President of the American Bar Association
Philip S. Anderson, a partner in the Little Rock law firm of Williams & Anderson, is the third President of the American Bar Association from Arkansas. His advocacy on behalf of immigrants' rights reflects Mr. Anderson's long history of service to the bar and to the public. Prior to election as ABA President, he served as Chair of the ABA House of Delegates, the Association's policy-making body, and as Chair of the ABA Coalition for Justice, which oversees the ABA's justice initiatives program to encourage judges and lawyers to involve the community in improving state and local justice systems.
Mr. Anderson served by Presidential appointment on the U.S. Circuit Judge Nominating Commission Panel for the Eighth Circuit in 1978 and 1979 and was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1983 until 1988. He is a Trustee of the Southwestern Legal Foundation and is involved with other public service organizations.
In addition to organizing symposia focusing on separation of powers and public trust and confidence in the justice system during his term in office, Mr. Anderson has spearheaded the ABA commitment to providing legal services to immigrants. He has challenged the Immigration and Naturalization Service and Department of Justice to improve lawyer access to detained immigrants and played a central role in the INS promulgating detention standards to ensure attorney access. Mr. Anderson remains committed to ensuring that these same standards are extended to all facilities holding INS detainees and continues to work with the Department of Justice and INS on this. Through speeches, editorials, negotiation and publicity, Mr. Anderson has sought to ensure that due process and fairness are provided to all immigrants in the United States. His advocacy on behalf of the immigrant population has brought compassion and hope to those who arrived on our shores seeking their version of the American Dream.