James S. Hill, Class of 1974, to Serve on ABA Board of Governors
The American Bar Association has chosen North Dakota attorney, James S. Hill, along with eight others to serve on its Board of Governors. Hill will serve a three-year term beginning with the end of the 2010 Annual Meeting and ending in 2013.
He will be the representative of District 10, which covers North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming. The ABA Board of Governors meets four to five times a year, and Hill is excited to begin this new position with the ABA. "It is an extraordinary opportunity to become deeply involved with the ABA and I am delighted to represent our State Bar Association in this endeavor."
In the next year, Board will consist of 40 members, and revert to 38 members when the secretary and treasurer assume their posts in August. The ABA Board of Governors oversees the association administration and policy-implementation.
The American Bar Association, founded in 1878, is the largest volunteer professional organization in the country numbering 410,000 members. Its most stated activities are the setting of academic standards for law schools, and the formation of model ethical codes related to the legal profession. Hill has represented the North Dakota State Bar Association in the ABA House of Delegate since 1994 and presently serves on the SBAND Board of Governors. He is a former President of the SBAND and practices civil litigation with the law firm of Zuger Kirmis and Smith, Bismarck, N.D. He was selected by the American Inns of Court as the recipient of the 2005 Professionalism Award in the Eighth Circuit.
Kermit Bye was the last North Dakotan to service on the Board of Governors of the ABA, twelve years ago.