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ABA Forum on Franchising seeks applicants for scholarship honoring John Baer

May 24, 2016

The American Bar Association is accepting applications for a Forum on Franchising scholarship established in memory of the late Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale partner John Baer.

John Baer headshotIn October 2015, the ABA Forum on Franchising established the John R. F. Baer Scholarship for International Civility and Professionalism. The scholarship will be awarded to an attorney who demonstrates Baer’s tradition of exceptional leadership and civility in franchise law, with an emphasis on international law. Baer, who was a member of Greensfelder’s Chicago office, died in 2015. He was the first recipient of the Forum's prestigious Lewis G. Rudnick Award in 2009 and was a member of the Forum’s governing committee from 2003 to 2006.

The Baer scholarship covers tuition and a travel stipend of $1,000 for attendance at the Forum’s annual meeting Nov. 2-4, 2016, in Miami, Florida. Applications should include:

  1. A personal statement of interest and experience in the international practice of franchise and distribution law (which may include through writing or speaking);
  2. A description of ways in which the applicant has demonstrated professionalism and civility across geographic borders; and
  3. At least two letters of recommendation, which must include letters from practicing lawyers in least two countries. 

The Forum will give particular consideration to applicants who would not be able to attend without financial assistance. Submissions are due July 1, 2016, and should be directed to Forum chair Karen Satterlee at

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