When important issues of appellate procedure arise in appellate courts, and the Committee determines that a consensus of Fellows support a position that might benefit from amicus briefing, this committee prepares and files amicus briefs on behalf of the Academy.Daniel F. Polsenberg (Chair)
Eisenberg Prize Committee
The committee reviews scholarly articles on topics relating to appellate law, appellate courts, rules and processes, oral argument, and the impacts of appellate decision-making. The committee recognizes each academic year’s most outstanding appeal-related publication by awarding then Eisenberg Prize to the author(s).Gregory C. Dyekman (Chair)
Meetings and Programming Committee
The committee selects sites for AAAL meetings, and, in conjunction with each meeting’s Planning Committee, plans and coordinates the Fall and Spring Meetings.
Warren W. Harris (Chair)
George T. Lewis III
Michael A. Scodro
Michael B. Terry
Membership Screening Committee
The committee reviews and investigates nominations for Fellows by making confidential inquiries to judges, opposing counsel, and current Fellows in the same state. After reviewing reports and discussion at monthly Zoom conferences, the committee votes. If at least two-thirds of the Committee agrees, the nomination is forwarded to the Board for final consideration.
Robert J. Stumpf, Jr. (Chair)
Joel D. Bertocchi
William F. Gary
Edward G. Guedes
Scott B. Smith
Charles (Skip) Watson
Amy Levin Weil
New Fellow Integration/Involvement/Assimilation Committee
This committee will coordinate a program that assigns veteran Fellows to the incoming Fellows for their first 2-3 years to assist and guide them to becoming involved in the Academy. This will include answering questions, encouraging them to attend meetings and join committees, and introducing them to other Fellows.
This committee is charged with enhancing the awareness and reputation of the AAAL outside the Academy by partnering or integrating with other bar organizations, judicial organizations, or potential client groups. This may include finding speaker opportunities, sharing written materials, or other forms of interaction.
The Rules Committee monitors proposed appellate rules changes and decides whether the Academy should take a position on any the proposed changes. The Committee also surveys the Academy membership to see if any appellate rules warrant study and proposed changes.
Susan Ford Robertson (Chair)
Ed R. Haden
Thomas B. Weaver
Kathleen McCree Lewis Award Committee
This committee periodically considers nominations and votes to bestow an award named after a beloved former President of the Academy, the late Kathleen McCree Lewis. The award recognizes significant contributions to appellate practice.
New Fellows Identification Committee
The committee analyzes the current demographics of the Academy and then seeks to identify leading appellate lawyers to be considered for membership who would promote diversity, including diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation and identity, geography, and practice type.
John P. Elwood (Chair)
Randall L. Hodgkinson
Daniel F. Polsenberg
Fred Rowley, Jr.
Remote Oral Argument Task Force
This task force was formed soon after the COVID-19 pandemic caused appellate courts to cancel in-person oral arguments and switch to some form of remote oral argument. The task force has collected data on which courts prefer which type of remote oral argument, issued a report collecting tips for remote oral argument, and presented a webinar on remote oral argument. The task force plans to watch and report on the ways in which remote oral arguments remain part of the practice after in-person oral arguments resumes.
James R. Layton (Chair)
Charles L. Becker
Charles A. Bird
Michael B. King
Catherine Wright Smith
Drew Days Diversity in Appellate Practice Committee
This committee works to increase diversity in the appellate bar and bench. The initial step is to partner with The Appellate Project (TAP) in supporting law students of color who are interested in appellate practice through: (1) providing legal writing workshops; (2) networking events; and (3) considering TAP students for internships in our firms/offices.
Nancy Winkelman (Chair)
Kimberly A. Demarchi
Edward G. Guedes
Alan B. Morrison
Daniel F. Polsenberg