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UM alumna to be president of American Bar Association

First Miami graduate to hold prestigious position

By: Yohan Gomez // Contributing News Writer

Issue date: 7/8/08 Section: News
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Carolyn B. Lamm, an alumna of the University of Miami School of Law, is scheduled to become the next president of the American Bar Association (ABA), the largest voluntary professional organization in the world with approximately 400,000 members.

This marks the first time in UM's history that an alumna has been elected president of the ABA, said Dennis Lynch, dean of the School of Law. Lamm, who graduated from UM in 1973, currently works as a partner and an international trade and litigation lawyer for White & Case LLP in Washington D.C., where she specializes in international commercial litigation and international arbitration and trade. Her selection adds to the prestige of UM's School of Law, which is already regarded as one of the top law schools in the nation.

Francisco Angones, president of the Florida Bar and an alumnus of UM, said that Lamm's selection by the ABA will have a significant impact on the School of Law's image and accomplishments because the school is fairly young compared to other top law schools.

"We are very proud of our law alumni and the leadership roles that they serve in the bench and bar," said Lynch. "Carolyn was a dedicated student and is a loyal and generous alumna."

Lamm will begin her one-year term as president in August 2009.

"I am confident that she will be one of the best Bar presidents the ABA will have, when she assumes the leadership of this important organization," Lynch said.

Lamm's selection to lead the ABA next year is among many recent honors for the UM graduate. She has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal. In addition, some of her accolades include being elected president of the District of Columbia Bar and being appointed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Panel of Arbitrators for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Yohan Gomez may be contacted at y.gomez@umiami.edu.
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