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Ellen M. Jakovic Elected as D.C. Bar President-Elect

May 28, 2021

Ellen M. JakovicEllen M. Jakovic, of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has been elected president-elect of the D.C. Bar for the 2021–2022 term. She will assume office at the beginning of the 2021–22 Bar year and serve in that post for one year before becoming president; she will continue in office a third year as immediate past president. With Jakovic’s installation, incumbent President-Elect Chad T. Sarchio will become the Bar’s 50th president.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as D.C. Bar president-elect. I look forward to working with our next president and our other dedicated and talented Bar leaders to support our membership and expand access to justice in the wake of the pandemic,” said Jakovic. “I also am excited to continue the important work of fostering a diverse and inclusive Bar and helping our voluntary bar associations and D.C. Bar Communities grow and thrive.”

For over two decades, Jakovic has held leadership roles locally and nationally. In addition to serving two terms on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, she was president of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, and the Barristers. Jakovic also served on the governing boards of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) and the Washington Foreign Law Society. She currently sits on the boards of the Council for Court Excellence and the American Bar Foundation.

Jakovic has worked tirelessly to increase funding for civil legal aid. She has held various leadership roles at the DC Bar Foundation, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services, and the National Association of Women Judges. As president of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Jakovic established an annual fellowship for law students to work with local legal services providers to address the needs of women and girls in the community.

Jakovic is a recipient of numerous awards, including the BADC’s Lawyer of the Year and Honorable Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Awards and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding State Chair Award.

Currently, Jakovic is of counsel in the antitrust group at Kirkland & Ellis. Prior to 2021, she was a partner and headed the firm’s Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act filing practice. Jakovic is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, magna cum laude, and Harvard Law School.

Also elected to one-year terms were, as secretary, Roger Lu Phillips of the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre, and, as treasurer, Andrea Mangones of Kids in Need of Defense.

Elected to the Bar’s Board of Governors for three-year terms were Elizabeth “Sally” Gere, retired from the D.C. Office of the Attorney General; Brian K. Flowers of the D.C. Office of the Attorney General; Janene D. Jackson of Holland & Knight LLP; Fatema K. Merchant of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP; and Diane Seltzer Torre of the Seltzer Law Firm.

Elected for two-year terms on the ABA House of Delegates were Pauline Schneider (retired), D. Jean Veta of Covington & Burling LLP, and Josephine M. Bahn of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (under 36 seat).
Of the 83,201 D.C. Bar members who were eligible to vote, 5,729 members cast ballots for a 6.89 percent overall turnout. A complete breakdown of the election results follows.

2021 General Election Tally Sheet

President-Elect Ellen M. Jakovic 4,805 Elected
Secretary Roger Lu Phillips 2,605 Elected
  James S. Bubar 2,384  
Treasurer Andrea Mangones 3,008 Elected
  Nina Tandon 2,084  
Board of Governors Elizabeth “Sally” Gere 3,164 Elected
  Brian K. Flowers 2,982 Elected
  Janene D. Jackson 2,701 Elected
  Fatema K. Merchant 2,434 Elected
  Diane Seltzer Torre 2,369 Elected
  A.J. S. Dhaliwal 2,002  
  Shaun M. Snyder 1,853  
  Steven R. Miller 1,712  
  Darshak Dholakia 1,578  
  Nathan A. Pollard 1,393  
  Jesse Raben 672  
ABA House of Delegates Pauline Schneider 3,612 Elected
  D. Jean Veta 3,198 Elected
  Karen M. Roos 2,107  
ABA Delegates Under 36 Josephine M. Bahn 2,985 Elected
  Wandaly Fernandez 1,887  

The new D.C. Bar Communities leaders are as follows:

Administrative Law and Agency Practice Thomas Lorenzen 240 Elected
Antitrust and Consumer Law Don Resnikoff 63 Elected
  Austin Ownbey 50  
Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Kassandra Ramsey 59 Elected
  Kimberly Sullivan 58 Elected
  Hardeep Grover 46  
Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Leila Bham 156 Elected
  Fabio Leonardi 79  
Criminal Law and Individual Rights Fabio Leonardi 91 Elected
  Robin Earnest 85 Elected
District of Columbia Affairs Rob Hawkins 76 Elected
  Austin Ownbey 47  
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Kathryn Caballero 145 Elected
Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Maureen Conly 102 Elected
  Judith del Cuadro-Zimmerman 87 Elected
  James Saintvil 61  
  Kevin Martin 41  
Family Law Charlene Whitman-Barr 67 Elected
Government Contracts Kevin Barnett 56 Elected
  Geoffrey Goodale 48  
Health Law Raisa Patron 107 Elected
Intellectual Property Law Terrence Brown 170 Elected
International Law Fabio Leonardi 107 Elected
  Gene Burd 74  
Labor and Employment Law Noah Fortinsky 118 Elected
  Jack Blum 48  
Law Practice Management Sarah Horowitz 76 Elected
  Libbey Van Pelt 43  
Litigation Philip Andonian 173 Elected
  Elizabeth Fohrman Zorowitz 115  
  Don Resnikoff 70  
Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Brandon Wallace 121 Elected
  Yaida Ford 16  
  Gabrielle Best Husband 14  
Taxation Elizabeth Young 79 Elected
  Todd Reinstein 37  
  Reed Carey 32  
  Adam Chesman 8  

All newly elected officers, board members, and delegates will be honored during the D.C. Bar’s virtual 2021 Celebration of Leadership on June 24.

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