D.C. Bar Nominations Committee Announces Candidates for Bar Office

March 13, 2018

Bridget Bailey LipscombSusan M. HoffmanThe D.C. Bar Nominations Committee has selected Susan M. Hoffman, partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, and Bridget Bailey Lipscomb, assistant director at the U.S. Department of Justice, as candidates for D.C. Bar president-elect for the 2018–2019 term. The president-elect serves for one year before becoming president and continues in office a third year as immediate past president.

Hoffman is a former two-term member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. She serves on the board of directors for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and Washington Council of Lawyers and is a founding board chair of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Project. In addition, she’s served in leadership roles with the American Bar Association Litigation Section, D.C. Bar Foundation, and Legal Counsel for the Elderly, among many others.

A graduate of Indiana University and The George Washington University Law School, Hoffman focuses her practice on public service, coordinating, supervising, and administering pro bono work handled by attorneys at Crowell & Moring, as well as litigating family law, domestic violence, landlord/tenant, and other poverty law cases.

Lipscomb is a former two-term member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. She serves on the Bar’s Leadership Development Committee. She was selected and ran for the Bar’s 2012 president-elect position. She was previously a member of the Bar’s Building Advisory Task Force. In addition to her work for the D.C. Bar, she has held numerous leadership positions in local voluntary bars, including second vice president and board of directors for the Washington Bar Association, board of directors for the Women’s Bar Association, and vice president of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation.

Lipscomb is a graduate of Grambling State University and University of Tennessee College of Law. She is devoted to public service, having spent 14 years at the Department of Justice defending the United States in complex, high-profile tort litigation in federal courts around the country. Lipscomb supervises the work of other attorneys and dedicates a significant amount of her time to mentoring and training the next generation of attorneys.

The Nominations Committee also announced the selection of candidates for other Bar positions, including secretary and treasurer. Paul S. Lee of Dechert LLP and Brian A. Benko of Winston & Strawn LLP are nominated for secretary. Nominations for treasurer are Brandes S. G. Ash of Burr Law Firm PLLC and Amy E. Nelson of Whitman-Walker Clinic. The following are candidates for three-year terms on the Bar’s Board of Governors:

  • Rawle Andrews Jr., AARP 
  • Moses A. Cook, D.C. Law Students in Court 
  • A.J. S. Dhaliwal, Buckley Sandler LLP 
  • Elizabeth (“Sally”) Gere, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (retired) 
  • Leah M. Quadrino, Steptoe & Johnson LLP 
  • Louis Ramos, DLA Piper LLP 
  • Mary Ann Snow, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia 
  • Saleema Snow, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law 
  • Leslie T. Thornton, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company 
  • Salvatore J. Zambri, Regan Zambri & Long PLLC 

The Nominations Committee also announced the following candidates for the ABA House of Delegates:

  • Donald R. Dunner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP 
  • Janene D. Jackson, Holland & Knight LLP 
  • John (“Jack”) C. Keeney Jr., Association of Zoos and Aquariums 
  • Laura A. Possessky, Corporation for Public Broadcasting 
  • Lucy L. Thomson, Livingston PLLC

Other D.C. Bar members who wish to run for office may secure a spot on the ballot for any position other than president-elect by filing petitions bearing the signatures of at least 391 active D.C. Bar members, that figure representing at least one-half of 1 percent of the Bar’s active membership as of the first business day of 2018. Petitions can be downloaded online or obtained by contacting Crystal White in the Bar’s Executive Office at 202-780-2607, or by e-mail at [email protected], and must be filed by 5 p.m. on March 27. There will be a Candidates’ Forum on April 25 at the D.C. Bar, 901 4th Street NW. Candidates will each be given three minutes to introduce themselves and talk about their background and experience. The meeting will be broadcast via video conference and will allow members who are watching to ask questions of the candidates. 

The D.C. Bar’s General Elections will be held online by default this spring, as approved by the Board of Governors at its September 19, 2017 meeting. Active members who are eligible to vote will receive an email on April 23 with instructions on how to vote online. Members who wish to vote via a paper ballot must request a written ballot by Friday, May 4. Members who do not receive an email, or wish to request a paper ballot can contact [email protected]. The elections will close on May 18. 

Results of the election will be announced on the Bar’s website and during the 2018 Celebration of Leadership, which includes the Bar’s Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting, on June 12 at the Mayflower Hotel.