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It’s official: Hilarie Bass to lead American Bar Association

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Miami’s Hilarie Bass, co-president of Greenberg Traurig, has formally been named president-elect of the American Bar Association. She will serve as president-elect for one year before assuming the bar’s top leadership position in August 2017.

Speaking during the ABA annual meeting in San Francisco, Bass emphasized the importance of advance equal access to justice.

“At a time when many are questioning whether the concept of ‘Justice for All’ applies to them, the ABA must lead by implementing strategies across this country to ensure that our citizens can believe the civil and criminal justice system is truly blind to color, gender, religion and income inequality,” Bass said, according to a release.

Bass also spoke to the need to better leverage technological tools to meet legal needs for those who cannot afford a lawyer, and in better preparing future lawyers through hands-on training.

Bass joined Greenberg Traurig following law school at the University of Miami, where she now serves as vice-chair of the board of trustees. She also has served in numerous local and national civic and professional organizations, including United Way and the Orange Bowl Committee.

Jane Wooldridge