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Carolyn Lamm, D.C.-Based International Lawyer, Takes ABA Presidency

CHICAGO, Aug. 4, 2009 – Today, Carolyn Lamm, an international arbitration, litigation and trade lawyer from Washington, D.C., takes office as president of the _ for the current year. She will serve in this capacity until the association’s Annual Meeting in August 2010.

Lamm, a partner with White and Case (and member of the partner’s committee), is past president of the District of Columbia Bar and was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in America by the National Law Journal in 2007.

Lamm’s areas of focus for the coming year address several mega-trends within the legal profession. She has initiated a study relating to the impact of globalization and technology, and the increasingly global nature of law practice and its potential impact on lawyer regulation and ethics modernization. She is mobilizing the ABA to help the legal profession cope with and address the public’s need for legal services due to the recession. Lamm also is leading an effort to build membership in all segments of the association, including young lawyers, public interest lawyers, judges, and lawyers from both small and large firms. Additionally, Lamm will press diversity efforts for lawyers of color, women, disabled lawyers, lawyers of differing sexual orientations and gender identity.

Lamm has served as a member of the ABA House of Delegates 1982 to the present, and of the ABA Board of Governors from 2002 to 2005. She is former chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, served on and chaired the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, and served on numerous committees with the ABA Sections of Litigation, International Law and Business Law. 

Lamm is also a council member of the American Law Institute, Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a board member of the American Turkish Chamber of Commerce, the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and the American Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Lamm received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Lamm lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Peter Halle, who also is a lawyer. The couple has two sons, Alex and Daniel Halle.

With more than 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law

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