Hon. Timothy K. Lewis Invited to Join the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers as an Honorary FellowOn October 21, 2010 by Schnader in News
The co-chair of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group is the third Schnader attorney
invited to join the Academy.
October 21, 2010 – Washington, D.C: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is proud to announce that the Hon. Timothy K. Lewis, co-chair of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group, has been invited by a unanimous vote of the Board of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers to join the organization as an Honorary Fellow. Individuals who are considered for this recognition must have attained a high degree of respect and eminence through their contributions to and accomplishments in appellate practice. Generally, nominees have a minimum of 15 years of practice in appellate law and membership is limited and by invitation only.
Judge Lewis is a former federal appeals judge whose private practice includes federal and state appeals, complex arbitration and mediation matters, commercial litigation, federal and state criminal cases, and corporate investigations. Before entering private practice, Judge Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when President George H. W. Bush elevated him to the Court of Appeals in 1992. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States. Before being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Lewis served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, and is regularly recognized by the publishers of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of appellate law, administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, and commercial litigation.
In addition to maintaining an active private practice, Judge Lewis serves in a variety of public and civic roles. Judge Lewis is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association and serves as a member of that organization’s National Task Force on Issues Related to the Arbitration of Consumer Debt Disputes. He also serves on the board of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, is a member of that organization’s Diversity Task Force, and serves on the board of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. In 2009, he was honored with the American Arbitration Association’s Outstanding Director Award, which recognizes a member of the organization’s Board of Directors who has distinguished themselves through their singular and outstanding efforts in furthering the Association’s mission of service and education in the field of conflict management.
He has been a leader in the area of constitutional rights and equal access to justice for all. He is a board member for The Constitution Project and a co-chair of one of that organization’s major initiatives, the National Right to Counsel Committee. The Committee released the ground-breaking “Justice Denied” report in April 2009 detailing the endemic and systemic failures of the indigent defense system and offering twenty-two specific and urgently needed reforms to fix them. Since the report’s release, Judge Lewis and his fellow Committee members have been actively advocating on behalf of the report’s recommended reforms. He also serves as a board member of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to advancing the Constitutional promise of equal citizenship to all persons irrespective of race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender or poverty, and on the board of the Peter Jennings Project for Journalism and the Constitution, which hosts an annual event that brings together journalists, scholars, political leaders and students to examine and understand constitutional issues more deeply. In 2010, Judge Lewis was recognized by the editors of The National Law Journal and the Legal Times as one of publications’ 2010 “Champions and Visionaries,” an honor given to attorneys who have gone the extra mile to enhance the business of law and ensure justice is done.
Judge Lewis has often taken a leading role in advancing and contributing to legal education as well. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on the Appellate Advocacy Curriculum for the Duquesne University School of Law. He taught “Advocacy and Adjudication” as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is a former member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago School of Law. Further, he has served as a guest lecturer, moot court judge, and commencement speaker at various law schools, including the University of Pittsburgh, the Georgetown Law Center, Duquesne, Temple and Harvard. In addition to his involvement with a variety of law schools and universities, Judge Lewis has trained Department of Justice attorneys in mediation at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and served as an instructor in trial advocacy at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute. He also has served on the faculty of continuing legal education programs focusing upon appellate practice and procedure, mediation, arbitration, and employment discrimination.
Judge Lewis has been recognized for his laudable and impressive career by a variety of institutions and organizations. The publishers of Lawdragon magazine recognized him as one of the “Lawdragon 500 Leading Judges in America,” and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Minority Bar Committee has honored him with its Award of Achievement. Duquesne University School of Law, his alma matter, presented Judge Lewis with the Outstanding Achievement Award and he also has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kiski Prep School.
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