Meet the Board
The affairs of the Society are managed by the Board of Directors. This group is composed of not less than twenty and not more than twenty-five individuals who are members of the Society.
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All past Chairs of the Board and past Presidents of the Society become Honorary Directors when their term of active service ends. To view a listing of past AJS leaders, click here. To learn about the individuals honored as Distinguished Lifetime Directors of the Society, click here.
2013 - 2014 Board of Directors
Martha Hill Jamison is Justice of the 14th Court of Appeals, Place 5. Previously, Justice Jamison served as a Civil District Judge, General Counsel to the Harris County Tax-Assessor/Voter Registrar and a commercial mediator and arbitrator. Justice Jamison is board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation. Justice Jamison graduated from the University of Texas in 1973, where she was selected Outstanding Woman Student and was inducted into the Friar Society, the oldest honorary association on campus, in its first class to accept women. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977.
Tom Leighton is Vice President of Content Acquisition & Government Relations at West, a Thomson Reuters business. Tom is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of West’s content acquisition plan. His team acquires a wide range of information, including cases, legislative documents and agency information, in many different formats, from a multitude of government sources at the federal, state and local level. The team gathers all documents necessary to support existing product needs as well as new product initiatives, such as Litigator. Tom joined the West editorial department in 1989 and worked in the cases and statutes editorial departments before his promotion to associate editor. Prior to his current role he was Vice President of the Government Segment and before that was Vice President of Government Relations and Contracts. Prior to joining West Tom served for three years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Navy and then practiced at a law firm in Minneapolis. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.
Ms. Wiggs was admitted to the Mississippi bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 1985. Her experience spans from general product liability, medical malpractice to labor and employment, and appellate advocacy. Her cases of note include Shields v. Sturm Ruger, 864 F.2d 379 (5th Cir. 1989); Foster v. Bass, 575 So.2d 967 (Miss. 1990); Dixie Ins. Co. v. Mooneyhan, 684 So.2d 574 (Miss. 1996). Rebecca also served on the defense team for successful Baycol litigation, PPA litigation and HRT litigation. Prior to joining Watkins & Eager, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Paul. H. Roney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Jon Comstock is an former general jurisdiction trial judge from Arkansas who managed civil and felony criminal cases. Prior to being appointed to the bench, he had been a member of Wal-Mart's Legal Department since 1994, after having served Wal-Mart in an outside trial counsel relationship for over 10 years.
He graduated from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma (BA) and University of Tulsa, College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma (JD) and is currently admitted to the Arkansas and Oklahoma bars. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Marla N. Greenstein is Executive Director of the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct, a position she has held since 1989. She previously served as senior staff attorney for the Alaska Judicial Council and as senior staff attorney for the American Judicature Society in Chicago. Ms. Greenstein served from 1996-97 as Chair of the Lawyers Conference of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division and has served on the American Judicature Society’s Board and Executive Committee. Ms. Greenstein also serves as Secretary of the Board of the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree in American Government and Philosophy from Georgetown University. Ms. Greenstein has published articles in the areas of judicial selection and judicial discipline, including “Judicial Disqualification in Alaska Courts,” Alaska Law Review, June 2000. She serves on the Alaska Bar’s Ethics Committee and Judicial Independence Committee. Most recently, Ms. Greenstein became the first Ethics Column Editor for the American Bar Association’s Judges Journal. She has lectured widely in the area of judicial ethics and has served as faculty for international judicial ethics seminars in Micronesia and Russia. Currently she serves as co-chair for the Khabarovsk-Alaska Rule of Law Partnership.
Belsky is the Randolph Baxter Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Akron School of Law. From 1995 to 2007, he served as Dean and then Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. From 1986 to 1995 he was first the President and Dean an then Dean emeritus and Professor at Albany Law School.
Belsky is a graduate of Temple University, College of Liberal Arts with a B.A., cum laude; Columbia University School of Law cum laude; Hague Academy of International Law; and the Cambridge University Institute of Criminology.
Belsky has helped organize and has participated in numerous conferences on criminal and civil justice, the administration of justice, judicial independence, ethics, international law, the U.S. Supreme Court, environmental law, and religious understanding. He has written numerous articles and books on the administration of justice, civil rights, constitutional law, law and religion and theology, criminal law, international law, environmental law, ocean and coastal law, and professional responsibility.
Richard Levenstein is an attorney with Kramer, Sopko and Levenstein in Stuart, Florida and was a member of the AJS National Advisory Council from the State of Florida. His areas of practice include Commercial Litigation; Healthcare Litigation; Business Law; Hospital Law; Physician Practices; Medical Staff Issues; Trust Litigation and Probate Litigation.
Levenstein is a Founding President of the Justice Major B. Harding American Inn of Court and earned his B.A. and J.D. from Tulane University of Louisiana and has been an instructor at Florida Atlantic University.
Judge Teitelman serves on the Missouri Supreme Court, currently as Chief Judge. He is the first legally blind and first Jewish judge to serve on Missouri’s highest court.
A native of Philadelphia, Judge Teitelman earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree in 1973 from Washington University in St. Louis. Judge Teitelman worked in solo practice until 1975, when he joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. He served there for 23 years, including 18 as executive director and general counsel.
Mr. Hayes is the retired General Counsel and Corporation Secretary from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). His duties entailed legal representation of the organization, its board of directors, 400,000 members and one thousand- plus affiliate units across America. He also directed the organization's legal programs in all areas, including voting, housing, employment, and education.
Previous to joining the NAACP, Hayes maintained a private law practice in Indianapolis, Indiana, specializing in civil rights laws. He graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington (BS) and Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis (JD) and is a member of the Indiana University School of Education's Board of Visitors.
Peter D. Webster is a shareholder in the Tallahassee, Florida, office of Carlton Fields. He is a member of the firm’s Appellate & Trial Support, Business Litigation & Trade Regulation, and White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice Groups. Webster retired from the bench after 25 years of service, most recently on the Florida First District Court of Appeal. He has also been a general jurisdiction trial judge in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit, a lawyer in private practice with a litigation firm, and a law clerk to a federal district judge, all in Jacksonville.
He holds a B.S.F.S. (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University, a J.D. (with distinction) from Duke University School of Law, and an LL.M. (in the judicial process) from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Michael Bressman teaches the Intellectual Property and the Arts Clinic, Law of Cyberspace, Contracts, and Art Law. He also directs the law school's clerkship program, which supports students and graduates applying for judicial clerkships. Professor Bressman joined the faculty from private law practice in Nashville, where he practiced intellectual property law, internet and technology law; civil and appellate litigation; and corporate and business law. Before that, he was in-house counsel at internet and telecommunications companies and in private law practice in Washington, D.C. Professor Bressman also clerked for Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He currently serves on the board of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville and on the Technology Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission. He is a member of the bars of Tennessee, the District of Columbia and Georgia, as well as numerous federal courts.
Ms. Ciccolo is responsible for the full range of legal functions handled by the Legal Department and by outside counsel, including contracts, employment law, trademarks, entertainment law, corporate law issues, compliance with U.S. and international legal requirements, exempt organization tax law, sponsorship and fundraising matters, litigation, biannual accreditation of every Special Olympics Program, risk management, and registration of Special Olympics offices around the world. The CLO also has a special role to protect the mission of Special Olympics through oversight and maintenance of compliance with the Special Olympics General Rules, which are the principal governing policies of the Special Olympics movement.
She received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Judge Donald was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by President Barack Obama on December 1, 2010, and re-nominated in January 2011. She was confirmed by the Senate on September 6, 2011. Prior to the Court of Appeals, Judge Donald served on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, where she was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton in December 1995. Judge Donald served as Judge of U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee from June 1988 to January 1996. She was the first African American woman in the history of the United States to serve as a bankruptcy judge.
Judge Donald is extremely active in the American, National, Tennessee, and Memphis Bar Associations, as well as the Ben F. Jones chapter of the National Bar Association, serving in vital leadership roles on key committees. In August 2011, she concluded a three year term as Secretary of the 430,000 member American Bar Association, and currently serves as a member of the House of Delegates, the Nominating Committee, in section leadership, and the ABA Board of Journal Editors. Judge Donald presently serves as the President of the American Bar Foundation.
Bob Glaves has been Executive Director of The Chicago Bar Foundation since October, 1999, prior to which he had a successful nine-year career as a civil litigator at the Chicago law firm then known as Menges, Mikus & Molzahn. As Executive Director of the CBF, Glaves is responsible for leading and overseeing the CBF’s work to mobilize the legal community around the issue of access to justice for people in need. Since Glaves became Executive Director, the CBF has increased the amount of its annual grants and fundraising more than tenfold and has played a lead role in launching a number of groundbreaking access to justice initiatives. Glaves is a 1991 magna cum laude graduate of The John Marshall Law School, received a B.A. degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin in 1987, and has been awarded a number of commendations over the course of his career. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Donors Forum and President of the National Conference of Bar Foundations, and continues to be actively involved in a number of other nonprofit and bar initiatives.
Chris Guthrie is a leading expert on behavioral law and economics, dispute resolution, negotiation and judicial decision making. Over the course of his academic career, he has been recognized for his research and teaching with two CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Professional Article Prizes, the 2003-04 Outstanding First-Year Course Professor Award at Northwestern University Law School, and multiple teaching and research prizes at the University of Missouri, among other awards. He is one of the authors of the influential textbook Dispute Resolution & Lawyers and has published more than 40 scholarly articles and essays in leading law journals, including the University of Chicago Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
Dean Guthrie joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2002 following six years on the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Law. He served as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 2004-08 and became Dean in July 2009. During his academic career, Dean Guthrie has served as a visiting professor at the Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Washington University law schools. Before entering the legal academy, he practiced law with Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California.
Dean Guthrie graduated with distinction and honors from Stanford University and then earned his master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a law degree from Stanford Law School. At Vanderbilt, Dean Guthrie has taught Torts, Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.
Randy J. Holland serves on the Delaware Supreme Court, and in March 2011, he was reappointed by Governor Markell and unanimously confirmed by the Senate for an unprecedented third twelve-year term. Prior to his judicial service Justice Holland was in private practice as a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell.
Justice Holland graduated from Swarthmore College. He also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, where he received the Loughlin Award for legal ethics. Justice Holland received a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia Law School.
Ms. Hubbard has a career of volunteer and professional service spanning 35+ years focused on issues related to court reform and improving prison conditions.
Ms. Hubbard was a member of the staff of the Fund and Committee for Modern Courts, including four years as Executive Director. She has been a member of two gubernatorial judicial screening panels, the State Bar Association's Committee on Courts and the Community. She played an important role in instituting a workable system for judicial discipline in New York State and has assisted in work improving judicial selection, consolidating the court system, rebuilding courthouses and easing the burden of jury service.
She graduated from Smith College and received an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Mr. Ivan Lui-Kwan serves as vice chair of the Hawai'i State Chapter of AJS, which actively supports the effective administration of justice through special committees, awards and educational programs. He served for sixteen years on the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court, ensuring the integrity of legal ethics through enforcement of the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct, and for twenty years as a partner in Carlsmith Ball, LLP.
Mr. Kwan earned his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law and a Masters in International Relations from Rutgers University Graduate School. Following law school, he clerked for former Chief Justice William S. Richardson of the Hawaii Supreme Court, who received the Herbert Harley Award from the American Judicature Society in 2012.
Delissa A. Ridgway is a judge on the U.S. Court of International Trade– a nine-member federal trial court with exclusive nationwide jurisdiction over matters involving U.S. international trade and customs laws.
Judge Ridgway is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law on the international law faculty of Cornell Law School, and has previously taught International Business Transactions and International Commercial Arbitration in the LL.M. program at American University in Washington, D.C. She has also lectured in Georgetown University Law Center’s Summer Law Program in Florence.
Judge Ridgway is a 1975 honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she completed coursework for an M.S. in Community/International Development. She received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 1979, and is currently studying for an LL.M. in Judicial Studies (expected 2014) at Duke University School of Law.
Judge Rodgers was a part-time municipal judge in several mountain communities and in private practice when Governor Richard Lamm appointed him judge of the Gilpin County Court in 1986, and he was retained by election five times. In addition to presiding over civil, criminal, domestic relations, juvenile, mental heath and probate cases, he served as Jefferson County probate judge from 2005-07, and was assigned to the Gilpin county and district courts at the conclusion of his sixth term in 2011. He assumed senior judge status and currently serves on the Denver County Court.
He is a graduate of Amherst College and Albany Law School, and became a judge in 1969 when he was one of the first U.S. Army military judges in Vietnam. There, he was awarded two Bronze Star Medals and the Air Medal.
Joe Slights is a partner with the Delaware law firm Morris James LLP where he practices corporate and commercial litigation and is chair of the firm’s alternative dispute resolution practice group. Joe served as a judge on the Superior Court of Delaware for a twelve year term, from 2000-2012, upon appointment of Governor Thomas R. Carper. While on the court, Joe was a presiding judge in the court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division. He is a former member of the board of directors of the American College of Business Court Judges and is an adjunct Professor at the Widener University School of Law where he teaches courses relating to complex litigation. In 2012, Joe received the Daniel L. Herrmann Professional Conduct Award, the Delaware State Bar Association’s highest honor in recognition of professionalism, civility and service.
Joe received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University and his law degree from the Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Mr. Wells returns to the AJS Board after previous service from 1996-1999. His trial practice at Maynard Cooper & Gale P.C. concentrates on complex mass tort, environmental and product liability cases, often handling the defense of class actions or mass consolidated cases throughout the South. He has handled cases in Alabama, Virginia, California, Texas, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and the District of Columbia. Mr. Wells is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In 2008, he was listed as one of the Top Ten attorneys in Alabama by Super Lawyers and was named Birmingham “Lawyers of the Year” for 2011 by The Best Lawyers in Americafor his work in the area of Natural Resources Law.
Mr. Wells professional affiliations include American Bar Association, President (2008-2009); House of Delegates, Chair (2002-2004); Section of Litigation, Chair (1999-2000); Alabama State Delegate (1992-2001); American Law Institute; Alabama State Bar Association; Inns of Court; Birmingham Bar Association, and Birmingham Metro YMCA, Board of Directors, Chair (2006)