OCTOBER 2021 VOL. 8, NO. 8
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund

President's column in the ABI Journal Focuses on the Endowment

In the November issue of the ABI Journal, ABI President Robert P. Reynolds kicks off his series of interviews of ABI vice presidents with a conversation with ABI’s Vice President-Development, Christopher A. Ward. This is a good primer for anyone unfamiliar with the work of the ABI Endowment. To read the full interview, click here.


President's Column



You too could be "Sipping Under the Stars" if you sign up to attend the Endowment's "Baja Bash." Being held on Friday, Dec. 10, from 9:30-11:00 p.m. PT at the Terranea Resort in conjunction with ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference, the event, sponsored by Blank Rome LLP, Polsinelli and Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, will feature high-end-tequila tastings, Mexican beer and wine, margaritas, sangrias, and light Mexican snacks. The cost to attend is $100 per person; sponsorships are $2,500. Contact ABI Sales Manager Sharisa L. Sloan if you would like to sponsor this event. All proceeds benefit the ABI Endowment Fund.
Tequila Toast
Terranea Sunset

Donors Recognized at NCBJ

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has pre-empted so many of our live meetings, ABI President-Elect Hon. Kevin J. Carey (ret.) was able to catch up on this backlog by presenting overdue awards to those who were in attendance at NCBJ's annual conference earlier this month. You can check out the award recipients — and pics from the conference — in the Inside ABI section of the ABI Journal's forthcoming November issue.

Soneet Kapila and Kevin J. Carey photo


The Endowment will be holding a silent auction at the Winter Leadership Conference, sponsored by Reid Collins & Tsai LLP. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact ABI Sales Manager Sharisa L. Sloan at ssloan@abi.org. Don’t know what to donate? Possible items have been selected and are available for purchase at amazon.com under a special ABI Wish List. Contributing to the silent auctions, either through a donation or a generous bid, is a great way to support the ABI Endowment.

Levels of Support

Millennium Level
Contributions of $50,000 and above

30th Anniversary Circle
Contributions of $30,000 – $49,999

Century Council Member 
Contributions of $25,000 – $29,999

Contributions of $20,000 – $24,999

Contributions of $15,000 – $19,999

Lifetime Member
Contributions of $10,000 – $14,999

Contributions of $5,000 – $9,999

Sustaining Member
Contributions of $2,000 – $4,999

Leadership Club
Contributions of $1,000 – $1,999

Contributions of $100 – $999

Pledges at the Leadership Club level and up are payable over up to five years.

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Endowment Fund Development Committee

Vice President—Development:
Christopher A. Ward

Committee Members:
Steven M. Berman
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Dawn M. Cica
Carlyon Cica Chtd.

Eric J. Fromme
Theodora Oringher, PC

Bradley D. Sharp
Development Specialists, Inc.

Donald A. Workman

Endowment Fund

Regional Endowment Chairs


Chair: Donald A. Workman – BakerHostetler
Charles Forman – Forman Holt
Neil B. Glassman – Bayard, P.A.
Thomas M. Horan – Cozen O’Connor
Warren Martin – Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC
Richard M. Meth
James E. Van Horn – Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Chair: Lisa Vandesteeg – Levenfeld Pearlstein & Smith LLC
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Richard S. Lauter – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Claire Ann Richman – Steinhilber Swanson LLP
Sheryl L. Toby – Dykema Gossett PLLC

New England
Chair: Jeffrey T. Varsalone – G2 Capital Advisors, LLC

New York Metro
Chair: Elyssa S. Kates – BakerHostetler

Rocky Mountain
Co-Chair: Annette W. Jarvis – Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Co-Chair: Lynne Long – Conway MacKenzie

Chair: Kristina M. Johnson – Jones Walker LLP
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
James R. Irving – Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
Derek F. Meek – Burr & Forman LLP
James E. Smith – Barber Law Firm
Emily Campbell Taube – Burr & Forman LLP


Chair: Jerry Markowitz – Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.
Terri L. Gardner – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Neil C. Gordon – Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Jennifer McLemore – Williams Mullen
Jennifer M. Meyerowitz – Stretto
Edward J. Peterson, III – Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, PA
Lynn Lewis Tavenner – Tavenner & Beran, PLC
Glenn Thompson – Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC

Texas & Southwest
Co-Chair: Jason S. Brookner – Gray Reed & McGraw, PC
Co-Chair: Scott Van Meter – GlassRatner LLC
Jordan A. Kroop – Perkins Coie LLP
John Penn – Perkins Coie LLP
Thomas J. Salerno – Stinson LLP

Chair: Bradley D. Sharp – Development Specialists, Inc.
K. Kevin Otus – Onyx Asset Advisors, LLC
Randye B. Soref – Polsinelli

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