Paulette Brown

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Paulette Brown is an American lawyer who was the president of the American Bar Association for a one-year term from August 4, 2015 [1] to August 2016. She was nominated for the presidency and was later confirmed by the organization's House of Delegates as president-elect in August 2014.[2] She thus became the first woman of color and third African-American person to be president of the ABA.[3]

Brown is a partner with Locke Lord LLP, where she is chief diversity officer.[4] She is a mediator for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She was formerly the president of the National Bar Association and the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey.[5]

Brown was educated in Baltimore, where she attended segregated schools.[6] She earned a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She started her law practice in 1976.[7]

Brown was a municipal court judge in Plainfield, New Jersey. She was previously in-house counsel for several companies and worked at Duane Morris.[8]


  1. ^ Gabe Friedman. "In a First, Woman of Color Takes Reins at ABA". Big Law Business. Bloomberg BNA. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Katie Johnston (September 7, 2014). "Paulette Brown to become first African-American woman to head the American Bar Association". The Boston Globe.
  3. ^ "ABA nominates Paulette Brown as first woman of color president".
  4. ^ "Paulette Brown". Locke Lord.
  5. ^ McDonough, Molly (February 9, 2014). "Paulette Brown seeks to make ABA the 'go-to organization for all lawyers'". ABA Journal.
  6. ^ St. Martin, Victoria (February 20, 2013). "N.J. lawyer is first woman of color slated to lead the American Bar Association". The Star-Ledger.
  7. ^ Alejandro, Roberto (May 11, 2014). "Paulette Brown, first Black woman president-elect of powerful American Bar Association". New Pittsburgh Courier.
  8. ^ Olson, Elizabeth (February 11, 2014). "A.B.A. Nominates New Jersey Lawyer as President". The New York Times.

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