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 New Fellows and Regents, and Announced a 2018 Award Winner

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

Here is the lists of 2018 class of Fellows, the 2018 class of members of its Board of Regents, the College's Executive Committee for 2018-2019, and its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

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” A. 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

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

Sylvia Fung Chin, outgoing ACCFL President, 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 throughout the past year, along with numerous plans for the future.  Here is a link to the major portions of her special communication.   

Upcoming Events

The College's 2019 Annual Meeting and Dinner will be held in Vancouver, B.C. Canada on March 30, 2019.  Fellows mark your Calendars and make your hotel and plane reservations.  Watch this space and your emails for more details. 

Click here to access information about the College’s Observer Briefing Calls for Fellows. 

2018 Fellowship Dues

Notices for the College's 2019 dues will be distributed in early December 2018.  These dues support the ACCFL services and activities during the 2019 calendar year, so prompt payment will be appreciated.  If you are a current Fellow and do not have Emeritus, Judicial, or Academic status and did not pay your 2018 dues, please contact our administrative office at [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you.  

Congratulations to ACCFL Fellows' on recent outstanding achievements!

Widener University Commonwealth Law School announced on July 19, 2018 that ACCFL Fellow and Commonwealth Professor of Business Law Juliet Moringiello has been named Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development.  Here is a link to more information.

ACCFL Fellow Leonard H. Gilbert (Holland & Knight, Tampa, FL) was honored with the Barbara Hancock Literacy Award presented by The Hillsborough County Literacy Association on May 14, 2018. He was also presented with the Celebrate Literacy Award by the International Literacy Association.  It is with pride that the College congratulates Leonard for the committment of time and energy that underlies these awards.  Engaging youngsters through reading activities and books is certainly a laudable activity that can alter the future for many children.  Here is a link to Holland & Knight's press release

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) awarded Stewart G. Abramson and ACCFL Fellow Dominic A. Liberatore, deputy general counsel at DLL, the Edward A. Groobert Award for Legal Excellence on May 7 at the ELFA Legal Forum in Washington, D.C.  Here is a link to the press release.

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 was had by all at the 2018 Annual Meeting & Dinner
NOTE that the College's 2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner is MARCH 30th
in Vancouver, B.C., Canada 

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 gratefully thanks the Sponsors of our 2018 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.  

If you or your company or firm would like more information about sponsorships for the 2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner, please contact our administrative office at [email protected]



2018 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar
 in Austin, Texas 
were both well attended!

The College's 2018 Fall Dinner was held on Saturday, September 15th at Lambert's Downtown Barbecue The evening's food, ambiance and collegiality transformed a pleasant event into a dynamic and delightful evening for all!   The College's Advanced Seminar, held on Sunday, September 16th at Winstead, PC was as enjoyable as it was educational.  Fellow Prof. Stephen Sepinuck's seminar lived up to expectations, challenging attendees throughout the morning - causing fellows to be even more grateful for Winstead's sponsorship.  The seminar was held Winstead's Austin office, with a delicious, nourishing breakfast served that kept attendees going all morning long!

 The College gratefully acknowledges Sponsorships for the 2018 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar from:         


Sponsorships are available for the 2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner in Vancouver, so if you are interested in sponsoring,
please contact the administrative office at [email protected]