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WASHINGTON, September 1, 2016 — The American Bar Association announced the Governing and Advisory Council members as well as the special advisors for the newly formed ABA Center for Innovation in Chicago.
The Center will advance the ABA’s position as the lead architect of the legal profession’s efforts to increase access to justice and improve the delivery of legal services through innovative programs and initiatives. It will serve as a resource for ABA members and operate a program of fellowships to work with other professionals, such as technologists, entrepreneurs and design professionals. The Center also will maintain an inventory of the ABA’s innovation efforts as well as the efforts of the domestic and international legal services community.
“Extraordinary talent has been recruited from the tech and design worlds to join forces with respected leaders of the bar to govern the Center,” said Linda A. Klein, president of the ABA. “This unprecedented collaboration will assure that out of the Center will come a surge in legal services delivery innovations that will benefit the public for decades to come.”
Andrew Perlman, Dean of Suffolk University Law School, will chair the Governing Council. Janet Jackson, formerly the director of the ABA’s Office of the President, will serve as managing director of the Center.
The Councils include leaders from the legal profession and business community, the judiciary, and legal education, as well as young lawyers, legal service innovators, and thought leaders from other industries. The Governing Council includes:
· Ramon A. Abadin, partner at Sedgwick LLP in Miami
The Advisory Council includes:
The Center also will have three special advisors:
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