Fall 2004

Stephen F. Hanlon Becomes Section Chair

Stephen F. Hanlon, a partner at Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C., succeeded Joan F. Kessler as Section Chair at the 2003 ABA Annual Meeting.

“The Section has never been in a stronger position within the ABA than it is now,” Steve said upon taking office at the close of the ABA Annual Meeting in August. “We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Section leaders who have brought us to this point. The Section is exceptionally well represented on the Board of Governors. We have a talented new Executive Director in Tanya Terrell-Collier, who knows the system well and is highly respected within the ABA.”

Steve, who serves as head of Holland & Knight’s pro bono department, has been practicing law since 1966. His major civil rights work has included challenges to high stakes testing and indigent defense systems, reparations for survivors of the 1923 Rosewood Massacre, and death penalty, voting rights, and unconsented medical experimentation litigation.

Steve says he plans to leave the agenda for his year as Chair open. “Rarely in our nation’s history have the values that we cherish been under such constant attack on so many fronts,” he said. “We would be foolish to select now which of those challenges we will pursue in the ensuing year. The only certainty in these times is that the issues we will confront will present unique opportunities for all who are committed to the preservation of civil rights and civil liberties.”

Other 2004-05 officers elected at the Section Annual Meeting at which Steve became Chair include John D. Podesta, Washington D.C. (Chair-elect); Paul M. Igasaki, Alexandria, Va. (Vice Chair); Robert E. Stein, Washington, D.C. (Secretary). Marcia D. Greenberger of Washington, D.C., Drucilla S. Ramey of New York, NY, and Richard M. Macias of Los Angeles, Calif. were re-elected to three-year terms on the Council. Newly elected member, Sarah Weddington of Austin, Texas, also joins the Council for a three-year term.

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