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Darrin P. Sobin Named New Chief Programs Officer

July 6, 2017

Darrin. P. Sobin, Chief Programs Officer

The D.C. Bar has named Darrin. P. Sobin as its new chief programs officer. He will assume the position starting July 24, 2017, joining the Bar following the retirement of Cynthia Hill after nearly 27 years of service.

Sobin comes to the Bar with an extensive background in legal ethics, commercial and intellectual property law, international banking law, and wrongful death litigation. Sobin served as the District’s first director of government ethics, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Office of Government Ethics, which, under the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, has oversight and enforcement authority of D.C. government officials and employees, nearly 34,000 in all, including the mayor and D.C. Council. He also served in the D.C. Attorney General’s office as a counselor of government ethics and legal ethics.

Sobin clerked for Judge June L. Green of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia where he worked on cases involving tobacco litigation, SEC actions, the Clean Water Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Sobin also worked at the Office of Bar Counsel for the District of Columbia (now, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel) where he conducted preliminary reviews of attorney misconduct.

“We are thrilled to have Darrin join the staff,” says D.C. Bar Chief Executive Officer Robert J. Spagnoletti. “His background is impressive and I am confident that the Bar will be better because of him.”

In his new role, Sobin primarily will be responsible for overseeing the Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Program, Regulation Counsel (including Legal Ethics, the Practice Management Advisory Service, Lawyer Assistance Program, and Fee Dispute Program), and the newly re-envisioned Communities.

"I am excited to continue the fine work of the D.C. Bar Programs and to look for additional ways to bring value and expanded services to our membership," Sobin says.

Sobin is a graduate of the District of Columbia School of Law (now, the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law) and The George Washington University.