Bar News - September 16, 2015
ABA President-Elect to Visit NH
Plans Oct. 13 Listening Session with Members
Bar members have an unusual opportunity to meet and converse in a small group with ABA President-elect Linda Klein at the NH Bar Center on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Klein, who will take on leadership of the ABA in summer 2016, is interested in meeting with lawyers (ABA members and nonmembers alike) to find out from them how the ABA can best serve the profession. Her New Hampshire visit is being coordinated with stops in Burlington, Vt., and Portland, Maine.
Any NH Bar Association members interested in participating in a conversation with Klein, please contact Debbie Hawkins. Space is limited.
“While New Hampshire is accustomed to would-be presidents coming to town, it is rare for the soon-to-be national spokesperson for the legal profession to arrange this kind of informal opportunity to talk with our lawyers,” said NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy.
Klein, who was elected the first female president of the State Bar of Georgia in 1997, is the managing shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Georgia offices. She serves a one-year term as president-elect then becomes ABA president in August 2016.
Klein’s practice area includes business dispute resolution, including contract law, employment law and professional liability, working extensively with clients in the construction, higher education and pharmaceutical industries.
As president of the Georgia Bar, she advocated for state funding for Georgia Legal Services and Atlanta Legal Aid to hire lawyers to help indigent victims of domestic violence. She organized a statewide group of community organizations and local and minority bar associations that together convinced the General Assembly to appropriate $2 million. Since then, the annual appropriations have helped thousands in Georgia with legal issues related to domestic violence.
Klein served as chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates, the second highest office in the organization, from 2010-2012. She has also served as chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, chair of the Committee on Rules and Calendar of the House of Delegates, chair of the Coalition for Justice, and chair of ABA Day, the Association’s Congressional outreach effort. She is a member of the Council of the ABA Section of International Law and also serves as a columnist and on the Board of Editors of Law Practice Management Magazine. In 2004, the American Bar Association honored Klein with the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.