American Bar Association president to give GSU Law commencement speech

The president of the American Bar Association will deliver the keynote speech at the 2017 Georgia State University College of Law Commencement and Hooding Ceremony Friday.

Linda Kleinwho became the first woman to serve as president of the State Bar of Georgia in 1997, is a senior managing shareholder at Baker Donelson. Klein also serves on the executive committee of the Buckhead Coalition.

Steven Kaminshine, GSU dean and professor of law, called Klein a "force in the national legal community."

"Her dedication to the profession, advocacy work and strong work ethic serves as a great model for our graduates as they embark on their journeys into the legal world," Kaminshine said in a news release.

Klein said it will be a “pleasure” to join Kaminshine at his final event as dean, as he will step down to return to a faculty position at the end of June.

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“I’ve been living and practicing law here in Atlanta for many years, so I know Dean Kaminshine’s outstanding reputation among lawyers and scholars,” Klein said.

Klein’s address is to be heard by 192 Juris Doctor graduates and 26 Master of Laws graduates at 4:30 p.m. in the Georgia State University Sports Arena, located at 125 Decatur St.

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