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Cord Brügmann, President of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (IILACE) is pleased to announce that effective February 1, 2018, Retha Steinmann, the Director of the Law Society of Namibia will become president of IILACE.

For the last year and a half, Ms. Steinmann has served as the vice president of IILACE.

Ms Steinmann has served on the executive beginning in 2008 when she hosted the IILACE conference in Windhoek, and is the only African serving on the executive committee.

Cord Brügmann said “Retha Steinmann has been a dedicated volunteer for over 15 years, her long experience as Director of the Law Society of Namibia will benefit the organization greatly.”

On February 1, 2018, the Executive Committee of IILACE will be made up of Ms. Steinmann as President, Paula Littlewood as Vice-President – Washington State Bar Association, Heidi Chu as Secretary/Treasurer – Law society of Hong Kong. Christine Grice – New Zealand Law Society, and Paul Mollerup – Association of Danish Law firms will serve as officers at large. They are joined by Jonathan Herman – Federation of Law Societies of Canada, who was elected at the Annual General Meeting in London, on November 4 , 2017.

IILACE (pronounced “eye-lace”) is an association of Chief Executive Officers of Law Societies and Bar Associations from around the world.

IILACE is a unique forum of Law Society and Bar Association CEOs to exchange views and information of common interest to the legal profession, locally, regionally, and internationally. It supports the role of Law Societies and Bar Associations and promotes the rule of law.

For further information, contact John Hoyles, Secretary General of IILACE, johndvhoyles@gmail.com.

On the photograph: John Hoyles (IILACE Secretary General) Paul Mollerup, Christine Grice, Paula Littlewood, Retha Steinmann, Heidi Chu, Cord Brügmann and Jonathan Herman.