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2017-05-25 16:48:03
Former ABA President Alfred P. (A.P.) Carlton dies

Former ABA President Alfred P. (A.P.) Carlton of Raleigh, North Carolina, died on Thursday.

As ABA president from 2002 to 2003, Carlton worked to protect judicial independence, reform corporate governance and promote the rule of law in Iraq, according to a statement by ABA President Linda A. Klein.

“The ABA honors A.P.’s legal skills, bar leadership and community involvement,” Klein said in the statement. “The ABA is grateful for A.P.’s service in a variety of association posts.”

Carlton created the ABA Commission on the 21st Century Judiciary, which produced 31 recommendations later adopted by the association’s policy-making House of Delegates. The recommendations laid the groundwork for association policy on enhanced judicial qualifications, judicial selection and campaign reform.

Carlton also worked on association policy and model ethics rule changes following the bankruptcy of Enron and the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate accountability law. The changes adopted by the ABA addressed corporate responsibility and the role of lawyers in corporate governance.

He also worked with the ABA Board of Governors to create the ABA Iraq Initiative to promote the rule of law in Iraq.

Carlton was chair of the ABA House of Delegates from 1996 to 1998 and was chair of the association’s Standing Committee on Judicial Independence. He was also active in several other ABA entities.

He was also active in his local community, where he served as chairman of the University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees. His law firm biography is here.

Carlton is survived by his wife, Blair Creech Carlton, his son, Troy Carlton, and his daughter, Mary Beth Wright.