After being sworn in as 2014-2015 President of the National Bar Association (NBA), Thompson Coburn Partner Pamela Meanes began what will be an extremely busy year as leader of the nation’s largest African American bar association. Pamela was sworn in the evening of July 31, during the NBA’s 89th Annual Convention & Exhibits in Atlanta, officially beginning a one-year term as president. She became president after spending the past year as president-elect, a post to which she was elected at the NBA’s 88th Convention & Exhibits in July 2013. She received 74 percent of the vote in that election.
Looking ahead, Pamela will work to carry out a sizeable agenda in the next year. During her inauguration address, Pamela outlined her plans for initiatives focused on improving educational opportunities and equity for minority children; reducing barriers to voting, such as photo ID laws; and working to create a more diverse judiciary. Pamela is leading efforts supported by key NBA leaders and members, as well as U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Missouri) and John Conyers Jr., (D-Michigan) and the Congressional Black Caucus. In recent weeks, she has met with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) to develop congressional support for her agenda.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to represent the NBA as president for the next year,” Pamela said. “I’m certain we’ll have a successful year, one that continues the work that the NBA leaders have focused on getting done for nearly 90 years.”
Pamela has served the NBA for more than seven years in various leadership capacities, including as president-elect, vice president of finance, deputy general counsel, editor-in-chief of its magazine, and regional director of NBA Region VIII, which covers Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
“I want thank Thompson Coburn for its support of my work with the NBA, from my involvement on the regional level all the way to the presidency. Chairman Tom Minogue, Thompson Coburn’s leadership, and the firm’s Diversity Committee have been extremely supportive of my efforts,” Pamela said.
Pamela began her career as an associate with Thompson Coburn in 1996, after earning her law degree from the University of Iowa. She earned her B.A. from Monmouth College and an M.A. from Clark Atlanta University.
About the National Bar Association
Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominately African American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has more than 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. The organization seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence, preserve the independence of the judiciary and uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession.
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