Tim Berg


Arizona Delegation

Tim Berg was appointed as an Arizona Uniform Law Commissioner in 1993 and has been continuously reappointed by governors of both political parties. Over the years, he has served as chair or a member of various drafting and study committees and while he found the subject matter of each to be important and fascinating, he especially enjoyed chairing the drafting committees on the Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act and the Model Tribal Probate Code. He served as the Chair of the ULC’s Executive Committee and is now serving as President.

Tim is a 1975 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law and clerked for the Honorable Richard H. Chambers, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He serves on the Law College’s alumni board and on the board of the Arizona Equal Justice Foundation, supporting the availability of legal services in Arizona.

Tim has practiced at the Fennemore firm for forty-five years. His practice focuses on civil appeals in state and federal court, Arizona constitutional and public law, public records law and administrative law including utility regulation. He is a member and past president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and has briefed and argued more than 500 appeals in various state and federal appellate courts.

Lisa Jacobs

Chair, Executive Committee

Pennsylvania Delegation

Lisa R. Jacobs was appointed as a Pennsylvania Uniform Law Commissioner in 2012, after she had been serving in several advisory capacities to drafting committees since 2008. Over the years, she has served as chair or a member of various drafting and study committees as well as the Uniform Law Commission’s first Diversity and Inclusion Committee. While her substantive focus has been generally on acts in the business organization and commerce-oriented areas, she has also served in such areas as Registration of Canadian Money Judgments and privacy-related acts. She most recently served as Chair of the ULC’s Committee on Scope and Program and served on both of its recent Constitution Amendment committees. She currently is the Chair of the ULC’s Executive Committee.

Lisa is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP. She has extensive experience representing businesses and institutions in domestic and international transactional matters. For more than 30 years, Lisa has served as an advisor to both private and public companies in a wide variety of industries on matters related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, institutional and private equity financings, securitization and structured finance and corporate governance issues.

Lisa is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Villanova University School of Law. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, American Law Institute and American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She also is a member and chair of the Corporation Bureau Advisory Committee for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and chairs the Pennsylvania “Title 15” committee that drafts and updates its business organization laws. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching a course on International Business Transactions, and is a frequent course program participant for continuing legal education programs on areas in her substantive expertise.

Lane Shetterly

Vice President

Oregon Delegation

Lane Shetterly began his law practice in in Dallas, Oregon in 1981.

From 2004 through August, 2007, Lane was the director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.

Prior to his appointment to the department, Lane served seven years in the Oregon Legislature. He served as Speaker pro tem of the House from 2001 until he resigned to become director of DLCD. He returned to his law practice in 2007.

Lane’s areas of practice include estate planning and administration, small business, property transactions and municipal law.

Lane volunteers his service on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in Oregon including Salem Health, Dallas Community Foundation, Polk Community Development Corporation, and serves as chair of the Oregon Community Foundation. Lane was chair of the Oregon Law Commission for 21 years, until 2019. He is currently a member from Oregon on the national Uniform Law Commission, a position he holds by appointment of the Governor.

Lane was born in Dallas. He graduated with honors from Western Oregon University (Oregon College of Education) in 1977 with a BS in Education, and with honors from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, in 1981.

He is married to Francine, a staff attorney at the Oregon Court of Appeals.

In his spare time Lane enjoys running and music. He has completed six Hood to Coast Relays and four marathons and has performed with the Portland Opera Chorus at Carnegie Hall.

Sam Thumma


Arizona Delegation

A Uniform Law Commissioner from Arizona since 2012, Sam has served on (and at times chaired) drafting, study and other committees, including the Scope and Program Committee, Committee to Monitor Developments in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution and various Drafting and Study Committees.

Sam has served on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, since 2012, including service as Chief and Vice Chief Judge. Sam previously served for nearly five years on the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County. Nationally, Sam is immediate past chair of the Appellate Judges Education Institute, Inc., Board of Directors and is the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division Liaison to the Section of Litigation. He is a Presidential Appointee to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service. A member of the American Law Institute since 2003, Sam is an Advisor to the RESTATEMENT OF THE LAW (THIRD) OF TORTS: REMEDIES. He also serves on the Joint Technology Committee, appointed by the National Center for State Courts.

Sam chairs Arizona’s Commission on Access to Justice and has served on (and at times chaired) various Committees, Commissions and Task Forces for the Arizona Supreme Court and the State Bar of Arizona. A frequent speaker and author, he currently teaches evidence at Arizona State University College of Law. In 2023, he was named the James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist by the State Bar of Arizona and in 2021, he was named the Judge of the Year by the Arizona Supreme Court.

Sam was an AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer and a partner at Perkins Coie Brown & Bain, P.A., in Phoenix, and an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. He clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Stanley G. Feldman and Judge David R. Hansen, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. Sam received a Master of Laws from Duke University School of Law in 2020; graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1988, where he was a Note & Comment Editor on the IOWA LAW REVIEW, and graduated from Iowa State University in 1984, where he was a Harry S. Truman Memorial Scholar.

Thomas J. Buiteweg


Michigan Delegation

Thomas J. Buiteweg is a partner in the Ann Arbor, MI office of the law firm of Hudson Cook, LLP. Mr. Buiteweg advises clients on motor vehicle and personal property financing and leasing and electronic financial services. He is also active in several rapidly evolving areas of the law affecting the delivery of financial services, including the regulation of virtual currency businesses, highly automated vehicles and smart contracts.

Mr. Buiteweg is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Law School where he teaches a course in sales and secured financing that focuses on dealer and consumer motor vehicle sales and financing. He speaks and writes frequently on financial services and vehicle-related topics, including electronic financial services, collections and repossessions, highly automated vehicles, the Uniform Commercial Code, and vehicle and personal property leasing.

Mr. Buiteweg currently serves as Chair of the Michigan Commission on Uniform State Laws and as the Treasurer and an Executive Committee Member of the ULC. He also chairs the ULC's Committee on Technology. His past ULC work has included the automated operation of vehicles, the regulation of virtual currency businesses, revisions to UCC Article 9 governing security interests in personal property, home foreclosure procedures, manufactured housing financing and motor vehicle titling.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the ULC's governing board, and has the responsibility for implementing the policies adopted by the ULC at its meetings, and all the duties and powers prescribed by the Constitution and Bylaws.

Lisa Jacobs, Chair
Barbara Atwood
Heidi Tseu
Suzanne Walsh
Tim Berg, President
Lane Shetterly, Vice President
Sam Thumma, Secretary
Thomas J. Buiteweg, Treasurer
Steve Willborn, Chair, Scope and Program Committee
William Barrett, Chair, Legislative Committee
Dan Robbins, Immediate Past President
Tim Schnabel, Executive Director
Elizabeth Cotton-Murphy, Staff Liaison
Ben Orzeske, Staff Liaison
Kaitlin Wolff, Staff Liaison