American Bar Association veterans remember well the youthful leader of the young lawyers’ division 30 years ago, with a shock of dark hair, and plans to change the profession.

Now, with his hair decidedly white, William Neukom is about to take the helm of the association itself as president. And Neukom, 65, says he wouldn’t be doing it if he had not seen the association and the profession become more oriented toward public service and pro bono work. “I wouldn’t have been interested in the job,” Neukom says, if the ABA hadn’t become “a clearinghouse, an engine,” for change.

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