Chuck Coulter, a lawyer with Stanley, Lande & Hunter, was awarded the distinguished Samuel S. Smith Award by the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association at its Annual Meeting in New York recently. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Division for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of law practice management.
Coulter was active in the Section of Law Practice Management of the ABA for years, served on its Council, and became Chair of the Section in 1991-92. He also served on the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems and later chaired the ABA Coordinating Commission on Legal Technology from 1994 to 1997.
Samuel S. Smith was a founding member of the earlier Economics of Law Practice Section, served as Chair of the Section in 1979-80, and later served as Secretary of the American Bar Association. The Award was presented by John Mitchell, Chair of the Division, and Tom Grella, Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.
Coulter was also a Charter Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, served on its original Board of Trustees when the College was founded in 1994, and was President of the College from 2002-2004. The College is an international professional, educational, and honorary association which honors and recognizes distinguished law practice management professionals who are qualified for membership in an effort to set standards of achievement for others in the profession.
He had previously served as Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association Committee on Bar Economics and Law Office Operations for five years.
Coulter and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Iowa City where she founded New Song Episcopal Church in 1994.