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November 17, 2009

ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm Accepts Resignation of Executive Director Henry F. White Jr.

Names General Counsel R. Thomas Howell Jr. Interim Executive Director

_ President Carolyn B. Lamm today accepted the resignation of Henry F. White Jr. as executive director of the national organization, and immediately named R. Thomas Howell Jr., general counsel, as interim executive director.

“I wish Hank White well in his future endeavors, and thank him for his service to the ABA over the past three years.  I know that Tom Howell, who has served the association for many years both as a leading member and more recently as chief legal officer, will ensure that the association continues to serve its members and the public through a transition to new leadership,” said Lamm.

Lamm announced that William C. Hubbard of Columbia, SC, chair of the ABA House of Delegates, will chair a search committee to identify a successor.

Howell became general counsel of the ABA in 2007, after being of counsel to the Chicago-based law firm of Seyfarth Shaw for 10 years.  Previously, he was vice president and general counsel of The Quaker Oats Company.  He holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a bachelors degree from Williams College, and completed an advanced management program at Harvard Business School.

With nearly 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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