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W&L Alumna Nominated as Chair of ABA's House of Delegates

Linda Klein, a 1983 graduate of Washington and Lee’s School of Law, was nominated in February as chair of the American Bar Associations’ House of Delegates. Linda is managing shareholder in the Georgia offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, and of the firm’s board of directors.

The chair of the ABA House is the second-highest office in the association. The House of Delegates has 555 members and is the ABA’s policy-making body. Linda will begin her two-year term in August at the conclusion of the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

In 25 years of practice, Linda has specialized in business dispute resolution, including contract law, construction law, fidelity and surety law, employment law, and professional liability. She’s won numerous awards and honors. She was, for instance, the first — and thus far only — woman president of the State Bar of Georgia in 1997.

In 2009, the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section presented Linda with the Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Service Award, which recognizes TIPS members who exemplify the attributes embodied by the late Sen. Muskie: his dedication to justice for all citizens, his public service, and his role as a lawyer and distinguished leader of the section.

She was also the recipient of the ABA’s 2010 Fellows Outstanding State Chair Award and was honored with the Randolph Thrower Lifetime Achievement Award 2009 from the State Bar of Georgia, which recognizes Georgia attorneys for their achievements in promoting diversity in the legal profession.

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