D.C. Bar Elections

2020 D.C. Bar Elections Candidates

The statements below are in the candidates’ own words and have not been edited for brevity or clarity.

To view the PDF version of the candidate bios, click here. For a PDF of the slate, click here

Listen to the candidates discuss their experience, their plans to advance the mission of the D.C. Bar, their first initiatives, and more in the Virtual Candidates Forum.


President-Elect

LemleyCharles C. Lemley
Charlie Lemley believes that we have an obligation to serve as stewards for the legal profession to leave it stronger, more diverse, more inclusive, and more respected than when we started.  Throughout the campaign and his term in office, he will focus on the most important challenges facing our Bar and our profession: the obligation to provide access to justice for those in our community, and to do justice within our profession by finally achieving true diversity, equity, and fairness for women, people of color, and others who have historically been excluded or marginalized.

Charlie understands that these issues will be more important than ever in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Legal services providers already are doing heroic work to help vitims of the pandemic protect their interests, while at the same time they are forced to cancel important fundraising events.  And crises have historically undermined diversity and inclusion efforts and imposed their burdens heavily on diverse attorneys.  Charlie will work to maintain and increase focus on the importance of improving access to justice, supporting legal services providers, and taking greater measures to make the profession diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

There also will be opportunities in the wake of this pandemic.  The profession was forced to innovate at an accelerated rate in terms of automation, remote working arrangements, court procedures, and the like.  Charlie believes it will be important for Bar leaders to take the initiative in the aftermath of the crisis to determine what worked and what didn’t and to ensure that the innovation is carried forward to enhance access to justice, flexible working arrangements for lawyers who also are caregivers, and to help small firms and solo practitioners thrive in their businesses.

Charlie would be grateful for your support. For more information, visit his website.

SarchioPhotoFEB20Chad T. Sarchio
Anyone who has participated in or benefited from the DC Bar knows how impressive its mission, mandate, and members are.  It sets the standard for pro bono, training, practice management, and lawyer assistance programs - and more.  I remain convinced that my decades of prosecutorial, professorial, military and judicial work offer the right mix of experiences and qualities to serve as your next President-elect, maintain this excellence, and adapt the Bar to our uncertain times.

As an Army lawyer and military judge, I defended soldiers, advised leaders, supported families, and stewarded trials in matters with consequential legal, financial, and judicial impact.  My service also taught me how to build and lead accountable, flexible, synergistic teams of lawyers, paralegals, and others with initiative, compassion, and vision. I vow to employ these lessons prudently.

As a DC AUSA, I prosecuted a wide range of crimes, always making reason, attention to detail, and integrity my watchwords.  I have taken a similarly meticulous approach to the international and intelligence counsel I provide the DEA, where I lead a team of attorneys supporting law enforcement professionals and facilitating interagency and international relationships worldwide.  I would lead our Bar as I pursue justice: with passion, decisiveness, and balance.

For 20+ years I have helped develop generations of lawyers as an Adjunct Professor at GW Law and a guest lecturer elsewhere, so strong outreach to our professional pipelines is in my heart.

As a supportive husband to a Hispanic lawyer, I have lived many issues confronting minorities in our profession.  So, as a teacher, mentor, decision-maker, hiring coordinator, and leader of our multicultural military, I have promoted diversity, inclusivity, and sensitivity aggressively.

I vow to bring vigor, collaboration and clarity to the challenges ahead. Please visit https://chadsarchio.com/ for more information. I appreciate your consideration and support.


Secretary

StevenMillerPictureDCBSteven R. Miller
If elected Secretary, I would bring years of public service through my Federal Government employment, and in my work with the D.C. Bar and the Federal Bar Association (FBA).

At FBA, I have held numerous local and national leadership positions such as D.C. Chapter President and facilitated community service activities, including being a co-founder of a program in which lawyers help other lawyers and their families in need for the FBA, court camp for D.C. students, and wills for U.S. veterans.

At the D.C. Bar, I participate in voluntary bar meetings.  I facilitated a D.C. Bar – FBA CLE program on third-party neutral approaches in environmental contexts.

In my FBA diversity committee roles, I work to ensure complete inclusivity of all noble groups in the D.C. Bar.  As your Secretary, I will be seeking greater connections between the many diverse voluntary bars in D.C. and the D.C. Bar itself.

Diane Seltzer TorreDiane A. Seltzer Torre
Serving as a leader with the D.C. Bar is one of the most gratifying and rewarding volunteer experiences of my career. The people with whom I work at the D.C. Bar are energetic, engaged, motivated, and smart.  I currently serve on the D.C. Bar’s 2020-2025 Strategic Planning Committee and on the D.C. Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Committee, for which I previously served as Chair (2016-2017), as Vice Chair (2015-2016), and as a Committee member (2012-2015).  Since 2018, I have also served on the D.C. Bar’s Screening Committee, Communities Committee, and Nominations Committee.  I welcome the opportunity to serve as your Secretary so that I can further contribute to an organization that is incredibly committed to being a solid resource, on many levels, for its members.


Treasurer

Dillon headshotJustin Dillon
The D.C. Bar is the best of its kind, and I would be honored to serve as its next Treasurer.  I am currently a partner at KaiserDillon PLLC, where I represent people in white-collar criminal and school discipline matters.  Before that, I was an AUSA in the District for 5 1/2 years.  I have been a member of the Bar's CLE Committee since 2014 and have served as its Chair for the last three years.  In that time, I have been privileged to witness the terrific work that the Bar does, day in and day out.   If elected, I would work hard to help the Bar as it steers into the uncertain waters brought on by the coronavirus.  It will not be easy, and there will be both challenges and sacrifices.  But I am confident that we will get through it and that the Bar will continue to thrive.



Shaun SnyderShaun M. Snyder
As Executive Director/CEO of the National Association of State Treasurers and the former Chief Operating Officer of a member association and DC Department of Health, I am aware of the importance of developing and promoting products and services for members as well as proper fiscal management.

As your Treasurer, I will ensure that we receive the most value for our membership dollars, particularly as our members’ business and learning needs will likely change due to COVID-19.  In addition, I will make sure that our membership dues and the association’s finances are properly invested, managed, and expended to guarantee the long-term stability of the Bar at what is probably going to be the most challenging time for the Bar’s finances.

My experience managing associations and organizations will help us achieve continued success.  I would greatly appreciate your vote.  Visit www.shaunsnyder.com for more information.


Board of Governors

Jim RocapJames E. Rocap III
I have been an active leader in the D.C. Bar for 40+ years.  Between 2003 and 2009, I co-chaired the Law Practice Management Section and then chaired the Sections Council (now Communities Committee).  I currently serve as President of the D.C. Circuit Historical Society.  I am deeply committed to pro bono, from two individual death penalty representations spanning 1982-2010, to 25+ years’ service as a volunteer attorney and board member with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and as Secretary of the Access to Justice Foundation.  Since 2005, I have chaired Steptoe’s firmwide Pro Bono Committee, where I am a partner with an active practice in Insurance Litigation.  In 2013, I received the Bar’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award.  I would be honored to serve on the Board to enhance the Bar’s access to justice initiatives, its invaluable CLE program, and its critical support for our members.

Chong ParkChong S. Park
After more than 20 years as a member of the D.C. Bar, I would be honored to have the opportunity to give back to our legal community as a member of the Board of Governors. My experience in both the public and private sectors has informed my priorities with respect to the DC Bar’s mission. I am currently a litigation and enforcement partner at Ropes & Gray, but I have also served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco and as senior trial attorney for the Federal Trade Commission. I am deeply committed to making the legal profession a more diverse and inclusive profession, and I believe the members of the Bar have an obligation to be generous in providing public and pro bono services. I would bring these values and my varied experiences to bear as a member of the Board of Governors.


Natalie KossNatalie M. Koss
Natalie M. Koss has been a member of the D.C. Bar for over 15 years. She serves as the managing partner of Potomac Legal Group PLLC, a small firm that vigorously represents employees in public and private sector employment matters. Ms. Koss has served on the D.C. Bar’s Judicial Evaluation Committee; Steering Committee, Law Practice Management Section; and served as Chair, Practice Management Service Committee. Ms. Koss is also a member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. Ms. Koss has taught numerous employment law CLEs, and has been widely quoted by news outlets. Ms. Koss received her B.A., M.A., and J.D. from American University. During this transformative time in the legal industry, Ms. Koss will use her role to advocate for expanding the availability of pro bono legal services; increasing diversity and inclusion efforts; fostering technology for practice management tools; and growing mentoring programs for new lawyers.

Ramya RavindranRamya Ravindran
As a member of the D.C. Bar for the past twelve years, I am honored by the opportunity to serve on the Board of Governors and bring a fresh and unique perspective given the breadth of my practice during the course of my legal career. I am a partner at Bredhoff & Kaiser where I represent a wide range of clients across all industries, including labor unions, non-profit organizations, and employee benefit funds. I began my career as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis, focusing on intellectual property cases. I have also served as Deputy General Counsel to the National Basketball Players Association. With my in-house, large firm, and small firm experience, my career has been built on representing a diverse group of voices and understanding the unique challenges they face. I look forward to bringing that perspective to the Board of Governors. Thank you for your consideration.


Courtney WeinerCourtney L. Weiner
Courtney Weiner, currently Secretary of the Bar and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, has been a D.C. Bar leader for a decade.  The Bar elected her Under-35 Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.  She also co-chaired the Litigation Section Steering Committee.  Courtney has likewise led organizations supporting legal services, as co-chair of the D.C. Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network and founding Vice Chair of Tzedek DC, which provides legal assistance for low-income consumers on debt-related issues.  Courtney served on the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and the ABA Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel.  In addition, having worked at a law firm, the Justice Department, and, now, as a solo practitioner, Courtney understands the diverse needs and interests of Bar members and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve.  A native Washingtonian, Courtney graduated from Princeton University and Columbia Law School.

Mollie LacchiniMollie (Megan) Lacchini
Megan is Deputy Director for General Compliance of The Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) Office of Compliance and Enforcement, which oversees grantees’ legal compliance in the use of approximately $400,000,000 annually to support access to justice in civil matters. She has experience enforcing requirements that minimize organizations’ risk, including those relating to governing body oversight. Megan served as the Bar’s Treasurer during the 2016-2017 term, as a member of the Board of Governors from 2017 to the present, and on the Board’s Budget and Finance committees since 2016. She is passionate about access to justice and supports the Bar’s Pro Bono Center.

Prior to LSC, Megan was an Associate at White & Case, LLP, where she primarily assisted clients on arbitration and litigation matters. Megan received her J.D. from The George Washington University in 2002, where she served on the Editorial Board of The George Washington International Law Review.

Erica Franzetti Erica Franzetti
Born and raised in Brazil, I am currently a partner at Dechert LLP. My practice focuses on international arbitration. I have advised sovereign States, companies and individuals in disputes in North, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, across multiple industry sectors. I am also an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law and serve as arbitrator in domestic arbitrations. Throughout my career, I have received consistent professional recognition, including by Who's Who Legal, Euromoney/Legal Media Group, and The Legal 500 USA.  I believe my experience and diverse background would be highly valuable to the DC Bar, to which I intend to bring an innovative and inclusive perspective. If elected, I will strive to empower diverse lawyers, foster connections locally and internationally, and ensure access to high quality legal services to all in our community. I appreciate your consideration of my candidacy and hope I will have your support.

Katie BertramCatherine D. (Katie) Bertram
Katie Bertram has been involved in D.C. Bar leadership for over a decade. She currently serves on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Board of Directors.  Ms. Bertram served on the CLE committee starting in 2010 and served as Chair for two terms.  She also Chaired the D.C. Bar Communities Committee (formerly Sections).  She is co-founder of Power of 100 DC, a local charity.   Ms. Bertram founded her own law firm which focuses on advocacy for patients harmed by medical malpractice.   Ms. Bertram was Captain of the 1986 National Championship Crew team at University of Wisconsin.  She graduated from Catholic University Law School and has lived and worked in DC for 30 years.



Lionel AndreLionel Andre
Lionel Andre is a shareholder at Murphy & McGonigle, P.C.  He has 33 years of experience as an attorney and first chair litigator at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.  Lionel has proven leadership skills serving as a member of the D.C. Bar Health Law Steering Committee, the Board of Directors for Council for Court Excellence, and the Board of Directors for SchoolTalk, a D.C. non-profit that promotes youth leadership and restorative justice for students with disabilities.  He is committed to  the Bar's objectives and core values of increased inclusiveness and enhanced access to justice for all D.C. residents.  Lionel received his B.S. with honors from Syracuse University, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.


Richard RodriguezRichard V. Rodriguez
Previously, Richard served on the board of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. (HBA-DC) from 2012 through 2019. As President in 2018, he led the HBA-DC to publish a critical report on legal diversity in D.C., pushed diversity initiatives, and updated several critical policies, while making sure to keep the “familial” environment and programming of the HBA-DC.

Though the D.C. Bar is a mandatory bar, he asks for your support to serve the D.C. Bar to continue to work to create a similar “familial” environment; not only would this make the D.C. Bar stronger, but it would encourage relationships for its members that could help them in their careers. Additionally, as a government attorney, he hopes to guide the D.C. Bar to deliver the most value to its members while also being mindful of the costs to its membership.


ABA House of Delegates

Erich ReimerErich Reimer
We are in a time of immense legal change as technological innovation is creating vast disruption in jurisprudence and even the legal sector itself and human rights issues, such as criminal justice reform and the death penalty, are taking on increased importance in courts, policy, and public discourse. As one of your representatives to the ABA House of Delegates I will be a fierce advocate on these matters in the spirit of "liberty and justice for all" and strive to represent your views effectively to the broader ABA. With my varied professional background in government, tech, the military, and media I hope to be a compelling voice, informed perspective, and thoughtful representative on these matters. I am a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania - Go Hoos/Quakers!


John KeeneyJohn C. (Jack) Keeney, Jr.
Jack Keeney, past D.C. Bar President, retired Hogan Lovells partner and your elected ABA Delegate since 2014, is General Counsel of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.  He is a former head of D.C. Legal Aid’s Appellate Advocacy.  Awards include CCE’s Justice Potter Stewart and Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s Wiley Branton Awards for lifetime civil rights work. He supports greater voluntary pro bono (but never mandatory); full due process for immigrants; increased professional diversity by, inter alia, reduced law school costs.

Jack chaired the ABA Election Law Committee, and advised the Uniform Law Commission how to assist military voters overseas.  He chaired ABA Administrative and Litigation Section committees and ABF’s D.C. Fellows. A Harvard Law graduate, he taught legal ethics at AU’s WCL and is on the local ACLU nominations committee.

Wife Kathy Gunning, past Women’s Bar president, and I raised twin adopted daughters from China, now college sophomores.

Lucy ThomsonLucy L. Thomson
Incumbent ABA Delegate, Lucy is principal of Livingston PLLC where she focuses on challenging issues – critical infrastructure protection, election cybersecurity, and global data privacy.  Appointed Consumer Privacy Ombudsman in 30 major bankruptcy cases, she has overseen the disposition of 300 million electronic consumer records.  Previously a security engineer at a global technology company and Justice Department white collar crime prosecutor, she began her career litigating landmark civil rights cases.

An ABA leader, Lucy is past Chair, Science and Technology Law Section, founding member of the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, ABA Life Fellow, and author of ABA books/chapters on cutting-edge technologies.  With deep D.C. roots, she served two terms on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors and as Bar Secretary.  Supporter of the voluntary bars, she is past President of the WBA and its Foundation.  Lucy is an ALI member and former Alumni Trustee of Andover.  RPI M.S., Georgetown J.D.

Laura PossesskiLaura A. Possessky
Laura is seeking re-election to the ABA House of Delegates to passionately promote justice and the rule of law. An experienced D.C. legal community leader, she has served as President of the Women’s Bar Association, D.C. Bar Treasurer, a two-term member of the Board of Governors, Chair of the Technology Committee, Chair of the Council on Sections and a member of the D.C. Bar’s Communities and Leadership Committees.  Laura is currently the Editorial Chair of Perspectives for the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the Membership Chair of the ABA Science & Technology Law Section.  A long-time advocate for innovative affordable legal services, she is on the board of DC Refers and is a past Board President of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Laura is a business affairs attorney for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a graduate of Georgetown Law and the University of Pennsylvania.

Lorelie MastersLorelie S. Masters
A partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Insurance Coverage Group, Lorie Masters is a nationally recognized insurance coverage litigator, advising clients on a wide range of coverages.  She has served on the ABA’s Board of Governors, in the House of Delegates, and on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, chairing its Women of Color Research Initiative.  She served on the DC Bar Board of Governors, and chaired the Bar’s Litigation Section and the Section’s Youth Law Fair.  Lorie served as President of the DC Women’s Bar Association, organizing its 2008 Diversity Summit.  Lorie maintains an active pro bono practice, helping survivors of human trafficking obtain justice, and chairs the Board of the Human Trafficking Legal Center.  Among other positions, Lorie also has served on the Boards of DC Vote and DC Appleseed, fighting for full democracy for the 700,000 Americans who call DC home.

 

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