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December 16, 2009

ABA President-Elect to Address California Western School Of Law At Graduation Ceremony

_ President-elect Stephen N. Zack will speak to the graduating class of the California Western School of Law in San Diego at the school’s commencement ceremony Dec. 21.  The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, located at One Park Boulevard.

Zack, a partner in the Miami office of the national law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner, will begin his term as ABA president in August 2010.  He will be the first Hispanic president in the association’s 131-year history and will work to promote civics education, the importance of inspiring a new generation of lawyers and ABA programs that advance access to justice for everyone in the United States.  In addition, he is working to convene a commission on Hispanic rights.

On Dec. 22, Zack will attend a “know-your-rights presentation” at the Otay Mesa immigration detention facility at 446 Alta Road, San Diego.  The presentation will be conducted by the ABA’s Immigration Justice Project of San Diego, which promotes due process and access to justice at all levels of the immigration and appellate court system through pro bono legal services.

More information is available about the Immigration Justice Project at:  http://new.abanet.org/Immigration/Pages/ImmigrationJusticeProject.aspx

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. – 30 -