The Chicago Bar Association, held its 142nd Annual Luncheon Meeting yesterday to recognize its new officers for the 2015-2016 calendar year, as well as, reflect back on those serving the CBA for the last several decades.
One of the many honored for their contributions was the Chicago Bar Association’s Executive Director, Terrence Murphy. Acknowledged for 40 years of service to the CBA, Murphy was recognized for his longstanding ties to the organization with June 25, 2015 being named “Terrence Murphy Day” in the City of Chicago.
However, the luncheon’s real star was newly-named President of the CBA, Patricia Brown Holmes.
According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Holmes’ career within the profession is noteworthy. Having worked as an assistant state’s attorney, federal prosecutor, associate judge, trial lawyer, and even serving as the first African American female partner at Schiff, Hardin LLP, she’s done it all.
As President, Holmes has many plans for the Chicago Bar Association, all of which center around the importance of inclusion.
She urged all of those in attendance to reclaim members, get involved within the CBA’s programming, mentor future lawyers, and partake in more pro-bono work, ultimately challenging members to leave a legacy like she has already done in such a short time.