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

March 27, 2019

The D.C. Bar Committee on Nominations is pleased to announce the candidates for the 2019–2020 Board of Governors term. The candidates for president-elect are Geoffrey M. Klineberg, a partner at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C., and Charles C. Lemley, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP. The president-elect serves for one year before becoming president, continuing in office for a third year as immediate past president.

Klineberg has worked at Kellogg Hansen since 1995 where he focuses primarily on administrative law and appellate litigation, representing companies in matters before the Federal Communications Commission. He also has represented clients in federal district and appellate courts. In addition to his litigation practice, Klineberg serves as a member of his firm’s Executive Committee.

Klineberg also has experience with the D.C. Bar. In 2018 he was appointed by the Board of Governors to serve as chair of the Bar’s Global Legal Practice Committee, whose mandate is to study and recommend alternative means of providing legal services, and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Task Force, where he works to facilitate ways to increase pro bono participation in the courts of the District of Columbia. Klineberg also served as chair of the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee from 2005 to 2008 and the D.C. Bar Clients’ Security Fund Study Committee from 2010 to 2012.

Klineberg is a graduate of Yale Law School, the University of Oxford, and Princeton University.

At Wiley Rein, Lemley represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters and focuses primarily on professional liability coverage and malpractice litigation in federal and state courts. Lemley also has significant experience in litigation, arbitration, and mediation of disputes.

Lemley’s experience with the D.C. Bar includes leading a joint task force of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee and the D.C. Access to Justice Commission, which recommended changes to D.C. Bar and court rules to facilitate limited scope representation. Lemley also served on the D.C. Bar Litigation Community Steering Committee from 2004 to 2008.

Lemley is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of North Florida.

The Committee on Nominations also announced the selection of candidates for other Bar positions, including secretary and treasurer. Garylene “Gage” D. Javier of Buckley LLP and Courtney L. Weiner of the Law Office of Courtney Weiner PLLC are nominated for secretary. Nominees for treasurer are Hardeep Grover of Tresquire Legal Services and Richard V. Rodriguez of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

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

  • Jessica E. Adler, The Law Office of Jessica E. Adler
  • Catherine D. Bertram, Bertram Law Group
  • Theodore A. Howard, Wiley Rein LLP 
  • Janene D. Jackson, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Su Sie Ju, Bread for the City
  • Paul S. Lee, Steptoe & Johnson LLP 
  • Fabio Leonardi, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Amy E. Nelson, Whitman-Walker Health 
  • Hansel T. Pham, White & Case LLP 
  • Bridget M. Rowan, American University, Washington College of Law

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

  • Pauline A. Schneider, Retired
  • Diane Seltzer Torre, The Seltzer Law Firm
  • D. Jean Veta, Covington & Burling LLP


The following candidates have been nominated for the ABA House of Delegates under-36 seat:

  • Josephine M. Bahn, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 
  • Carter C. Simpson, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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 395 active D.C. Bar members, that figure representing at least one-half of one percent of the Bar’s active membership as of the first business day of 2019. 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], and must be filed by 5 p.m. on April 10, 2019.

On April 30 eligible voters will receive an email link to the General Elections ballot, as well as to the election ballots for their D.C. Bar Communities. The deadline to vote is May 24.

On May 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a Candidates Forum, where D.C. Bar members will have an opportunity to hear directly from the president-elect candidates as well as meet all candidates for Bar office. More details will be posted on the Bar’s website, dcbar.org.

Results of the election will be announced on the Bar’s website and during the 2019 Celebration of Leadership, which includes the Bar’s Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting, on June 11 at the Grand Hyatt Washington.