New ABA President Seeks To Improve Funding of State Courts & Increase Diversity

Wm. T. (BillRobinson III, the new president of the American Bar Association, said at the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto this past weekend that he will hold a press conference on the steps of every state capital in the United States to promote the need for increased funding of state courts.

Bill Robinson

“Our courts are inadequately funded,” he said in addressing the ABA’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division at an ABA breakfast session the day before his inauguration. He reiterated the ABA theme of “No Courts. No Justice. No Freedom” that will be the slogan behind the court funding campaign throughout his one-year term as ABA President that started this week.

Another key issue on his agenda is diversity, something his predecessors have increasingly focused on in recent years.  “This Association must set the standard (on diversity),” he said. “There’s a tremendous amount of talent out there.”

Robinson is the member-in-charge of the Northern Kentucky offices of Frost Brown Todd LLC, a regional law firm with over 450 lawyers in nine offices located in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia and Indiana.

He is a past president of the Kentucky Bar Association, a past president of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and founding chair of Kentucky’s Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program. He also served as board chair of the Kentucky and the Northern Kentucky Chambers of Commerce, and as board chair of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

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