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Charles R. Lowery Jr. Wins as D.C. Bar President-Elect

June 07, 2022

By Susannah Buell

Charles R. Lowery Jr.,Charles R. Lowery Jr., director of legislative policy and external affairs at New American Funding, has been elected president-elect of the D.C. Bar for the 2022–2023 term. He will serve in that position for one year starting July 1 before becoming president in 2023. He will continue in office a third year as immediate past president. With Lowery’s installation, incumbent President-Elect Ellen M. Jakovic will become the Bar’s 51st president.

“I am honored to be placed amongst the names of so many great lawyers that have served as president of the D.C. Bar for the past 50 years, and I hope to be able to carry that forward as president-elect and as president in terms of the work they have done to make such a great Bar,” Lowery said.

“I ran on a platform of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; access to justice; and increasing access for new Bar members. I think that there’s a lot of work that the Bar can do in the diversity, equity, and inclusion area. We must continue the D.C. Bar’s leadership to increase access to justice by all District residents,” Lowery added. “Finally, I am thrilled to now be able to officially promote the Bar's great resources and help connect those resources to our Bar members.”

Lowery has served the D.C. Bar in many capacities, including as co-chair of the District of Columbia Affairs Community, treasurer of the Bar, and member of the Board of Governors. He is currently a member of the Communities Committee and chairs the Best Practices Subcommittee of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

He brings to the position a wealth of experience. At New American Funding, Lowery shapes the company’s legislative and regulatory research and analysis. Building on 20 years of experience in mortgage and housing advocacy, he works with national organizations to advance the company’s mission of increasing homeownership for people of color. Previously Lowery served as director of state regulatory relations for Ocwen Financial Corporation and as interim senior director and director of fair lending for the NAACP. In addition, he was acting director of Military Saves, a program coordinated by the Consumer Federation of America that encourages savings and helps reduce debt among military members.

Lowery has also worked at legal aid and nonprofit organizations such as the Center for Responsible Lending, in the federal government with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.S. Department of Defense, in the D.C. government’s Department of Banking and Financial Institutions, and with consumer advocacy groups. He holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Also elected to one-year terms were, as secretary, Shayan Davoudi of the Shayan Law Office and, as treasurer, Shaun M. Snyder of the National Association of State Treasurers.

Elected to the Bar’s Board of Governors for three-year terms were Rebecca F. Cady of the Children’s National Health System, Karen A. Newton Cole of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Andrea Mangones of Kids in Need of Defense, Steven R. Miller of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Roger Lu Phillips of the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre.

Elected for two-year terms on the American Bar Association House of Delegates were Lorelie S. Masters of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Laura A. Possessky of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Lucy L. Thomson of Livingston PLLC.

Of the 85,421 D.C. Bar members who were eligible to vote, 5,398 cast their ballots for a 6.32 percent overall turnout. A complete breakdown of the election results follows.

OFFICE CANDIDATE VOTES  
       
President-Elect Charles R. Lowery Jr. 3,151 Elected
  Alexander L. Reid 1,959  
       
Secretary Shayan Davoudi 2,631 Elected
  Joseph V. Moreno 2,177  
       
Treasurer Shaun M. Snyder 3,554 Elected
  Austin C. Cromack 1,286  
       
Board of Governors Karen A. Newton Cole 3,508 Elected
  Andrea Mangones 3,339 Elected
  Rebecca F. Cady 2,966 Elected
  Roger Lu Phillips 2,066 Elected
  Steven R. Miller 1,880 Elected
  Gregory S. Nixon 1,824  
  Edwin J. Nazario 1,615  
  Paul K. Dueffert 1,443  
  John R. Ingrassia 1,344  
  Christopher A. Glaser 1,066  
  Allen P. Grunes 1,009  
       
ABA House of Delegates Laura A. Possessky 3,204 Elected
  Lorelie S. Masters 2,569 Elected
  Lucy L. Thomson 2,185 Elected
  Alejandro J. Guadarrama 1,783  
  John M. McNichols 1,705  
  Karen M. Roos 1,676  

Members of the D.C. Bar Communities also elected their new set of leaders:

COMMUNITY CANDIDATE VOTES  
       
Administrative Law and Agency Practice Hunter Jones 225 Elected
       
Antitrust and Consumer Law John Ingrassia 91 Elected
  Austin Ownbey 49 Elected
       
Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Max Mishkin 93 Elected
       
Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Kara Brockmeyer 165 Elected
  William Nelson 90 Elected
  Peter Malyshev 87  
  Joshua Sterling 81  
       
Criminal Law and Individual Rights Kevin Muhlendorf 86 Elected
  Roderick Thomas 81 Elected
       
District of Columbia Affairs Austin Ownbey 85 Elected
       
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Lisa Anne Hamilton 108 Elected
  Wesley Heath 91 Elected
       
Estates, Trusts and Probate Law E. Regine Francois Williams 106 Elected
  Jared Sands 43  
       
Family Law Erin Kopelman 68 Elected
  Abraham Sisson 67 Elected
       
Health Law Mia Olsen 97 Elected
       
Intellectual Property Law Courtney Krawice 161 Elected
       
International Law Mary Ann McGrail 108 Elected
  Geoffrey Goodale 99 Elected
  David Earnest 83  
  Clark Fonda 19  
       
Labor and Employment Law Andrew Adelman 109 Elected
  Christine Costantino 49  
  Chuck Guzak 21  
       
Law Practice Management Allyson Kitchel 121 Elected
       
Litigation Toni Jackson 282 Elected
  Stephen J. Whelan 100  
       
Public Interest and Courts Sheila Berman 145 Elected
  Naïké Savain 141 Elected
  Albert Amissah 7  
       
Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Gabrielle Best Husband 133 Elected
       
Taxation Lisandra Ortiz 76 Elected
  Aaishah Hashmi 53  
  Todd Reinstein 47  

All newly elected officers, board members, and delegates will be recognized at the D.C. Bar Celebration of Leadership on June 23 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.

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