ABA President Carolyn Lamm
Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the lawn between the Colonnade and Lee Chapel (rain location: Warner Center). The event is open to the public. A complete schedule of events is available at the commencement website.
"Carolyn Lamm has been an inspirational President of the American Bar Association," said Rodney A. Smolla, dean of the School of Law. "We are particularly honored to have President Lamm address our graduating class in this inaugural year of Washington and Lee's new third-year curriculum, a curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and the importance of connection between legal educators and the practicing bar."
An international arbitration, litigation, and trade lawyer and a partner with White and Case, Lamm also is past president of the District of Columbia Bar. She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in America by the National Law Journal in 2007 and one of Washington's Top 30 Lawyers by Washingtonian magazine in 2009.
During her tenure as ABA president, Lamm has established commissions on diversity and on the impact of the economic crisis on the profession and legal needs. She also has appointed the ABA's Ethics 20/20 Commission, which will consider possible changes to lawyer ethics rules in light of globalization of the profession and changes in technology use by lawyers.
Lamm has held a variety of leadership posts in the ABA. She was a member of the ABA House of Delegates from 1982 to 2008, and of the ABA Board of Governors from 2002 to 2005. She is former chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division and of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. She has also served on numerous committees and in leadership positions with the ABA Sections of Litigation, International Law and Business Law.
Lamm is a council member of the American Law Institute, and a board member of the American Turkish Chamber of Commerce, the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and the American Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Lamm received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.