American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers

The American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the field of commercial finance law through education, legislative reform and the recognition of distinguished practitioners, jurists and academics. The College offers a venue to promote and recognize outstanding achievement and advances in the field of commercial finance law.

American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers Adds New Fellows and Regents and Announces 2018 Award

The American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, Inc. (the College) is a professional organization founded in 1991 and dedicated to promoting the field of commercial finance law through education, legislative reform and the recognition of distinguished practitioners, jurists and academics.  The College’s mission is to bring together into an association those highly qualified members of the legal profession who, by reason of their character, skill and ability, will contribute to the goals, accomplishments and good fellowship of the College.  Additional information about the College is available at http://www.accfl.com

The College is pleased to announce the election of its 2018 class of Fellows, the election of the 2018 class of members of its Board of Regents, its Executive Committee for 2018-2019 and its 2018 lifetime achievement award.

2018 Class of Fellows

The College elected 11 Fellows:
Kaamil Ansar
Cindy J. Chernuchin
Melanie J. Gnazzo
William H. Henning
Sherry Lowe Johnson
Kyle J. Mathews
Leslie J. Polt
Patricia Ann Redmond
Christina B. Rissler
Stephanie Robinson
Stephanie Stephens

2018 Class Elected to Board of Regents

The College elected six new members to the Board of Regents:

Michael E. Burke
Gregory R. Fox
Kyriakoula Hatjikiriakos
Alison R. Manzer
Juliet M. Moringiello
Xuan-Thao Nguyen

2018-2019 Executive Committee

The College’s Executive Committee for 2018-2019 was also elected:

President           –  Penelope L. Christophorou
President-Elect  –  Norman M. Powell
Vice President   –  Pamela J. Martinson
Treasurer           –  R. Marshall Grodner (second term)
Secretary           –  Patrick “Buzz” Guida (first term)

Immediate Past President Sylvia Fung Chin also serves on the Executive Committee.

2018 Homer Kripke Award

Frederick H. Miller was presented with the College’s Homer Kripke Achievement Award.  Professor Miller is Professor Emeritus of the College of Law at the University of Oklahoma where he taught commercial law, consumer law, contracts and real estate finance.  He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles, chapters of books and books on commercial law.  Professor Miller is a past president and life member of the Uniform Law Commission and for several years served as the Uniform Law Commissioners’ executive director.  He was lauded by his colleagues for his leadership, mentoring, and drive to improve commercial law.

The College’s Homer Kripke Achievement Award recognizes a career of noteworthy leadership and a history of exceptional dedication to the improvement of commercial finance law and practice through activities that have had a lasting and significant impact.  The College has deemed it particularly fitting that its lifetime achievement award be named in Professor Kripke’s honor, in light of his contributions to the development of American commercial jurisprudence throughout his entire adult life.  Additional information about the College’s Homer Kripke Achievement Award, including past recipients, can be found at http://www.acfl.com/awards.

Outgoing President Sylvia Chin's Letter to Fellows: State of the College

Sylvia Fung Chin, outgoing ACCFL President, recently sent a letter to the Fellows about her year in office.  She identified the many major events that plagued all Fellows, and informs them of the various activities of the College throught the past year, along with numerous plans for the future.  Here is a link to the major portions of her special communication.   

Upcoming Events

Plans are in the works for the College's 2018 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar!  The events will be held in Austin, TX on September 15th and 16th.  Fellows mark your Calendars and plan accordingly!
Click here to access information about the College’s Observer Briefing Calls for Fellows.
 

2018 Fellowship Dues

Notices for the College's 2018 dues were distributed on December 8, 2017.  These dues support the ACCFL services and activities during the 2018 calendar year, so prompt payment is appreciated.  If you are a current Fellow and do not have Emeritus, Judicial, or Academic status and did not receive your notice and invoice, please contact our administrative office at accfl.admin@dgallc.net and we will be happy to assist you.  

Congratulations to ACCFL Fellows' on recent outstanding achievements!

The College is proud to announce that ACCFL Fellow Honorable Mindy A. Mora was appointed for fourteen (14) years as a bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach Division, on April 6, 2018.  The appointment was by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  Here is a link to a press release about the appointment. 

The College is also pleased to announce that ACCFL Fellow Amy Boss was presented with the ABA Fellows prestigious Outstanding State Chair Award during the American Bar Foundation’s 62nd Annual Awards Reception and Banquet on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Vancouver Club in Vancouver, BC. 

History of the College

The American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers was founded a quarter century ago, through the foresight, insight and perseverance of our co-founders Maury Poscover, David Willenzik and Earnest Bland Williams III.  Over the succeeding years, this College has inducted nearly 300 preeminent practitioners and scholars as Fellows and has firmly established itself not only as a prominent honorary society of remarkable collegiality, but importantly also as a learned, active and influential participant in the field of commercial finance law.  And now, through the labors and invaluable recollections of many, the history of the College has now been written and is available for your enjoyment.  Please click here to read the History of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers online or to download a copy.  

A productive and enjoyable evening for this year's Annual Meeting & Dinner!  

The College's 2018 Annual Meeting & Dinner was held on April 14, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.  The weather cooperated, the food was terrific, the honors to many Fellows warranted, and the evening proved to be a time to relax and catch up with other Fellows who attendees all-too-often do not have the opportunity to speak with in person.   The College voted in new officers and Regents, welcomed the 11 new Fellows  and honored Fellow Frederick Miller with this year's Homer Kripke Achievement Award.  The College is grateful to the outgoing Regents and also to Immediate Past President Peter Carson, whose humor, wisdom and energy will be missed at the Executive Committee Meetings.  New Committee Chairs will be announced in the near future.

The College gratefull thanks its Sponsors of this years event: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP,  McGlinchy Stafford, PLLC, White & Case, LLP, and the The ACCFL Fellows at Sidley Austin LLP.   Their sponsorship assists the College in pursuing its mission and supports the College's future programs and services.  

 

 

 

2018 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar
Austin, Texas 
September 15th & 16th

The College's 2018 Fall Dinner is scheduled to be held on SaturdaySeptember 15th.   The dinner will take place following the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, which is being held at the Fairmont Austin and the Austin Convention Center.  The College's Advanced Seminar will take place on Sunday, September 16th.   The Sunday seminar begins with a light breakfast and historically is an interactive and instructive meeting, with discussion of current topics of interest to College Fellows. 

Sponsorships are available, so if you are interested please contact the administrative office at accfl.admin@dgallc.net. 

 

Fellows will receive emails when more details are available!