D.C. Bar Elections

D.C. Bar Elections

Voting for the D.C. Bar elections has ended. Results will be published soon.

Below is a list of the candidates, in alphabetical order, running for leadership positions.

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Candidates for President-Elect

Susan M. HoffmanSusan M. Hoffman
Crowell & Moring, LLP

Susie is Pro Bono Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP where she has led the Firm's pro bono practice for 29 years and been a leader in the DC community. She served 2 terms on the Bar Board of Governors and as President of the DC Bar Foundation Board. She is currently Board Vice-President of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and has chaired the DC Circuit Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, Legal Counsel for the Elderly's Board, and Catholic Charities Legal Advisory Council. A particular focus of her work has been combatting domestic violence, representing women seeking protection orders since 1981 and as founding Board Chair of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project. "Now, more than ever, it is crucial for us to step forward to improve access to justice and to strengthen the civic institutions that can bring us together. The importance of the Bar in supporting pro bono has never been higher, but maintaining a vibrant bar requires leadership across a broad range of issues including supporting our members, developing the next generation of leadership, and increasing the prominence and participation of voluntary bars." Susie's commitment to fostering voluntary bars is reflected in her service as president and board member since 1989 of the Washington Council of Lawyers. Honors include Legal Aid's Servant of Justice Award and Whitman-Walker's Outstanding Mentor Award. Graduate of George Washington Law School. More at www.susiehoffman.com.

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Bridget Bailey LipscombBridget Bailey Lipscomb

United States Department of Justice

One of the great strengths of the D.C. Bar is the diversity of its membership. We are white shoe lawyers and solo practitioners; government attorneys and counsel to corporations and non-profits, but we all have the same professional home – the D.C. Bar. The Bar has long committed to being a home to everyone, and what better time to keep that promise than now, as we open our own new Bar building. My highest priority will be to make the Bar more welcoming to all members and to advance our shared commitment to access to justice. We can expand our collaborative projects through technology and new partnerships, and address the unmet legal needs of moderate income residents through efforts such as "low bono" (reduced fee) legal services. I am committed to diversity, inclusivity, and community. I am a 15-year public servant, who has served on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, Building Advisory Task Force, and the Leadership Development Committee. I have taken on pro bono cases and worked to support legal services providers. In collaboration with several voluntary bar associations, I created the Knowledge is Power program, which provides legal information to D.C. residents. A list of my bar activities can be found at bridgetscampaign.com. I am a Department of Justice Civil Division Assistant Director. I received my J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and my B.A. and M.P.A. from Grambling State University. Your vote is your voice – and I am listening.

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Candidates for Secretary

Brian A. BenkoBrian A. Benko
Winston & Strawn LLP

Brian Benko is a Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP. He is a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group and the Pro Bono Committee. In 2013, the DC Bar honored Brian as Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. He volunteers with the D.C. Bar's Advocacy & Justice Clinic and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. He is a member of the DC Bar Foundation's Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN) and was Liaison to the Bar Foundation's Board of Directors for many years. He was a founding member of the YLN in 2011. Brian has demonstrated a commitment to the DC Bar, the Bar Foundation, the pro bono community and its clients and would welcome the opportunity to extend his experience and leadership to the Bar as Secretary.

Paul S. LeePaul S. Lee
Dechert LLP

Paul has dedicated his entire legal career to public service in Washington, DC. As full-time Pro Bono Counsel at Dechert LLP, he oversees the firm’s pro bono program worldwide. Prior to joining Dechert, he was Pro Bono Coordinator at Kids in Need of Defense, where he worked with law firm attorneys to obtain legal status for hundreds of immigrant children. Before KIND, he was the Georgetown Pro Bono Fellow at Howrey LLP. Paul has served on the board of the Washington Council of Lawyers, including two terms as board president. He was in the inaugural class of the DC Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network, and chairs the summer fellowships for the LGBT Bar Association of DC. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill (BA) and Georgetown University (JD).


Candidates for Treasurer

Brandes S. G. AshBrandes S. G. Ash
Burr Law Firm, PLLC

Brandes S.G. Ash is an Associate at the Burr Law Firm, PLLC. A noted public servant, Ms. Ash has held many leadership positions in local and national organizations including Chief of Communications for the National Bar Association; President of the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC); and 2nd Vice President of the Washington Bar Association. Ms. Ash also served on the ABA Family Law Section Finance Committee. Ms. Ash is fully committed to the DC Bar, having been in the inaugural class of the John Payton Leadership Academy; an elected member of the former Family Law Section Steering Committee; a long-time volunteer at the Advice and Referral Clinic; and Pro Bono Center mentor attorney.

Amy E. NelsonAmy E. Nelson

Whitman-Walker Health

Amy Nelson is the Director of Legal Services at Whitman–Walker Health, a program that provides free legal services to more than 3,000 low-income clients annually. Since joining WWH in 2008, she has successfully collaborated with all branches of DC's legal community, including the DC Bar, to expand direct legal services and to address the intersectional issues facing DC's most vulnerable communities. In 2014 Amy's work was recognized with awards from the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs and Capital TransPride. At McDermott, Will & Emery, her pro bono work included capital defense, homeless advocacy, and work with Miriam's House and N Street Village. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and George Washington University Law School.


Candidates for Board of Governors [5 Vacancies]

Rawle Andrews, Jr. Rawle Andrews, Jr.

Rawle Andrews Jr. is a Reg'l. VP of AARP and 25+ year litigator. His service includes: AARP Nat'l Leadership Team (2011-Present); AARP Enterprise Strat. Leadership Team (2013-2014); Chair, Disaster Response ERG (2018-Present); DC Super. Ct. Civ. Rules Adv. Comte. (2009-2017); ABA Comm. on Law & Aging (2015-2017); DC Access to Justice Comm. (2009-2012); DC Bar Strat. Plann'g Comte. (2009-2010); DC Bar Screening Comte. (2011); DC Bar Nominations Comte. (2010); BOD, Bar Ass'n of DC (2008-2014); BOD, Bar Ass'n. of DC Foundation (2016-Present); Adj. Law Prof., Housing Discrim., Howard Univ. School of Law (2007-Present); DC Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2006). Rawle's priorities are access to justice, member value and greater transparency.

Moses A. CookMoses A. Cook
D.C. Law Students in Court

Moses Cook is the Executive Director of D.C. Law Students in Court, a non-profit devoted to training the next generation of social justice advocates who deliver nearly 30,000 hours of free, high-quality legal services to low-income DC residents. He currently serves on the Board of Governors and is a 2014 graduate of the Bar's John Payton Leadership Academy. Moses was a Prettyman/Stiller Fellow with Georgetown University Law Center and received his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He is a passionate teacher as well. Each year he teaches Public Interest Lawyering at George Washington School of Law as an adjunct professor.

A.J. S. DhaliwalA.J. S. Dhaliwal

Buckley Sandler LLP

A.J. Dhaliwal is an Associate with Buckley Sandler LLP, representing clients in actions relating to consumer protection regulation and enforcement. He currently serves as D.C. Bar Treasurer and on the Board of Governors Budget and Finance Committees. He is also a graduate of the John Payton Leadership Academy. A.J. is dedicated to pro bono services and access to justice for the underserved. He regularly volunteers with the D.C. Bar’s Pro Bono Center and represents unaccompanied refugee children in deportation and child custody proceedings. As a former President of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington D.C., A.J. advocated for the South Asian community on various civil rights issues related to hate crimes and bias-related incidents.

Elizabeth (Elizabeth ("Sally") Gere
Public Interest Division - Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Sally Gere has been a D.C. federal law clerk, a Department of Justice attorney, a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP, and, most recently, the Deputy Attorney General for the Public Interest Division with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Sally's many contributions to the profession include serving on the D.C. Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions (bar examiner), a Board on Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee, numerous federal and local court committees, and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center for 20 years. Sally is on several boards, including the Abramson Scholarship Foundation, established to honor former Bar President Fred Abramson, to aid D.C. public high school graduates.

Leah M. Quadrino Leah M. Quadrino
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Leah Quadrino is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in the commercial litigation group and a leader in the voluntary bar community. She has served on the DC Bar Board of Governors since 2015, where she is a past member of the Budget Committee and the current chair of the Screening Committee. Leah is also the current chair of the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Scholarship Fund Board and a past member of the TIPS Standing Committee on Law in Public Service. At Steptoe, Leah litigates international and domestic business disputes and maintains a substantial pro bono practice on behalf of immigrants, persons who are homeless, and trafficking victims. Leah is a graduate of Yale College and Fordham Law School.


Louis RamosLouis Ramos
DLA Piper 

Lou Ramos is a Litigation and White Collar Partner with the DC Office of DLA Piper. Throughout his career, Lou has been committed to providing pro bono representation on matters involving immigration, child custody and support, and human rights. He recently participated in a joint DLA Piper and National Center for State Courts training program for police prosecutors in Trinidad and Tobago. Lou is a former member and co-chair of the Board of Directors for Ayuda, and a current member of the National and DC Hispanic Bar Associations. Before returning to the private sector, Lou served for almost six years as an AUSA in the District of Columbia. Lou is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mary Ann Snow Mary Ann Snow
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia 

Since 1995, Mary Ann Snow has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she handles criminal and post-conviction cases. She is an A.B. and M.S.W. graduate of the University of Michigan. After teaching, working as a social worker, and community clinical social worker, she graduated from the Columbus School of Law and clerked for Judge Joseph M. Hannon. She has practiced medical and legal malpractice defense; served as an AUSA in the E.D. of VA; Supervisor, Legal Services of Southeastern Michigan; Ass’t Clinical Professor, University of Michigan Law School; and Trial Attorney, DOJ’s Office of Int’l Affairs. Mary Ann also has served on BPR hearing committees, and as member and chair of the D.C. Bar JEC.

Vanita (Vanita ("Saleema") Snow
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

Saleema Snow, Associate Professor of Law UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, represented low-income clients for over sixteen years, beginning at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP). She is Vice President of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers and will succeed to President, Co-chair D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers Transportation & Service Delivery Committee, former Vice President Capital Area Muslim Bar Association, and Board Chair Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. She served on the board of the Fredrick B. Abramson Foundation and NLSP Advisory Board. In 2014, Harvard Law recognized her in its Women Inspiring Change exhibition.

Leslie T. ThorntonLeslie T. Thornton
Washington Gas

Ms. Thornton is Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary of Washington Gas. She began her legal career in public service with the D.C. Public Defender Service, held partnerships in two Washington D.C. law firms, and served eight years in the Clinton Administration including the 1992 Transition where she co-chaired the DOJ appointments search, and the 1996 Presidential Debate Team. Unreservedly committed to public service, and service to others, she has received the MCCA Innovator Award, the ACC Individual Community Service Award, Inside Counsel's Transformative Leadership Catalyst for Change Award, and the 2017 Burton Legends in Law Award among other honors. Ms. Thornton is an often requested speaker on diversity in the law and leadership.

Salvatore J. ZambriSalvatore J. Zambri
Regan Zambri Long, PLLC

Sal is a civil justice trial attorney and a partner at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC. He has served as president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC, the American Board of Trial Advocates (DC Chapter), and DC Legal. Sal has also served as Chair of the DC Bar's Tort Law Section. Sal devotes hundreds of pro-bono hours each year to promoting laws that protect DC's most vulnerable citizens. In recognition of the impact of his work, Super Lawyers recently described Sal as a "Culture Changer." Sal was an adjunct professor of law for several years and is a founding member of the MLK Memorial Foundation and the National Campaign for Tolerance. Sal would bring his dedication to civil justice to his service on the Board.

Candidates for ABA House of Delegates [3 Vacancies]

Donald R. DunnerDonald R. Dunner

Don Dunner, Purdue Engineering and Georgetown Law graduate, partner in Finnegan firm specializing in IP trial and appellate cases. He served 12 years as member of HOD from ABA IPL Section and 3 years from ABA Board of Governors. He served as APLA President, ABA IPL Section Chair, Bar Association of DC Board of Directors, Member and Chair of PTC Law Section, Division 14 (PTC) of DC Bar. He is extensively involved in charitable work (Chair, DC Bar Advisory Committee, Honorary Co-Chair of Development Committee of DC Bar Pro Bono Center), co-authored 2 IP texts, one which served as text for his lectures as Adjunct Professor at GW and American University Law Schools. He feels he can effectively advance issues in HOD important to DC Bar members.

Janene D. JacksonJanene D. Jackson
Holland & Knight

Janene Jackson is a partner in Holland & Knight. Her practice area is legislative and regulatory counseling. She served as the deputy chief of staff and director of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs in the administration of former Mayor Gray. Ms. Jackson also served as the Senior VP of Government Affairs at the DC Chamber of Commerce. She also served as the Committee Counsel for two large committees of the DC Council. She served as the Executive Director of the State Complaint Office of the DC Public Schools. She is a former Assistant Corporation Counsel. She clerked for the Honorable Donald L. Ivers and the Honorable Reggie B. Walton.

John C. Keeney, Jr.John C. ("Jack") Keeney, Jr.
Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Jack Keeney, Jr., Delegate & past D.C. Bar President, is General Counsel of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. He directed D.C. Legal Aid appellate advocacy. He is on the Washington Council of Lawyers Board, belongs to WBA & the Association of Corporate Counsel, and chaired the D.C. Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He won the CCE Justice Potter Stewart Award and the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Wiley Branton Award. While leading Hogan & Hartson pro bono, he accepted the ABA Pro Bono award as the best U.S. program. He chaired the ABA Election Law Committee, and was ABA Adviser to a Uniform Law Drafting Committee. He taught legal ethics at Washington College of Law. A graduate of Notre Dame & Harvard Law.

Laura PossesskyLaura A. Possessky
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

 Laura Possessky seeks re-election as an ABA Delegate to advocate for a stronger profession and to represent the interests of all D.C. Bar members. An experienced D.C. Bar leader, she has served as Women's Bar Association President, D.C. Bar Treasurer, a two-term member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, and Chair of the Council on Sections. As a Leadership Development Committee member, she received the Frederick B. Abramson Award for innovative and dedicated service to the D.C. Bar. While on the DC Refers and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts boards, Laura has engaged in creating solutions for affordable legal services for modest-means clients. Laura is a Senior Business Affairs Attorney at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Lucy L. ThomsonLucy L. Thomson
Livingston PLLC

Lucy seeks reelection as ABA Delegate. Active in the ABA, she is past chair of the Science & Technology Law Section, Life Fellow, and Cybersecurity Legal Task Force member. She served on the DC Bar Board of Governors, as Bar Secretary, and President of the Women's Bar Association and WBA Foundation. Principal of Livingston PLLC, Lucy focuses on cybersecurity, global data privacy, compliance and risk management. She litigated white collar crime and civil rights cases at the Justice Department and subsequently worked as a senior engineer at CSC, a global technology company. In recognition of long-time public service, Lucy received the Heroines in Technology award. She is a former Alumni Trustee of Andover. RPI M.S., Georgetown Law JD.