Allstate Counsel Installed as President of the National Bar Association08/03/2007 - Northbrook, Ill.
Allstate Insurance Company announced that Vanita Banks, counsel in its corporate litigation group, will be inducted as President of the National Bar Association (NBA) during the NBA's annual convention in Atlanta.
As president, Banks will lead an organization that is the oldest and largest national association of predominantly African-American lawyers and judges. Banks will serve in this position for one year while she continues her role in Allstate's department of law and regulation. Banks is only the second female attorney from corporate America to be elected as NBA president since the organization was founded in 1925.
"Vanita has a long-standing record of tireless dedication to diversity efforts in the legal profession," said Michael J. McCabe, senior vice president and chief legal officer for Allstate. "I am proud of Vanita's contributions to Allstate's law and regulation diversity committee, in which she helped establish a summer internship program that provides learning and employment opportunities for minority law school students."
Banks has also played an integral role in expanding the legal pipeline to minority high school students through her work at Allstate with the Street Law program, an initiative that encourages students to continue their education and consider a career in the legal profession.
"I am extremely honored and humbled to be selected to lead the National Bar Association, an organization of talented individuals whose collaborative efforts uplift our communities" said Banks. "I will continue to focus on increasing diversity in the legal profession so that our profession reflects the communities which it serves."
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