The Fellows was established in 1955 as an honor society for attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who support the research of the ABF. Membership is by peer invitation only, and limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Nominees who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and the welfare of their communities are elected by the Board of the ABF.
The late Don Marmaduke, a Tonkon Torp founding partner, was a Fellow in the ABF as well.
The ABF is among the world's leading research institutes focused on the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. The organization seeks to advance the understanding and improvement of law through research projects of unmatched scale and quality on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world.