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ABA President Klein Shares Message of Public Service at Concordia Law

An inspiring message of public service was shared Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Concordia Law.

ABA Pres Klein and Delia HanesAmerican Bar Association President Linda Klein addressed Concordia University School of Law students, faculty, staff, and members of the legal community, at a luncheon at Concordia University School of Law. 

Klein shared four ABA priorities, including: serving members; improving the profession; eliminating bias; enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law.  In addressing these priorities, President Klein focused on public service, stating, “There are 3,500 ABA entities focused on various forms of public service, in the United States and around the globe.”

President Klein encouraged attendees to join in Law Day on May 1st, with the goal of mobilizing students and lawyers around the country. This year’s Law Day theme is The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy. More information is available at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/law-day.html.

The ABA also prioritized serving veterans this year, President Klein shared. ABA is passionate about ensuring veterans have access to justice, and receive the legal support they need.  With this priority, President Klein has established the ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative.

To a question from Concordia Law Professor Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff about how to increase diversity in the law profession, President Klein shared that the ABA has, among other diversity initiatives, a Commission on Women, and a variety of diversity commissions, a gender equity task force, and a pipeline committee that works with students of all ages, encouraging young people of all backgrounds to explore the legal field. Klein also shared that while one third of the profession is female, yet women and especially women of color, are least likely to hold leadership positions.  More information at http://www.americanbar.org/news/reporter_resources/cwp-resources.html.

Concordia University School of Law Dean Elena Langan asked President Klein what she feels is the biggest challenge facing law schools.  President Klein shared that “controlling costs and ensuring that students get experiential learning.”  She encouraged use of the free ABA student membership for students.   

Klein encouraged students to make a difference in their communities, with an emphasis on pro bono work and volunteer work. 

(pictured: ABA Pres Klein and Concordia Law student Delia Hanes, incoming Student Bar Association president)