Committee on Nominations Announces 2020 Candidates for Bar Office

By John Murph

April 6, 2020

The D.C. Bar Committee on Nominations has selected Charles C. Lemley, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP, and Chad T. Sarchio, an associate chief counsel at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as candidates for D.C. Bar president-elect for the 2020–2021 term. The president-elect serves for one year before becoming president, continuing in office for a third year as immediate past president. 

CharlesLemley_250x226At Wiley Rein, Lemley represents clients in civil litigation matters, focusing primarily on professional liability coverage and malpractice litigation in federal and state courts. “I have found through many kinds of experience that the best way to lead an organization is to spend a lot of time listening,” Lemley says. 

“So my first initiative as Bar president will be to visit with and listen to Bar members, voluntary bar associations, legal services providers, and other stakeholders to learn what the Bar is doing that works, what it is doing that doesn’t work, and what it should be doing to help members practice law and the voluntary bars serve their invaluable mission,” Lemley adds. “Listening and learning will be especially important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as we face challenges that could not have been envisioned just a few weeks ago.” 

Lemley champions diversity and inclusion in the legal field. He served eight years as co-chair and then chair of Wiley Rein’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. During that time, the firm earned its first 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. 

“I want to take a systematic approach to working with the voluntary bar associations and develop initiatives to make the legal profession more diverse, inclusive, and fair to those who are in or who seek to join its ranks,” Lemley says. 

At the D.C. Bar, Lemley has participated in many activities, including serving as an elected member of the Litigation Section Steering Committee between 2004 and 2010. He also chaired the Limited Scope Working Group, a joint task force between the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee and the D.C. Access to Justice Commission, from 2013 to 2014. 

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of North Florida, Lemley has taught at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School as an adjunct professor since 2002. 

ChadSarchio_250x313Sarchio 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. 

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. 

“Both my wife and I have been active members of the D.C. Bar for more than 20 years. We are local law school products who have put down strong professional and personal roots in our community, and we have served on Bar committees, groups, and in leadership positions over the years,” Sarchio says. 

“As our government and our profession face such challenging times on so many fronts, it truly strikes me that now would be a particularly appropriate time for a lawyer who has dedicated his career to public service to help lead our bar forward. I hope that our members will look at my decades of prosecutorial, professorial, military, and judicial work and see the right mix of experiences and qualities for me to serve as their next president-elect,” he adds. 

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. 

The Committee on Nominations also announced the selection of candidates for other Bar positions, including secretary and treasurer. Steven R. Miller of the U.S. Department of Energy and Diane A. Seltzer Torre of The Seltzer Law Firm are nominated for secretary. Nominees for treasurer are Justin Dillon of KaiserDillon PLLC and Shaun M. Snyder of the National Association of State Treasurers. 

The following candidates are running for three-year terms on the Bar’s Board of Governors: 

  • Lionel André, Murphy & McGonigle PC 
  • Catherine (Katie) D. Bertram, Bertram Law Group PLLC 
  • Érica Franzetti, Dechert LLP 
  • Natalie M. Koss, Potomac Legal Group PLLC 
  • Mollie (Megan) Lacchini, Legal Services Corporation 
  • Chong S. Park, Ropes & Gray LLP 
  • Ramya Ravindran, Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC  
  • James E. Rocap III, Steptoe & Johnson LLP 
  • Richard V. Rodriguez, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia 
  • Courtney L. Weiner, Law Office of Courtney Weiner PLLC 

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

  • John C. (Jack) Keeney Jr., Association of Zoos and Aquariums 
  • Lorelie S. Masters, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP 
  • Laura A. Possessky, Corporation for Public Broadcasting 
  • Erich Reimer, U.S. Army 
  • 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 a petition bearing the signatures of at least 401 active members of the D.C. Bar, that figure representing at least one-half of one percent of the Bar’s active membership as of the first business day of 2020. Petitions can be downloaded or obtained by contacting Crystal White in the Bar’s Executive Office at 202-737-4700, ext. 2607, or by e-mail at [email protected]. Petitions must be filed no later than Monday, April 20.  

The 2020 D.C. Bar general and Communities elections will run from May 1 to June 1. Eligible voters will receive an email link to the general election ballot, as well as to the ballots for their D.C. Bar Communities.