2018 – Ronald E. Mallen: A California lawyer and past president of APRL, Ron practiced in the area of legal malpractice for more than 40 years and continues to author the leading treatise in the field, the five-volume work, “Legal Malpractice,” which is updated and published annually by Thomson Reuters. He is editor of the annual Law Office Guide to Purchasing Legal Malpractice Insurance. Ron has written over 70 articles on a variety of topics on lawyers’ liability. He has given over 170 oral presentations on a wide range of related topics. Since its inception he has been certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization as a legal specialist in Legal Malpractice Law. Mr. Mallen chaired the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability and the ABA Special Committee on Medical Professional Liability and was a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Law Institute, where he was a member of the consultative group on the Restatement (Third) of The Law of Lawyering. He was Chair of the Editorial Board for the ABA/BNA Lawyers Manual on Professional Conduct and was selected as a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America. He was first listed in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list, The Best Lawyers in America, in 1995, and in 2014 was named Lawyer of the Year in the Legal Malpractice Law category for San Francisco while also being recognized in the category of “Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.” He chaired a variety of committees of the International Association Of Defense Counsel. Since 1982 he was selected to appear in Who’s Who in America.
2016 – Ellen Pansky: A California lawyer and past president of APRL, Ellen started her career as bar counsel with the California State Bar. She is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in the area of Legal Malpractice Law who has long focused her practice on the defense of attorneys in civil actions, regulatory and licensure proceedings. She also consults with and advises lawyers in legal ethics and risk management, and serves as an expert witness in legal malpractice matters. Additionally, Ellen previously served as a member of the California State Bar’s Pilot Program Interaction Advisory Committee, addressing the effect of the Lawyer Assistance Program on the State Bar disciplinary system. She served on the Advisory Rules Revision Committee of the Executive Committee of the State Bar Court. She also serves on the United States District Court, Central District, Standing Committee on Discipline. She has long been active with the Los Angeles County Bar Association, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees (2005-2009) and Assistant Vice President (2009-2012), and has served on numerous of its committees including, but not limited to, the Committee for Evaluation of Professional Standards and the State Bar; the Judicial appointments Committee; and the Ethics 2000 Liaison Committee. Ellen has been a member of the LACBA Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee for decades (Chair, 1996), and serves on the Ad Hoc President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession. She also served as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Senior Lawyers Division Executive Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on State Bar Admissions Regulation Reform Proposals. Ellen served as a member of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, as a member to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She is a charter member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. Ellen is a lifetime member and past president of the National Association of Women Lawyers.
2014 – John “Jack” Weiss: A Florida lawyer, Jack is a founding member of APRL and served as its third president. He has spent his entire career in the field of professional responsibility. He went into private practice in 1983 after working as Bar Counsel for The Florida Bar for more than eight years. Since then, he has represented more than 2,000 lawyers, Bar applicants, and judges in disciplinary proceedings and Board of Bar Examiner admission cases. Jack has also written countless ethics opinions and testified as an expert on professional responsibility matters in both federal and state courts. Jack devotes his efforts to serving his profession and the public. He is a past President of the Board of North Florida Legal Services, a federally funded legal aid provider, and has served on many committees including the ABA’s Standing Committee on Client Protection and The Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee. Additionally, Jack taught Professional Responsibility as an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University College of Law. He has also participated in many seminars on ethics, lawyer discipline, bar admissions and professional responsibility. Among those seminars was one jointly sponsored by APRL and the State Department of the United States in June 2000 in Shanghai, China. Jack has also been a member of ABA accreditation teams evaluating law schools’ compliance with the ABA’s standards for law school certification.
2012 – Mark I. Harrison: Mark Harrison was an Arizona lawyer and one of the country’s most respected leaders in the field of legal and judicial ethics and professional liability. Mark was revered in the Arizona legal community. Mark cared deeply about the legal profession and access to justice, and believed it was his obligation not just to care but to act. His impact went beyond his own law practice, as he devoted his prodigious determination on behalf of local, state and national bar associations, as well as countless civic and charitable organizations. His dedication to the profession and the Arizona legal community never waned. He served as President of the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors in 1975 and was again elected to the Board at the age of 85, 40 years later. His advocacy for civil and social justice included service as President of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood in Arizona and as the first Chair of the Board of Directors of Teach For America Phoenix. He chaired the ABA Commission to revise the Model Code of Judicial Conduct and Justice at Stake, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving fair and impartial courts. He represented countless lawyers facing disciplinary proceedings. He taught legal ethics as an adjunct professor at both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University Law Schools. In addition to the Charles W. Kettlewell Award, he also received the ABA’s Michael Franck Award for Professional Responsibility, the Burnham “Hod” Greeley Award for contributions to understanding the role of the judiciary, the State Bar’s Walter E. Craig Lifetime Achievement Award, the Judge Learned Hand Award for Community Service, and the Planned Parenthood Peggy Goldwater Award. Mark passed away on January 11, 2021.
2010 – Jeanne P. Gray: Jeanne Gray began her career in professional responsibility as Bar Counsel with the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. In addition to being admitted in Massachusetts, she was a member of the Florida bar. A founding member of APRL, Director of the ABA Center of Professional Responsibility, a dear friend and colleague of Chuck Kettlewell, and a visionary leader in developing legal ethics policy through publication of scholarly resources, professional consultation services, promotion of competence and professionalism, and providing lawyers assistance in solving ethical conundrums with an unerring view toward client protection.