National Bar Association, 1225 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
July 19, 2009
NBA Welcomes Its New Executive Director J. Robert Carr
WASHINGTON, DC (August 18, 2009)-The National Bar Association (NBA) welcomes its
new Executive Director, J. Robert Carr. Carr, who was formally introduced during
the NBA's 84th Annual Convention, which was held August 1-8, 2009 in San Diego, California,
succeeds John Crump, who served as the NBA's Executive Director for over 30 years.
For the past two decades, Carr, an attorney and human resources professional, has
served in various executive leadership positions at several prominent membership
organizations throughout the Washington, DC area.
Carr's career emerged from his experiences as a Senior Director for Strategic Planning
and Human Resources for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), serving
on the Executive Team of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and
as the Director of the Human Resources Group, including its Volunteer Resource Center.
In 2003, Carr was named Vice President of Human Resources and Strategic Planning
at the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), and was later promoted to Chief
Professional Development Officer, which allowed him to be responsible for conferences,
seminars and other educational programs.
As a recognized authority on leadership development, Carr's leadership skills were
honed at Morehouse College where he received a B.A. as well as Columbia University
Law School, where he received his J.D. and an L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law
Center. He is active within several organizations including the American Bar Association,
and the American Society of Association Executives and is a member of the State Bar
of Georgia, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Eleventh Circuit
Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Carr's extensive leadership qualities and experience has allowed him to lead the
National Bar Association, the nation's oldest and largest national network of lawyers
and judges of color. Carr stated, "I am both humbled and inspired by the opportunity
to serve as Executive Director of the National Bar Association. I am indeed grateful
for the trust the Board of Governors has bestowed in me, and mindful of those who
have led this organization throughout its illustrious history." As the new Executive
Director for the NBA, Mr. Carr is cognizant of the legacy and immense task of leading
a historic organization. Carr stated, "Working for equal justice under law our mission
is more vital than ever. We are as much needed today perhaps not in the same as when
were founded. I look forward to helping to shape an ever more vibrant organization
for our members and the society they serve."
Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association is the nation's oldest and largest
national network of minority attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000
lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 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 to uphold
the honor and integrity of the legal profession. For additional information about
the National Bar Association, visit www.nationalbar.org.
For Immediate Release CONTACT:
Erika C. Owens, Communications Coordinator National Bar Association, (202) 842-3900x20, email@example.com