For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

2008-02-27

ABA President Bill Neukom to Speak at Law School

Bill NeukomWilliam H. Neukom, president of the American Bar Association, will speak at the UW law school at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 3 in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall. Neukom will speak about his ABA presidential initiative, the World Justice Project.

The World Justice Project (WJP) is a multidisciplinary and multinational initiative to foster human well-being by advancing the rule of law. Through its multidisciplinary focus and analytical work, the WJP is filling the nexus between the rule of law and such important global goals as peace, reducing poverty and building economic prosperity, decreasing corruption, improving public health, and strengthening education systems.

In addition to his role for the ABA, Neukom is a current partner with the Seattle law firm K&L Gates. Previously, he spent 17 years as Executive Vice President of Law and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft managing the company’s legal, government affairs and philanthropic activities. Prior to joining Microsoft, Neukom was a partner of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP (now K&L Gates), where he had a general practice with emphasis on litigation, commercial law and nonprofit organizations.

Neukom has been active in organized bar work, serving as chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Seattle–King County Bar Association (1972–73). He is currently the President of the ABA and serves on the boards of Dartmouth College and the YMCA of Greater Seattle.

The event is part of the 2007-08 Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series at the UW School of Law and is open to the public.