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The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Select 2022-23 Fellows Officers

September 12, 2022, Press releases

CHICAGO, September 12The American Bar Foundation Fellows officers have selected Darrell G. Mottley of Banner Witcoff, Ltd. to serve as Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) for the next fiscal year.

"I am humbled and honored to serve as Chair of the Fellows for the next year," said Darrell Mottley. "I look forward to continuing the board’s work of advancing the ABF's research and supporting our community of diverse and talented lawyers and legal scholars." 

Mottley will lead the Fellows alongside chair-elect Laura V. Farber, partner at the Pasadena law firm Hahn & Hahn LLP; secretary Frank X. Neuner, Jr., founder and managing partner of corporate defense firm NeunerPate; and immediate past chair Cynthia E. Nance, Dean and the Nathan G. Gordon Professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law. 

Established in 1955,  the Fellows of the ABF is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Fellows support the research of the American Bar Foundation through annual contributions and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to the legal profession.

About the ABF Fellows Officers 

Darrell G. Mottley practices in the Washington, D.C. office of Banner Witcoff, Ltd. He is noted as a strategic advisor and counselor who analyzes global intellectual property issues from legal and business perspectives. Mottley is a past president of the District of Columbia Bar in Washington, D.C. and is an ABF Life Fellow.

Laura V. Faber is a partner in the Pasadena law firm of Hahn & Hahn LLP. She practices civil litigation with an emphasis in employment disputes and counsels clients in employment and a variety of other matters. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Farber is an ABF Patron Fellow. 

Frank X. Neuner Jr. is a founder and the managing partner of NeunerPate, based in Lafayette, LouisianaHis practice focuses on commercial litigation, admiralty and maritime law, and insurance employment lawNeuner serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Services Corporation and is an ABF Patron Fellow.  

Cynthia E. Nance is the Dean and Nathan G. Gordon Professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law. Her teaching and scholarship focus on labor and employment law, workplace legislation, poverty law, and Lawyers as Leaders. She is also a member of the Arkansas Bar Association Commission on Diversity, the Arkansas Bar Foundation Trust Committee, and the Arkansas Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission. Nance is an ABF Patron Fellow.

Read more about the Fellows Officers here. 


About the American Bar Foundation 

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is among the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. The ABF seeks to expand knowledge and advance justice through innovative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous empirical research on law, legal processes, and legal institutions. To further this mission the ABF will produce timely, cutting-edge research of the highest quality to inform and guide the legal profession, the academy, and society in the United States and internationally. The ABF’s primary funding is provided by the American Bar Endowment and the Fellows of The American Bar Foundation.

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