(Atlanta, Georgia /February 9, 2015) Linda Klein, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Georgia offices, was selected today as the American Bar Association's president-elect nominee for 2015-16. In her remarks to the House of Delegates today, President-Elect Nominee Klein called upon all lawyers to work together toward common goals to protect the justice system and help lawyers help their clients.
This election puts Ms. Klein in line to follow current President William C. Hubbard and current President-Elect Paulette Brown for a term as president beginning August 2016.
Ms. Klein has previously served in various other leadership positions for the ABA, including serving as chair of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates (the Association's second ranking officer), as chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and as chair of ABA Day, the association's Congressional outreach effort.
Ms. Klein's practice includes most types of business dispute resolution, including contract law, construction law, higher education law and professional liability. In June 1997, Ms. Klein became the first woman to serve as president of the State Bar of Georgia. She is a recipient of the American Bar Association's prestigious Margaret Brent Achievement Award and the State Bar of Georgia's Randolph Thrower Award for Lifetime Achievement in Diversity.
Ms. Klein is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA. She has been named by Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 lawyers in Georgia, an honor bestowed upon only nine women in 2014.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations 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.