Montana Lawyer Robert M. Carlson is New Chair of the American Bar Association House of Delegates
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 7, 2012 — Robert M. Carlson of Butte, Mont., a shareholder in the law firm Corette Pohlman and Kebe, today became chair of the American Bar Association House of Delegates at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Chicago.
The House of Delegates is the ABA’s policymaking body, and the two-year post of chair is the second-highest office in the organization. There are 560 delegates in the House, including representatives of state and local bar associations, substantive legal sections and divisions of the ABA, and affiliated organizations and conferences of the Judicial Division, as well as former ABA officers, members of the Board of Governors, at-large delegates, and state delegates. Action taken by the House of Delegates on specific issues becomes official policy of the ABA. .
Carlson practices civil litigation and mediation related to insurance defense and products liability, including automobile, firearms, farm equipment, asbestos, herbicides, chemical exposure, premises liability, dramshop and insurance coverage cases. His practice also includes professional errors and omissions defense.
In the ABA, Carlson has established a lengthy record of service in a variety of capacities. He has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1999, beginning as the delegate for the State Bar of Montana. Currently, he is an ABA state delegate and chair of the Drafting Committee of the House. Carlson is a former member of the ABA Board of Governors, for which he served from 2001 to 2004. He also served as board liaison to the Dispute Resolution Section, the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, the Standing Committee for Bar Activities and Services, and the Standing Committee on Strategic Communication.
Carlson has been a member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents Executive Council and the Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, and is a former chair of the Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel. He is a State Chair Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Carlson has also been active in the State Bar of Montana, and his record includes service as President of the State Bar, member of the Executive Committee, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the State Bar Resolutions Committee.
Among his other activities, Carlson is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the American Counsel Association. He is also on the board of the Butte Emergency Food Bank.
Carlson, who has practiced law for 32 years, received both his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Montana. He has been admitted to practice in Montana, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Montana, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribal Court.
With nearly 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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