2013 Annual Meeting

May 20-22, Washington, D.C.


Judge Brett Michael Kavanaugh

Judge Brett Michael Kavanaugh was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2006. A Yale law grad, he clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy and was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis before holding several high-ranking legal posts in the White House under President George W. Bush, including Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary. From 1994 to 1997 and for a period in 1998, Judge Kavanaugh was Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr.


Laurel G. Bellows

Laurel G. Bellows is President of the American Bar Association, and the founder and managing principal of The Bellows Law Group. She is an elected member of ALI. She has served as chair of the ABA's policymaking House of Delegates (2006-2008), chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and as a member of the ABA Board of Governors, where she chaired the Finance Committee. In 1991, she became the second woman president of the 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association. She has received the 2012 ATHENA Leadership Award and the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.


Professor G. Edward White

The author of 15 books on subjects ranging from legal and constitutional history to judicial biography to baseball, Professor G. Edward "Ted" White teaches constitutional law, tort law, and Supreme Court history at the University of Virginia School of Law. A member of the UVa faculty since 1972, he clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren after graduating from Harvard Law School. His most recent book is Law in American History: Volume One, From the Colonial Years Through the Civil War (Oxford, 2012).


Kenneth C. Frazier

Kenneth C. Frazier has been Chairman, President and CEO of Merck & Co. since 2011. Frazier led several key transformation efforts for the company, including the 2009 merger of Merck and Schering-Plough. Under his leadership, the company has increased the growth of key products, advanced a robust late-state research and development pipeline, dramatically improved its cost structure and redeployed resources into high-growth emerging markets. A longtime member of ALI's Council, Frazier was previously a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. He has been recognized for his achievements as a leader in business, diversity and inclusion, and his successful defense of a death-row inmate.


Maureen Mahoney

A former deputy solicitor general, Maureen Mahoney is a founding member of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice in the Washington, D.C., office of Latham & Watkins. During the 2006 term of the Supreme Court, she argued four cases—more than any other advocate in private practice. Notably, she argued on behalf of the University of Michigan and its affirmative action program in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), in which the Court decided in favor of Michigan by a 5-4 vote.