Testing Task Force Members

Members of the Testing Task Force bring many years of combined experience from their roles serving on the bench, in private practice, on state boards of bar examiners, as bar administrators, as legal employers, and as legal educators.

Hon. Cynthia MartinHon. Cynthia L. Martin (chair) has served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, since 2009. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was in private practice as a business and commercial trial lawyer for 25 years, during the last 10 of which she was a solo practitioner. She served as co-chair of the Legal Education and Admission to the Bar subcommittee for the Missouri Bar/Missouri Supreme Court Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession in 2015-2016. From August 2014 to August 2016, she served as chair of the Bar Admissions Committee for the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; since August 2016, she has served as a member of the Accreditation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. She was a member of the Missouri Board of Law Examiners from 2001 to 2011 and has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners since 2011. She received a B.A. from William Jewell College and her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Hulett (Bucky) AskewHulett H. (Bucky) Askew is a Professor of Practice at the Georgia State University College of Law. He was the Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association from September 2006 until September 2012. Prior to that, he was the Director of the Office of Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court of Georgia from 1990 to 2006. He also concurrently served as Executive Director of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism from 1990 to 1996. Previously, he was the Director of the Civil Division of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and worked for the Legal Services Corporation, both in Washington, DC. Askew is a former member of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association and served for six years on the Section’s Accreditation Committee. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners since 2012. Askew received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

BosseDiane F. Bosse is Special Counsel to the firm of Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., in New York, where she assists the insurance coverage and appellate practice groups. She has practiced law for over 40 years, representing self-insured and insurance company clients in a wide variety of litigated matters. Bosse was appointed by the Court of Appeals to the New York Board of Law Examiners in 1998 after having served for 19 years as an assistant to the Board. She has served as chair of the Board since 2001. Bosse served on the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners from 1999 to 2008 (chair, 2006-07) and currently chairs the Conference’s Multistate Essay Examination/Multistate Performance Test Committee. Bosse is vice chair of the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and a past member and chair of the Section’s Accreditation Committee. She received her B.A. from the University at Buffalo and her J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School.

David BoydDavid R. Boyd is a partner at Balch & Bingham, LLP, in Alabama, where his practice focuses on business, governmental, and employment litigation and on higher education-related matters. Boyd is former chair of the Alabama Board of Bar Examiners and former chair of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2005. Currently chairing NCBE’s Long Range Planning Committee, Boyd is also a current member and former chair of NCBE’s Multistate Bar Examination Committee and a former member of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination Committee. He received his B.A. from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Michele GavagniMichele A. Gavagni has served as the Executive Director of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners in Tallahassee, Florida, since 2006. From 1995 to 2006, she served as Director of Examinations for the board, supervising the preparation, administration, and grading of the General Bar Examination for over 5,000 applicants annually. She began her career with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners in 1989 as an Investigative Analyst. Gavagni has been active in the Council of Bar Admission Administrators since 1995. She has chaired multiple committees and served in 2005-06 as the Chair of the organization. Gavagni currently serves as a member of The Florida Bar’s Student Education and Admission to the Bar Committee and the Supreme Court of Florida’s Commission on Professionalism and Civility. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners since 2010. Gavagni holds a B.S. from Berry College.

Judith GundersenJudith A. Gundersen is the president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. She has been with the Conference since 2000, most recently as Director of Test Operations, and before that as Deputy Director of Testing. In the Testing Department, she had primary responsibility for Multistate Essay Examination and Multistate Performance Test development and production and also staffed the Multistate Bar Examination Evidence Drafting Committee for several years. Prior to working at the Conference, Gundersen worked in the Madison, Wisconsin, office of Foley & Lardner, LLP, at U.S. Bank (f/k/a First Wisconsin National Bank), and as an assistant district attorney in the Dane County District Attorney’s Office. As an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin Law School from 2009-2012, she co-taught a course on crime victims’ rights in the criminal justice system. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Anthony SimonAnthony R. Simon is a partner at Simon & Teeuwissen, PLLC, in Jackson, Mississippi, with a general litigation practice. He has been a member of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions since 2011 and has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners since 2017. Simon currently serves on the Conference’s Multistate Essay Examination/Multistate Performance Test Committee and Multistate Bar Examination Committee. He received his B.B.A. from Howard University and his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.

Timothy WongTimothy Y. Wong is an attorney in St. Paul, Minnesota, having retired from 3M in 2017. During his career at 3M from 1994-2017, he served in several positions, including Director of 3M’s charitable foundation (3Mgives), Associate General Counsel for Legal Affairs, Human Resources Director of Employee Relations, Asia Pacific Legal Director (based in Hong Kong), and Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Prior to his work at 3M, Wong was an associate and partner at Lindquist & Vennum in Minneapolis and an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Newport Beach, California. Wong has served on the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners since 2012 and on the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners since 2015. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Hon. Rebecca White Berch (Ret.)Hon. Rebecca White Berch (Ret.) (ex-officio member) retired from the Arizona Supreme Court in 2015. She joined the Court in 2002 and served as its Chief Justice from 2009 to 2014. She served on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1998 to 2002. Prior to that, she held several positions in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office: she was First Assistant Attorney General from 1996 to 1998, Special Counsel from 1995 to 1996, and Solicitor General from 1991 to 1994. At Arizona State University College of Law, she was the Director of the Legal Writing Program from 1986 to 1991 and 1994 to 1995. Between 1979 and 1986 she practiced law in Phoenix. She is the Chair of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and has served on its Board of Trustees since 2009. She received a B.S. and an M.A. from Arizona State University and a J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law.

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