April 4, 2016

ABA President Visits Austin, Speaks to Boys & Girls Club

Paulette Brown, the first wobrown_approved_headshotman of color to be named President of the American Bar Association (ABA), was in Austin on Thursday, March 31, 2016.  The visit was part of her Main Street Initiative, which has her crisscrossing the country during her presidential year.  She is visiting at least two states per month, reaching out to lawyers, law schools, and bar associations across the country.  At most stops, Brown visits with local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs. While in Austin, Brown and members of the Austin Bar Association and Austin Young Lawyer’s Association, went to the Boys & Girls Club at Volma Overton Elementary School where she talked to  children about the law and encouraged them to consider a path toward working in the legal profession.

Brown was also in town to open an American Bar Association conference on 40 Years after Gregg V. Georgia: A National Conference on the Death Penalty at the University of Texas School of Law. Her opening remarks discussed the ABA’s long history and dedication to the examination of capital punishment in America.

Brown is partner at Locke Lord LLP and is co-chair of the firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee.