AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
Robert A. Stein,
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Bar
Association, is the former dean of the University of Minnesota Law
School, Minneapolis. He has served as executive director since 1994.
Stein has overall
management responsibility for staff operations at the Association's
headquarters in Chicago and its Washington, D.C., office.
staff of more than 900 persons and budgets of more than $175 million,
Stein also is responsible for the development and execution of strategic
and tactical plans to implement the programs and policies adopted
by the ABA's Board of Governors and House of Delegates.
as chair of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions
to the Bar, as well as a member of the American Bar Foundation Board
of Directors and the Minnesota State Bar Association Board of Governors
prior to his appointment as executive director of the ABA.
to his duties as law school dean, Stein was chairman of the board
of directors of the Higher Education Assistance Foundation (HEAF)
during a managed wind-down and liquidation of the guaranty agency
in the federal student loan program. At the close of the agency,
Stein presented the U.S. Department of Education with a check for
$300 million, the balance of the agency's assets. That was about
twice the amount that had been anticipated when the Education Department
decided to close HEAF down and appointed Stein and a new Board to
manage the transition.
Stein had been
affiliated with the law school since 1964, first as a professor
and as dean from 1979-1994. He was a visiting scholar with The American
Bar Foundation in 1975-77, and was a visiting professor at the University
of Chicago Law School in 1975-76 and UCLA Law School in 1969-1970.
He practiced law with Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee in 1961-64,
and was counsel to the Minneapolis law firm of Gray, Plant, Mooty,
Mooty & Bennett from 1980 to 1994.
He is a member
of the council of the American Law Institute and a member of the
executive committee of the National Conference of Commissioners
on Uniform State Laws. He is also a fellow in the American College
of Trust and Estate Counsel, the International Academy of Estate
and Trust Law, and the American College of Tax Counsel.
Stein is married
to Sandra H. Stein, and they are the parents of three daughters
- all lawyers - Linda Stein Routh, Laura Stein Conrad and Karin