U. S. Air Force Col. James M. Durant III Named Chair of American Bar Association General Practice, Solo And Small Firm Division
CHICAGO, Aug. 10, 2009 – United States Air Force Colonel James M. Durant III is now serving as chair of the American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division.
Durant, who received his promotion to colonel on August 1, took on his duties as GP|Solo chair following the close of the ABA Annual Meeting on Aug. 4. With membership of more than 30,000 lawyers, the GP|Solo Division provides information, resources and assistance to lawyers in small firms or solo practice.
Durant is the first active duty military officer to serve as chair of the division. Currently serving as a judge advocate, he is a deputy department head and assistant professor of law at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
In addition to his service with the GP|Solo Division, Durant is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security Advisory Board, and has previously served with the association’s President’s Appointments Committee and the Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law. He is chair of the Tuskegee Airman National Resolutions Committee.
Additionally, he is a member of the ABA Tort Insurance Practice Section, where he has been involved with that section’s long range planning, membership and government liability committees. A fellow of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, he served that division in several capacities, including two terms as a coordinator.
His military record includes service as the staff judge advocate for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Washington, D.C., and Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He was Deputy Legal Advisor of NATO’s Headquarters, Sarajevo, Bosnia, and the Legal Advisor for NATO Air South Headquarters, Naples, Italy.
He has also served as the strategic issues officer in the Verification, Compliance and Implementation Bureau at the U. S. Dept. of State, Washington, D.C., and he has served at the Pentagon as the Chief of JAG Accessions and JAG Personnel Policy.
He is a former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California and for the Northern District of Texas.
Durant has received military honors, including two Defense Service Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal and an Air Force Commendation Medal.
In 2000, he received the ABA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for the Air Force and in 2008 received the Outstanding Career Armed Services Award for the Air Force from the Judge Advocates Association.
Durant, a native of San Bernardino, Calif., studied at Howard University, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1987 and his juris doctor in 1990. He is admitted to practice law before the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Supreme Court.
The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is the only ABA entity exclusively devoted to solo practitioners and small firm lawyers. The division, with more than 30,000 members, serves as the voice of the “Main Street lawyer.” Solo and small firm practitioners represent half of the nation’s lawyers, and the GP/Solo division provides a community for them within the ABA.
With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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