Two Injury Board Members Elected to Lead American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Mary Alice McLarty, AAJ President

Two Injury Board members were elected to top leadership positions with the American Association for Justice (AAJ) for the 2012-2013 term.

At the recent AAJ annual convention in Chicago, longtime AAJ member Mary Alice McLarty was sworn in as president after fulfilling her duties as president-elect, while Lisa Blue Baron won a contested election to become its vice president.

Both McLarty and Blue Baron are longtime advocates for justice, fighting for victims of negligence and wrongdoing. They share the common goal of bolstering AAJ as well as the reputation of trial lawyers.

Lisa Blue Baron, AAJ Vice President

McLarty, a trial lawyer with McLarty Pope, L.L.P. in Dallas, who specializes in catastrophic injury cases, will lead AAJ in its mission to promote a fair and effective justice system and protect legal rights of those injured by misconduct or negligence.

“We need to lock elbows and face down the enemies of justice—those who would slam the courthouse door in our clients’ faces,” McLarty said.

Her priorities are to boost membership; spread important, life-saving information through new media campaigns; work with the Capitol Hill team to battle new threats to civil justice; and show people that trial lawyers are caring members of their communities who improve lives by rejuvenating Trial Lawyers Care (TLC), originally founded in 2001 to provide pro bono legal services to victims of 9-11. McLarty was among the 1,100 lawyers nationwide who donated time to represent victims of 9-11.

In her 28 years of practicing law for small law firms, McLarty has been recognized with numerous awards for her advocacy for trial lawyers and clients, including the prestigious Marie Lambert Award. She has chaired the Domestic Violence Task Force several times; volunteered at the Dallas Convention Centerto help the Katrina New Orleans evacuees; and served on the Texas state board of the American Cancer Society. For AAJ, she also served on the Board of Governors and as chair of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, the RSD/CRPS Litigation Group and the Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section.

Along with McLarty, Blue Baron’s priorities also include increasing AAJ membership and ensuring greater awareness of trial lawyers’ contribution to public safety. Blue Baron is committed to continuing AAJ’s highly rated CLE courses and will maintain fundraising efforts she spearheaded as AAJ secretary for 2011-2012. She will also focus on mobilizing lawyers to help protect voting rights by working the polls and providing legal assistance.

Blue Baron, a lawyer with the Dallas firm Baron and Blue, combines her educational background of Master’s and PhD degrees in counseling psychology and a Juris Doctor in her practice of trial law as well as forensic psychology. Her unique background has launched her into the role of renowned expert in jury selection and a commentator for several high-profile trials covered by Court TV.

Blue Baron has received much recognition for her work as a trial lawyer. Among these, she was named one of the Top 50 Women Litigators in the U.S. by the National Law Journal, Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, “Best Women Lawyers in Dallas 2010” by D Magazine, and was appointed a special prosecutor by the Dallas District Attorney’s office to represent the county in a Whistleblower case. Blue Baron serves as a pro bono lawyer for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.

Passionate about contributing to achieving AAJ’s mission, Blue Baron says, “The justice system is under constant attack on all levels. AAJ needs to be fiscally strong and strategically smart in order to stave off the vicious attacks on our clients’ rights and our ability to represent them.”

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