United States: Scott J. Atlas, Chair Of The ABA Section Of Litigation
Last Updated: November 7 2002

Issued on August 05, 2002

Houston lawyer Scott J. Atlas will become chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation on Saturday, August 10, at the section’s Passing of the Gavel and International Human Rights Award luncheon, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Atlas will serve as chair through the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August 2003.

Atlas is a partner at the Houston office of the Vinson & Elkins law firm where he concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, including class actions. He also chairs his firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Atlas has been active in the ABA since 1985. He has served as liaison member of the ABA Board Finance Committee, as a member of the London 2000 Annual Meeting Planning Committee, as a liason from the Section of Litigation to the Judicial Conference Rules Committee’s Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, and since 1987 as advisory committee member (chair from 1997 to 2001) of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project. In 1986 he received an ABA Pro Bono Publico Award for his work developing innovative approaches to the delivery of volunteer legal services to the poor. From 1992 to 1997, he lead a 20-lawyer team that freed an innocent man from Texas’ death row.

A graduate of Yale, Atlas received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review. Before joining Vinson & Elkins in 1976, he served as a clerk to the late Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Held during the ABA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Section of Litigation programs begin on Friday, August 9, and continue through Monday, August 12, 2002. The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel serves as the sections headquarters.

The Section of Litigation, which is the ABA’s largest section with approximately 65,000 trial lawyers, judges, and others involved in all aspects of litigations and the dispute resolution process. The Section of Litigation is dedicated to promoting justice both in the United States and internationally, and to enhancing public understanding of and respect for the legal profession.

The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

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Vinson & Elkins was established in 1917 and is one of the largest international law firms. The firm has more than 840 lawyers practicing in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Singapore, and Washington, D.C. The firm offers a wide range of legal services. Clients include public and private companies, financial institutions, municipalities, governments of sovereign nations, entrepreneurs, families, and individuals.

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