Local Attorney Elected President-Elect of National Bar Association
Aurora, IL, - Attorney Juan R. Thomas founder of The Thomas Law Group has been elected President-Elect of the National Bar Association. Attorney Thomas was elected during the 91st Annual Convention of the National Bar Association this week in St. Louis, MO. Officially, he will be sworn-in as the 75th President of the National Bar Association next summer during the Association's annual meeting in Toronto, Canada.
The National Bar Association (NBA) is the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominantly African-American legal professionals. It has 84 affiliate chapters throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean. The NBA represents a professional network of more than 65,000 lawyers, judges, educators and law students.
This year, Attorney Thomas served as Vice President of the NBA and previously served six years as the National Secretary. Attorney Thomas also chaired the NBA's Law & Religion Section. Previously, he served as Chairman of the NBA Political Action Committee, Vice- Chair of the NBA Legislative Division, and co-chaired the NBA Day on the Hill Program where lawyers meet with Members of Congress to advocate for the organization's national legislative agenda. During the 2003-04 bar year, Atty. Thomas served as Chairman of the Young Lawyers Division of the NBA. That year, the division received the NBA's Outstanding Division of the Year Award.
Locally, Attorney Thomas serves as the General Counsel of the 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc., and the Minister of the Men's Ministry at St. John AME Church in Aurora, IL. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Mutual Ground Inc., the Cook County Bar Association, and the A+ Foundation for the West Aurora School District # 129.
Atty. Thomas has served as the Chairman of the Aurora Township Democratic Central Committee. He previously served as the Aurora Township Clerk becoming the first African-American to ever be elected to a township office in Aurora, IL. Atty. Thomas was also the youngest person ever elected to serve on the West Aurora School Board at the age of 25.