Greco Takes Over As ABA President
Amidst his calls for a "renaissance of idealism" within the legal community, Michael S. Greco assumed the presidency of the American Bar Association in early August at its annual meeting in Chicago.
Greco outlined his goals for his term in an August 8 speech to the ABA House of Delegates. "The law, like the American dream, should make no distinction between rich and poor," he noted. "Unfortunately, neither the American legal system nor our nation has fully kept that promise. Reliable studies have documented that 70-80% of the legal needs of America's poor go unmet year after year." This justice gap, he says, led him to form the ABA Task Force on Access to Civil Justice. One of its goals will be considering a civil Gideon, "a defined right to counsel in certain serious civil cases."
He also continued his "renaissance of idealism" theme by announcing the formation of the ABA Commission on the Renaissance of Idealism in the Legal Profession. "It should be a concern to all of us that fewer lawyers today are becoming visible as public citizens," he said. "We must take steps to nourish the idealism of younger lawyers and veteran lawyers, giving them time and opportunity to engage in meaningful pro bono work and public service."
Greco has retained that idealism throughout his distinguished career. Currently a partner in the Boston office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, he brings with him over 32 years of experience as a trial lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator. He has also served as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and was co-founder and co-chair of Bar Leaders for Preservation of Legal Services for the Poor, an organization that helped save LSC from possible elimination in the 1980s.
For a further discussion of Greco's goals as ABA President, see "Uncivil Justice" in this edition of EJM.
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