Attorney General-Elect Karl Racine Announces Co-Chairs and Key Transition Team Personnel

By District of Columbia Bar

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From Attorney General-Elect Karl Racine Transition Team


Today, Attorney General-Elect Karl Racine named Pauline Schneider and Natalie Ludaway as Co-Chairwomen of his transition team. 

Racine said, “We are very pleased that Pauline Schneider and Natalie Ludaway are coming on board.  Pauline’s reputation is sterling, and her knowledge of Government and Finance will be a significant contribution in preparing to operate the first independent Office of Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Natalie is a trusted and close friend, and we served together on the D.C. Judicial Nominations Committee. Like Pauline, Natalie has an impeccable reputation in the practice of law. I am very lucky to have their counsel.” 

Schneider is a Special Counsel to the D.C. office of Ballard Spahr, LLP, a Philadelphia-based law firm with 500 attorneys in 14 offices across the United States. Ms. Schneider specializes in Public Finance and Governmental Affairs including service as Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations for the District of Columbia.    

Schneider responded, “With Karl Racine as Attorney General, D.C. will take great strides forward. It is an honor to work on behalf of the people of the District in this role and work with Attorney General-Elect Racine in beginning the hard-work to integrate a new vision for a now independent office.”  

Ludaway leads the boutique practice at Leftwich & Ludaway, a D.C.-based law firm.  Ms. Ludway specializes in civil and commercial litigation with significant experience in alternative dispute resolution as well as overseeing internal investigations in the public and private sector.

Ludaway added, “There is work to be done, and the first independent Attorney General needs to ensure that the OAG will be ethical and fair in the delivery of services to District residents.”

In addition to Ms. Schneider and Ms. Ludaway, Racine named Kim Whatley as Transition Director. Ms. Whatley was an unpaid Senior Aide to Racine during the campaign, having taken a leave of absence from her position as the Executive Director of the D.C. Judicial Nominations Commission.  Both Racine and Whatley are unpaid members of the transition team as are Schneider and Ludaway.

Sean Rankin, the general consultant to the campaign, has been named Communications Director, and Marrisa Geller has been named Public Affairs Specialist. Legal researchers and attorney advisors including Sean Treanor, Ebony Wade, and Simon Chan have been added as well.  

For more information, contact Sean Rankin at