New ABA President Has Big Plans

The legal profession took another leap forward last week when the American Bar Association inaugurated Paulette Brown as the group’s president for the coming year. Brown, a partner with Locke Lorde in Morristown, New Jersey, is the first woman of color to serve in this prestigious post. Her predecessors include Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, and former President and Chief Justice of the United States William Howard Taft.

And she is not letting this opportunity go to waste. She’s announced an ambitious agenda, including working to improve diversity in the legal profession, combating racial bias in the judicial system, encouraging a week of pro bono service in October, and reaching out to all lawyers by visiting every state in the nation during her tenure.

These are all great initiatives, and we wish her well as she moves our profession forward. All lawyers and the public we serve will be the better for it.


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