Carolyn B. Lamm
Immediate Past President, American Bar Association
Partner, White & Case
Carolyn Lamm, an international arbitration, litigation, and trade lawyer with White & Case in Washington, D.C., is immediate past President of the American Bar Association and past president of the District of Columbia Bar. In addition to Carolyn’s priority as ABA President to build association membership, she established commissions on diversity and on the impact of the economic crisis on the profession and legal needs. She also created the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission, which is considering possible changes to lawyer ethics rules in light of globalization of the profession and changes in technology use by lawyers.
Carolyn has held a variety of leadership posts in the ABA. Additionally, she was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Panel and later by the Government of Uzbekistan to the Uzbek Panel of Arbitrators for ICSID arbitration and is a member of the American Arbitration Association Executive Committee and Board and has served as an arbitrator in AAA International Rules disputes. She is a frequent lecturer on the topics of litigation, international arbitration and international trade and was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in America by the National Law Journal in 2007, and one of Washington’s Top 30 Lawyers by Washingtonian magazine in 2009.
Prior to joining White & Case, Carolyn was employed by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Attorney General’s Program for Honor Law Graduates and served as a trial attorney in the Fraud Section, Civil Division, before obtaining the position of Assistant Director, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division. Carolyn is a council member of the American Law Institute, and a board member of the American Turkish Chamber of Commerce, the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, and the American Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Carolyn received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Peter Halle, who also is a lawyer. The couple has two sons.