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Meet the Candidate: Bridget Bailey Lipscomb

By Tracy Schorn

April 5, 2018

The D.C. Bar will hold its General Elections online by default this spring. 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 by 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]. Voting closes 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.

Below, get to know Bridget Bailey Lipscomb, one of two candidates running 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.

Bridget Bailey LipscombBridget Bailey Lipscomb is an assistant director in the Civil Division Environmental Torts Office at the U.S. Department of Justice, which defends the United States in suits brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act for monetary damages incurred as a result of environmental contaminants.

Previously, she served as legislative counsel to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, analyzing, handling and providing advice on all legal issues. From 1993 to 2003, she was a partner at Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.

Lipscomb served on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors from 2010 to 2016, working to enhance access to justice, improve the legal system, empower lawyers, and push for the success of the D.C. Bar Strategic Plan. She also was a member of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center board of directors during that time period.

If elected, Lipscomb says her highest priority “will be to make the Bar more welcoming to and inclusive of all members” and to further the Bar’s commitment to access to justice.

“I plan to use this unique time in our Bar history to take a fresh look at what has worked well and what can be improved. Advanced technology available in the new state-of-the-art building will allow me to keep the membership more informed on a regular basis and to increase transparency in the Bar’s programs and policies. I hope to capitalize on these initiatives to increase member engagement,” Lipscomb says. “As an important adjunct to the Bar’s pro bono programs, I intend to strengthen outreach efforts to provide information to the community at large and support low bono programs.”

Lipscomb also would like to make the new D.C. Bar headquarters “the focal point for member engagement and ease the difficulty in getting involved with the Bar.” Other improvements include an increase in mentoring and using her bar relationships to expand access to justice.

Lipscomb is a member of several bar associations, including the Washington Bar Association, where she most recently served as second vice president; the Women's Bar Association, where she was a member of the board of directors; the American Bar Association; the Asian Pacific American Bar Association; the Bar Association of the District of Columbia; and the Department of Justice Association of Black Attorneys.

Lipscomb points to her background in mentorship and community service as assets for serving as president-elect. “Serving as a mentor has been a constant throughout my career, and I revel in seeing my mentees succeed in life and their careers. My service has been demonstrated as a pro bono attorney, [in] working with foundations and community groups on fundraising campaigns to support many legal and community service providers, and [in] creating the Washington Bar Association’s Knowledge is Power program in collaboration with several volunteer bar associations to provide legal information to enhance the daily lives of members of the D.C. community.”

Lipscomb received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and her B.A. and M.P.A. from Grambling State University.