College Activities

Every year the College hosts Observer Briefing Calls as part of our ongoing College education and development programs. During these hour-long presentations, the College representatives to other organizations provide information on numerous topics, including (but not limited to) updates on laws and regulations, as well as non-ACCFL task force or committee/commission activities. 

ACCFL holds its Annual Meeting & Dinner in the Spring, and a Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar in the Fall each year. 

Although a separate event, the College gathers for its Annual Meeting & Dinner on the Saturday following the ABA Business Law Section Spring meeting.  At the College's Annual Meeting, fellows vote for Officers for the upcoming year, as well as for new Regents who will serve for three years on the College's Board, replacing a graduating class of Regents. Officers and Committee Chairs update the fellowship on the past year's activities and project outcomes, and report on progress toward College goals.  Plans for the upcoming year are reviewed.  

New Fellows, whose nomination for Fellowship have been approved by the Board of Regents, are presented to the College. Prestigious awards are presented during the meeting. 

The 2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.  The College is currently engaged in planning the details.  Fellows should watch this space and emails for future information.  Sponsorships are available; contact the office at [email protected]


The 2018 Annual Meeting & Dinner was held on Saturday, April 14. 2018, at Charley's Steak House, in Orlando Florida.  The College elected its new Board of Regents and Executive Committee, and welcomed and inducted eleven (11) new Fellows during the meeting.   Fellow Frederick Miller was honored with the prestigious Homer Kripke Achievement Award.  Feedback was extremely positive about food, ambiance, and collegiality of the event.  Fellows were pleased to welcome the highly qualified new Fellows, and to support the continuation of the College's mission and ideals with the choice of the 2018-2019 Board of Regents and Executive Committee.  Sponsorships were provided by:  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP,  McGlinchy Stafford, PLLC, White & Case, LLP, and the The ACCFL Fellows at Sidley Austin LLP

The 2017 Annual Meeting & Dinner was held on Saturday, April 8th at Arnaud's Restaurant in New Orleans, LA.  Arnaud's was opened in 1918.  Located steps off of Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud’s offers classic Creole Cuisine and exemplary service in beautifully restored turn of the century dining rooms.  Fellows voted for the new Officers, and new Fellows were inducted.  The College welcomed new Fellows: 

            James E. Byrne, Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, Montgomery Village, MD
            R. Wilson Freyermuth, University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO
            John D. Gregory, Grand Bend, ON, Canada

            Jennifer C. Hagle, Sidley Austin, Los Angeles, CA
            Melissa B. Jacoby,  University of North Carolina School of Law , Chapel Hill, NC
            Daniel S. Kleinberger,
(Professor Emeritus, Mitchell Hamline School of Law)
                                                   Mendota Heights, MN 

            Dominic A. Liberatore, De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. (DLL), Wayne, PA 
            Xuan-Thao Nguyen,  Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN
            Douglas M. Rutherford, Rutherford & Bechtold LLC, Minneapolis, MN
            Edgar C. Snow, Jr., Burr & Forman LLP, Atlanta, GA 

  For information about Past Annual Meetings & Dinners, including photos, please see "Past College Events".

The College hosts a yearly Fall Dinner and Advanced Seminar, which follows the ABA Business Law Annual Meeting.  The Dinner has grown in popularity, perhaps because it allows Fellows the opportunity to share a special time with College colleagues.  The Advanced Seminar is led by Fellows who have a breadth of knowledge and experience in a topic chosen by the College that is timely and relevant to the current state of corporate finance law.  The Advanced Seminar is interactive and lively, despite its early Sunday morning time.  

Fellows and guests gathered for the 2018 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar in Austin, TX.  The Dinner was held on Saturday evening, September 15, 2017 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!

In addition to Winstead's gracious sponsorship of its offices and provision of breakfast, the College appreciates the sponsors for the 2018 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar:  CSC, Patrick (Buzz) A. Guida (of Duffy & Sweeny), McGlinchey Stafford, and White & Case. 

The 2017 Fall Dinner was held Saturday evening, September 16, 2017, at the Racquet Club of Chicago. As with previous Fall Dinners at the Racquet Club, fellows and guests enjoyed the special ambiance of the Club, its savory fare and pleasant fellowship. The Advanced Seminar was hosted by the Chicago office of Sidley Austin on Sunday morning, September 17.  These events followed the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting. 

Neil B. Cohen, Jeffrey D. Forchelli Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and one of the College’s Fellows, was our seminar presenter at the Advanced Seminar.  In the first segment of the seminar, Neil presented Part 2 of his highly acclaimed September 2015 College seminar on Payment Rights as Article 9 Collateral: Classification, Substantive Rules and Conflict of Laws Rules, recapping Part 1 and leading a discussion on remaining problems from that seminar.  In the second segment, Neil addressed choice of law pitfalls in international commercial transactions, highlighting knotty problems in U.S. conflict of laws doctrine and examining the distinction between mandatory choice of law rules and rules that provide for party autonomy in selecting the applicable law.  Issues of renvoi and depecage were considered, as well as the critical relationship between forum selection and choice of law rules.

Many thanks to White & Case, McGlinchey Stafford, and Sidley Austin for their sponsorship support for the College in general, and these events in particular! 

For information about past Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminars, see "Past College Events"

College Fellows are representatives to other organizations.

Fellows are Involved in other organization group projects designed to advance the practice of commercial law.  ACCFL Fellows are considered both participants and observers that represent the College.  Fellow participants provide updates through Observer Briefing Calls.  See Representatives to Other Organizations for further information about the various projects in which ACCFL colleagues are involved. Please go to Observer Briefing Calls for more detailed information about this College program.