2019 National Elections

Pursuant to the Federal Bar Association's Bylaws, ballots for FY2019 National Elections were transmitted via email June 15 to each member of the Association in good standing. Voting for National Officers, Board of Directors, and Circuit Vice Presidents is conducted electronically. All eligible association members were sent two emails: one on June 14 which contained their ballot password and one on June 15 which provided access to the ballot. Please check your email junk/spam folders if you did not receive both emails. If you need assistance, please contact elections@fedbar.org.

VIEW THE CANDIDATES

National Officers
Christian K. Adams – President-elect
W. West Allen – Treasurer

Board of Directors
Hon. Karoline Mehalchick – Director (Group 1 – Vice Presidents for the Circuits)
John R. Thomas, Jr. – Director (Group 2 – Chairs for the Sections and Divisions)
Kevin A. Maxim – Director (Group 3 – Chapter Presidents)
Jessica R. Toplin – Director (Group 4 – Younger Lawyers)

Vice Presidents for the Circuits
Scott P. Lopez – Vice President for the First Circuit
Ernest T. Bartol – Vice President for the Second Circuit
Frank J. McGovern – Vice President for the Third Circuit
Hannah Rogers Metcalfe – Vice President for the Fourth Circuit
Barry W. Ashe – Vice President for the Fifth Circuit
Glen R. McMurry – Vice President for the Sixth Circuit
Melissa N. Schoenbein – Vice President for the Seventh Circuit
Adine S. Momoh – Vice President for the Eighth Circuit
Laura Conover – Vice President for the Ninth Circuit
Daniel W. Lewis – Vice President for the Tenth Circuit
Michael S. Vitale – Vice President for the Eleventh Circuit
Elizabeth Pugh – Vice President for the D.C. Circuit

HOW TO VOTE

Prior to the opening of electronic voting on June 15, members in good standing will receive a message via email with voting information such as voting deadlines, candidate biographies, and ballot password. Once the voting period has opened on June 15, eligible voting members will receive a second email with a personalized link for accessing the ballot.

After gaining access to your ballot, you will be provided with instructions as to 1) how to obtain biographical information for each candidate (click on a candidate's name) and 2) how to vote for specific candidate (select the button to the left). Below the instructions is the ballot, which lists the names of all eligible nominees under the respective office for which each has been nominated, with a space provided for adding a write-in candidate for each office.

If you have any questions regarding the online elections process, please contact the FBA’s national headquarters at (571) 481-9100. Voting will begin on June 15 and continue until midnight EDT June 30.

NATIONAL OFFICERS

Christian K. Adams, Candidate for President-elect
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


My involvement with the FBA began in 2006 when I joined the Hawaii Chapter and helped to create the first YLD section within that chapter. I then joined the chapter board, ultimately serving as Chapter President in 2010-2011. During that time, the chapter was able to launch a very successful Annual Conference that continues to expand and thrive to this day. We were also able to initiate the transformation of what was then a small, stagnant chapter at the time (approximately 50 members) into a robust chapter that today has over 200 members with substantial programming.

In 2008, I joined the National YLD Board of Directors and served in every officer position, including as its National Chair in 2014-2015. During that time, we were able to expand the YLD’s reach and impact upon the FBA membership as a whole through extensive collaboration with other sections, divisions, and chapters in order to provide substantive programming and outreach to the entire FBA. We were also able to significantly expand the membership of the YLD to account for modern trends in the practice of law by extending membership to those up to age 40 or 10 years of practice.

From 2011 to 2014, I was elected to serve as a National FBA Director, during which time we were challenged by numerous organizational issues including the search for and hiring of a new Executive Director. We were also tasked with addressing various critical issues related to the overall structure, accountability, and profitability of the association at all levels (including chapters, sections and divisions as well as the FBBC and the Foundation) in order to secure the FBA’s future sustainability and continued success.

From 2015 to 2017, I had the privilege of serving as Chair of the Sections and Divisions Council. During that time, the Council was faced with various sensitive issues related to the governance and finances of individual sections and divisions within the FBA. Collectively, the Council was able to navigate those challenges with great success, resulting in the sections and divisions of the FBA being much stronger as a whole.

In 2017, I was elected as the FBA’s National Treasurer and have served in that capacity since then. I am seeking the President-elect position as it will permit me to continue my service to the FBA in the most meaningful manner possible given my experience to date within the association. I believe that my prior experience as a former Chapter President, Division Chair of the largest division of the FBA, National Director, Sections and Divisions Council Chair, and National Treasurer has equipped me with a unique skill set and perspective which is particularly valuable at the present time given the current direction of the FBA.

W. West Allen, Candidate for Treasurer
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I write to express my interest in serving as the Federal Bar Association (FBA) National Treasurer for the term beginning October 1, 2018. This year, I will complete my second and final term as an FBA National Director. Currently, I also serve as Chair of the FBA’s Government Relations Committee (GRC) where it has been my opportunity to work closely with Stacy King, Bruce Moyer, the FBA National staff and every FBA National President since 2012. I would look forward to continuing to serve the FBA, its members, and the good causes we support as the FBA National Treasurer.  

I believe my experiences and leadership within the FBA uniquely qualify me to serve as our next National Treasurer. For the last two decades, I have been actively engaged in increasing the recognition of the FBA, advancing its mission, and supporting causes that strengthen both our federal judicial system and our federal legal community. As a member of the FBA Executive Committee, I will seek to uphold the legacy of our past national presidents and outstanding FBA professionals.  

From 2011 to 2014, I served my first term as an elected National Director for the FBA. I was appointed Chair of the GRC in 2012 and testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 2013 on behalf of our federal courts and the FBA. I served as Circuit Vice President (CVP) for the Ninth Circuit from 2007 to 2013, overseeing 16 FBA chapters. During this time, I was twice elected Chair of the CVPs, served as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors, instituted the FBA’s annual “Capitol Hill Day,” and taught annually at the FBA’s new-leader training. Prior to National FBA elected office, I served as Nevada’s FBA Chapter President (2000-2001) and co-chair of the 2006 FBA National Convention in Las Vegas, where I attended the FBA’s first Board meeting under its new governance structure. Over the last 17 years, I have served with many former FBA national presidents and been appointed to various committees, including the FBA National Council (2001 to 2007), the FBA 100th Anniversary Committee, Elections & Nomination Committee, Constitutional & Bylaws Committee, Chapter Activity Fund Committee, and various National Board audit, finance and Presidential task-force committees.

In 2016, I received the FBA’s President’s Award for longstanding service to the FBA on the Government Relations Committee. Professionally, I served on my former law firm’s governing executive committee for five years. Since 2016, I’ve been a partner with the Michigan-based national law firm Howard & Howard. In Nevada, I founded the State Bar’s Intellectual Property Section and served as the Section’s first elected Chair in 2004. In 2005, I was appointed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to serve on the Civil Rules Standing Committee on the Local Rules, and reappointed in 2009 and 2011. I drafted the District of Nevada’s local patent rules in 2011. In 2010 and 2016, I was appointed by our Chief Judge to serve on Nevada’s Merit Selection and Appointment Panel for U.S. Magistrate Judges, serving as the committee’s Chair in 2016.
 
Since 2008, I’ve served on the Board of Directors for Opportunity Village, Nevada’s premier charity assisting those with intellectual disabilities. I am a pro bono Child Advocate Program attorney for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and an Advisory Board member for Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY), an international young adult service project organization. I hope to continue serving the Federal Bar Association, its members, and the federal judiciary for many years to come.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Hon. Karoline Mehalchick, Candidate for Director (Group 1 – Vice Presidents for the Circuits)
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I currently serve as a United States Magistrate Judge in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where I was appointed to the bench of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on July 15, 2013. Besides my regular duties as a Magistrate Judge, I am also chair of the Court’s Prisoner Litigation Settlement Program and sit on the Court’s Bench Bar Conference Committee. Prior to entering on duty with the court, I was a partner with the law firm of Oliver, Price & Rhodes. I am a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College of the Pennsylvania State University (1998, B.S. Geosciences), and the Tulane University School of Law (2001, J.D.). After graduating from law school, I served as a law clerk to the Honorable Trish Corbett, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County. I was also an adjunct professor at Marywood University from 2003 until 2012, where I taught Legal and Clinical Aspects of Health Care to graduate students studying nursing and health administration.

I have been active in the FBA for several years and am a Past President of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter. Prior to being President of the Chapter, I served as its Secretary, Vice President, and President-elect. I am currently the Chapter’s ECF Coordinator and Civics Liaison. Additionally, I work closely with the Chapter’s Community Outreach Chair to implement programs with local schools and the courts. On the national level, I serve as a Third Circuit Vice President, a position I have held since October 2013. I am chair of the Bench Bar Committee. In that role, I am leading the committee in developing programs focusing on the issue of judicial independence through chapter programming. I am also a member of the Editorial Board for The Federal Lawyer and serve as Judicial Profiles Editor. In that role, I recently served as point person for an issue highlighting the work of our federal court senior judges. I am a member of the Nominations and Election Task Force and the Community Outreach Committee, and a past member of the Professional Ethics Committee and the Nominations and Election Committee. In addition to my work in these roles, I have been a speaker and panelist for a number of FBA Continuing Legal Education programs, both locally and at the Annual Meeting and Convention.

Besides my work with the FBA, I am active in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, where I serve as Co-Chair of the Awards Committee. I am a member of the Comprehensive Planning Committee for the Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and am board member of the Abington Gators Swim Team. In June 2006, I received the Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award from the PBA. In May 2009, I was the recipient of the Margaret P. Gavin Award, which is presented to an outstanding young lawyer member of the Lackawanna Bar Association dedicated to service to the bar and community. Finally, in 2012, I was recognized as one of 35 Pennsylvania “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer, as a future leader of the Pennsylvania legal community.

I am seeking a position on the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association because I am interested in continuing to work to support the efforts of the Federal Bar Association. 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. In particular, I am very interested in continuing to foster the FBA’s civics and community outreach initiatives and supporting the connection between the bench and bar.

John R. Thomas, Jr., Candidate for Director (Group 2 – Chairs for the Sections and Divisions)
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I am respectfully seeking the nomination for the Federal Bar Association Board of Directors. I believe that serving on the Board would be the best way for me to continue serving the FBA at the national level and utilize the leadership skills and experiences that I have gained over the past several years. I believe that I would be a good addition to the Board for several reasons.

First, I have gained a great deal of insight into organizational leadership and the FBA specifically through the formation of the Qui Tam Section. In 2014, I saw that the FBA and qui tam bar generally could benefit from the establishment of a Qui Tam Section. Through my initial efforts and the support of the Board of Directors, national officers, and national staff, the Section has grown rapidly and now has approximately 150 members. Our Section has been one of the most dynamic new sections in the FBA; the Section co-hosted a national conference in 2016 with the Federal Litigation Section and a second national conference in February 2018, which featured the Deputy Associate Attorney General of the United States as a speaker.The Section has also hosted a series of well-received “False Claims Act Today” CLE presentations with chapters around the country and produced a full edition of The Federal Lawyer in December 2016.

In addition to my service as the Chair of the Qui Tam Section, I was recently appointed to serve on the National Convention Planning Committee and have remained an active member of the Roanoke Chapter. I am also currently exploring ways to become more involved with the International Law Section and Veterans and Military Law Section, to include possible establishing a new committee focusing on national security law. 

Second, my leadership and legal experiences in the Marine Corps give me unique insights that might be valuable to the Board and the FBA generally. I served on active duty as a Marine Corps judge advocate from 2007 to 2012 and served in a variety of roles, including defense counsel, prosecutor, and staff judge advocate. I deployed with 3d Battalion, 9th Marines to Afghanistan and worked on the cutting edge of the law of armed conflict, which included running detention operations for our battalion, advising the commander on the rules of engagement, and overseeing fiscal matters and investigations. One of my most meaningful achievements as an attorney was when I intervened to stop an honor killing involving a young local national.

Third, my current legal practice covers a broad range of substantive areas that would allow me to represent a diverse array of FBA members. Since entering private practice in 2012, I have focused almost exclusively on federal litigation, specifically whistleblower and employment litigation, criminal representation, and administrative law. In July 2017, I was one of four attorneys interviewed by Senators Kaine and Warner for the United States Attorney vacancy in the Western District of Virginia.

To briefly list some of my honors and recognitions: SuperLawyers named me a Rising Star in 2017 and 2018. I am a recipient of the following military awards: the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO-ISAF Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Expert Rifle Badge, and Sharpshooter Pistol Badge.

Kevin A. Maxim, Candidate for Director (Group 3 – Chapter Presidents)
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


Federal Bar Association – National
• General Counsel 2017-2018
• Director 2013-2016
• Chair, Constitution, Bylaws, Rules, and Resolutions Committee 2016-2017
Committee member 2012, 2014, 2015-2018
• FBA Task Force on Nominations and Elections – 2017-2018
• National Convention Committee member 2016-2017
• Audit Committee member 2015
• Budget & Finance Committee member 2013, 2014, 2015
• Chair – Honorable Sarah T. Hughes Award Committee – 2012
Committee member 2012, 2013
• FBA Foundation Fellow 2012-Present
• Initiated idea for, and assisted in forming, the new Southern District of Georgia Chapter in 2015
• FBA member since June 15, 2005

Federal Bar Association – Atlanta Chapter
• Chair – 2017 FBA Annual Meeting & Convention Atlanta Chapter Planning Committee
• Atlanta Chapter Advisory Committee Member (2010-Present)
• President (2009-2010) / President-elect (2008-2009) / Vice President (2007-2008) /
Treasurer (2006-2007)
• 2007 FBA Annual Meeting & Convention Atlanta Chapter Planning Committee

Professional Experience and Awards Received
• The Maxim Law Firm, P.C. – January 1, 2009-present
• Troutman Sanders LLP – 2000-2008 
• Lord, Bissell & Brook LLP (now Locke Lord LLP) – 1994-2000
• Georgia SuperLawyers – 2010-2018
• Top 100 Georgia SuperLawyers – 2012-2018
• LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell “AV – Preeminent” peer-review rating
• Avvo “10.0 - Superb - Top Attorney - Litigation.”

Other Volunteer Activities
• Atlanta Bar Association – Judicial Selection & Tenure Committee, 2016-Present
• Fernbank Museum of Natural History – Board of Trustees, 2008-2016 (Honorary 2016-Present)
• University of Cincinnati – College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, 2009-Present
• Emory University School of Law – Volunteer Practitioner Participant in semi-annual Orientation to Professionalism Programs, 2012-Present
• State Bar of Georgia Military and Veterans Legal Assistance Program – Volunteer Attorney, 2017-Present

It would be an extraordinary honor to serve again on the FBA Board. What has drawn me to the FBA is its focus on service, not self-promotion. The FBA benefits from checks-and-balances that generally avoid decision-making based on party politics and instead focuses the debate on the good of the organization. I am also thankful for the FBA staff and their professional, “can-do” attitude that keeps us all on-track and keeps us always striving to better the organization. My admiration for the FBA only grows.

Serving the FBA again in a national capacity would allow me to continue putting into action the belief that the most important person in an FBA room is the person that we have never seen before. FBA leaders reached out to me early-on, urging me to get involved on the National level. I hope to show my gratitude for their encouragement by continuing the tradition of genuinely welcoming our newest members to the FBA. 
 
Jessica R. Toplin, Candidate for Director (Group 4 – Younger Lawyers)
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


The FBA has been a critical part of my professional development. I joined the FBA in 2009. At the time, I had limited professional experience. Being involved in the FBA allowed me to work with and learn from a diverse group of attorneys. In addition, I developed several strong friendships. I would like to ensure that the FBA remains a vibrant part of the legal community so that it can provide similar experiences for other lawyers.

I have served on the YLD National Board since 2011. I am currently the Chair of the YLD, and an ex officio member of the FBA National Board. As YLD Chair, I am responsible for assisting with all of YLD’s activities, including this year’s Rising Professional Symposium. As YLD Chair, I have made it my goal to increase outreach and collaboration with all of the FBA’s chapters and other sections. I have sent out personal messages to all chapter presidents and section chairs that provided programming suggestions.  So far, my efforts have yielded positive results and feedback.

Prior to becoming YLD Chair, I served as Chair-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary of the YLD. During my tenure on the YLD board, I chaired the Summer Law Clerk Program and worked to expand the program by including new panels and partnering with other FBA Sections. I have also worked on the YLD Supreme Court Admissions Ceremony. I have served as a judge at the YLD Moot Court Competition. In my capacity as a YLD Board Member, I attended several FBA National Conventions. I participated as a panelist at both the San Diego and Atlanta Conventions. I also served as a presenter for the Younger Federal Lawyer Awards at the Puerto Rico, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta Conventions. In addition, I have planned several successful CLE programs for younger lawyers in the D.C. area. 

From 2011 to 2015, I served as a Board Member of the District of Columbia Chapter. I focused my efforts on recruiting younger lawyers as members and planning social events and CLE programs targeting younger lawyers. I was also responsible for starting the chapter’s YLD.

After graduating law school, I clerked for two years at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Orlando, Florida. In 2008, I joined the National Courts Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, where I still practice. I litigate a wide variety of federal employment and government contract matters. I have significant experience managing all aspects of litigation and have presented several oral arguments in Federal Court. 

In conclusion, I would be honored to serve as a Director of the FBA. I am confident that I will be able to use my prior experiences to continue to improve this organization and ensure a rewarding experience for our members.

VICE PRESIDENTS FOR THE CIRCUITS

Scott P. Lopez
, Candidate for Vice President for the First Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


FBA Activities and Leadership Positions
1. Immediate Past President, Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2017-2018)
2. President, Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2016-2017)
During my presidency, the Mass. Chapter received a Presidential Excellence Award and an Outstanding Newsletter Award
3. President-elect, Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2015-2016)
4. Vice President, Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2014-2015)
5. Treasurer, Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2012-2014)
6. Executive Committee Member, Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2009-present)

Professional Experience and Awards Received
Scott Lopez is a partner at Lawson & Weitzen, LLP where he concentrates his practice on white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation. He is a veteran trial lawyer with over 29 years of experience in criminal and civil litigation and government enforcement matters. Scott began his career as an assistant district attorney in Bristol County. He later joined and became a partner at Segal & Feinberg, focusing his practice on civil litigation and white collar crime. Before joining Lawson & Weitzen, he was a solo practitioner for 13 years.

Scott is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He is currently serving as the Immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Scott has earned the respect of members of both the Bar and Judiciary. He is an AV Preeminent peer-rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell since 1997, and a Judicial Edition “AV” Preeminent designation by Martindale-Hubbell since 2013. Also, he has had Massachusetts Super Lawyers designation in white collar criminal defense since 2013, and he is further recognized as one of Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers. Scott is one of only 90 Criminal Justice Act Attorneys for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Other Volunteer Activities
1. Co-Chair, Boston Bar Association Criminal Law Steering Committee (2012-2014)
2. Member, Boston Bar Association Criminal Law Steering Committee (2010-present)
3. Kehillah Schechter Academy formerly known as The South Area Solomon Schechter Day School, Inc.: a) Immediate Past President (2007-2009); b) President (2005-2007); c) Executive Committee Member-at-Large (2004-2005); d) Board Member (2004-2009); During my tenure as President, I was responsible for leading the Board of Trustees and the organization through a $7.5 million capital campaign, the purchase of a new facility, a $9.0 million tax-exempt bond financing, and the renovation of the new facility on time and on budget.
4. Temple Israel of Sharon Board of Directors: a) Parliamentarian (2004-2006); b) Board Member (2004-2006)
5. Combined Jewish Philanthropies: a) Day School Education Commission (2009-2012); b) Day School Executive Committee (2008-2009); c) Boston Haifa Connection Jewish Identity Task Force (2008-2009); d) Board of Governors (2007-2009)
6. Boston College Club (2004-Present)
7. Sharon Country Club (2005-Present): a) Vice President (2018-2019); b) Vice President (2016-2017)

During my time as a leader on the local level I have been exposed to the tremendous impact our National Leaders and National Office has had on our wonderful country. I believe that my background and experience, both professionally and as a volunteer, can help advance the core mission and vision of the Federal Bar Association. Also, I have truly enjoyed my time as a local leader and have met many wonderful people at Annual and Mid-Year Meetings and Leadership Meetings. I am seeking National Office to stay involved in the Federal Bar Association and play a small role in the FBA’s continued success.

Ernest T. Bartol, Candidate for Vice President for the Second Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


Ernest T. Bartol, who graduated from Fordham University and Villanova University School of Law, founded the law firm of Murphy, Bartol & O'Brien, LLP, in 1978, and he has been its Managing Partner since inception. He became a member of the Federal Bar Association in September 2006 and is a Charter Member and one of the founding members of the EDNY Chapter of the FBA, which received its charter in 2007. He also served as EDNY Membership Chairman and Board Member. On October 1, 2011, he became President of the EDNY Chapter and during his two-year term as President, the membership increased from 50 to 120 members. Since September 29, 2013, Ernest has served as one of the two Second Circuit Vice Presidents of the FBA, and he was Chair of the Chapter Activity Fund Committee for in 2016-2017. In 2015 he became a Life Member of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.

Bartol has been practicing law for 48 years, concentrating on Federal and state commercial litigation, as well as estates, wills and trusts litigation in NYS courts. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Fellow of the American Bar Foundation), the NYS Bar Association (Lecturer on litigation topics since 1988 and a Fellow) and Nassau County Bar Association (Life Fellow). In addition, Ernest has been a member of the Nassau Lawyers Association of Long Island, Inc., since 1975, being a member of its Board since 1977, having served as Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, President and Chairman of the Board. Bartol also serves as a member of the U.S. District Court-EDNY Committee on Civil Litigation since 2003 and on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee since 2008. He is also a member of the Character and Fitness Committee of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department since 2008, and he has been a member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Tenth Judicial District from 2009 to 2015.

Ernest has been admitted to practice and is in good standing in New York State Courts (April 1971); EDNY and SONY (1973); Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1975); United States Supreme Court (I974); and United States Tax Court (2005). His distinctions include membership in Who's Who in the East (1991 to date), Who's Who in American Law (1989 to date), and has been honored as Man of the Year by United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County (1993), by the American Heart Association and since June 2004 has served as the Presiding Trustee of the Board of Directors of UCPN. He is a life member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Businessman's Fraternity. He was a founder and President of the Syosset Community Hospital Community Advisory Council from 1987 through 1992.

“As a founding member and former President of the EDNY Chapter of the FBA and as a CVP since 2013, I understand what it takes to grow our organization. During my administration as President, and as a result of my direct efforts and the implementation of my Cross-Spectrum of Federal Practitioner's Initiative, we increased EDNY Chapter's membership from 70 to 120 members in approximately 1.5 years. Since then, under the strong leadership of Dina Miller (who Ernest brought into the EDNY Chapter), the EDNY membership has grown to 480. I strongly believe that with concentrated efforts focusing on attorneys who practice as AUSAs, Federal Defenders, CJA practitioners, private civil practitioners, and private criminal defense practitioners, membership in the FBA shall increase. I, together with others, have been instrumental in the establishment of a Chapter in Vermont. The benefits realized from increased membership are numerous as outlined on the FBA website in addition to the camaraderie and friendships that develop as a result of socializing and attending CLE programs.   It is my desire to continue my enthusiasm and commitment to the FBA as a Second Circuit Vice President.

Frank J. McGovern, Candidate for Vice President for the Third Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


FBA Activities and Leadership Positions
Chapter level
Eastern District of Pennsylvania Chapter, Chapter Delegate, 2014 to Present
Eastern District of Pennsylvania Chapter, President, 2012 to 2014
Under my leadership our chapter increased members by sixty (60) percent.
Events spearheaded:  1.) Two Judicial receptions with Third Circuit Judges, U.S. District and Magistrate Judges; 2.) David Webb, U.S. Marshall Lunch and Learn Seminar; 3.) Recovering Stolen Art from Victims of the Holocaust Seminar, Ray Dowd; 4.) Event with EDPA Bankruptcy Court; 5.) Multiple Social events in conjunction with the Veterans and Military Law Section, locations include Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire; 6.) Social events to honor newly confirmed U.S. District Judges; 7.) Five different middle school classes tour of a Federal Courthouse (500 children learned about the functioning of our court system), 2017; 8.) Naturalization ceremony conducted in my hometown with over 400 local students in attendance, speakers included Judges, Mayor, and Congressman, 2017; 9.) Two different middle school classes tour of a Federal Courthouse (200 children), 2018.
Eastern District of PA Chapter, President-elect, 2011 to 2012
Excellence in Civics Education Award, Nominated teacher recipient, 2017

National level
Veterans and Military Law Section, Vice Chair, 2015 to 2016, current Board Member
National Convention CLE Presenter, Utah 2015
Nominations and Election Committee, Chapter Representative, 2012-2013
Chapter Activity Fund Committee, Member, 2012-2013, 2017-2018
Shaw Award Committee, Member, 2013-2014
Fellow of the Foundation, 2014-Present
I have attended the last five national and most of the midyear meetings.

Other work
Coach or assistant coach in football, basketball, and baseball.
St. Bernadette CYO Board
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Catholic War Veterans
Officer in Pennsylvania Army National Guard

I am seeking National Office with the hopes of continuing to grow our membership in the Third Circuit.  I have been very involved at the local level and on National Committees and this would be a new avenue for me to continue to serve. The FBA is an outstanding organization and I want to be a part of its continued growth.

Hannah Rogers Metcalfe, Candidate for Vice President for the Fourth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


Hannah Rogers Metcalfe grew up in the Dark Corner of Greenville County, South Carolina.  She graduated from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science of Foreign Service. In 2002, she graduated from Columbia University School of Law.  While in law school, she was a member of the Columbia Law Review and the Student Senate, for which she served as the President during her third year. She was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received a Certificate in International & Comparative Law Studies.

After law school, Hannah served as a federal judicial law clerk in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the Honorable Anita B. Brody. She then served as a law clerk for the Honorable William B. Traxler, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Hannah then entered private practice, working for seven years with the law firm of Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham, P.A., where she focused on civil litigation, including complex litigation, business and financial services litigation, and First Amendment law.

In 2011, Hannah, along with her law partner, Courtney Atkinson, founded the firm of Metcalfe & Atkinson, LLC, in Greenville, South Carolina, where she is currently practicing civil litigation, domestic relations, and criminal defense. She is a member of the Haynsworth Perry Inn of Court and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Women Lawyers. She is currently the chair of the Fourth Circuit’s Rules Advisory Committee and serves as a mentor in the South Carolina District Court’s Drug Court a mentor program conducted in partnership with the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Hannah is currently the Circuit Vice President for the Fourth Circuit. Prior to serving as Circuit VP, she was the National Delegate for the South Carolina Chapter and has attended National Meetings since 2011. She also serves on the Appellate Practice Committee of the Litigation Section of the FBA.  Hannah served on every rung of the leadership ladder of the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. While President of the South Carolina Chapter, she worked directly with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to host an award-winning, multi-day Appellate Practice CLE in conjunction with the Fourth Circuit’s special term of court in Greenville, SC. As part of this historic CLE, the Chapter invited attendees to observe oral argument and presented CLE instruction from experts in federal appellate practice, including a Q&A with former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Over 200 members attended the CLE, which included a reception to honor Justice O’Connor as well as all Fourth Circuit and South Carolina District Court judges.

While I was the President of the South Carolina Chapter, the chapter hosted a number of new and innovative programs for its members and experienced significant growth in membership. Since that time I have enjoyed serving all the chapters in the Fourth Circuit – the best in the country! – as Circuit Vice President. A fan of all things FBA, I would like to build upon my success and experience in South Carolina and as Chapter Vice President in order to help other Chapters within the Fourth Circuit continue to grow their membership by providing exciting and helpful programming and networking opportunities for their members so that other federal practitioners throughout the Fourth Circuit can share my love for the FBA.

Barry W. Ashe, Candidate for Vice President for the Fifth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I served as President of the New Orleans Chapter, the largest chapter in the FBA, from 2010 to 2011. Before becoming President, I served on the Chapter's leadership ladder successively as editor of the Chapter's nationally recognized newsletter, Membership Chair (assisting the Chapter to maintain its membership in the wake of Hurricane Katrina), Secretary, Treasurer, and President-elect/Treasurer.

As Treasurer, I advanced the Chapter's ability to analyze the financial performance of specific events and programs, so as to allow the Chapter greater freedom to offer no-cost services to its membership without the concern that such services might crimp the Chapter's financial condition. As President-elect, I served on the Host Committee in helping to plan the 2010 FBA Annual Meeting and Convention in New Orleans, and I was privileged to serve as President of the Chapter when New Orleans hosted the national convention.

My year as President included the Chapter's marquee events – the Annual Federal Judge's Reception, the annual Federal Practice Seminar, the Rubin Symposium, and A Morning at the Federal Courthouse. The Rubin Symposium that year focused on the implications of social networking for the federal practice. Shortly after, the Chapter's Younger Lawyers Division launched a Facebook page for its members. Throughout the year, the Chapter reprised outstanding events and programs such as the Last Chance CLE (which focused on multidistrict litigation), a bankruptcy seminar providing tips for the non-bankruptcy lawyer, the Lunch with the Court series, and a tour of Angola (a state prison) with a group of at-risk kids. The Chapter also initiated new events such as the YLD's first-ever Cocktails with the Court events and a co-sponsorship with the FBA's Veteran Law Section of a training program designed to help veterans obtain disability compensation and other assistance. As Immediate Past President, I represented the Chapter on other bar committees, including service on the planning committee of the Eastern District of Louisiana's bicentennial celebration and on the American Inns of Court's planning committee for its 2013 national convention in New Orleans. I continue to make myself available to the Chapter for advice and counsel.

On the national level, I attended the FBA's leadership training program and the FBA's national conventions and the corresponding midyear meetings, either as a national delegate for our Chapter or as CVP. During these events, I always attended the chapter training programs to meet and brainstorm with other chapter leaders. I also served or serve on the FBA's Convention Committee, the Chapter Activity Awards Committee, and the Earl M. Kintner Award Committee. As Vice President for the Fifth Circuit for the last four years, I have attempted to pass on my knowledge and experience to Fifth Circuit chapter leaders in regularly scheduled telephone conferences with these leaders and in brainstorming sessions at all of the intervening national meetings. My devotion to the FBA was recognized in part by the New Orleans Chapter's presenting me with its 2015 John R. "Jack" Martzell Professionalism Award.

I would like to continue to use my experience in the FBA and my commitment to service by continuing as Circuit Vice President to help the chapters in the Fifth Circuit maximize their potential in terms of membership, programming, and service to their members. The contacts I have made and relationships I have built during my years of service in the FBA make me an excellent candidate for election to the position of Vice President for the Fifth Circuit.

Glen R. McMurry, Candidate for Vice President for the Sixth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I joined the FBA in August of 2010 shortly before my election as President of the Dayton, Ohio, Chapter. Upon being sworn in as President, the Dayton Chapter’s membership hovered between 20 and 30 members and the Chapter hosted only one event per year. With the encouragement of our local federal judges, I undertook the task of formalizing and growing the Dayton Chapter, serving as President for three consecutive terms. At the end of my final term as President in October of 2013, the Dayton Chapter had adopted new bylaws, was servicing approximately 115 members, and was hosting/sponsoring approximately 15-20 social and CLE events per year. This resurgence culminated with the Dayton Chapter’s receipt of the Chapter of The Year Award at the FBA’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Convention in Providence, Rhode Island.
 
I recently completed service as the Chair of the FBA’s Younger Lawyer Division. During my term as Chair (2016-2017), the YLD Board and membership worked tirelessly to provide quality programming to our growing YLD Membership. Immediately before my term as Chair, I drafted the position statement that ultimately led to the FBA’s expansion of YLD membership to include those attorneys less than 40 years of age or those who have been in practice 10 years or less. As a result of this expansion, YLD membership grew at an unprecedented pace, topping out at approximately 4,700 members at the end of my term, the largest YLD membership to date.
 
My most recent service to the FBA includes my participation as a member of the Board of Directors. I believe my organizational skills and institutional knowledge will greatly aid me in my performance as Vice President for the Sixth Circuit. I continue to dedicate a significant portion of my professional time to the FBA because of my firm belief that the FBA, more than any other organization, rewards and sustains it members. I desire to take a proactive role in improving our organization and expanding the wide array of services it offers, particularly in the Sixth Circuit. Put simply, I wish to sustain the organization, region, and chapters that sustain me.

Melissa N. Schoenbein, Candidate for Vice President for the Seventh Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I have been a Board member of the Central District of Illinois Chapter since November 2014. I served as the Chapter’s Vice President in 2015-2016 and as President in 2016-2017. I am currently Vice President and Government Relations Chair. During my vice presidency and presidency, the Chapter hosted its Annual Summer CLE Seminars in Peoria, Illinois with about 180 attorneys in attendance. The Central District of Illinois Chapter received a 2015 Community Outreach Award and a 2016 Chapter Activity Presidential Achievement Award. The Chapter also hosted a variety of community outreach programs for junior high school students at the courthouse and involved the students in a mega-naturalization ceremony where about 670 people from 86 countries became U.S. citizens. I attended the FBA Annual Leadership Program in Washington, D.C., in 2016 and 2017 as well as the Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2017.
 
After graduating from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2013, I served as a term law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Mihm of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. After the clerkship ended, I worked as an associate attorney at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen in Peoria, Illinois for two years. In December 2016, I joined Shay Phillips, Ltd., where I practice commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, appellate law, and estate planning.
 
In addition to my involvement with the FBA, I am a Board member of the Peoria County Bar Association and actively involved in the Young Lawyers Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Appellate and Federal Litigation Sections. I am also a member of the Appellate Lawyers Association and am responsible for planning an annual luncheon with members of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District.
 
I have enjoyed serving in leadership positions on the Central District of Illinois Chapter’s Board. I was instrumental in starting the Chapter and have learned a lot about how to help the relatively new chapters in the Seventh Circuit. I have worked closely with the Circuit Vice President and understand how a CVP can be helpful to a chapter. I attended the national meetings because I want to be involved at a national level. In addition, it would be beneficial to expand the Seventh Circuit CVP position to a chapter in downstate Illinois.

Adine S. Momoh, Candidate for Vice President for the Eighth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


Adine S. Momoh is seeking a third term as an Eighth Circuit Vice President. Given the various “hats” she wears, Adine wants to continue utilizing the insight she has gained in these roles to not only help the Eighth Circuit grow, but more importantly, to find ways to enhance the membership experience of law students, new lawyers, public sector, and diverse lawyers in this circuit.

Adine was appointed by then-FBA President Matthew B. Moreland (in 2014) to serve as Vice President for the Eighth Circuit. Before that appointment, Adine had been and remains an active member of the FBA on both the national and state levels. On the national level, Adine is Vice Chair of the FBA’s Younger Lawyers Division, where she directed the FBA’s Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., for five years. She serves as Chair of the Robyn J. Spalter Outstanding Achievement Award Committee (2013-present) and assists the FBA YLD with the Summer Law Clerk Program and U.S. Supreme Court Admissions Ceremony. Adine was appointed to the YLD Board in 2011. In 2013, Adine was appointed by then-FBA President the Hon. Gustavo Gelpi to serve on the Membership Committee, and in 2017, then-FBA President Hon. Michael Newman appointed her Chair of the Chapter Activity Fund. Adine is also on the board of the Federal Litigation Section, serving as the liaison to the YLD, and has served on various task forces.

On the local level, Adine is a director on the Minnesota FBA Chapter’s Board of Directors and a Vice President of Membership. She was previously Co-Chair of its Law School Outreach Committee and a member of its Communications Committee. Adine joined the FBA when she was in law school.

Adine is a partner and trial attorney specializing in complex business and commercial litigation, banking litigation, estates and trusts litigation, and creditors’ rights and bankruptcy at the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Stinson Leonard Street LLP. Before joining Stinson Leonard, Adine attended the University of St. Thomas, obtaining a B.A., summa cum laude, in business administration-legal studies in business, psychology, and pre-law. Adine received her law degree, magna cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law. After law school, Adine clerked for the Hon. Jeanne J. Graham of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Adine has been recognized both locally and nationally for her community involvement, public service and professional achievements. Most notably, in 2018, Adine was named a 40 Under 40 business professional in Minnesota. In 2016, Adine was one of four recipients of the Service to the MWL Award, a distinction awarded by Minnesota Women Lawyers. She was also selected by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges as a Blackshear Presidential Fellow and was selected for inclusion for a fifth time (the first in 2013) as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. In 2015, Adine was honored as one of two finalists for the American Bar Association’s National Outstanding Young Attorney Award and named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 2014, she received the Minnesota State Bar Association’s (first) Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award and was named an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. In 2013, Adine was featured on the front page of the Star Tribune’s Business Section with regard to her service and exemplary leadership in the Twin Cities’ community. And in July 2018, Adine will become the youngest and the first black woman to serve as president of an 8,000-attorney bar association during its 100th Anniversary.

Adine serves on the boards of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners (one of the largest nonprofits in the country, which includes service as a board member of The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations), Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, Hennepin County Bar Association (as Secretary), and International Women’s Insolvency & Reorganization Confederation–MN Network.

Laura Conover, Candidate for Vice President for the Ninth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


As my chapter presidency was drawing to a close in Tucson in 2013, I was appointed to the Government Relations Committee, and my growing passion for the Federal Bar Association would become permanent. Each year, Capitol Hill Day became a vehicle for which the Federal Bar Association would become ever more important in educating Congress about the third co-equal branch of Government. The power of the FBA bringing the Judiciary’s voice to Congress had a profound impact on me, and the potential to grow the FBA’s presence on Capitol Hill drove me to grow ever more involved.

I continued to support my local chapter. I became a conduit for my local bench. I grew more active with the GRC at National. I took an active role in tackling the possibility of a Ninth Circuit split and the GRC’s well-crafted response to it. In a special moment, I hopped in a car, drove two hours, and hand-delivered the FBA’s position statement on the Ninth Circuit split to our Senator holding a congressional hearing on the matter, such that it became part of the congressional record.

I am grateful for the opportunity as a Vice President for the Ninth Circuit to share my passion for the FBA with all chapter presidents throughout the great and vast Circuit. It is a rewarding challenge that I have enjoyed diving into with my esteemed CVP partner Darrel Gardner. Together, from Alaska to Arizona, we try to encourage, foster, and mentor growth and positive experiences among the chapter presidents. We are only a few months into the mission, but we dream big out here in the wide open territories of the West. I would be honored for the chance to continue the plans I’ve made and further the FBA’s mission in an official capacity as a Vice President for the Ninth Circuit.    

Daniel W. Lewis, Candidate for Vice President for the Tenth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


My FBA leadership and participation includes: founding Chapter President of the New Mexico Chapter in 2013; at-large member of the National Council in 2015; member of the National Membership Committee 2015-17; member of the Chapter Activity Fund Committee; Vice President for the Tenth Circuit (current). I participated in Capitol Hill Day and Leadership Training in 2017. Participating in Capitol Hill Day last year with the New Mexico Chapter President was a singular and memorable experience. 

My professional experience and awards include practicing civil litigation in the private sector since 1991. I am admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, the Tenth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. I have participated in the American Inns of Court as a Master Bencher and have been recognized by Best Lawyer’s in America in Insurance Law and Construction Law.  I was selected Best of Albuquerque – Attorney in 2016.

My greatest accomplishment is as the father of five wonderful children and five grandchildren. I have volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, with the New Mexico state court’s Pro Bono Law Clinic for the indigent, and as a volunteer lay leader in the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

I am interested in continuing to serve as a Circuit Vice President to continue the momentum that is building in the Tenth Circuit in hopes that I can be of service, especially to those chapters that have traditionally struggled to maintain a presence in the legal community. I have personally benefited immensely from my association with great circuit leaders such as Judge Robert Bacharach, Jonathan Hafen, and Chris Stephens. Each of our national FBA presidents, many of the national board members, and all the other Circuit Vice Presidents have deeply enriched my professional experience. 

Michael S. Vitale, Candidate for Vice President for the Eleventh Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I have been a Federal Bar Association member for over the past decade. I live and work in Orlando, and I am an active of the Orlando Chapter. Currently, I serve as one of two Vice Presidents for the Eleventh Circuit. I am also a former President and National Delegate of the Orlando Chapter. In these roles, I have been very active at both the local and national level of the FBA. I have attended every Midyear meeting and all but one Annual Meeting over the past seven years. I was also part of a committee that organized and hosted the FBA Board of Directors’ quarterly meeting in Orlando in January of 2014. I have also served on the FBA’s Chapter Activity Fund Committee, Membership Committee, and am currently serving on the FBA’s Mentorship Program Committee.

In my nearly four years of service as a Vice President for the Eleventh Circuit, our Circuit has experienced significant growth and added a brand new chapter in Georgia.  We have also expanded the FBA’s presence in several law schools.  In my year of service as the Orlando Chapter president, the Chapter experienced over 10 percent growth in one fiscal year, and was awarded a grant by the Foundation of the FBA. Through the hard work of my fellow officers, the Orlando Chapter was recognized by the FBA as a winner of a 2013 Presidential Achievement Award.

Outside of the FBA, I work as a Partner in the nationally recognized law firm of BakerHostetler. I have also been recognized as a Florida "Super Lawyer," a Florida Trend "Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer,” and I am Martindale-Hubbell peer-rated AV Preeminent. I have also served in the Orange County (FL) Bar Association and on the Middle District of Florida’s Bench-Bar Fund Committee.

As a former federal law clerk, I consider the FBA’s ideals to be of great importance. It is an honor to work with such intelligent, highly motivated, and hard-working individuals, and I hope to continue my service at the National level. 

Elizabeth Pugh, Candidate for Vice President for the D.C. Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


Elizabeth Pugh has enjoyed a 39-year distinguished career in government service. For the past 19 years, she has served as General Counsel of the Library of Congress. With three buildings on Capitol Hill (and several offsite locations), 850 miles of shelves, 23 reading rooms, 3,200 employees, an award-winning website, a collection of more than 165 million items, and some 10,000 new items arriving every day, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. It's also the home of the U.S. Copyright Office and the Law Library of Congress and serves as the research arm of Congress.

Elizabeth began her legal career as an attorney with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Education. She then moved to the Department of Justice and held positions of increasing responsibility as a litigator and manager. After leaving the Department of Justice, she served as General Counsel to the National Archives and Records Administration, where she played a significant role in the resolution of a case that resulted in the opening of tape recordings made by former President Richard Nixon.

Elizabeth has served as a Vice President for the D.C. Circuit since 2014. She is a former President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Capitol Hill Chapter. She is a Solace committee member and a member of the D.C. Wills for Vets committee.

Elizabeth has served on the National Advisory Board for the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, the Women’s Advisory Board of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, and as a Board Member of the Wildcat Conservation Legal Aid Society. She is an interpreter at the  National Zoo, a Docent at the Library of Congress, and a TEDx talk presenter on her role as General Counsel of the Library of Congress.

“I am running for another term as Circuit Vice President for the following reasons:  The FBA is an outstanding organization that provides numerous opportunities and programs for its membership – I want to help it continue to grow in the D.C. area. In addition, I have been an early supporter of the SOLACE program and will continue to work to expand its reach in this area. The Civics initiative is also a major program that I will continue to work for in both the FBA as well as in my work at the Library of Congress. Another area that I want to explore is the coordination of the Young Lawyers activities among all the chapters in the DC circuit – possibly including Virginia and Maryland.”

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