Ben Griffith, adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law, was chosen for the American Bar Association Board of Governors. Griffith has been an active member of the ABA since elected for the House of Delegates in August 2009.
Griffith was formally elected to the Board of Governors in August 2016. The ABA Section of State and Local Government Law for the Board of Governors nominated him.
“This required a clear commitment to the goals and ideals of the American Bar Association,” Griffith said. “As I turned 63, I felt that the time was right to begin this level of service to the Association that had given me so many opportunities for professional growth.”
Griffith serves on the Finance and Internal Operations Committee of the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors meets four times a year and often uses conference calls to conduct business.
In previous years, Griffith served as Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law, Chair of his Section, and task forces and entities.
Delegate members are elected at- large and can be elected from their own state bar association or from the ABA Section of which they are a member. The Section of State and Local Government Law elected Griffith where he held the Chair position.
The ABA was organized in 1878. It is the preeminent voice for the legal profession. The ABA sets academic standards for law schools and provides the law schools with recommendations for persons nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court and various courts of appeals.
The ABA serves as a leadership and advisory organization on legislative issues related to the legal profession. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has over 400,000 members.