March 30, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 14

Michael S. Greco JD '72

ABA Head to Speak at Law Commencement

American Bar Association President Michael S. Greco JD '72, a long-time champion of constitutional rights and legal needs of children and the poor, will speak at the 2006 Law School Commencement.

A partner in the Boston office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, LLP, Greco is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of litigation experience, and has served as arbitrator and mediator in complex business and other disputes on both the state and national levels.

Greco became ABA president last August, the latest milestone in his years of service to the organization. Greco has served in the ABA House of Delegates since 1985 and was the elected Massachusetts state delegate from 1993-2004. He chaired the association's Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, Executive Committee of the Conference of State Delegates, Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee and the ABA Day in Washington Planning Committee, among other committees.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Greco served on the ABA Task Force on Terrorism and the Law and the Standing Committee on Law and National Security. He also was a member of the Commission on Women in the Profession.

As president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Greco helped appoint a blue-ribbon Commission on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children, whose report and recommendations led to enactment of new statutes protecting the legal rights of children.

He chaired the Massachusetts Legal Needs for the Poor Assessment and Plan for Action, the first initiative of its kind in the nation, and was co-founder and co-chair of Bar Leaders for Preservation of Legal Services for the Poor, a national grassroots organization that helped preserve the Legal Services Corporation in the 1980s. By appointment of the Justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court he chaired the Court's Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

Greco also has been president of the New England Bar Association, the New England Bar Foundation and the Board of Trustees of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. He served for eight years on Gov. William Weld's state Judicial Nominating Council, and on the Commission on Federal Judicial Appointments.

After earning his degree from BC Law - where he served as editor-in-chief of the Boston College Law Review and as class president - Greco clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to law school he taught English at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH.

-Law School Communications Manager Nathaniel Kenyon

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