Ronald L. Marmer Named Chair of the _ Section of Litigation

marmer_RCHICAGO, Aug. 15, 2011 — The _ Section of Litigation has announced that Ronald L. Marmer will serve as section chair for a one-year term commencing Aug. 9.  The Section of Litigation is the national voice for litigators and a leader in advocating improvements in the justice system.

At the International Human Rights Award Luncheon at the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, where Marmer received the section’s gavel, he noted that the United States has the highest incarceration rates in the world.  Observing that the numbers have skyrocketed since the mid-1970s, Marmer urged, “Our generation has caused this problem, and it is our responsibility to fix it.”

As chair, Marmer’s initiatives also include expanding support for Litigation Assistance to Military Personnel, a pro bono project that places volunteer lawyers with active members of the military who need lawyers to assist them in court.  The project has connected hundreds of military members with volunteer litigators, representing thousands of hours of legal work at no charge.  As Marmer explains, “The men and women who serve our country risk their lives to protect our system of justice.  We have an obligation to assure that we protect their rights when they cannot afford to hire a lawyer.”

Marmer also plans to focus on children’s rights—including the special challenges facing LGBTQ youth, the critical role of education for all children, and crimes of violence against children.  “We know that children are at risk in alarming numbers,” Marmer stated, “and we now have the tools to make a real difference in their lives.”

For the last 34 years, Marmer has represented clients in their most difficult and complex matters. Representing the court-appointed examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, Marmer led a team investigating fiduciary duty and corporate governance issues.  He also was retained by the Joint Official Liquidators to investigate the collapse of a prominent fund based in the Cayman Islands.  Among his high-profile cases, Marmer was co-lead counsel for Coleman (Parent) Holdings in its fraud suit against Morgan Stanley.  The verdict in that case was named by Lawyers Weekly USA and the National Law Journal as their top jury verdict of that year.

A partner at Jenner & Block, Marmer splits his time between Jenner’s Chicago and New York offices.  He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.S. and M.A. from Northwestern University.  He is a member of the bars of Illinois and New York.  He also serves on the boards of directors of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and the good-works arm of the City Bar of New York.

The ABA Section of Litigation represents about 68,000 lawyers, judges and others involved in all aspects of litigation and the dispute resolution process.  The Section provides tools and resources to assist lawyers to be better litigators as they serve their clients.  It offers opportunities for growth, learning and networking through its professional communities. Its activities reflect and support the commitment of its members to a strong, diverse and vibrant profession, a fair and accessible justice system and a wide range of pro bono activities.  For more information on the Section’s programs and public service efforts, visit http://www.americanbar.org/litigation/.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. 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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