D.C. Bar CEO and CPO to Retire Next Year

June 9, 2016

D.C. Bar CEO Katherine MazzaferriThe District of Columbia Bar has announced that longtime Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Katherine Mazzaferri has decided to retire, effective March 31, 2017. Ms. Mazzaferri's decision brings to a close a remarkable career that spans 34 years of continuous service to the D.C. Bar.  

Ms. Mazzaferri will continue in her role as CEO until her announced retirement date and will continue leading the Bar through the next steps of many initiatives.

"We have just begun implementation on the strategic plan that the Board of Governors adopted last June, and we are implementing new strategic priorities for the Pro Bono Center. I am very committed to both of these efforts," Ms. Mazzaferri said. "In addition, we have just broken ground on a new building, which will be the Bar's first-ever permanent home. It's a true milestone."

The work of the Global Legal Practice Task Force, which is exploring offerings both to potential inbound members from foreign countries and to existing outbound members who work or live abroad, is ongoing.

"There is never a perfect time for a transition, but I will remain actively engaged until my departure," Ms. Mazzaferri added.

During Ms. Mazzaferri's tenure, the Bar transformed its pro bono efforts into the hallmark D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, created a first-ever mandatory fee arbitration program, and instituted a Lawyer Assistance Program and a Practice Management Advisory Service. She also oversaw bringing in-house the Bar's now award-winning Continuing Legal Education Program.

"Katherine has served the D.C. Bar with great distinction during a time of explosive growth of the Bar, from about 35,000 to over 100,000 members. She is the heart and soul of the organization and deserves high praise for her leadership and stewardship," said D.C. Bar President Tim Webster. "The Board of Governors is extremely grateful for her innumerable contributions as CEO over the last 34 years."

"Katherine Mazzaferri's stewardship of the Bar has been outstanding," added D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric T. Washington. "The strong relationship that the bench enjoys with the Bar is in no small measure due to her untiring efforts to support and promote initiatives that benefit both institutions and, consequently, the public. Her leadership truly will be missed."

Cynthia HillThe D.C. Bar Board of Governors has appointed a special search committee to oversee the selection of Ms. Mazzaferri's successor. This committee is chaired by Immediate Past Bar President Brigida Benitez.

In addition, the Bar also announced the planned retirement of longtime Chief Programs Officer Cynthia Hill. Ms. Hill began her career at the Bar as the assistant executive director for programs over 25 years ago. Today, she is responsible for leading Sections, the Continuing Legal Education Program, leadership development, membership meetings, Regulation Counsel (which includes Legal Ethics, ethics rules review, the Practice Management Advisory Service, the Lawyer Assistance Program, fee arbitration, and mediation), and the Clients' Security Fund. Ms. Hill will retire at the end of June 2017.