April 26, 2016 - Paulette Brown, president of the American Bar Association and a partner in the law firm of Locke Lord LLP, will be the speaker at the University of Houston Law Center convocation on May 14.
"I am delighted to have such a prominent national figure as ABA President Paulette Brown as the convocation speaker and provide the graduates with her words of wisdom," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes.
Brown has held a variety of leadership positions within the ABA. She has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1997 and is a former member of the ABA Board of Governors and its Executive Committee as well as the Governance Commission.
At Locke Lord's Morristown, N.J., office, she focuses on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation, and also serves on the firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She has held many positions throughout her career, including in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge.
Brown has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" and by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the "prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey." She has received the New Jersey Medal from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.
Brown has repeatedly been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and by U.S. News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Brown, who served as president of the National Bar Association from 1993-1994, received the NBA's highest honor, the C. Francis Stradford Award, in 2015.
Brown earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. at Howard University.