CHICAGO (June 21, 2018) – Holland & Knight partner Steven M. Elrod today took office for a one-year term as president of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA). Mr. Elrod is one of Chicago's most prominent land use and local government attorneys. He serves as chair of Holland & Knight's national Land Use and Government practice and executive partner of the firm's Chicago office.
With 18,000 members, the CBA is one of the largest bar associations in the world. As president, Mr. Elrod will focus on engaging CBA attorneys to give back by promoting civic education in schools. He also will work to foster new ways to promote civility and collegiality in the practice of law, and he sees the CBA's extensive committee structure as an important tool to advance these initiatives.
"The lifeblood of the Chicago Bar Association is its committee structure, and I look forward to reaching out and engaging our members as we all work together to support and improve our profession and advance the CBA's important role," said Mr. Elrod.
Mr. Elrod is the corporation counsel for the City of Highland Park and the village attorney for the Villages of Deerfield, Glencoe, Lincolnwood and Northbrook. He also represents real estate developers and landowners on zoning and entitlement matters and has litigated issues involving the First and Second Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Mr. Elrod is a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation, which funds pro bono legal service organizations, and the past chair of the board of directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing law-related and civic education for elementary and high school students. He also is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he teaches local government and land use law.
Founded in 1874, the Chicago Bar Association is one of the oldest and most active metropolitan bar associations in the United States. The CBA works to provide continuing legal education and other services to its members and the legal community and to promote programs and initiatives for the public that strengthen the understanding of the law and the work of the legal profession.
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