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 inducted new Fellows, elected the new Regents Class, and Presented the Homer Kripke Achievement 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 https://www.accfl.com

Each year College Fellows gather for their Annual Meeting & Dinner where they are updated on the business of the College.  This year, the event was held in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  The 2023 Class of members of the Board of Regents was voted upon, the 2019-2020 Executive Committee was introduced, Fellows E. Carolan Berkeley and Sandra M. Rocks were honored for their achievements with the College's 2019 Homer Kripke Achievement Award , and twelve new Fellows were inducted into the College.  More information can be found on the College Activities page. 

Upcoming Events

The College's 2019 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar will be held in Washington, D.C.  Fellows, mark your calendars and make your hotel and plane reservations.  Registration materials will be sent to Fellows by email during the summer..  See the article below, and watch your inbox!

Click here to access information about the College’s Fellows Briefings. 

2019 Fellowship Dues

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

ACCFL Fellows' Recent Outstanding Achievements and College News

The College wishes to congratulate Fellow Doneene K. Damon, who was recently elected as Richards Layton & Finger, PA's first female President!

A recent article in Law360 notes that as an African-American woman, Doneene “concedes it has been a ‘struggle’ closing the racial and gender gaps….”  Clearly, her perseverance, knowledge, and commitment to her craft have been recognized, and stand as an example to many young female lawyers. 

An ACCFL fellow since 2012, Doneene has been busy practicing law as a partner in her firm, while holding a variety of leadership roles in the American Bar Association, the Delaware State Bar Association, and other professional groups.   At the same time, she has been breaking barriers, winning awards, and demonstrating that “diversity of thought” is important to the fabric of the legal community.

Doneene has received, among others, the National Diversity Council Leadership Excellence in the Law Award, the National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Women of the Year Award, and the YWCA Trailblazer Awards. Doneene also sits on a variety of ABA and other business law committees, chairing a number of them. 

For more information, Doneene’s biography can be found by clicking here.  A recent article in Law360 can be viewed here
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The College sponsored a report entitled “Uniform Commercial Code Opinions in Real Estate Finance Transactions” that has been published in the Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal. Our Fellows, Steve Weise and Marshall Grodner, were Contributing Reporters. The Report can be accessed at: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/real_property_trust_and_estate_law_journal/v53/ucc-real-estate-finance-report-v53-02.pdf.

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.  

The College's 2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner

The College's 2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner was held at the Vancouver Club in Vancouver, B.C., Canada on March 30th.  The Fellows gathered for their annual College business meeting and a sensational dinner, inducted 12 new Fellows, elected new Fellows to the Board of Regents, and presented the College's Homer Kripke Achievement Award.  Please click here for further details.


The College gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors: 

       

        

 

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If you or your company or firm would like information about current or future sponsorship opportunities, please contact our administrative office at [email protected] 

 

 

2019 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar
September 14 and 15
 
Washington, D.C. 

The College is pleased to announce its 2019 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar.   The Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 14, at the University Club of Washington D.C., following the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting.  The Club’s culinary team is renowned for its imaginative presentations and tantalizing fare, as well as its luxurious surroundings. The University Club, 1135 Sixteenth Street, NW, is under a mile from the Marriott Marquis DC, the ABA headquarters hotel.  

This year’s Fall Advanced Seminar, Distributed Ledger Technology and the UCC, will feature Professors Charles W. “Chuck” Mooney, Jr., University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Carla L. Reyes, Michigan State University College of Law.  The topic is particularly timely as the American Law Institute and the Uniform Law Commission launch their Joint Study Committee on the UCC and Emerging Technology.  Through the kindness of Fellow Scott A. Lessne, the seminar will be held on Sunday morning, September 15, at the Washington, DC offices of Crowell & Moring LLP, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (at Tenth Street; about 10 blocks from ABA BLS meeting hotels).  Registration information will be sent directly to ACCFL Fellows during the summer.  Watch your inboxes!


The College gratefully acknowledges early sponsorship by Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.  

If you, your firm, company or organization is interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the administrative office at [email protected]