Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, has been appointed by the President of the American Bar Association (ABA) to Chair a newly-created task force that will deal with policies, strategies and tactics for the recruitment and retention of new members. James R. Silkenat, ABA President from New York, appointed Clifford as Chair of the Task Force to Examine Association Policies Impacting Recruitment and Retention of Law Students and Young Lawyers. Part of the Task Force’s duties is to create a consistent approach and policy to help recruit new members, including law students, and coordinate these recruitment measures with various constituent groups throughout the organization. The Task Force was created as a result of a recommendation of the ABA Standing Committee on Membership. Cheryl Niro of Chicago serves as the lead ABA staff person working on this Task Force. The Task Force is expected to issue a report and recommendations to the ABA Board of Governors on which it can act. Clifford, who has served three consecutive terms as the Illinois State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, will be stepping down in August after the maximum term limit is up. Paula Holderman of Winston & Strawn will replace him in that position at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston. For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices’ Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909 or 847-251-4877.