The American Law Institute 87th Annual Meeting, May 17-19, 2010. Washington, D.C.

Carolyn B. Lamm

American Bar Association President Carolyn B. Lamm is a partner with White and Case, in Washington, D.C., concentrating in international arbitration, international trade matters, and international commercial litigation. A member of the firm’s Partnership Committee, she is involved primarily in the representation of foreign sovereigns and foreign corporate clients . She has substantial experience in federal-court litigation particularly concerning the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and international legal theories, administrative law, and government contracts.

In addition to her priority to build association membership, Ms. Lamm has established commissions on diversity and on the impact of the economic crisis on the profession and legal needs. She also has appointed the ABA’s Ethics 20/20 Commission to consider possible changes to lawyer ethics rules in light of globalization of the profession and changes in technology use by lawyers.

Ms. Lamm was a member of the ABA House of Delegates from 1982 until the present and of the ABA Board of Governors from 2002 to 2005. She is former chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division and of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. She has also served on numerous committees and in leadership positions with the ABA Sections of Litigation, International Law, and Business Law. A past president of the District of Columbia Bar, Ms. Lamm is a board member of the American Turkish Chamber of Commerce, the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, and the American Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce. She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in America by The National Law Journal in 2007, and one of Washington’s Top 30 Lawyers by Washingtonian magazine in 2009.

Ms. Lamm joined the Institute in 1984 and was elected to the Council in 2000. She serves as an Adviser to the Restatement Third of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration and was an Adviser for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: Analysis and Proposed Federal Statute. She also has served for several years on The Practical Litigator Editorial Board for ALI-ABA.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Ms. Lamm received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. In April 2009, she received the University of Miami’s Edward T. Foote II Alumnus of Distinction Award for “personal or professional achievements that bring honor and recognition to the University of Miami.”

Ms. Lamm lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Peter E. Halle, who is also an ALI member. They have two sons.

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