Robert Carlson

Robert Carlson

Bob Carlson, a shareholder with the Butte, Montana, law firm of Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson, P.C., is president of the American Bar Association, the world’s largest voluntary professional organization with more than 400,000 members.

Carlson has served in many national and state bar leadership positions, including as president of the State Bar of Montana from 1993 to 1994. From 2012 to 2014, he was chair of the ABA’s policymaking House of Delegates, the association’s second-highest elected office. He has served two terms on the ABA Board of Governors and its Executive Committee, chairing its Executive Compensation Committee. Carlson has also served in the ABA House of Delegates as both Montana’s state bar delegate and state delegate and as a delegate at large. He is a life patron fellow and past state chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and was a member of the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

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Guest Appearances
August 8, 2019

ABA Annual Meeting 2019: A Chat With ABA President, Bob Carlson

ABA President Bob Carlson gives the latest on his work as bar president and what’s new at this year’s ABA Annual Meeting.

May 20, 2019

Civics beyond Schoolhouse Rock

ABA President Bob Carlson highlights the survey’s most surprising findings, and discusses the ABA’s plans for the data and ideas for how Americans can improve their civic knowledge in the future.

April 24, 2019

#221: The State of the Legal Profession, with ABA President Robert M. Carlson

ABA president Robert Carlson talks about what it means to lead a large and multifaceted legal organization in a time of technology change and innovation.

January 30, 2019

ABA Midyear Meeting 2019: ABA President Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson discusses many of the issues surrounding the immigration crisis and the effect the government shutdown has had on immigration courts.

August 10, 2018

ABA Annual Meeting 2018: Introducing ABA President Bob Carlson

ABA's new President Bob Carlson joins On The Road to talk about the projects he will be working on during his presidency.

February 2, 2018

ABA Midyear 2018: Introducing President-Elect Bob Carlson

ABA President-Elect Bob Carlson speaks about what his presidency will look like, his unique perspective as a small firm owner, and what influenced him to take on this role.