Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Chair: Gloria Johnson
News & Updates:
The ADR Section mourns loss of our CHAIR EMERITIS, CHARLES DONEGAN,
who led our Section for more than 30 years. He was an active Arbitrator from 1971 to 2017.
After he announced his retirement, the ADR Section gave him and his wife Patricia, a farewell
luncheon at Ben’s Next Door, on August 28, 2017; just before they moved from Washington DC
Charles Donegan graduated Howard University Law School (1967-JD) and Columbia
University Law (1970-LLM). Mr. Donegan, a member of the Washington DC, Illinois and
New York State Bars, was also a former law professor at Howard University, SUNY at
Buffalo, Ohio State, Louisiana State University and North Carolina Central Law
Schools. He served as Assistant Counsel, of the NAACP 1967 to 1969, Assistant
Counsel, U.S.EPA 1978 to 1980 and staff counsel for Floyd B. McKissick Enterprises,
Inc. Charlie remarked during the ADR sponsored Farewell Retirement luncheon that
Floyd McKissick was his mentor and life long friend, who he considered to be “like a big
In addition to having served as a member of the NBA Board of Governors, Mr. Donegan
held leadership positions in the American Bar Association (ABA), District of Columbia,
Chicago, Cook County and Federal Bar Associations. Charles held leadership positions
in the Society of Labor Relations Professionals and the Labor and Employment
When he attended Howard Law School, Donegan was a Ford Foundation Scholarship
student and a member of the Howard Law Journal. He was also a Ford Fellow while a
JSD candidate at Columbia Law School. In addition, Charles received a NEH
postdoctoral fellowship to Yale University, which was declined.
Mr. Donegan enjoyed serving as a moot court judge for the ABA, NBA, BALSA and law
schools for many years. He was an activist for civil rights and human rights causes.
His biography appears in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and
Who’s Who in African America.
He established the Charles and Patricia Donegan Civil Rights Scholarship at Howard
University Law School. In 1981 and 1982, he was voted most outstanding professor at
Southern University Law School. At his farewell brunch given by the NBA ADR Section,
Charlie shared with the group that the bar passage rate at Southern University
increased from 16% in 1980 to 51% in 1984. The bar passage rates also increased at
Howard, Southern and North Carolina Central Law Schools while he taught at those law
schools. There was also an improvement while he taught at LSU in 1981. Courses he
taught included contracts, constitutional law, federal jurisdiction and administrative law.