February 06, 2018

New president-elect nominee vows to restore trust in justice system

Judy Perry Martinez, of counsel at Simon, Peragrine, Smith & Redfearn in New Orleans, became president-elect nominee at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver.

A long-time active member of the ABA, Perry Martinez served 26 years in the House of Delegates and has been chair of the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, the Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services and the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, among many other roles.

ABA president-elect nominee Judy Perry Martinez addresses the House of Delegates at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver


Noting that organizations in every sector are struggling with members demanding to know “the value of membership and how it will be delivered,” she called on the ABA to “reexamine our business model, drive greater operational efficiencies and rethink governance.”

Currently serving as a special advisor to the ABA Center for Innovation, she said, “sound strategy compels us to innovate and embrace technology to attract the brightest of future generations.”

Martinez also addressed the power of the collective voice of the ABA. “We must use that voice to trumpet the essential values of our democracy, so that practicing lawyers everywhere, and law students who will join our ranks, are proud to be members of the organization that stands up time and time again for the rule of law,” she said.

Saying that the U.S. and the world are at a turning point, she said, “we the lawyers will lead by instilling in the public a renewed trust and confidence in our justice system.”

“I pledge that with the collective voice, wisdom and courage of you—the leaders of our profession—this association will rise to a new zenith as it serves its members, defends liberty and achieves justice,” she vowed.