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August 02, 2023 CHAIR CHAT

Episode 49: Mary L. Smith

This week's Chair Chat features a discussion with 2023-24 ABA President Mary L. Smith about her journey to ABA presidency, opportunities for collaboration, and plans for the upcoming Bar year. Watch the full chat below!

This Bar year, Section Chair Juan R. Thomas will host esteemed guests and colleagues for a weekly Chair Chat. This platform is designed to bring together legal scholars, advocates, thought leaders and activists committed to fighting for social justice, protecting our democracy, and upholding the rule of law, and to share strategies for tackling the existing and emerging civil rights issues facing our country. 

Guest Speaker

  • Mary L. Smith – President-Elect, American Bar Association; Vice Chair, VENG Group; Chair, Caroline and Ora Smith Foundation


  • Juan R. Thomas, Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Of Counsel, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.


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