Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC Founding Partner Joseph S. Goode has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). Nominated by his peers for this exceedingly rare honor, Joe joins the ranks of lawyers, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities.  Notable Fellows include Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, and Former Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Shirley S. Abrahamson.

Membership to the Fellows is limited to just one percent of lawyers admitted to practice in the United States and its territories and a limited number of those in international jurisdictions.

The ABF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1952, is recognized as a leading institute for the empirical study of law in the United States. The thrust of ABF’s mission is a focus on cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that addresses questions at the intersection of law and society. These areas of research include access to justice, the function of juries in our legal system, law and health, the social costs of mass incarceration, diversity and equal justice, legal education, law and globalization, and much more.

Of this truly impressive achievement, Joe says:

“It’s incredibly humbling to be named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows’ rolls are filled with incredibly impressive professionals and personal heroes of mine. To be invited to join their ranks is a real honor. I look forward to helping shepherd the mission of the American Bar Foundation as it continues its vital work of shaping American legal thought and opinion.”

To read the ABF’s Press Release on Joe’s nomination, click here.