1 Speaker Biographies Linda Acevedo (TX) Linda Acevedo was selected in January of 2009 by the Commission for Lawyer Discipline and the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors to serve as Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the 88,000 member organization. Acevedo has served in the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel as first assistant, appellate counsel, trial counsel, corporate counsel, counsel to the local grievance committee, and liaison to the Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. She has been with the State Bar of Texas since 1985 and is certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Acevedo earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Texas and a J.D. from the University of Texas Law School. Linda Albert, LCSW, CSAC (CoLAP-WI) Linda Albert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received her Master s Degree from UW-Madison in Social Work. She has professional assessment/ treatment/referral competencies in the areas of addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma and illness impacted by stress. Linda has worked over the past 31 years as an administrator, consultant, trainer and psychotherapist in a variety of settings including providing services to impaired professionals. Linda has co-facilitated a research project on secondary traumatic stress and legal professionals resulting in two publications. She has done multiple presentations for conferences at the local, state and national level. Currently Linda is employed by the State Bar of Wisconsin as the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program Manager. Trey Apffel, Esquire (TX) Trey Apffel is the owner and principal of the Apffel Law Firm in League City, where he focuses on personal injury litigation, toxic torts, and medical malpractice. His practice also includes family law and divorce. He has practiced in Galveston County for more than 30 years. Apffel is currently serving as president of the State Bar of Texas and has served on the State Bar board of directors, as a member of the Executive Committee, and chaired the Legislative Policy Committee. He is a former member of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, a Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow, and served on the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Apffel is a member of the Galveston County Bar Association and served as the organization s president from 1996 to He is an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Apffel received a B.B.A. from Baylor University and a J.D. from Baylor Law School. He is certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mark A. Armitage (MI) Mark Armitage is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board, the adjudicative arm of the Michigan Supreme Court. Prior to working in the field of attorney regulation, he clerked for Judge John H. Shepherd of the Michigan Court of Appeals and engaged in a broad and general private practice. Mr. Armitage is a past president of the NOBC. He has lectured in law schools, at conferences, and at continuing legal education seminars on legal ethics, and has taught Professional Responsibility at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Wayne State University Law School, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He has served on various boards, including those of the Birmingham Area Cable Board, Common Cause in Michigan, and the Metropolitan Detroit Fair Housing Center, and on various committees, councils and sections of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. He is a fellow of the Michigan and American Bar Foundations. Mr. Armitage is a graduate of Albion College and of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
2 John T. Berry (FL) John T. Berry serves as The Florida Bar s Legal Division Director supervising the lawyer regulation and professionalism efforts. Prior to returning to The Florida Bar, he served as Executive Director of the State Bar of Michigan from Before joining the State Bar of Michigan in November 2000, he served as Director of the Center of Professionalism at the University of Florida s Levin College of Law. He has held previous positions as Assistant Executive Director of the State Bar of Arizona ( ), and as Staff Counsel and Legal Division Director of The Florida Bar ( ). Staff Counsel duties included supervision of lawyer regulation, unauthorized practice of law, ethics, professionalism and the advertising departments. He served for seven years as Florida Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Fraud Division, Orlando, Florida handling white collar and organized crime cases. Mr. Berry was trained and approved by the Florida Supreme Court as an instructor for judicial education. He is a frequent lecturer throughout the nation and the world, on ethics and professionalism. In addition, Mr. Berry is responsible for the establishment of The Florida Bar s and the State Bar of Arizona s Professional Enhancement Program (ethics school) where he participated as a main lecturer. He also was a member of over 15 consulting teams to other states evaluating their ethics and professionalism efforts. He served as liaison for the State Bar of Arizona to the ABA Ethics 2000 Commission and ABA Multijurisdictional Practice Commission. Mr. Berry served as chair of the ABA s Professionalism Committee ( ) and has served on the McKay Commission that evaluated lawyer regulation nationwide. He also has served on the ABA s Discipline Committee, Model Definition of Law Task Force and Bioethics Committee. Mr. Berry has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since He is an Officer of the National Organization of Bar Counsel and served as the organization s president in Mr. Berry was the 2001 recipient of the American Bar Association s Michael Franck Award. This award is the highest award given nationally by the ABA for achievement in the field of lawyer ethics, professionalism and conduct. In 2002, Mr. Berry was part of a two person Justice Department team sent to Nigeria to aid the country in dealing with corruption within its government, corporations and businesses. Mr. Berry received his B.A., magna cum laude, in political science from the University of Florida in 1973 and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in Paul J. Burgoyne (PA) Paul J. Burgoyne graduated from LaSalle College in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in The Christian Brothers have since had the good sense to gain University status, if only to try to eliminate any association with him. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree at Rutgers University School of Law - Camden in Well, earned is a bit misleading. They gave him the sheepskin so he would leave. Due in no small part to his mother s lighting candles and making novenas, he passed the bar exam and entered private practice. After five years in private practice limited to criminal defense, his partners grew weary of accounts receivable financing and cheese steaks, and suggested he move on. Legal Aid of Chester County, Pa. in West Chester hired him to try major cases on the recommendation of a college classmate who immediately left LACC. After the election of 1980, the Executive Director of LACC advised the staff raises will probably not be forthcoming for four to eight years. With a small son toddling around and a daughter on the way, he sought other employment. In a colossal, if momentary, lapse of judgment, the late Allan B. Zerfoss hired him and on December 7, 1981, he joined The Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Mr. Zerfoss often commented how prophetic Franklin Roosevelt had been about that date in history. Because of The Peter Principal and various mishaps befalling those above him in the chain-of-command, he was named Counsel-in-Charge of the Philadelphia Office in May In January 1993, he was named Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel, the second-ranking position in the statewide Office of Disciplinary Counsel. He served two non-consecutive terms as a Director-at- Large of the NOBC ( ; ), was its handwriting impaired Secretary ( ) and the math challenged Treasurer ( ). He is the current President-Elect ( ). If The Peter Principal had not already been written, it would no doubt be called The Paul Principal.
3 He is the Immediate Past President of the LaSalle University Alumni Association and Chair of the Council of Past Presidents. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 2009, he was honored, shocked and humbled to receive the NOBC President s Award. He has conducted seminars and participated in numerous panels discussing legal ethics and professional responsibility before such groups as the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the Conference of County Bar Leaders, the National Association of Legal Secretaries and the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals. He has also written in the area of professional responsibility. When he is not involved in lawyer-related activities, he regularly accepts adulation as a high school basketball referee. He has been married for 40 years to the ever-understanding and patient Peggy Burgoyne. We are the parents of cinematographer, Brian, who with wife, Lauren Burns, gifted us with Millie, age 5, and Jude, born September 23, 2014, and teacher, Madelyn, who with husband Ed Norris, brought Gavin Michael into the world on the palindromic Donald D. Campbell (APRL-MI) Donald D. Campbell is a member of Collins Einhorn Farrell in suburban Detroit, Michigan. Don s practice focuses on attorney grievance defense, judicial grievance matters, and legal malpractice defense. He has extensive experience in counseling and advising lawyers and judges regarding professional ethics. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he teaches professional responsibility and a seminar in business law and ethics. Prior to joining the Collins Einhorn firm, Don served as associate counsel with the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, the Michigan Supreme Court s investigative and prosecution arm for allegations of lawyer misconduct. He also previously served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Oakland County, Michigan. He currently serves as Secretary to the Association of Responsibility Lawyers and also has served as the liaison to the ABA s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Charles Centinaro (NJ) Director of the New Jersey of Office of Attorney Ethics, Appointed Director in 2009; Admitted to Practice Education: B.A. Rutgers University 1983; J.D. J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University Law Practice: Associate at Shaljian, Cammarata, O Connor & Messano, LLP of Jersey City ( ); Assistant County Counsel for Hudson County ( ); Assistant Prosecutor for Hudson County ( ); Assistant Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel to Governors Christie Whitman and Donald T. DiFrancesco ( ); First Assistant Deputy Public Defender for Mercer Trial Region (01-07); Director of Juvenile Defense Services for the Office of the Public Defender (07-09). Dane S. Ciolino (Loyola University New Orleans School of Law) Dane S. Ciolino, serves as the Alvin R. Christovich Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. Professor Ciolino graduated cum laude from Rhodes College in 1985, and magna cum laude from Tulane Law School in 1988, where he was inducted into Order of the Coif and served as Editor in Chief of the Tulane Law Review. After graduating from law school, Prof. Ciolino worked as a law clerk for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, and as an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City, and Stone, Pigman, Walther & Wittmann in New Orleans. Professor Ciolino s principal scholarly and teaching interests at Loyola include Legal Ethics and Criminal Law & Procedure. Professor Ciolino has served as reporter to the Louisiana State Bar Association Ethics 2000 Committee, as a chairperson of a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee, as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association ( LSBA ) Professionalism Committee, as a member of the LSBA Lawyer & Judicial Codes of Conduct Committee, as chairperson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Lawyer Disciplinary Committee and as a member of the LSBA Ethics Advisory Service. In addition to teaching at Loyola, Professor Ciolino represents lawyers and judges in disciplinary proceedings, and provides consultations on legal-ethics issues. Professor Ciolino can be reached by telephone at (504) , or by at His web site address is
4 James C. Coyle (CO) James C. Coyle is Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court. In that capacity, Jim oversees the regulation of the practice of law in Colorado, including attorney admissions, registration, discipline, disability, diversion, mandatory continuing legal and judicial education, unauthorized practice and inventory counsel functions. Fortunately for Jim, Jim has a very talented group of twenty lawyers much smarter than he is who actually handle these regulatory functions. Jim s office also acts as counsel for the Attorneys Fund for Client Protection and the Commission on Judicial Discipline. Jim has been the Regulation Counsel since March 2013, but served under previous Regulation Counsel John Gleason from 1999 to February 2013 and previous Disciplinary Counsel Linda Donnelly from 1990 to Jim is an active member of the American and Colorado Bar Associations, National Conference of Bar Examiners, National Organization of Bar Counsel, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, National Client Protection Organization, National Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association, Association of Judicial Discipline Counsel, American Judicature Society and ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. Jim s recent committee work includes acting as co-chair and organizer of the ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection s First UPL School in Denver, CO, in August 2013, and program committee member for the Second UPL School in Chicago scheduled for March Jim is a Director-at-Large for the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), and is an active member of the NOBC Program Committee and Subcommittees on Entity Regulation (Chair) and Alternative Business Structures. Jim recently served on the NOBC Special Committee on Permanent Retirement, NOBC Aging Lawyer Committee and NOBC GATS Subcommittee. Jim is the NOBC liaison to the ABA Policy Implementation Committee and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) Regulation of Lawyer Advertising Committee. Jim also chairs a Colorado Judicial Advisory Council Subcommittee on Exploring Authorized Non-Lawyer Providers of Legal Services (LLLTs). Margaret Brown Funk (CO) Margaret Brown Funk is Deputy Regulation Counsel with the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation. Ms. Funk assists in the supervision of the regulation intake division, attorney admissions, continuing legal and judicial education, attorney registration and human resources. Ms. Funk graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1994 after graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in She was a member of the employment law firm King & Greisen, LLP, when in 2006 she left private practice to join the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel as a Trial Attorney. Ms. Funk is a member of the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the Colorado and American Bar Associations, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and the National Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association. She serves on the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice s Commission on Professional Development. She is the primary instructor of the office s Trust Account School and regularly teaches at Colorado Supreme Court Ethics School and Professionalism School. She regularly lectures on the topics of law office management, trust accounts, fees and fee agreements, serving moderate-income clients and ethics for lawyers in small firms or solo practice. While in private practice, she served as President and Vice President of the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association ( PELA ). Between 1998 and 2005, she served as a member of the PELA board of directors and was assigned the duties of chair of the legislative committee and liaison to the Colorado Bar Association. She published several articles in the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association s monthly magazine, Trial Talk, and lectured extensively on the topics of employment law, civil rights, and litigation. Jane Gagne (NM) Jane Gagne is an Assistant Disciplinary Counsel for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Disciplinary Board for the Supreme Court of New Mexico. She graduated from University of New Mexico School of Law in Before she joined the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in January of 2011, she had her own practice in employment and civil rights law.
5 Alan Gershel (MI) Alan Gershel is the newly appointed Grievance Administrator of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. He is a graduate of Northeastern University, Indiana State University, and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Immediately preceding his appointment, Mr. Gershel served for 20 years as the chairperson of a hearing panel of the Attorney Discipline Board, and was a tenured professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School since Mr. Gershel s professional career as a prosecutor began in the United States Attorney s Office, Eastern District of Michigan where he rose to the Chief of the Criminal Division. In the interim, Mr. Gershel acted as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Mark Gifford (WY) Mark Gifford is a Wyoming native who received his bachelor s degree in accounting from the University of Wyoming in 1978 and his law degree from Stanford University in After thirty years of practice as a trial lawyer and mediator, Gifford took the position of Wyoming Bar Counsel on a part-time basis in In late 2013 he left private practice to become full-time Bar Counsel. In addition to attorney discipline, Gifford s responsibilities include unauthorized practice of law, fee dispute resolution, Clients Security Fund and rule revisions. Terry Harrell, J.D., LCSW, MAC, LCAC (CoLAP-IN) Terry Harrell completed her law degree at Maurer School of Law and her Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) at Indiana University. Terry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC) in Indiana, and has a Master Addictions Counselor certification from NAADAC. She has worked in a variety of areas including inpatient treatment, crisis services, adult outpatient treatment, wrap around services for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents, and management. Terry has been with the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) since 2000 and became the Executive Director in In August 2014, Terry became the first LAP Director to be appointed Chair of CoLAP. Locally, Terry is active with the Indiana State Bar Association. Robert Hawley (CA) Robert Hawley is currently Deputy Executive Director of the State Bar of California. His areas of responsibility for the State Bar, among other things, include oversight of the State Bar s Professional Competence Unit which administers the Ethics Hotline, the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), the State Bar s professional responsibility publications and other functions related to the development of California s Rules of Professional Conduct. He also is the State Bar s employee relations officer and oversees all labor and employment functions. He received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and his Masters in Law (LL.M) from New York University, School of Law. Mr. Hawley began his legal career as a disciplinary prosecutor for the State Bar. He then entered private practice for over ten years representing management in labor and employment matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He served as a member of the State Bar s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) as well as its Chair and Special Advisor. Prior to rejoining the State Bar s staff, he served as Risk Management Chair and Deputy Managing Partner for a major Bay Area law firm. Mr. Hawley has taught Professional Responsibility and labor law at various Bay Area law schools for the past twenty years, and is currently on the adjunct faculty of Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Michael Kennedy (VT) Michael Kennedy graduated from the University of Vermont (BA, 89) and the George Washington University Law School (JD, 93). He is admitted to practice law in Vermont and in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. After law school, Michael worked for five years as a Special Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Vermont Department of Corrections. In 1998, he took a job as an Assistant Attorney General with the Department of Developmental and Mental Health Services, where he served a brief stint prosecuting the State s involuntary commitment cases. Later that year, he accepted a position as Deputy Disciplinary Counsel, eventually being
6 promoted to Disciplinary Counsel in In 2012, Michael was named Bar Counsel, changing his focus from investigating and prosecuting disciplinary cases to providing guidance for lawyers with ethics questions. Michael is a member of the Vermont Bar Association and currently sits on its Board of Managers. He served on the Board of Bar Examiners from 2008 through Michael is a member of the Chittenden County Bar Association, an honorary member of the Rutland County Bar Association, and belongs to the National Organization of Bar Counsel. Michael is an avid marathoner. In 2014, Michael retired after spending fifteen seasons as the head coach of the varsity boys basketball team at his alma mater, South Burlington High School. He lives in South Burlington. Tracy L. Kepler (USPTO) Tracy L. Kepler is an Associate Solicitor with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia, where she concentrates her practice in the investigation and prosecution of attorney disciplinary matters. Prior to joining the USPTO in April 2014, Ms. Kepler served as Senior Litigation Counsel with the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission for 14 years. Ms. Kepler currently serves as President-Elect on the Board of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), a non-profit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States and abroad. She has previously served as the NOBC s Treasurer, Secretary and Director-at- Large from Ms. Kepler is the NOBC Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection, and has previously served as the NOBC Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, Ethics & Professional Responsibility and to the ABA Standing Commission on Legal Assistance Programs (CoLAP). She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of CoLAP, and Co-Chairs its Senior Lawyer Committee. Ms. Kepler is a member of the ABA and its Center for Professional Responsibility, currently serves on the Center s CLE Committee and Annual Meeting Planning Committee, and is a frequent presenter of ethics related topics to various national, state and local organizations. She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and received her law degree from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Garrett P. LaBorde (LaBorde Legal Group) Upon his admission in Louisiana, Mr. LaBorde established and maintained a robust statewide litigation practice, based in Shreveport and later in Lafayette. In 2007, Mr. LaBorde transferred to Florida with the firm of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith and in 2010, joined the consulting firm, Idea Launch Partners, LLC as General Counsel and Principal. In 2014, Mr. LaBorde returned to private practice by founding the regional firm, LaBorde Legal Group, LLC, where he and other tech-centric practitioners collaboratively focus on the areas of Business, Technology, Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law. Additionally, Mr. LaBorde has served as a Law Practice Management & Technology advisor to solo and small firms around the country and has been a frequent lecturer on Law Practice Management & Technology for State/Local Bars, Law Schools and National Organizations. Throughout his career, Mr. LaBorde has served as a proud member and officer of the American Bar Association, its House of Delegates, the Law Practice Division and the Young Lawyers Division. Currently, he serves the Law Practice Division as a member of the E-Lawyering Task Force, the Education Board and the Member Development Committee. Within the Louisiana State Bar Association, Mr. LaBorde has served as in LSBA House of Delegates, Bar Journal Editorial Staff and the on the Practice Assistance Committee. Mr. LaBorde has presented various seminars and CLE s for the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board and the Escambia-Santa Rosa (Florida) Bar Association. His community and professional affiliations have also included participation in: The Gulf Coast Intellectual Property Association (Advisory Board); Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida (Board of Directors); the Information Technology Association of the Gulf Coast (Board Member & Officer) and Leadership Pensacola, Class of Mr. LaBorde is married to a Doctor of Audiology, Jennifer R. LaBorde. They, their two sons and one daughter are active in St. Paul Catholic Church and School. Paula Littlewood (WSBA) Paula Littlewood joined the WSBA staff as Deputy Director in September 2003 and became the Executive Director in May Paula is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and also received a master s degree in International Studies from the UW. Prior to law school, she was a professional campaign
7 coordinator and fundraiser here in the state, working both on statewide candidate and initiative campaigns as well as local legislative races. She also taught English in Taiwan for 2 years and spent another 10 months traveling in China and Southeast Asia. After law school, she served as Assistant Dean for Administration and Public Relations at the UW Law School for 5 years, then spent a year in Telluride, Colorado, before joining the WSBA. In addition to her full-time position as Executive Director of the WSBA, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Washington School of Law s Leadership Council, and serves as Chair of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) Program Committee, and a member of the International Institute of Law Association Executives (IILACE) Program Committee. She recently served as a member of the American Bar Association s Task Force on the Future of Legal Education and is currently serving on the ABA s Commission on the Future of Legal Services. Michael S. McGinniss (University of North Dakota School of Law) Michael S. McGinniss is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 2010 and teaches courses on Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Conflict of Laws, and Advanced Legal Ethics. He also serves as the co-coordinator for the UND School of Law s teamtaught first-year course, Professional Foundations. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (summa cum laude and first in his class) at Washington College. He received his legal education at the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where he graduated third in his class and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Upon graduation from law school, he served as the law clerk for Honorable Randy J. Holland of the Supreme Court of Delaware. He then was associated for four years with the Delaware law firm Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, where his practice focused on intellectual property litigation in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. In 1998, the Supreme Court of Delaware appointed Professor McGinniss to its Office of Disciplinary Counsel. During his twelve years of service as Disciplinary Counsel, he was responsible for the evaluation, investigation, and prosecution of lawyer disciplinary matters before the Court and its Board on Professional Responsibility. He was also responsible for evaluating, investigating and prosecuting matters involving the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers, and presenting hearings before the Board of Bar Examiners involving the character and fitness of applicants to the Delaware Bar. He is a member of the bars of Delaware, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, and the United States Supreme Court. At the UND School of Law, Professor McGinniss has been honored as the 2011, 2012, and 2013 recipient of the J. Philip Johnson Faculty Fellow Award, given to promote professional responsibility, leadership and ethics, both in the legal profession and in the community. He was also selected from a nationwide pool of legal ethics teachers and scholars as one of ten Fall 2011 Fellows of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism. In January 2012, Professor McGinniss accepted an appointment by Chief Justice VandeWalle of the North Dakota Supreme Court to serve a three-year term as a member of the Joint Committee on Attorney Standards. In 2013, he received a UND Foundation North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award, and he has been nominated for the UND Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award (2013) and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (2014). Professor McGinniss current research and scholarship interests include questions concerning the professional, ethical and moral responsibilities of lawyers, as well as the relationships between courts and lawyer disciplinary agencies. In June 2011, he presented the Mart Vogel Lecture on Professionalism and Legal Ethics at the SBAND Annual Meeting in Fargo, North Dakota, entitled Virtue Ethics, Earnestness, and the Deciding Lawyer: Human Flourishing in a Legal Community. His article based on this lecture was subsequently published in Volume 87 of the NORTH DAKOTA LAW REVIEW. In 2013, his article entitled Sending the Message: Using Technology to Support Judicial Reporting of Lawyer Misconduct to State Disciplinary Agencies was published in the JOURNAL OF THE PROFESSIONAL LAWYER, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. He has also published legal scholarship addressing the regulation of multijurisdictional practice and the unauthorized practice of law. His most recent scholarly work, entitled Virtue and Advice: Socratic Perspectives on Lawyer Independence and Moral Counseling of Clients, was published in 2013 as the lead article in Volume 1, Number 1 of the TEXAS A&M LAW REVIEW.
8 R. Burke McLemore (Disc. Bd., Supreme Court, PA-NCLDB) Mr. McLemore is a magna cum laude graduate of Washington & Jefferson College (Phi Beta Kappa) and of the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, where he served as Casenote Editor of the Dickinson Law Review. As Chairman of Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, LLP s Workers Compensation Section, Mr. McLemore s practice encompasses both trial and appellate representation of employers and carriers from the Maryland line to New York. His significant cases include Leon E. Wintermyer, Inc. v. WCAB, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that rewrote the standards for review of administrative agency decisions. He provides risk reduction and management advice to clients facing employment law and workers compensation claims. His more than thirty five years of defense experience is applied to complex cases bridging employment torts, workers compensation, and subrogation. Mr. McLemore has been recognized consistently as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and was cited in Best Lawyers in America. He is the 2014 Irvin Stander Memorial Award recipient, presented by the Workers Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The author of Heart Attacks and the Pennsylvania Workman s Compensation Act, Mr. McLemore regularly contributes to Pennsylvania Bar Institute presentations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute. He is a Life Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and a former Chair of the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Council; he is a past President of the Dauphin County Bar Association, and currently serves in PBA s House of Delegates. He is a founding member of the William W. Lipsitt Inn of Court. Mr. McLemore was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to a second three-year term on the Court s Disciplinary Board in In 2014 the Supreme Court appointed him Chairman of the Disciplinary Board. Mr. McLemore formerly served as President of Dickinson Law School s Alumni Association. He has received the school s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2007 was named Outstanding Alumnus by the school. He served three, four-year terms on Camp Hill Borough Council, the final four of which as President. He is presently serving as statewide Chairman of the committee formed to celebrate the Centennial of the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act. For over a decade he has served as the Church Attorney for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. Timothy McNamara (NJ) Timothy McNamara is an Assistant Ethics Counsel with the Office of Attorney Ethics. Tim supervises the work of other Ethics Counsel, and he investigates and prosecutes attorneys who engage in unethical conduct. Tim was previously a partner at Stark and Stark, where he specialized in Personal Injury Litigation for fourteen years. He was also previously an Assistant Prosecutor in Mercer County for ten years. Tim ran the Special Investigations Unit, overseeing wiretap cases and supervising undercover police investigations. He was also a member of the Homicide Unit, prosecuting murder cases. Tim is also an Adjunct Law Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law, in Philadelphia, where he teaches Intermediate Trial Advocacy. Tim earned his B.A. degree from New York University in He earned his J.D. degree from Temple Law School in 1986 and his LL.M. degree in Trial Advocacy, with honors, from Temple Law School, in Charles (Chip) E. Mortimer (CO) Charles E. Mortimer (Chip) received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University in 1983 and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in He was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1986, and spent fourteen years in private practice, focusing on family, commercial and real estate litigation, before joining the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. Chip is now Deputy Regulation Counsel. Chip has served on the Thursday Night Bar Association Board of Directors, The First Judicial District Board of Trustees and Governor Owens Commission on Civil Justice Reform. Prior to coming to the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, Chip chaired the Colorado Lawyer s Fidelity Fund and served as a Trustee on the Colorado Lawyer s Fund for Client Protection.
9 Wendy J. Muchman (IL) Wendy Muchman is Chief of Litigation and Professional Education at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois. She investigates and prosecutes lawyer disciplinary cases, including In re Rinella, 175 Ill.2d 504, 677 N.E.2d 909 (1997). Her job responsibilities also include supervision and training of all litigation attorneys and staff at the ARDC. Ms. Muchman regularly lectures and presents workshops regarding professional responsibility and disciplinary law to various bar association groups, law firms, judges and law schools. Since fall 2000, she teaches legal ethics as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University School of Law. She also teaches legal ethics at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and taught at De Paul University College of Law in fall She serves as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) both for the trial advocacy regional, and national programs, the deposition program, and the program for the National Organization of Bar Counsel. She serves as an assistant team leader for the NITA Trial Advocacy Midwest Regional Program. In 2013, she was selected to participate as a fellow in the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professional Responsibilty. In 2012, she was elected member-at-large to the Council of the American Bar Association Government and Public Lawyers Division. Between 2009 and 2011, she served as the Vice-Chair, then Chair, of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Professional Responsibility. Prior to 1989 when she started her employment at the Commission, Ms. Muchman litigated in the state and federal courts. Areas of practice included insurance litigation, civil rights, age discrimination and aviation defense work. Ms. Muchman received her JD from DePaul University College of Law and her BA from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. Tammy Pruet Northrup (LA) Tammy Pruet Northrup, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a 1988 graduate from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a 1991 graduate of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. After receiving her law degree, she served as a judicial law clerk for the State of Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal for two years. Following her clerkship, she served as staff and later senior attorney for the Louisiana State Police. She authored the original version of the Louisiana CODIS law, the first piece of legislation in the country to authorize DNA sampling of arrestees, as well as the expansion of that law authorizing the collection of all convicted offenders and arrestees for felony offenses. In June 2001, she was promoted to Manager of the DNA Unit for the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory. Ms. Northrup left the Louisiana State Police in November 2006 to serve as Executive Director of the St. Tammany Parish Forensic Center, a position she held until March Ms. Northrup currently serves as a Deputy Disciplinary Counsel for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. Lucian T. Pera (APRL-TN) Lucian T. Pera is a partner with the Memphis, Tennessee, office of Adams and Reese LLP. His practice includes civil trial work, including commercial litigation and media law, and he counsels and represents lawyers, law firms, and others on questions of legal ethics and the professional responsibility of lawyers. A Memphis native, he is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Vanderbilt University School of Law. He served for five years on the ABA Ethics 2000 Commission, which rewrote the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. From 1995 through 2009, he led the Tennessee Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Under his leadership, the committee developed and successfully proposed to the Tennessee Supreme Court new legal ethics rules for Tennessee based on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. He has chaired the editorial board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers Manual on Professional Conduct, has served as president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Miller-Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility of the University of Akron. He is also the immediate past Treasurer of the American Bar Association, a former member of its Board of Governors and Executive Committee, and has served in the House of Delegates since Julia Porter (DC) Julia Porter is a Senior Assistant Bar Counsel with the District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel, where she investigates and prosecutes lawyers for violations of the ethical rules. Julia graduated from George Washington University Law School in After law school, Julia clerked for Judge Harold Greene of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and then worked at Caplin & Drysdale, a D.C. law firm, doing primarily civil litigation. Since 2005, Julia has shared responsibility supervising the other litigation lawyers in
10 the Office of Bar Counsel. Julia has taught professional responsibility as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School for many years, taught numerous CLE courses sponsored by the DC Bar, and served as part of the faculty for the NOBC s NITA training program in Boulder, Colorado. Hon. Catherine Purcell (CA State Bar Court-NCLDB) The Honorable Catherine Purcell was appointed in 2014 by the California Supreme Court as the presiding judge of the State Bar Court, the only full-time attorney discipline court in the country. She joined the appellate division in 2008, where she sits on a three-judge panel that hears all attorney discipline appeals from the State Bar Court hearing department (trial courts). She previously served as a general jurisdiction judge in California for seven years, presiding over civil, criminal, and family law cases. Judge Purcell graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine Law School in She was an editor of the Law Review and a merit scholarship recipient. Following law school, she clerked for a California Supreme Court justice, practiced civil law in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and worked as a deputy district attorney. Judge Purcell is dedicated to public service and to providing professional education for judges, attorneys, and court staff. She has been a faculty member, seminar leader, facilitator, and advisor for legal education programs throughout California for more than 20 years. Judge Purcell received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, with honors, from California Lutheran College in She is a registered nurse and a public health nurse. Scott Renfoe (IL) Scott Renfoe is a 1985 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. He currently holds the position of Chief, Supreme Court Practice with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois, where he supervises a group of attorneys and handles a caseload that includes matters involving allegations of conversion, billing fraud, and conflicts of interest. He has taught deposition and trial skills as a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Mr. Renfoe is currently a member of the Illinois State Bar Association s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct, and has spoken on issues of attorney discipline and professional responsibility before law firms, bar associations, law schools, the National Organization of Bar Counsel and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. Frances A. Rosinski (MI) Frances A. Rosinski is senior associate counsel with the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission where she began in She is a graduate of Albion College and Wayne State University Law School, where she was awarded a research fellowship to the University of Warwick School of Law in Warwick, England. Prior to joining the Attorney Grievance Commission, Ms. Rosinski was in private practice where she concentrated in environmental/insurance and environmental litigation in the state and federal courts. She has participated as a faculty member in the NITA NOBC litigation training program, and is an active member of the NOBC program committee and the program editor. She is a Character and Fitness panel member with Michigan s Board of Law Examiners. She also is a trained facilitative mediator and volunteers at the Wayne Mediation Center. She is active in the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and is a leader in its new Inns of Court. Ms. Rosinski is a member of the Michigan State Bar and is admitted to practice in the United State District Courts of Michigan.
11 Barbara Seymour (SC) Barbara Seymour is the Deputy Disciplinary Counsel to the Supreme Court of South Carolina where she investigates and prosecutes grievances filed against lawyers. In 1990, she earned her Bachelor s degree in Management and Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law in Barbara worked as a trial lawyer from 1993 to She served as an adjunct instructor in the Professional Legal Assistants Program at Converse College and currently teaches as an adjunct in the Paralegal Degree Program at Midlands Technical College. Her courses have included Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, Business Law, Torts, Ethics, and Law Office Management. Barbara is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Georgia Bar (inactive), and the National Organization of Bar Counsel. She currently serves on the Law Related Education Committee at the South Carolina Bar. Barbara was named the 2006 Law Related Education Lawyer of the Year. She is a Fellow of the National Institute for the Teaching of Ethics and Professionalism. Barbara is the creator and coordinator of the Legal Ethics and Practice Program (LEAPP), which includes ethics, advertising, trust account, and law office management schools sponsored by the Supreme Court and the South Carolina Bar. William D. Slease (NM) William D. Slease is Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the New Mexico Supreme Court Disciplinary Board. In addition to his duties as Chief Disciplinary Counsel, he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where he has taught employment law, ethics and trial practice skills. He also chairs the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico s Lawyer s Succession and Transition Committee and serves on the State Bar of New Mexico Professionalism Commission which is responsible for operating and administering the Bridge the Gap: Transitioning Into the Profession Program for new lawyers in New Mexico. He is a member of and the Board Treasurer for the National Organization of Bar Counsel and is a frequent moderator, lecturer and panelist at both state and national continuing education seminars. Prior to his appointment as Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Bill was in private practice with an emphasis in civil rights, employment and tort litigation. James ( Jamie ) Sudler (CO) Jamie Sudler has worked in the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel since He is currently Chief Deputy Regulation Counsel in charge of the Litigation Division of that office. He was licensed to practice law in Early in his career, he worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Denver. He also was an associate in the firm of Rothgerber, Appel & Powers. He later was in the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Colorado Attorney General s Office. His undergraduate degree is from the University of California at Berkeley, and his law degree from the University of Denver. He also has a Masters Degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Jamie has taught at the Colorado Supreme Court Ethics School on many occasions, and he regularly lectures to lawyers about various issues including conflicts, confidentiality, trust accounts, fees and fee agreements. He has also taught professionalism and legal ethics at the University of Denver. During 2010 and 2011, Jamie co-chaired an investigation into prosecutorial misconduct in Phoenix, Arizona. The Office of Attorney Regulation in Colorado was appointed to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute the former Maricopa County Attorney and two of his deputies for ethical violations over a period of years. The investigation led to a 26-day trial which resulted in the disbarment of Andrew Thomas who was Maricopa County Attorney, and his deputy Lisa Aubuchon. Another deputy, Rachel Alexander was suspended for 6 months. Jamie has taught many continuing education courses locally and nationally. Recently, he has taught a national webinar for the ABA and the National Organization of Bar Counsel about the practice of law and the legalization of marijuana. Hope C. Todd (DC) Hope C. Todd oversees the legal ethics program at the District of Columbia Bar and is an assistant director in the Office of Regulation Counsel. Since 2006, Ms. Todd has provided legal ethics guidance to D.C. Bar members, judges of the District of Columbia courts, Criminal Justice Act and Child Abuse and Neglect attorneys, and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program on the interpretation and application of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct. Ms. Todd has personally responded to over 7,500 inquiries on the Bar s Ethics Helpline.
12 Ms. Todd is an enthusiastic legal ethics instructor. She regularly teaches MCLE accredited ethics courses and has served on legal ethics panels for local, national and international audiences, including the national or international meetings of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, the National Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) and the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC). She is a regular writer for the Speaking of Ethics column for the Washington Lawyer and edits annually the legal ethics chapter of the D.C. Practice Manual. Ms. Todd is counsel to the D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review and Legal Ethics Committees. As committee counsel, Ms. Todd advises the committees on the legislative history of the rules and existing legal ethics opinions, and assists in drafting and editing informal chair letters, formal published Legal Ethics Committee opinions, and proposed revisions to the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct. Ms. Todd is a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She belongs to the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), NOBC, and the ABA Center on Professional Responsibility. Prior to becoming ethics counsel, Ms. Todd was a supervising staff attorney in the Executive Division of the D.C. Bar where she worked closely with the Bar s Board of Governors and outside general counsel on policy and general litigation matters. Before joining the D.C. Bar in 1998, Ms. Todd was in private practice in the state of New York. She is a graduate of the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, and holds a B.A. in public policy from the College of William and Mary. Ms. Todd lives in Virginia with her husband, three children, and dog, Sandy. Daniel M. Traynor (NCLDB-ND) Dan Traynor is involved in a statewide litigation practice in North Dakota. Dan has extensive experience in insurance defense, coverage questions, insurance bad faith, business and contract litigation, and personal injury litigation. Dan is Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the North Dakota Supreme Court. He is a member and former President of the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation. Dan also serves on the board of the North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association. Dan is licensed to practice in the state courts of North Dakota and Minnesota, the Federal District Court of North Dakota, and Tribal Courts in the area. He graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in During law school, Dan served as an extern for United States District Judge Patrick A. Conmy. After graduating from law school, he worked as a law clerk for Chief Justice Gerald W. VandeWalle of the North Dakota Supreme Court. Dan is a member of the Defense Research Institute, North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute. Mareta Vessella (AZ) Mareta Vessella is the Chief Bar Counsel at the State Bar of Arizona. Ms. Vessella graduated from Duquesne University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctor in 1992 from Ohio Northern University College of Law. In November 1992, Ms. Vessella was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and began her practice in a small firm concentrating in the areas of criminal defense and domestic relations. In 1994, Ms. Vessella was hired as Disciplinary Counsel for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania where she prosecuted violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct. In October 1998, Ms. Vessella was licensed in Arizona and took a position with the State Bar of Arizona as Bar Counsel where she represented the State Bar in various disciplinary matters. Ms. Vessella was named Deputy Chief Bar Counsel in September 2002 and became Chief Bar Counsel in August The State Bar of Arizona is responsible for the regulation and discipline of persons engaged in the practice of law. Ms. Vessella is responsible for overseeing and administering that regulatory process. Ms. Vessella has served on many State Bar Committees and participated in programs designed to enhance the legal profession.