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Alfred P. Carlton


Alfred P. Carlton Jr. of North Carolina, a partner with Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, a full-service international law firm with more than 500 attorneys, is the immediate past president of the American Bar Association. His one-year term ended at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August 2003.

Carlton focused on helping Americans understand the importance of the rule of law and lawyers in American society by advocating on behalf of the association and the legal profession. During his presidential year he also focused on improvements in state judicial systems, stressing the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary in America.

He has a long career in general corporate law with an emphasis on regulated industries, corporate and public finance and financial and nonprofit institutions.

Carlton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969, and went on to earn a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Dayton in 1973 and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1975.

An active member of the ABA, Carlton has served in a number of posts, including as chair of the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence from 1999 to 2001, where he worked to promote awareness of the need for an independent judiciary and reform of judicial elections. He was also chair of the policy-making House of Delegates, the association's second-highest office, from 1996 to 1998. He was first elected a member of the House in 1982, and chaired the House Committee on Rules and Calendar, the Select Committee of the House and the Standing Committee on Continuing Education of the Bar.

He has been active in several ABA entities, including the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the General Practice Section, and the Young Lawyers Division Continuing Legal Education Board.

Within the North Carolina Bar, Carlton has served on the Board of Governors, the Foundation Development Committee, and as chair of the Young Lawyers Division and the Law Student Activities Committee.

Carlton served as secretary and general counsel to Bancshares of North Carolina from 1979 to 1982when Bank of America acquired it, and as counsel to the North Carolina Bankers Association from 1976-1979. He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps from 1970 to 1973, and he spent two years as a solo practitioner from 1975 to 1977.

Carlton is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and formerly was adjunct professor of law at the Campbell University School of Law.

He is a member of the American Law Institute and the National Association of Bond Lawyers, as well as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a former member of the Chief Justice of North Carolina's Professionalism Commission and is founding chair of State Law Resources, Inc., a national association of independent state capital law firms.

Carlton has been greatly involved in his community. He is a charter member and past president of the Crabtree (Raleigh) Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a former officer and executive committee member of the Boy Scouts of America (Occonneechee Council), and is a member of the boards of directors of various other civic, church and community organizations. Carlton was a member of the North Carolina Legislative Research Commission Study Committee on Municipal Finance (1985-87), and is a former member of the City of Raleigh Historic Properties and Historic Districts Commission.

Carlton is married to Blair Creech Carlton, a North Carolina native and Raleigh residential real estate broker. He is listed in Who's Who in American Law, as well as Who's Who in America.