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D.C. Bar Election Coverage 2014

From Washington Lawyer, May 2014

The D.C. Bar Nominations Committee has announced candidates for office on the Bar’s Board of Governors for the 2014–2015 term. Nominees are running for the positions of president-elect, secretary, and treasurer. There are five vacancies on the Bar’s Board of Governors, each for three-year terms. Finally, there are three seats available in the American Bar Association House of Delegates.

Ballots and instructions for voting, by mail or online, were distributed to all eligible voters on April 29. The deadline to vote is May 23. Results of the election will be announced on the Bar’s Web site and during the 2014 Celebration of Leadership, which includes the Bar’s Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting, on June 17 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Concurrently, the D.C. Bar Sections Office has announced nominees for vacancies on the steering committees of the Bar’s 20 sections. The section steering committee elections will be conducted primarily online. The deadline for requesting a paper ballot was April 15. Voting begins April 29 and closes online at midnight on May 23. For a paper ballot to be counted, it must arrive by May 23 in the return envelope provided. Section candidate lists begin later in this section.

Stephen I. Glover
Stephen GloverStephen I. Glover is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he cochairs the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice and is a member of its corporate transactions and capital markets practice groups.

Glover’s involvement with the D.C. Bar began in the mid-1990s, when he first served in its Corporation, Finance, and Securities Law Section. He also served in the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program’s Community Economic Development (CED) Project Committee and the Bar’s Strategic Planning Committee. In 2010 Glover joined the Bar’s Board of Governors.

Glover believes this experience has exposed him to different aspects of the Bar, which would serve him well if he were chosen as president-elect.

“I think the experience I have with the Bar is critical. As a result of this involvement, I’ve become a strong believer in what the Bar does and the strength of its programs,” he said.

Glover also thinks his background as a corporate lawyer would be useful in leading the organization. “I have spent a lot of time over the years advising boards of directors and executive teams on strategic issues, governance questions, and management problems. There are a lot of similarities between this work and what a Bar leader has to do,” he said.

If elected, Glover would focus on making sure the Bar’s core functions are running smoothly; continuing to grow the Pro Bono Program, especially the CED Project; encouraging diversity in the Bar’s leadership; ensuring the Bar’s services are delivered to members in the most effective way using new technology; and revisiting the Bar’ strategic plan.

On diversity, Glover said it is important to “bring in new blood” to the Bar. “Having good and diverse leaders is really critical to the success of the Bar. In particular, making sure that we are identifying and engaging younger lawyers . . . is essential to the health of the Bar and the health of the profession,” he said.

Glover said he would continue to encourage additional steps that make the Bar’s Pro Bono Program even stronger. “If you look at the development of pro bono programs generally, you will see an incremental process where existing programs are expanded, or somebody has an innovative idea that gets developed,” he said.

Technology is another area that deserves continuing focus, according to Glover. While the Bar already has technology initiatives in place, he said it’s important to keep pace with new developments.

“If the Bar begins to be perceived, especially by newer lawyers, as outdated and behind the times, it becomes harder to get people interested,” he added.

Finally, Glover would like to take another look at the Bar’s strategic plan, which was adopted in 2009.

“The last few years have brought a significant amount of change to the profession. Law firms are consolidating or disappearing, new models for the delivery of legal services are being developed, and law school enrollment patterns are changing. The Bar needs to think about all these big-picture issues as it plans how to best fulfill its mission over the next few years,” he said.

Timothy K. Webster

Timothy WebsterTimothy K. Webster is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, which he joined in 1999. At Sidley, Webster focuses his practice on civil and criminal environmental matters, including challenges to government action and defense of enforcement matters, as well as regulatory advocacy and related compliance counseling.
Prior to joining the firm, Webster worked as a trial attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice for seven years.

While at Sidley, Webster was asked by former D.C. Bar President John Cruden if he would be interested in serving as the Bar’s general counsel. In 2004 Webster was appointed by the Bar’s Board of Governors for what would have been a two-year term. In 2006, however, Webster was asked to stay on as general counsel, a position he served until 2010.

As general counsel, Webster had two main responsibilities: providing legal advice to the Bar on a wide range of issues related to the organization’s core mission, and representing the Bar and its employees and affiliates in a wide array of litigation.

When Webster was asked to consider running for D.C. Bar president-elect, he said the idea appealed to him as a perfect opportunity to continue his service with the Bar.

“For several years I have been thinking that I would like to build on my experience as general counsel and to contribute further to the Bar at some point in time,” he said.

Webster believes his skills as an environmental lawyer are very well matched to the position of president-elect. “I have true inside knowledge of how the Bar works from having provided legal advice and defended it in litigation for six years. Matching that up with other skills I have developed over the years through my practice, I think I would fit the position . . . very well,” he said.

Webster said his work in environmental law, where most cases are often complex, has allowed him to develop management and consensus-building skills. If elected, Webster said he would focus on enhancing the Bar’s core mission.

“[The Bar] is the face of the legal profession, and it is the critical link between lawyers and the population of the District of Columbia in a number of ways,” he said. “In that vein, I’m interested in reviewing the Bar’s strategic plan, adopted five years ago, given that any strategic plan must be a living document that adapts to changed priorities and circumstances.”

He also would work to expand the Bar’s pro bono activities and access to justice initiatives through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program. While the program already has done amazing things, Webster said the demand for legal services, particularly concerning civil matters, is ever present and growing.

“The profession of law has become a little like medicine in terms of specialization. There are so many sub-specialties in law that it has become harder and harder for lawyers who are in one niche to drop that and practice something on a pro bono basis in other areas. I would look for ways to help lawyers become competent to provide pro bono services outside their comfort zone,” he said.

D.C. Bar Nominations Committee Announces Candidates for Other Bar Leadership Positions
The Nominations Committee also announced the selection of candidates for other Bar positions. Nominated for secretary are Matthew G. Kaiser of The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC and Christopher P. Zubowicz of the U.S. Department of Justice, and for treasurer are Sarah Shyr of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC and Laura Sierra of Alston & Bird LLP. 

The following are candidates for five vacancies on the Bar’s Board of Governors for three-year terms: Steven N. Berk of Berk Law PLLC; Susan Kovarovics of Bryan Cave LLP; Sara Kropf of the Law Office of Sara Kropf PLLC; Ariel Levinson-Waldman of the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General; Sadina M. Montani of Vedder Price P.C.; Sergio F. Oehninger of Hunton & Williams LLP; Mark A. Salzberg of Patton Boggs LLP; Annamaria Steward of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law; Keiko K. Takagi of Sughrue Mion, PLLC; and Benjamin F. Wilson of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. 

The Nominations Committee also announced the following candidates for three open seats in the American Bar Association House of Delegates: Jack C. Keeney Jr. of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Beth L. Law of the Consumer Specialty Products Association, Laura A. Possessky of Gura & Possessky, and Lucy L. Thomson of Livingston PLLC.

Ballots and instructions for voting, by mail or online, were distributed to all active Bar members on April 29. The deadline to vote is May 23.

Sections Office Announces Steering Committee Nominees
The following nominees are running for vacancies on the steering committees of the Bar’s 20 sections. For questions about the sections elections, contact the Sections Office at 202-626-3463.

D.C. Bar Sections
2014–15 Steering Committee Candidates

Administrative Law and Agency Practice (Three Vacancies): Michele C. Farquhar, Hogan Lovells; Matthew Henjum, Chesapeake Legal Alliance; Seth L. Johnson, Earthjustice; Brian Malkin, McGuireWoods LLP; Kelly B. McClanahan, National Security Counselors; Connor N. Raso, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Michael L. Stern, Attorney-at-Law; Robert L. Walker, Wiley Rein LLP.

Antitrust and Consumer Law (Three Vacancies): Robert E. Hauberg Jr., Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Reid D. Henderson, RDH Law PC; Christine A. Hopkinson, King & Spalding LLP; John R. Ingrassia, Proskauer Rose LLP; Jeffrey D. Kaliel, Tycko & Zavareei LLP; Douglas B. Rathbun, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division; Wendy J. Weinberg, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law (Three Vacancies): Stephen D. Argeris, Hunton & Williams LLP; Laurie A. Babinski, BakerHostetler LLP; Thomas Curley, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP; Robert A. Gottfried, Bloomberg BNA; Deneen Howell, Williams & Connolly LLP; Chittarangan Mallik, Perennial Sports & Entertainment; Lita T. Rosario, WYZ GIRL Entertainment Consulting, LLC; Alison B. Schary, David Wright Tremaine LLP; John L. Simson, Lommen Abdo.

Corporation, Finance and Securities Law (Three Vacancies): Lillian C. Brown, WilmerHale LLP; Richard W. Grime, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Kenneth R. Lench, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Michael K. Lowman, Jenner & Block LLP; Howard A. Scheck, KPMG LLP; Julie A. Smith, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice (Three Vacancies): Susan D. Bennett, American University Washington College of Law; Angelina Z. Bradley, U.S. Navy; Hon. Sharon E. Goodie, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings; Saad Gul, Saul Ewing LLP; Zenobia T. Lai, Asia Pacific American Legal Center; Valerie J. Schneider, Fair Housing Clinic, Howard University School of Law; Christine D. Smith, Children’s Law Center.

*Criminal Law and Individual Rights (Three Vacancies): David B. Benowitz, Price Benowitz; Ariel S. Glasner, Blank Rome LLP; Brandi J. Harden, Harden & Pinckney, PLLC; Kevin L. Mosley, Lotze Mosley, LLP; Justin A. Okezie, Okezie Law, PC; Heather N. Pinckney, Harden & Pinckney, PLLC.

**District of Columbia Affairs (Three Vacancies): Claude E. Bailey, Venable LLP; Joel M. Cohn, D.C. Office of Tenant Advocate; Darrin L. Glymph, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Patricia A. Gracyalny, D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer; Nicholas A. Majett, D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; John S. Mitchell Jr., Williams Mullen; Smruti V. Radkar, University of the District of Columbia; Gitana Stewart-Ponder, Executive Office of the Mayor.

Environment, Energy and Natural Resources (Three Vacancies): James M. Auslander, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.; Karen L. Donovan, U.S. Department of the Interior; Lisa B. Goldman, Environmental Law Institute; Rachel Jacobson, U.S. Department of the Interior; Adam M. Kron, Environmental Integrity Project; Lauren W. Maxwell, D.C. Department of the Environment; Jessica L. Olson, Ayres Law Group; William B. Pasfield, Alston & Bird LLP.

Estates, Trusts and Probate Law (Three Vacancies): Jewel M. Harmon, Law Offices of Jewel M. Harmon; Alan I. Herman, Legal Counsel for the Elderly/AARP; Sarah M. Johnson, Venable, LLP; L. Laurel Lea, Furey Doolan & Abell, LLP; Giannina “Gina” Lynn, Attorney-at-Law; Stephanie L. Perry, Pasternak & Fidis, P.C.; Andrew T. Richardson III, The Richardson Firm, PC; Lewis J. Saret, Law Offices of Lewis J. Saret.

Family Law (Three Vacancies): Brandes S.G. Ash, D.C. Office of the Attorney General; Jennifer A. Davison, Feldesman, Tucker, Leifer & Fidell, L.L.P.; Tanya M. Jones-Bosier, D.C. Office of the Attorney General; Melissa A. Kucinski, MK Family Law; Christopher M. Locey, Kuder, Smollar & Friedman, P.C.; Natalia C. Wilson, Ain & Bank, P.C.

Government Contracts and Litigation (Two Vacancies): Nancy K. Hapeman, D.C. Office of the Attorney General; Elizabeth P. Martin, U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General; David M. Nadler, Dickstein Shapiro LLP; Marques P. Richeson, Hogan Lovells; James L. Weiner, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Health Law (Three Vacancies): Jenifer A. Cromwell, Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC; Geoffrey W. Hymans, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Laverne M. Largie, Liberty Mutual Group, Inc.; Brian J. Malkin, McGuireWoods LLP; Sondra L. Mills, U.S. Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Branch; Amy E. Nordeng, American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Intellectual Property Law (Two Vacancies): Robert J. Kimmer, Rader, Fishman & Cramer, PLLC; Azadeh Sophia Kokabi, Sughrue Mion PLLC; Brian J. Malkin, McGuireWoods LLP; Lorraine S. Morrison, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Shawn N. Sullivan, International Life Sciences Institute.

International Law (Two Vacancies): Theresa Bowman, Law Office of Charles H. Camp, P.C.; Mark L. Jensen, Shepard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton L.L.P.; Mary Ann McGrail, Law Office of M.A. McGrail; Lorena E. Perez, Organization of American States.

Labor and Employment Law (Three Vacancies): Lorrie E. Bradley, Murphy Anderson PLLC; Megan Cacace, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC; Keith D. Greenberg, Attorney-at-Law; Marlon C. Griffith, Griffith & Wheat, PLLC; Edgar Ndjatou, Law Office of Edgar Ndjatou, PLLC; Brian J. Petruska, Laborers’ International Union of North America; Daniel T. Raposa, Passman & Kaplan, PC; Kelly Scindian, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

***Law Practice Management (Three Vacancies): Brandon R. Cogswell, Burton Law, LLC; Benjamin L. Grosz, Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chartered; Lisa B. Horowitz, LBH Consulting Group; Matthew G. Kaiser, The Kaiser Law Firm PLLC; Natalie M. Koss, Potomac Legal Group, PLLC; Richard D. Milone, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; Roya Vasseghi, Doumar Martin PLLC.

Litigation (Three Vacancies): Julia M. Jordan, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP; Robert N. Kelly, Jackson & Campbell, P.C.; Eric L. Klein, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.; Jared P. Marx, Wilshire & Grannis, LLP; Jonah E. McCarthy, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Buffy J. Mims, Hollingsworth LLP; Adam S. Nadelhaft, Winston & Strawn, LLP; Katherine B. Yoder, Bonner Kiernan Trebach & Crociata, LLP.
Real Estate, Housing and Land Use (Two Vacancies): Joshua M. Greenberg, Greenstein DeLorme & Luchs, PC; Patricia B. Millerioux, Loewinger & Brand, PLLC; John E. Reid, Tobin, O’Connor & Ewing; David J. Walker, Saul Ewing LLP.

Taxation (Three Vacancies): Layla J. Aksakal, Miller & Chevalier Chartered; Joshua T. Brady, Bingham McCutchen LLP; George A. Hani, Miller & Chevalier Chartered; Amber L. Mackenzie, Internal Revenue Service; Aaron P. Nocjar, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Alexander L. Reid, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Tort Law (Two Vacancies): Lawrence E. Eiser, U.S. Department of Justice; Nicholas S. McConnell, Jackson & Campbell, P.C.; Patrick D. McKevitt, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP; Adam W. Smith, McCandlish & Lillard.

*Due to a resignation that affected the staggering of terms, the candidate who obtains the fourth-highest number of votes will be elected to a two-year term.
**Due to a steering committee member becoming chair of the Council on Sections, the candidate who obtains the fourth-highest number of votes will be elected to a one-year term.
***Due to a resignation that left one position on the steering committee vacant, the candidate who obtains the fourth-highest number of votes will be elected to a two-year term.