A recent Texas Lawbook
article focused on how a trio of Locke Lord lawyers are playing a leading role in shaping the legal profession locally, statewide and nationally.
The article showcased Paulette Brown, a Morristown-based Partner who was recently installed president of the American Bar Association and is the first woman of color to hold the position in the ABA’s 136-year history; Brad Weber, co-leader of Locke Lord's antitrust practice and the current president of the Dallas Bar Association for 2015; and Corporate Partner Frank Stevenson, who will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2016 to June 2017. According to Stevenson, these intersecting presidencies offer a unique opportunity "to share best practices regarding the critical issues facing the profession, including advancing diversity, adapting to new technology and ensuring access to justice for all citizens."
The article noted that Brown, Weber and Stevenson plan to work together to promote several major initiatives, including the ABA's National Celebration of Pro Bono from October 25-31, a new signature event, "And Justice for All: An ABA Day of Service", and diversity. Brown has spearheaded the creation of the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion 360 to analyze diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the judicial system and the ABA with the objective of developing sustainable action plans.
In addition, Weber and Stevenson participated in a Q&A with Texas Lawbook, in which they addressed key themes as they lead their respective bar associations, including how to assist the “new generation” of law students and young lawyers who are entering into the legal market, engaging all of the association members and educating the public about the unique role that lawyers play in providing legal aid, serving their communities and promoting justice.
The complete Texas Lawbook article is available here.