The American Bar Association president-elect Linda Klein visited with Evansville attorneys Friday to talk about how the national organization can better serve the legal profession.
About 42 lawyers who practice in the Ohio River city attended the hour-long discussion held in a Vanderburgh Superior courtroom, according to Evansville Bar Association President Steve Hoar. Over coffee and doughnuts, Klein and the attorneys discussed the changing practice of law.
“We were very honored to host her and excited,” Hoar said. “It was very productive. I thought good information was shared both ways.”
Klein, a managing shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Georgia office, was the first woman to serve as the president of the State Bar of Georgia and was selected as the ABA president-elect in August. She will become president of the national organization in August 2016.
In preparation of her term as president, Klein has been traveling around the country as she plans her agenda for 2016-2017. She has been asking how the ABA can assist lawyers.
Evansville lawyers suggested the ABA could offer assistance and guidance on using technology and on managing a practice, Hoar said. Also, the attorneys talked about the ways the ABA could better advocate for lawyers and for legislation impacting the legal profession. However, they advised the ABA should refrain from staking out political positions.
“I think it was a good thing for her to do,” Hoar said. “There were quite a few in the audience who are not members of the ABA. I think she was probably looking for what the ABA could do to attract these lawyers back and I think she got good feedback on that.”