Former local prosecutor new head of lawyer group

Former local prosecutor new head of lawyer group

A Chicago attorney who got her start as a Champaign County prosecutor has been named the 137th president of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Paula Hudson Holderman was installed on June 21 at the organization's annual meeting.

Holderman is chief attorney development officer at Winston & Strawn, LLP, in Chicago. She's married to U.S. District Court Judge James Holderman, chief judge of the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago.

A release from the ISBA said Holderman intends to focus on enhancing services for the organization's 32,000 members as well as new member recruitment and women and diversity in the legal profession.

"We will show the legal community that ISBA membership is not only relevant but the one membership that an Illinois lawyer needs," she said.

In her position at Winston, Holderman has global responsibility for the firm's professional development and all facets of education and training for its more than 900 lawyers. She is a nationally recognized authority in the field of professional development with 34 years of experience as a lawyer, legal educator and bar leader.

Prior to joining the firm, she was director of hiring, recruiting and continuing legal education for the Cook County state's attorney's office. She also previously served as associate director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and director of clinical education at the John Marshall Law School. From 1979 to 1989, she was an assistant state's attorney working for now-Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis in Urbana.

Holderman has been on the ISBA Board of Governors since 2006 and has served on several ISBA committees.

She is currently a member of the Illinois Supreme Court's governing body on minimum continuing legal education. She also served on the court's Commission on Character and Fitness as well as the court's Rules Committee on Professional Responsibility.

Holderman is the James C. Wood Distinguished Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Illinois College of Law and a member of the board of trustees of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

A native of Lake Forest, Holderman received her undergraduate degree in French from the UI in 1976 and her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1979. She and her family live in LaGrange.

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