2018 Candidates for National Office

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Candidates


Maria Z. Vathis, Candidate for President-Elect


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

My vision for the organization is continued membership growth with a focus on the diversification of our membership along with more participation at the annual meetings, mid-year meetings, and other programs. In addition, I intend to continue the civics initiative successfully implemented by Judge Newman and to continue emphasizing the importance of community outreach. I have been a dedicated and active member of the FBA since the beginning of my legal career. Click here for the full bio.


Christian K. Adams, Candidate for Treasurer


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I am seeking the position of Treasurer as it will permit me to continue my service to the FBA in the most meaningful manner possible given my prior experiences to date within the association. I believe that my prior experience and success as a former Chapter President, former Division Chair of the largest division of the FBA, a six-year National Director, and as Sections and Divisions Council Chair have provided me with a unique perspective and skill set. The FBA is as strong as ever with steady membership growth, expanding national programming and community outreach across the country. Likewise, the influence of the FBA on practitioners and the federal judiciary is unsurpassed and constantly expanding. It is essential that the future leadership of the FBA understands and appreciates all facets of the association and is able to work with all members in a collaborative and effective manner to maintain the FBA’s current trajectory. Click here for the full bio.


Andrew K. Clark, Candidate for Director (Group 1)


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I have been an active and engaged member of the Federal Bar Association since becoming a member in 2001. I have enjoyed serving the FBA in a variety of leadership roles and would welcome the opportunity to continue my contributions to the FBA by serving on the Board of Directors. Click here for the full bio.


Kelly Titus Scalise, Candidate for Director (Group 2)


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

The FBA has been so professionally rewarding to me, and I am grateful for the opportunities that have been provided. I seek office to ensure those same opportunities are provided to other attorneys, particularly law students and younger attorneys. As my Chapter Presidency will end in August of 2017 and my Admiralty Law Section chair term in September of 2017, I wish to continue my active and dedicated leadership. It would be an honor to do so as a Board Member. Click here for the full bio.


Joseph S. Leventhal, Candidate for Director (Group 3)


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I am interested in elevating my service to the FBA as a Director of the Board because I have thoroughly enjoyed my volunteer service to the FBA and my recent role as 9th Circuit Vice President. Having been active at the national level of the Association, I appreciate the model of the FBA – enabling members to benefit from being part of a national organization, the camaraderie of the local chapters, and the topic-specific education that comes from the sections and divisions. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve the FBA as a member of the Board of Directors by contributing my time, ideas, experiences, and effort. Click here for the full bio.


Hon. Alison S. Bachus, Candidate for Director (Group 4)


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I am proud to have served FBA’s members in various ways over the past ten years – from local to national, chapter and Circuit to Section. I want to apply all I have learned in these positions to Board service. My experience as a local and national leader, as well as my passion for this organization, its members and its mission, make me well-suited to serve on our Board. Although I recently joined the state bench, I remain committed to FBA and provide insight and experience that can forge stronger relationships between the federal and state courts. Click here for the full bio.


Ashley L. Belleau, Candidate for ABA Delegate


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

Currently, I am serving in my second term as the ABA Delegate. I have attended the ABA House of Delegates Meeting in Chicago, Boston and San Francisco, representing the FBA’s interest. My experience and dedication to FBA activities have afforded me the opportunity to develop a good rapport with FBA members and Judges all over the country. Serving as National President helped me develop a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the Association, the FBBC, and the FFBA. This experience along with my involvement with the American Bar Association makes me uniquely qualified to represent the interest of the Federal Bar Association and serve as its representative in the ABA House of Delegates. Click here for the full bio.


Oreste R. Ramos, Candidate for Vice President for the First Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I have had the honor of serving as a board member of the Raymond L. Acosta Puerto Rico Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for 6 years, culminating as during my year as president leading up to the FBA’s National Meeting in San Juan. During my time as a member of the FBA, I have had the opportunity to organize a whole host of events, ranging from social events to continued legal education seminars. During my time as Circuit VP, I have had the opportunity to establish very meaningful personal and professional relationships. The time that I have spent participating in events at the national level for the past 3 years have helped me to be a meaningful resource for the chapters that comprise the First Circuit. I would be honored to serve again as a Circuit VP. Click here for the full bio.


Olivera Medenica, Candidate for Vice President for the Second Circuit


Candidate by petition.

I submit my candidacy in the hopes that my experience as past Chapter President of the Southern District of New York Chapter, as well as my experience on the National level appeals to FBA members in the Second Circuit. In the past seven years, I have had the pleasure of meeting numerous FBA members, in the Second Circuit and beyond. I have served both at the Chapter and National levels, leading publications, participating in boards, and founding and organizing a national conference. I would like to place this same energy and leadership to serve members of the Second Circuit. This includes supporting existing leadership, to developing and nurturing new leadership, chapters and programs. Click here for the full bio.


Rob Rando, Candidate for Vice President for the Second Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I have been dedicated to the mission of the FBA since becoming a member of the Association. I have sought out and successfully executed leadership roles in many FBA-related activities. My experience as a GRC Member, EDNY Chapter President and IP Law Section Chair enables me to enjoy and understand the FBA function from its various organizational levels. I remain an active Past President Board Member in the EDNY Chapter, have been an “adopted son” of the SDNY and WDNY Chapters and have well-developed relationships with most of the Judges of each district. I have also worked with the Second Circuit Judges and the Chief Judge on Community Outreach projects. Click here for the full bio.


Hon. Karoline Mehalchick, Candidate for Vice President for the Third Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I am seeking election to Vice President for the Third Circuit because I am interested in continuing to work to support the efforts of the Federal Bar Association for another term. I would like to continue to support and strengthen the FBA’s mission of serving the interests and needs of the federal practitioner, the federal judiciary, and the public they serve, and in particular, am very interested in continuing to foster the FBA’s civics and community outreach initiatives. Click here for the full bio.


Kacy L. Hunt, Candidate for Vice President for the Fourth Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

By serving as Vice President for the Fourth Circuit, I can continue my commitment to growing the FBA through engaging programming, learning opportunities, and new membership. Click here for the full bio.


Marc W. Taubenfeld, Candidate for Vice President for the Fifth Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I am seeking election to Vice President for the Fifth Circuit because I would like to continue to expand my contributions to the FBA, and have been inspired by recent past National Presidents, many of whom I had the opportunity to serve with on the National Board during 2006-2010, to take the next step to assist in the continued growth and influence of the FBA and to continue to promote federal legal practice for all. Having experienced our wonderful organization from almost every type of area of service, I have gained a better understanding of what our members are looking for and how we can continue to help them. Click here for the full bio.


Katharine M. Gardner, Candidate for Vice President for the Sixth Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

The FBA seeks to ensure the Judiciary has the resources and respect it needs and deserves to successfully fulfill its constitutionally appointed function, and I desire to advance this mission in a new role as a Circuit Vice-President. I have enjoyed meeting other FBA members throughout the Sixth Circuit while serving in a chapter leadership role, and I look forward to continuing those friendships and working together toward a common goal - preserving the strength and independence of the Third Branch. Click here for the full bio.


Kevin G. Desharnais, Candidate for Vice President for the Seventh Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I have been pleased to serve the FBA since 2009 in a number of capacities. In addition to currently serving as 7th Circuit Vice President, I have been a Member of the Chicago Chapter Board since that time, and helped organize the Annual Meeting in Chicago for the installation of National President Fern Bomchill. I consider my participation in the FBA to be among the most rewarding professional activities I engage in, and I would be honored to serve as 7th Circuit Vice President for an additional term. Click here for the full bio.


Daniel C. Hedlund, Candidate for Vice President for the Eighth Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

In my time as 8th Circuit Vice President, I have played a key role in growing the 8th Circuit’s membership from Minnesota and Iowa to also include chapters in Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, St. Louis and South Dakota such that now all states within the 8th Circuit have an FBA Chapter. I seek a third and final term as 8th Circuit Vice President because I would like to continue my efforts to help support and strengthen these newly formed chapters so that they can continue their success into the future. Click here for the full bio.


Darrel Gardner, Candidate for Vice President for the Ninth Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I would be extremely proud and honored to serve the FBA as a Ninth Circuit VP. Although I am very involved in many volunteer bar activities, the FBA is really my favorite. My work with the FBA has brought me many exceptional friends across the country, and I am grateful for the leadership skills I have gained through my FBA activities. The FBA has been instrumental in both my personal and professional growth as I near the apex of my career. I believe the FBA is tremendously valuable to all lawyers, particularly federal practitioners, and I would love to continue to help the organization thrive and grow. Click here for the full bio.


Chris M. Stephens, Candidate for Vice President for the Tenth Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

In 2013, after several years of involvement with our local FBA chapter, I sought an opportunity as CVP to serve the other chapters in the Tenth Circuit. The FBA has meant much to me since 2006, and I wanted to share my passion and insight with other circuit chapters. My objective as CVP has been (and is) to be accessible to Tenth Circuit chapters as a resource, sounding board, brainstorming partner, and national liaison. I am especially excited about the recent developments in the Tulsa and Kansas/Western District of Missouri chapters, and I look forward to working with leadership there to reinvigorate and expand the footprint of those chapters. I believe my professional experiences as a federal law clerk and federal white-collar prosecutor will enrich the collective backgrounds and practice areas of our circuit vice presidents. I am grateful for the chance to serve as a CVP since 2013, and I respectfully request two more years as we continue the momentum in our circuit. Click here for full bio.


Brett A. Barfield, Candidate for Vice President for the Eleventh Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I currently serve as a VP for the 11th Circuit, a member of the national Membership Committee, a board member of the South Florida Chapter, and a member of the Judicial Reception Committee of that chapter.  From 2010 to 2012 I served a special two-year term as President of our chapter. I have been enriched in many, many ways by my service for the FBA to date, including in the role of Circuit VP, and I hope to continue growing in that role. Click here for the full bio.


Hector Huezo, Candidate for Vice President for the D.C. Circuit


Candidate by petition.

Service to others has always been part of my professional and public life. Encouraged by my colleagues and mentors, my FBA family story probably began like that of many of our members, with enthusiasm, curiosity, and hope. I was enthusiastic, curious and hopeful for the opportunities the FBA family would provide, and I have not been disappointed. I seek the office of Vice President of the D.C. Circuit to continue working for and helping the FBA while learning from and growing alongside my FBA family. There are many uplifting activities spearheaded by our current President, and it is my hope that I can work on the Civics Education initiative and the formation of a National Diversity Committee, to name a few. Click here for the full bio.


Steven R. Miller, Candidate for Vice President for the D.C. Circuit


Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee.

I currently serve as Circuit Vice President of the District of Columbia Circuit. I am running for re-election to continue my work in enhancing the visibility of the DC area chapter activities to the sections and divisions so that there can be greater synergy from combining chapter and section and division activities. I want to continue promoting SOLACE at the national level, and be an effective liaison between national FBA and the DC area chapters. I look forward to civil and community outreach activities this year, and more law student involvement in the DC area and nationally. Click here for the full bio.


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