Carolyn Lamm

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Carolyn Lamm
Carolyn Beth Lamm

(1948-08-22) August 22, 1948 (age 71)
EducationUniversity at Buffalo (BS)
University of Miami (JD)
Spouse(s)Peter E. Halle (m. 1972)[1]

Carolyn Beth Lamm[2] (born August 22, 1948 in Buffalo, New York)[3] is an American lawyer and a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of White & Case. She was president of the American Bar Association from 2009 to 2010,[4] and she currently sits on the Council of the American Law Institute.[5]


Lamm graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1970 and from the University of Miami School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1973.[6]


Lamm attended home, stating that she has wanted to become a lawyer "from a really young age".[7] Lamm moved into international law in the 1980s, and has "represented lots of sovereign states in disputes".[8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Lamm has been cited as one of The Washingtonian's "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington" in 2011[9] and has been given the 2012 Lawyer of the Americas award, which "honors an attorney who has demonstrated exemplary service in the field of Inter-American law and in the furtherance of improved economic, social and political policies in the Americas".[10]


In a 2009 article in Foreign Policy, Lamm was criticized for having "close ties" to controversial countries and corporations, such as Zeromax.[11][12] Lamm has responded to the criticism, stating that the article relied on "inaccuracies, distortions, and speculation, and also conveys a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of lawyers in promoting the rule of law and access to justice."[13]

Personal life[edit]

Carolyn married Peter E. Halle on August 12, 1972.[1] He is a retired lawyer and former United States Army officer.[1] They both have two children (Alex and Daniel).[14]


  1. ^ a b c Carolyn Lamm Wed To Peter E. Halle
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  3. ^ Hubbell, Martindale (April 2000). Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: New York (S-Z - Volume 15 - 2000). Martindale-Hubbell. ISBN 9781561603763.
  4. ^ White & Case Litigator to Head ABA
  5. ^ American Law Institute - List of Officers and Council Archived 2012-09-25 at the Wayback Machine
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  7. ^ Legally Speaking: Carolyn Lamm Washingtonian
  8. ^ Top Lawyers: 30 Stars of the Bar Washingtonian
  9. ^ Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women Washingtonian
  10. ^ Carolyn B. Lamm, Former ABA President, Honored With Lawyer of the Americas Award
  11. ^ Lowering the Bar Foreign Policy
  12. ^ Carolyn Lamm: A hero in her own mind Harper's Magazine
  13. ^ Lowering the Bar: Response Foreign Policy
  14. ^