ABA Section Names Seely as New Section Director

(Media Release from the ABA Dispute Resolution Section)

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is very pleased to announce that Linda Warren Seely will become the next Director of the Section, effective in September. Ms. Seely served as Director of Pro Bono Projects for Memphis Area Legal Services from 2004 to 2015, when she became the Director of the Campaign for Equal Justice with Memphis Area Legal Services. Additionally, she served as President for the Memphis Bar Association in 2013. Most recently, Ms. Seely was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee Bar Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the CASA program in Madison County. She also serves in the House of Delegates for the Tennessee Bar Association and as President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation.

Ms. Seely is the recipient of numerous awards: the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services Cooperative Advocacy Award in 1999; the Tennessee Bar Association Public Service Attorney of the Year Award in 2003; the Paralegal Utilization Award from the West Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Paralegal Association in 2004; the Tennessee Bar Association President’s Award in 2006 for work on the Stand Up and Deliver initiative and in 2009 for work on the For All Initiative; and the Association of Women Attorneys’ Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Awardin 2014 in recognition of her outstanding achievements in and for the legal profession.

Ms. Seely was recognized by the Memphis Woman Magazine as one of 50 Women Who Make a Difference in 2006, and in 2015, the Jackson Sun and the Business and Professional Women’s Association named her a Sterling Award winner as one of the 20 most influential women in West Tennessee. She is also Past President of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (2005-2006) and a consultant with the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono, and she has presented annually at the ABA Equal Justice Conference on the “Nuts and Bolts of Running a Pro Bono Project” for over 14 years.

Ms. Seely is a Rule 31 Listed Mediator with the Tennessee Supreme Court and President of the Board of the Conflict Resolution Center for West Tennessee. She provides pro bono mediations for the United Methodist Church and Juvenile Courts in West Tennessee. She serves on the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission’s Mediation, Faith Based and Pro Bono subcommittees and on the Tennessee Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees and works with A Step Ahead Foundation to remove barriers to accessing long-acting reversible contraceptives for women.

After earning both her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Memphis, Ms. Seely served as law clerk with Memphis Area Legal Services and then as staff attorney before going into private law practice in Memphis for several years. She returned to public service as Managing Attorney for the Senior Citizens Project at Memphis Area Legal Services, was later promoted to Manager of Pro Bono Projects, and then moved with her family to become Pro Bono Projects Manager for West Tennessee Legal Services. 

An active member of her church, First United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, Ms. Seely recently served as chair of the Board of Trustees and as the Annual Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Peace with Justice Advocate for eight years.

We welcome Ms. Seely to the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and very much look forward to working with her.

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