WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.— American Bar Association President Robert J. Grey delivered the fourteenth annual Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics at Pace Law School in White Plains on September 21, 2004. An audience of over 200 students and members of the academic and legal community heard Mr. Grey speak about “Legal Ethics in the 21st Century.”
Mr. Grey emphasized the importance of the core professional values of independence and integrity in discussing the challenges facing the legal community in the United States and in developing countries where the creation of a well-functioning legal system, an effective judiciary and schools of law are essential elements of the development process.
Pace Law School Dean Stephen J. Friedman said: “The Pace Law School community was delighted to have the President of the American Bar Association with us. Mr. Grey represents so many of the best qualities that American lawyers offer to our society and his address was an inspiration for our students.”
Robert J. Grey Jr., a partner in the Richmond, Va., office of Hunton & Williams, is president of the American Bar Association. He previously served as chair of the policy-making House of Delegates from 1998-2000, the association’s second-highest office.
Throughout his ABA career, Mr. Grey has been active in increasing diversity in the profession. In 2000-02 he chaired the Committee on Research about the Future of the Legal Profession, which analyzed trends affecting the practice of law and identified steps the profession should take to preserve and advance its fundamental values. From 1992-1995, Mr. Grey chaired the Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession. He also chaired the Virginia delegation in the ABA House of Delegates from 1994-1998.
Mr. Grey has received several gubernatorial appointments, including chair of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and vice-chair of the Virginia Public Building Authority. Mr. Grey earned his J.D. from Washington and Lee University in Virginia in 1976, and his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973.
Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is a New York Law School with a suburban campus in White Plains, N.Y., twenty miles north of New York City. Part of Pace University, the school offers the J.D. program for full-time and part-time day and evening students. Its postgraduate program includes the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in Environmental Law and an LL.M. in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated Environmental Law programs and its Clinical Education program also is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, environmental law, securities arbitration, and criminal justice in addition to disability rights. www.law.pace.edu