Chad T. Sarchio Wins D.C. Bar President-Elect Post
June 04, 2020
Chad T. Sarchio, an associate chief counsel at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has been elected president-elect of the D.C. Bar for the 2020–2021 term. Sarchio will assume office at the beginning of the 2020-21 Bar year and serve in that post for one year before becoming president; he will continue in office a third year as immediate past president. With Sarchio’s installation, incumbent President-Elect Geoffrey M. Klineberg will become the Bar’s 49th president. Klineberg is a partner at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.
Sarchio has served as associate chief counsel at the DEA’s international and intelligence law division since 2006. He’s also a professorial lecturer of law in trial advocacy and pretrial practice at The George Washington University Law School.
Reacting to his election, Sarchio said he will approach his position with a deep sense of responsibility. “I’m incredibly humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Bar and to face the challenges that lie ahead in the coming cycle. It’s not lost on me what a tremendously important task lies ahead. There is so much unknown and unknowable about our present situation. I’ll rely on all of my strong relationships with Bar members to provide solutions that will reach the broadest possible cross-section of our community,” Sarchio said.
From 2000 to 2006, Sarchio was a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. During that time, he prosecuted hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases. Sarchio also conducted in excess of 50 bench trials and 21 jury trials, as well as numerous motions and preliminary hearings. He worked as investigative counsel during the seven-month Senate investigation into preparations for and response to Hurricane Katrina.
A graduate of Duke University, The George Washington University Law School, and the National War College, Sarchio began his legal career in active duty with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In that capacity, he provided legal assistance to hundreds of soldiers and their family members at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; investigated and negotiated more than $3 million in claims as the senior foreign claims commissioner for Bosnia; and served as military legal counsel to the Army Audit Agency.
From 2000 to 2019, Sarchio served in the JAG Reserves, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2012. In the Reserves, he was a military judge for three years, directed a judicial operations support team, and represented soldiers accused of misconduct, crimes, and other malfeasance.
Also elected to one-year terms were, as secretary, Diane A. Seltzer Torre of The Seltzer Law Firm, and, as treasurer, Shaun M. Snyder of the National Association of State Treasurers.
Elected to the Bar’s Board of Governors for three-year terms were Catherine (Katie) D. Bertram of the Bertram Law Group PLLC; Natalie M. Koss of Potomac Legal Group PLLC; Mollie (Megan) Lacchini of Legal Services Corporation; Ramya Ravindran of Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC; and Courtney L. Weiner of the Law Office of Courtney Weiner PLLC.
Elected for two-year terms on the ABA House of Delegates were Lorelie S. Masters of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Laura A. Possessky of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Lucy L. Thomson of Livingston PLLC.
Of 81,966 D.C. Bar members who were eligible to vote, 7,185 members cast ballots for an 8.77 percent overall turnout. A complete breakdown of the election results follows.
All newly elected officers, board members, and delegates will be honored during the D.C. Bar’s virtual 2020 Celebration of Leadership on July 30.
2020 General Election Tally Sheet
|President-Elect||Chad T. Sarchio||3,841||Elected|
|Charles C. Lemley||2,699|
|Secretary||Diane A. Seltzer Torre||4,679||Elected|
|Steven R. Miller||1,441|
|Treasurer||Shaun M. Snyder||3,689||Elected|
|Board of Governors||Courtney L. Weiner||3,918||Elected|
|Mollie (Megan) Lacchini||3,090||Elected|
|Catherine (Katie) D. Bertram||3,064||Elected|
|Natalie M. Koss||2,961||Elected|
|James E. Rocap III||2,730|
|Chong S. Park||2,448|
|Richard V. Rodriguez||1,815|
|ABA House of Delegates||Laura A. Possessky||4,232||Elected|
|Lorelie S. Masters||3,835||Elected|
|Lucy L. Thomson||3,576||Elected|
|John C. (Jack) Keeney Jr.||3,319|
In addition to these Bar leaders, elected D.C. Bar Communities leadership is as follows:
|Antitrust and Consumer Law||Naomi Claxton||91||Elected|
|Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports||Jennifer Nelson||92||Elected|
|Lacy J. Lodes||51|
|Corporation, Finance and Securities Law||Gerald Hodgkins||198||Elected|
|District of Columbia Affairs||Ann C. Wilcox||83||Elected|
|Environment, Energy and Natural Resources||Jennifer Li||131||Elected|
|Estates, Trusts and Probate Law||Priya Royal||128||Elected|
|Family Law||Keely Magyar||64||Elected|
|Government Contracts||Zachary Prince||91||Elected|
|Health Law||Allison Cohen||112||Elected|
|Intellectual Property Law||Brian Malkin||132||Elected|
|International Law||Molly White||146||Elected|
|Labor and Employment Law||Colleen Coveney||155||Elected|
|Law Practice Management||Pratibha Agarwal||118||Elected|
|Lea Ashley Shannon Taylor||110||Elected|
|Public Interest and Courts||Andrea Ferster||144||Elected|
|Real Estate, Housing and Land Use||Erica Litovitz||125||Elected|
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