January 27, 2014, Press releases


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Renowned legal scholar will be honored at ABA Midyear event in February 

CHICAGO, January 27, 2014 – Deborah L. Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and Director of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University, will receive the Outstanding Scholar Award from The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation on Saturday, February 8 from 6 – 10pm at The Murphy Chicago. The Outstanding Scholar Award is given annually by The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation to a member of the academy who has engaged in outstanding scholarship in the law or in government.

Robert A. Clifford and Clifford Law Offices are the Presenting Sponsors of the 2014 banquet, one of several events being hosted by The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation during the Midyear Meeting of the American Bar Association. Keynote remarks will be given by former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Professor Rhode is Founding President of the International Association of Legal Ethics, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Vice Chair of the Board of Legal Momentum. Her past positions include: Former President of the Association of American Law Schools, Former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, Founding Director of Stanford’s Center on Ethics, Former Trustee of Yale University, and Former Director of Stanford’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

Rhode 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. 

Professor Rhode 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.

“Throughout her distinguished career, Professor Rhode has become a highly lauded and frequently cited scholar on legal ethics,” said Don Slesnick, Chair of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. “From her ground-breaking work on access to justice to her unique contributions to research on gender and the law, Rhode’s prolific career  exemplifies the type of outstanding scholarship that The Fellows of The American Bar Foundation seeks to recognize through the Outstanding Scholar Award.”

Also receiving awards at the Chicago event will be Hon. Patricia M. Wald, for Outstanding Service, and Henry M. Coxe III and A. Joshua Markus for Outstanding Fellows State Chairs.

 Program details:         

 WHAT:            The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Annual Award Reception and Banquet

WHEN:            Saturday, February 8, 6:00pm – 10:00 pm

WHERE:         The Murphy Chicago

                           50 E. Erie St.

                           Chicago, IL 60611

This is a ticketed event. Please click here for registration information. For general event information, contact or call 800-292-5065.

 The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

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