FY2020 National Elections

Pursuant to the Federal Bar Association's Bylaws, ballots for FY2020 National Elections will be transmitted via email June 15 to each member of the Association in good standing. Voting for National Officers, Board of Directors, ABA Delegate and Circuit Vice Presidents is conducted electronically.

CANDIDATES FOR NATIONAL OFFICE

National Officers
W. West Allen – President-elect
Anh Le Kremer – Treasurer

Board of Directors
Jeanette M. Bazis – Director (Group 1 – Circuit Vice Presidents)
Hon. Mimi E. Tsankov (personal capacity) – Director (Group 2 – Sections and Divisions Chairs)
Christine Companion Varnado – Director (Group 3 – Professional Chapter Presidents)
John (Joey) Bowers – Director (Group 4 – Younger Lawyers)

ABA DELEGATE
Ashley L. Belleau – ABA Delegate

Vice Presidents for the Circuits
Oreste R. Ramos – Vice President for the First Circuit
Olivera Medenica – Vice President for the Second Circuit
Christian T. Haugsby – Vice President for the Third Circuit
Kacy L. Hunt – Vice President for the Fourth Circuit
Paul D. Barkhurst – Vice President for the Fifth Circuit
Donna J. Mikel – Vice President for the Sixth Circuit
Kevin G. Desharnais – Vice President for the Seventh Circuit
David A. Goodwin – Vice President for the Eighth Circuit
Darrel J. Gardner – Vice President for the Ninth Circuit
Hon. Suzanne Mitchell – Vice President for the Tenth Circuit
Oliver Alan Ruiz – Vice President for the Eleventh Circuit
Patricia D. Ryan – 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 and candidate biographies. 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 or e-mail elections@fedbar.org. Voting will begin on June 15 and continue until midnight EDT July 1. Please check your email junk/spam folders if you do not receive both emails. If you need assistance, please contact elections@fedbar.org.

NATIONAL OFFICERS

W. West Allen, Candidate for President-elect
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I write as National Treasurer of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) to express my interest in serving as President-elect for the term beginning October 1, 2019. Having served as an FBA National Director since 2011 and as Chair of the FBA’s Government Relations Committee (GRC) for six years, it has been my opportunity to work closely with our Executive Director Stacy King, Government Relations Counsel Bruce Moyer, FBA National staff, and National Past Presidents over the last two decades. I hope to continue serving the FBA, its members, and advancing the good causes we support.

My ongoing experience and leadership within the FBA at a national level uniquely qualify me to serve as our next President-elect. For twenty years, I have been actively engaged in increasing national awareness of the FBA, defining and advancing the FBA’s mission, and supporting causes that strengthen both our federal judicial system and our legal community. As the FBA’s next President-elect, I will continue to build upon the legacy of our past National Presidents, our committed FBA Chapter leaders, and community-oriented members throughout the nation.

From 2011 to 2014, I served my first term on the FBA Board of Directors. I was elected for a second term in 2015, and currently serve as the FBA National Treasurer. As Chair of the GRC, I testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the effects of sequestration upon our federal courts. I served as a Circuit Vice President (CVP) for the Ninth Circuit from 2007 to 2013, overseeing 16 FBA chapters, and twice being elected Chair of the CVPs and ex officio member of the Board of Directors. During this time, I instituted the FBA’s annual “Capitol Hill Day” and taught at the FBA’s new-leader training. Prior to my national FBA service, I was Nevada’s FBA Chapter President (2000 to 2001) and co-chair of the 2006 FBA National Convention, attending in Las Vegas the first Board of Directors meeting under the FBA’s new governance structure. I have worked with each of our FBA national presidents over nearly two decades, having been appointed by many of them to serve in various capacities, including the FBA National Council (2001 to 2007), the FBA 100th Anniversary Committee, the Elections & Nomination Committee, the Constitutional & Bylaws Committee, the Chapter Activity Fund Committee, and other National Board Audit, Budget and Finance, and Presidential task forces.

In 2016, I received the FBA’s President’s Award for longstanding service to the FBA. 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 Local Rules, and reappointed in 2009 and 2011. I drafted the District of Nevada’s local patent rules in 2011. Between 2010 and 2019, I was appointed by our Federal Court Chief Judges to serve on five Merit Selection, Appointment and Reappointment Panels for U.S. Magistrate Judges, often serving as the Committee Chair. Since 2008, I’ve served on the Board of Directors for Opportunity Village, Nevada’s premier charity assisting those with intellectual disabilities. I also am a pro bono Child Advocate Program attorney for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

The FBA must recruit more to our cause. We must lead and be engaged in the national discourse to preserve the rule of law and independence of our federal judiciary. We must raise the visibility of the FBA and the numbers of those engaged in this important Constitutional work. I pledge to lead the FBA by pursuing new membership incentives, national educational and advocacy projects, and professional partnerships that will advance the interests of the FBA, its members, and our mission.

Anh Le Kremer, Candidate for Treasurer
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I am seeking the position of Treasurer because I want to continue to serve our Association and its members, and want to continue to promote the work of the FBA. I have been an active member of the FBA since the start of my legal career in 2001. My involvement with the FBA began with the Minnesota Chapter, where I was a member of the Executive Committee and served in a number of leadership roles before serving as the Circuit Vice President (CVP) for the Eight Circuit.

I served as the Eighth Circuit CVP for two terms and received the Outstanding Service Award in 2011 for my work. I served on the FBA Board of Directors from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2016 and was appointed by then-President Newman in January 2017 to fill a vacancy on the Board from January 2017 through September 30, 2017. I served on the Sections and Divisions Council. I am also a past Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee where I assisted with the development of a Standards of Professional Ethics and Conduct Policy, which was adopted by the Board and sets the standards of conduct expected of our leadership. I am a past Chair of the Audit Committee (2015), past Chair of the Shaw Younger Lawyers Public Service Award and Grant Committee (2017), past Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee (2018) and have served on other FBA committees including the Nominations and Elections Committee, the Sarah T. Hughes Awards Committee, the Women and the Law Conference Planning Committee, and the Rising Professionals Symposium Planning Committee. I am currently serving as the General Counsel for the FBA.

In addition to my work with the FBA, I am also an active member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association and am a frequent speaker at MNAPABA-sponsored events including the 3rd Annual Women of Color in the Law Forum (2018) and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Women In the House: Bringing the Bringing the Strength & Power of Women to the Workplace. A significant issue facing the FBA, and our profession in general, is diversity. It is important that FBA focus its efforts on continuing to promote diversity within our Association and promote diversity of the judges that are appointed to the federal bench. I would work with individual Chapter leaders to establish diversity committees at each Chapter (to the extent that a Chapter does not currently have one) and would work with Chapters to communicate and share programming ideas and best practices. I would work with our federal judiciary on ways to promote diversity in our profession. We also have an opportunity to work with a number of affinity bars on programs at a national level.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeanette M. Bazis, Candidate for Director (Group 1 – Circuit Vice Presidents)
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


My service on the FBA Foundation Board will come to a close this fall, and I want to contribute in a new way to advancing the FBA’s mission and values. I view enhancing diversity as one of the FBA’s most significant challenges. As a long-standing member of the Minnesota Chapter’s Diversity Committee, and as a Foundation Board member, I have promoted and led diversity and inclusion efforts. Service on the FBA Board would provide a meaningful opportunity to expand those efforts through the advancement of the FBA’s detailed diversity plan. The reason this is important to me is simple: the FBA has played a pivotal role in my life. I have experienced first-hand the immense benefits of FBA’s networking, leadership, and community service opportunities. I want to be a part of expanding the FBA’s reach and bringing the FBA’s potentially life-changing opportunities to individuals who could benefit from them the most.

FBA Activities:
▪ FBA Foundation Board of Directors
Fellows Chair and Historian (2018–present)
President (2017–2018)
President-Elect (2016–2017)
Treasurer (2015–2016)
Secretary (2014–2015)
Board Member, Fellow (2007–present)
▪ FBA Appellate Courts Task Force (Member, 2017–present)
▪ FBA Eighth Circuit Vice President (2006–2008)
▪ FBA Minnesota Chapter (2000–present) Board of Directors, Executive Committee (2004–2016) Chair, numerous committees (Education, Membership, Diversity, etc.) (2001–2016) Member, Diversity Committee (2012–present)
Other Volunteer Activities:
▪ University of Minnesota Law School Board of Advisors (2016–present)
▪ Infinity Project, Exec. Committee (2013–present); President (2013); Director (2009–present)
▪ Minnesota Women Lawyers, MWL President's Leadership Circle (2009–2014)
▪ Federal Public Defender Reappointment Committee, District of Minnesota (2013)
▪ Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Governing Council (2010–2012)
▪ Federal Practice Committee, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2008–2011)
▪ Minnesota Supreme Court Civil Justice Reform Task Force (2011) ▪ U.S. Magistrate Merit Selection Panel, Chair (2007–2008) ▪ Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference Planning Committee (2007–2008)
Professional Experience: Greene Espel PLLP, Minneapolis, MN, Partner (1997–present)
 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles, CA, Associate (1994–1997)
U.S. District Court, D. Minn., Law Clerk, Hon. James M. Rosenbaum (1992–1994)

Select Honors & Recognitions:
▪ Named "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers," Minnesota Super Lawyers (2013–present)
▪ Named "Top 100 Super Lawyers," Minnesota Super Lawyers (2017–present)
▪ Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2013–present)
▪ Recognition by Chambers USA (Litigation) (2016–present)
▪ Two-time Minnesota Lawyer "Attorney of the Year" (2012, 2013)


Hon. Mimi E. Tsankov (personal capacity) , Candidate for Director (Sections and Divisions Chairs)
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


Unequal access to justice by women is a global problem. In the U.S., the struggle for women to gain equal representation on the bench, for fair treatment in proceedings, and to have their rights protected, is crucial to our ability to enhance public trust and confidence in our federal courts. As a premiere national law association, the FBA has a unique opportunity to invest in improving access to justice by women through helping to achieve gender equality and by advancing women’s empowerment. We've convened a Task Force on Gender and Diversity which supports the creation of organizational partnerships around these topics. We’ve elevated International Women's Day to a National FBA event, and we’ve elected a woman to serve as our National President during the 2018–2019 term. We need to leverage that progress to improve opportunities for women in law and those in need of better access to justice. This will further cement a foundation for a more peaceful and inclusive society. Promoting access to justice resonates with all those that support gender equality and diversity, and I want to help the FBA to play a leading role in advancing that effort.

By way of context, I am an Immigration Judge (IJ) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) New York Immigration Court that handles cases involving serious criminal convictions and national security concerns. I joined the bench in 2006, and have presided over a wide range of removal hearings in courts around the U.S. I serve as a national officer in the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) and represent the union and IJs in grievances against the DOJ. In addition, I serve as Chair of the NAIJ Committee on Gender and Equality, as a Board Member on the DOJ Gender Committee, and as Co-Chair of the NAIJ Vulnerable Populations Committee. I hold leadership responsibilities within the Immigration Court, as well, in various liaison, teaching, and mentoring roles. Having served as a Pro Bono Liaison Judge, I have been fortunate to lead official stakeholder meetings on emerging high-profile legal issues such as the 2014 “surge” cases of women and children at the U.S. border, and have been honored to author guidance materials for the entire Immigration Judge Corps

In my personal capacity, I play a leadership role at the FBA having served as Chair of the Colorado Chapter, and currently as the President-Elect of the SDNY Chapter. I am Past Chair of the International Law Section, a Board Member on the Judiciary Division, and have served in various leadership roles in the Immigration Law Section. Having chaired and/or led multiple national FBA conferences, I understand how to build enthusiasm about FBA goals across chapters, sections, and divisions. Currently, I lead the FBA UN Task Force, through which we hope to secure for FBA Consultative Status at the UN. As a Board Member on the FBA Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, I am already building the partnerships necessary to advancing FBA’s role as a leader in gender equality. I am honored to have received multiple FBA awards, including, the national FBA Section and Division Award for exemplary leadership, and am excited to be leading the 2nd Annual FBA International Women's Day event at which we will welcome women leaders from the judiciary, the legal community, academia, and the United Nations. I hope to direct these efforts in a more coordinated way through a national leadership position at the FBA.

Christine Companion Varnado, Candidate for Director (Group 3 – Professional Chapter Presidents)
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I am seeking to serve a second term on the Board of Directors because, simply put, I love being involved with the FBA and believe that I can make a positive contribution to the organization. Serving on the Board will provide a greater opportunity to continue my past efforts, as well as the valuable work of our current and prior leaders, to further enhance the FBA’s mission and membership satisfaction.

During my tenure as a Director and as Chair of the CVPs, I observed that, although it is growing, the FBA continues to face challenges in recruiting and retaining members. Fostering buy-in and engagement at the Chapter level are crucial components of membership growth and retention. Throughout my time on the leadership ladder of the CVPs, I focused on finding innovative ways to engage and rejuvenate existing chapters and encourage collaboration between the chapters and the sections and divisions to bring enhanced services to their members. Tapping into unchartered markets, the CVPs promoted the formation of 14 new chapters and narrowed the gap of states without Chapters from 12 to four. When my Chairmanship ended in 2015, a foundation had been laid toward the formation of chapters in the remaining states and the CVPs had reached new heights in levels of attendance and achievement. With an eye toward the 100th anniversary, I also established the Chapter History Project to encourage the chapters to document their histories.

Ensuring that the members learn about and partake in the benefits of the FBA beyond their local chapters is also important for our growth. When I became president of the SC Chapter in 2008, it was gaining momentum following reinstatement in 2003. I made promoting a greater connection between the Chapter members and the national organization a priority, and we were pleased to host the national president at our annual meeting in 2004. I have continued to serve as the Chapter’s liaison to FBA National through my work in national leadership and by mentoring student associate members at the Charleston School of Law to engage on a national level. When hosting the Board’s visit to Charleston in 2017, I was pleased to coordinate a school civics program, as well as opportunities for the local members to engage with the Board. That visit served as an introduction for the SC Chapter in anticipation of the national annual conference that the Chapter will host in Charleston in September of 2020. I am extremely excited to serve as the chair for the planning committee for this prestigious event.

I have been practicing law in Charleston for over 25 years, including two years as a law clerk to a federal magistrate judge. My current practice is focused on construction defect claims, employment discrimination and compensation, product and premises liability, and election challenges. I have earned an AV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating and recognition in South Carolina Super Lawyers, as well as other similar publications. I have also volunteered for several committees of the SC Bar, including its SOLACE Committee and lawyer mentorship program.

For the past 16 years, I have been appointed by the state’s governors to serve on the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration (currently in my second term as Chair), overseeing and conducting municipal, county, state, and federal elections for the almost 300,000 registered voters in the county. In addition, I have held several leadership positions with community organizations and committees and very much enjoy serving as a parent volunteer for my children’s school and extra-curricular activities.

John (Joey) Bowers, Candidate for Director (Group 4 – Younger Lawyers)
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I joined the FBA’s Board of Directors this year as an ex officio member, and it would be an honor to continue to serve the FBA as an elected Board member. My involvement with the FBA has proven to be an incredibly rewarding experience, and I hope to continue to grow as an FBA leader by getting the opportunity to work closely with our FBA Board Members, particularly as the FBA undertakes a number of significant initiatives and projects over the next few years to maintain its profile as a prestigious and prolific legal association.

I currently serve as Chair of the Younger Lawyers Division. I have been actively involved with the FBA and YLD for many years. For four years, I was co-director of the FBA’s Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition and, for six years, served as co-chair of the YLD’s Summer Law Clerk Program. I have also served on the selection committee for the Younger Federal Lawyer Awards and participated in the YLD Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony. Over the years, I have been a member of the South Carolina Chapter, D.C. Chapter, and more recently the Capitol Hill Chapter, and have participated in events for all three groups. I have also assisted with FBA initiatives and programs at the national level. For example, I have spoken with national staff about ways the FBA can expand CLE opportunities; for several years, I reviewed and organized CLE presentation proposals for the Annual Meeting and Convention Committee’s review; I helped make a recruitment video for younger lawyers; and I’ve participated in a discussion with an FBA consultant regarding the website redesign.

Professionally, I am in-house counsel for the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In this role, I advise the Executive Officer and Division leadership on all aspects of the Division’s business, including employment matters, contractual issues, appropriation matters, and OIG and GAO investigations and audits. I joined the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, and prior to serving in my current position, I was a trial attorney for the Civil Division and defended the United States in complex tort litigation in federal district and appellate courts throughout the country. Before joining the Department of Justice, I had the honor to serve as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Patrick Michael Duffy and U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., both in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. As a Department of Justice attorney, I have been actively involved in a number of pro bono and volunteer activities, and was awarded the Civil Division’s John W. Douglas Award for Pro Bono Service and the Washington Council of Lawyers Government Pro Bono Award in recognition of this work. I also graduated from the Department’s Leadership Excellence and Achievement Program, which is the Department’s premier management training program.

One issue I believe the FBA faces is membership growth and retention. I have often heard from younger lawyers, particularly those in areas with less robust Chapters, that they would like to get more involved with the FBA but aren’t sure how to do it. I think this uncertainty leads us to lose good members. I believe finding more ways for the national leadership to communicate and collaborate with the various Chapters, Sections, and Divisions will help the leaders of those groups to ensure they are maximizing the potential of their membership by finding ways to get more members actively involved in the work of the FBA. I believe there is no better way to demonstrate value than by providing our members with more purposeful and personal involvement in our organization’s initiatives.

ABA DELEGATE

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 FBA’s Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. I have attended the ABA House of Delegates Meetings in Chicago, Boston, New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco representing the FBA’s interest. At the FBA’s Mid-Year Meeting and Annual Meeting, I have reported to the Board and the National Council about the ABA House of Delegate activities. I work with the GRC as well. 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 ABA makes me uniquely qualified to represent the interest of the FBA and serve as its representative in the ABA HOD.
I am a Past National President of the FBA having served as the President for the period of October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. During my term as President, the FBA team substantially increased the Association’s visibility, relevance and value. My record with the FBA includes serving as President of the New Orleans Chapter of the FBA in 1999–2000 and thereafter as a Vice-President for the Fifth Circuit. In September 2003, I was elected by my peers as Chair of the Vice-Presidents for the Circuits and served in that position for a period of two years. In 2005, I was elected Deputy Secretary and served for two years on the Executive Committee before the governing structure was replaced by the current Board of Directors. In 2006, I was appointed General Counsel to the FBA and was re-appointed in 2007. In 2008, I was elected Treasurer and in 2009 elected as President-Elect of the Association. Other FBA activities include: Member of the National Council; 2012–2014 FBA appointed representative to the American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable (ACTBR); Life Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association (FFBA); 2012–2018 Director of the Federal Bar Building Corporation (FBBC); 2015-2017 Treasurer of FBBC; 2014, 2018 Secretary of FBBC; 2007 Chapter Activity Awards Committee; 2002-2005 and 2009–2010 Governance Review Committee; 2002-2003 Deputy Chair of the Vice Presidents of the Circuits; 2001–2002 Judicial Nominations Committee; Speaker, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Annual FBA Chapter Leadership Training Programs for Chapter President-Elects; and 1991–1993 Director, FBA Younger Lawyers Division Board.

I am a shareholder with Lugenbuhl in its New Orleans office. Named one of the Top 25 Women Louisiana Super Lawyers for 2018 and 2019, selected as a Louisiana Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, recognized by Best Lawyers 2019, and a Recognized Practitioner by Chambers and Partners USA in its Commercial Litigation category, my main areas of practice include business litigation, fidelity and surety, and alternative dispute resolution. The awards and recognitions I have received include being listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers Inaugural Edition, 2011 and subsequent editions; named a Fellow to the Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society; and named to the New Orleans CityBusiness Women of the Year Class of 2012 and Leadership in the Law Class of 2016. The New Orleans Chapter of the FBA honored me with the 2018 John R. “Jack” Martzell Professionalism Award.

I have been a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1986. I was an active member of the ABA YLD and served as the Chair of the ABA YLD Securities Law Committee from 1989 to 1991. As a young lawyer, I attended ABA Annual Meetings and Mid-Year Meetings and served as a delegate to the YLD Assembly. After completing my young lawyer service, my peers elected me a Fellow of the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA and in 2007 I was elected by my peers a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. I am a Vice-Chair of the Fidelity & Surety Law General Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the ABA.

Maintaining the independence of the federal judiciary is a perennial challenge for the FBA. Staying in the forefront of these issues and supporting the federal judiciary locally and nationally is key. The Association with the assistance of the GRC routinely addresses these issues.

VICE PRESIDENTS FOR THE CIRCUITS

Oreste R. Ramos, Candidate for Vice President for the First Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee

Click for bio: https://www.pmalaw.com/attorneys/oreste-r-ramos/


Olivera Medenica, Candidate for Vice President for the Second Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


Olivera Medenica has been a member of the FBA for about nine years, and she just completed a term as Second Circuit Vice President. During that time she has been active both on the Chapter and National level. She served as President of the Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2014–2015) (recipient of Presidential Excellence Award), editor of the SDNY Chapter’s award-winning NY Minutes (2011–2013), editor of the Federal Litigation Section’s award-winning Sidebar newsletter (2014–2015), served on the SDNY Chapter’s 2018 National Convention Planning Committee, and currently serves on the Diversity Task Force, SDNY Chapter Board, the FBA’s Intellectual Property Section board. Olivera is the founder of the FBA’s Fashion Law Conference (New York and Paris) and currently serves as Chair of its Organizing Committee.

One important issue that is currently facing the Federal Bar Association is lack of diversity. Olivera currently serves on the FBA’s Diversity Task Force and has proposed an important diversity topic as an Issues Agenda Nomination for the FBA. The issue addresses whether certain aspects of the Patent and Trademark Office’s eligibility rules are unnecessary when applied to design patents where prosecution of such patents does not require a technical background and the rules have a disparate impact on the number of women who can prosecute them. The issue is currently under review by the GRC Committee.

Olivera is a member of Dunnington’s intellectual property, advertising, art and fashion law, international, and litigation and arbitration practice areas with almost two decades of experience advising domestic and foreign businesses in fashion, retail, media and entertainment on transactional, litigation and arbitration matters. Prior to joining Dunnington, Olivera was a law clerk to the Honorable Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of International Trade. She subsequently practiced for 15 years at boutique intellectual property firms in New York City. Olivera regularly counsels on trademark, copyright, intellectual property licensing and online/social media matters. Litigation counseling includes copyright and trademark infringement, trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, fraud, right of publicity and privacy, defamation, and shareholder and business owner disputes in closely held businesses. Trademark practice includes counseling on risk evaluation for trademark use and registration, registering, prosecuting, policing, enforcing and maintaining a national and international trademark portfolio, together with representing clients before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She represents the National Endowment for the Arts on intellectual property matters. Degrees: Manhattan School of Music (Bachelor of Music), Brooklyn Law School (J.D.). Languages: French (fluent) and Serbo-Croatian (fluent).


Christian T. Haugsby, Candidate for Vice President for the Third Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


Christian Haugsby is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He previously served as a judicial law clerk for United States District Judge Yvette Kane and United States Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson, both of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He also practiced privately with law firms in Boston and Harrisburg.


Christian has held a number of leadership positions within the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the FBA, and served as President of the Chapter from 2009–2010. He remains active in Chapter leadership and activities, currently serving as both the community outreach coordinator and membership chair. Recent outreach initiatives have included a program aimed at high school and college students titled "Introduction to Federal Courts and Federal Agencies," which aims to boost civics engagement, and provide an opportunity for younger people to learn about the work being done in our federal buildings and courthouses.


Christian earned an undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in 1996, and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2001.

Kacy L. Hunt, Candidate for Vice President for the Fourth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I began my legal career in private practice in Raleigh, North Carolina in the Commercial Litigation Section of a large, regional law firm. In 2016 I left private practice to work in the Transportation Section of the North Carolina Department of Justice, where I currently handle matters for NCDOT arising under state and federal environmental statutes including OPHSCA, CERCLA, RCRA, ESA, NEPA, SEPA, CAMA, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. I also assist NCDOT in negotiating and drafting contracts and settlement agreements related to site assessments and corrective actions at contaminated sites and in evaluating and appraising contaminated property required for highway purposes. I have been named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite from 2015–2017 in both the “Young Guns” and “Litigation” categories as well as received accolades from Legal Aid of North Carolina for my pro bono work with its Lawyer on the Line program. I have been active with the Eastern District of North Carolina Chapter of the FBA since its founding in September 2011. My tenure with the EDNC Chapter began as Social Chair and I climbed the leadership ladder as Vice-President, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President of the Chapter. During this time, our Chapter has grown to well over 100 members, established a popular annual CLE program featuring the EDNC District and Magistrate Judges as well as personnel from the Clerk of Court’s Office and Courthouse, published a semi-annual newsletter, and developed a Service Day program that engages FBA members and high school students in the smaller cities of our geographically expansive District. Outside of law-related activities, I serve on the Board of Directors for two local non-profits, Urban Ministries of Wake County and Artsplosure. By serving a second term as Vice President of the Fourth Circuit, I can continue my commitment to growing the FBA through engaging programming, learning opportunities, and new membership.


Paul D. Barkhurst, Candidate for Vice President for the Fifth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I have over 20 years of experience in the FBA, and have watched our Association grow nationally and locally. I have a lot of energy and passion for the FBA and would like to continue to serve after my term as Chapter President has ended. After visiting at the Midyear and National Convention with current 5th Circuit VPs Judge Barry Ashe and Marc Taubenfeld, I am excited about the opportunity to carry on the tradition of strong leadership from the 5th Circuit.

I am currently the Chapter President in San Antonio (term ends July 2019), and have served my Chapter as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President-elect. I am a member of the FBA Veterans and Military Law Section. I have been a Committee Chair and participated in numerous community outreach programs on behalf of the FBA. I have attended several National Conventions and Midyear Meetings, and one Leadership Training and Capitol Hill Day. In doing all of that, I have made national connections and friendships that I value very much and would like to see continue.

I started my career out of college flying jet aircraft in the USAF. My fighter aircraft assignments in the F-111 included RAF Lakenheath, UK and Taif AB, Saudi Arabia. I attended Texas Tech Univ. School of Law and was an Editor on Law Review and Order of the Coif. I was a USAF JAG for four years. I received numerous awards and decorations in my Air Force career. I left the USAF as a Captain with an Honorable Discharge and was hired as an Associate at Oppenheimer Blend, a large law firm in San Antonio which later merged with Strasburger Price. I was at the firm for 12 years, and was a Partner/Shareholder for the final four years. My current law partner, Joe Hinojosa, and I left to start our own firm in 2010. We are a certified MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) and are also a VBE (Veteran Business Enterprise). I have received the AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell; have been named a Texas Super Lawyer for the past eight years, and also have been regularly named a San Antonio Top Lawyer. I am a frequent speaker at CLE seminars state-wide. My practice is primarily real estate and construction litigation, with an emphasis in eminent domain cases. My eminent domain clients have included CVS, HEB, Buc-cee’s, and numerous other businesses as well as ranch owners. I represented the City of San Antonio for 20 years in eminent domain and other land use matters. I have also handled numerous commercial litigation disputes, and I do several pro bono cases a year through the Community Justice Program.

I am the JAG of VFW Post 76 “On the River Walk” in San Antonio, and have served in that capacity for ten years. I am currently the Cubmaster of my son’s Cub Scout Pack. I have volunteered for and served on the Golf Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters, South Texas. My son has Autism, so I have served on the Kinetic Kids “Hootenanny” Committee (black-tie fundraiser) for the past three years. Finally, I am currently the MacArthur H.S. Choir Booster Club President as my daughter is in Choir and Theater at MacArthur H.S. in San Antonio.

I see outreach to the military and Veterans as one significant issue facing the FBA. One of the goals of my term as Chapter President has been to increase the military JAG involvement in our Chapter as well as outreach to Veterans. Young JAG officers are often seeking help transitioning to a civilian career, and the FBA is the perfect ‘home’ for them to do that. On the Veterans side, I have broken with tradition and held numerous FBA Luncheons this year at my VFW Post, and they have been well attended. I also noticed that previous “Wills for Veterans” Programs have had many volunteer attorneys, but very few Veterans. To change that, we are holding our Wills for Veterans Program this year at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, and expect a very large turnout.


Donna J. Mikel, Candidate for Vice President for the Sixth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I am seeking to become a Vice President of the Sixth Circuit because I love the Federal Bar Association, both as a national and local entity. My extensive experience in the FBA and my involvement in our Chapter’s partnership with the Eastern District of Tennessee to formulate a comprehensive model civics outreach program, uniquely qualifies me for this position. I believe I could serve the organization by helping other Chapters within the Circuit to develop similar programs and maximize outreach efforts. Trust in and respect for public institutions, such as the federal judiciary and the FBA, is at an all-time low. We must formulate effective push-model programs to help find solutions for this problem. It is vital to the success of our third branch of government and indeed our democracy. As a leader, I would help to share ideas about model programs and activities and streamline such events within the Circuit.

FBA Activities and Leadership Positions:

Past President/Government Liaison, Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association2016–Present; President, Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2015; Board of Governors, Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2011–Present; Committee Member, 2017 Tennessee Teacher’s Law School-Joint Endeavor of the Eastern District of Tennessee, Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates; Committee Chair, “Marching Forward 50 Years Later: The Federal Bar Association Celebrates the Civil Rights Act,” 2014; Journal Editor/Committee Chair, The Quarterly Journal, Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2012–2013.

Professional Experience and Awards:
Experience: Partner--Burnette, Dobson & Pinchak, 2007- Present; Associate—Witt, Gaither & Whitaker, 2000-2007.
Awards: 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation—Labor and Employment, Chattanooga, Best Lawyers in America; AV Distinguished Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell; Best Lawyers in America, 2017, 2018, and 2019; Rising Star, Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2014-2015; Federal Bar Association Awards: Recipient of individual awards- Chattanooga Chapter’s WOW Award, 2008 and President’s Award, 2012-2014. Chapter Awards earned through my leadership: Ilene and Michael Shaw Public Service Award, 2015; National Meritorious Newsletter Award, 2013–2015; Presidential Achievement Award,
Chattanooga Chapter, 2015.

Other Volunteer Activities:
Chair, Tennessee Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Executive Council, 2018–2019; Member, Criminal Justice Act Appointment Panel Governing Committee, 2016–Present; Barrister, Justices Ray L. Brock, Jr. – Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court, 2002–2004, 2012pPresent; Member, Merit Selection Committee, Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee, 2012; Member, Chattanooga Choo-Choo Tap Dance Troupe, 2010–2013.

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. At that Annual Meeting, I also organized a panel on Environmental and Energy Law on behalf of the EENR Section, for which I served as moderator. For the Chicago Chapter Board, I have served as Membership Chair for the past 5 years, overseeing the growth of the Chapter from under 500 members to a high of more than 700. I continue to serve as Membership Co-Chair for the Chicago Chapter. In addition to serving on the Chicago Chapter Board, I have also served on the EENR Board since 2009, and have twice served as Section Chair, during which time the Section earned the Section Award due to its activities and newly invigorated Section newsletter. I also previously served on the Chapter Activity Fund Committee, reviewing applications for funding assistance for various projects being undertaken by Chapters with a membership focus. As 7th Circuit Vice President, I have served the 7th Circuit with my co-VP Sheri Mecklenburg, including assisting in organizing the Circuit-wide full day program entitled, “Hot Topics for the Renaissance Lawyer,” featuring outstanding speakers, including Dean Chemerinsky, Jonathan Turley, a panel of national speakers on “Policing the Police,” and a panel of 7th Circuit Judges, followed by a full reception. I have also participated in a number of FBA National activities, including Capitol Hill Day and the Midyear Meeting, as well as Leadership Training.

David A. Goodwin, Candidate for Vice President for the Eighth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I seek a role as the Eighth Circuit VP in order to help expand the reach of the FBA to bring the benefits of the organization to more attorneys than ever before. I have been active in the FBA for most of my career, and I hope to introduce additional attorneys to the benefits of the people and programming that make this such a valuable professional organization.

I currently serve as a Director of the FBA. Prior to that, I was active in the Younger Lawyers Division, where I served in all officer roles, and ultimately as Chair. As Chair, I initiated the first in-person meeting of the YLD in at least a decade. On the YLD, I served as Chair of the Younger Federal Lawyers Award Committee. The YFLA recognizes younger lawyers who make an outstanding contribution to their community and the legal profession. I have also served on the board of the FBA Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section. In addition, I have presented at three FBA Conferences and last year’s Rising Professionals Symposium. I currently serve as a Director of the FBA. Prior to that, I was active in the Younger Lawyers Division, where I served in all officer roles, and ultimately as Chair. As Chair, I initiated the first in-person meeting of the YLD in at least a decade. On the YLD, I served as Chair of the Younger Federal Lawyers Award Committee. The YFLA recognizes younger lawyers who make an outstanding contribution to their community and the legal profession. I have also served on the board of the FBA Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section. In addition, I have presented at three FBA Conferences and last year’s Rising Professionals Symposium.

I am also active in the Minnesota Chapter of the FBA, where I am a Director and act as the Pro Se Project Liaison between the FBA and the Minnesota District Court. The Pro Se Project is an award-winning initiative to increase access to justice, assist the court with moving pro se cases along, and providing lawyers with valuable case management experience. Over the last three years, I have also served as a mentor in our Chapter’s mentorship program.

My practice focuses on complex class action consumer, securities, and antitrust cases. I have been recognized as a Minnesota Rising Star 2013–2018. I have also been recognized as a Minnesota North Star Lawyer for pro bono work.

I am active in the Minnesota State Bar Association, where I served as Co-Chair of the Consumer Litigation Section, which serves both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel. In that role I helped coordinate and arrange a number of CLE presentations.

Continuing to engage law students and younger lawyers will continue to be a major challenge to the FBA. We should continue to expand mentorship opportunities. Mentorships help make a large organization more approachable. They also boost individual engagement with the FBA. Personally, I have found the mentorship program to be satisfying. I also support additional outreach to law students and younger lawyers to give them the opportunity for meaningful engagement with the FBA. By encouraging engagement between Chapters, Sections/Divisions, and National, we can expand the roster of FBA members and continue to improve the programming and benefits the organization offers.

Darrel J. Gardner, Candidate for Vice President for the Ninth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I was born in the Territory of Alaska, two years before statehood. In 1983, I obtained my J.D. from Hastings College of the Law and was admitted to the Alaska Bar. Until the early 1990s, I practiced private civil law, after which I joined the criminal defense Section of the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy. I left state employment in 2003 to open my own office as a private criminal defense attorney. In 2012, I resumed public service as an Assistant Federal Defender for the District of Alaska.

After I joined the FBA almost a decade ago, I immediately recognized the tremendous value and potential of the organization. I became president-elect of the Alaska Chapter in 2011, and served as president from October 2012 to 2014. When I became president, it was apparent to me that our local FBA Chapter was struggling. Membership was falling, as there had been only a single FBA Chapter event in 2012. To address this, I developed a program of events for 2013 and 2014 designed to attract new members and retain existing members. To bring in new attorneys, I arranged to speak at numerous swearing-in ceremonies of the Alaska Bar Association. I have also authored “FBA Updates” for the Alaska Bar Association’s quarterly newspaper since 2013, as well as several items in the Chapter Exchange Section of The Federal Lawyer.

One of my proudest achievements, however, was establishing the Annual Alaska Federal Bar Conference in 2014. Since then, I have been able to arrange for five consecutive FBA Presidents to come to Alaska for our conference, including Judge Gustavo Gelpi, Matt Moreland, Mark Vincent, and Kip Bollin. Judge Michael Newman was planning to attend in 2017, but he had to cancel at the last minute due to a trial. In 2013 and 2014, I was honored to receive FBA Chapter Activity Presidential Achievement Awards in 2013 and 2014. I have served on the FBA's Membership Committee since 2014. I have served as secretary of the FBA's Criminal Section, and I am currently chair-elect. I currently serve on the FBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. I have served as FBA Vice President for the Ninth Circuit since 2017; I am applying for my second term in that position. Finally, I am a Life Fellow of the Federal Bar Foundation.

From 2013 until 2018, I served as an Alaska District Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference; I served as chair of the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee in 2017-2018. I currently serve on the Alaska Bar Association’s Board of Governors, and I was elected president of the Alaska Bar for 2017-2018.

If I am re-elected, I will do my utmost to fulfill my responsibilities as a Circuit Vice President and to contribute to the organization as a whole. I have an excellent relationship, both professionally and personally, with the other Ninth Circuit VP, Laura Conover. I think that we make an excellent team – she has youth and boundless energy, and I, as the more ‘senior’ lawyer, have experience and (hopefully) wisdom. I have attended the FBA’s Midyear Meetings and Annual Conventions for many years now. In doing so, I have made many friends from chapters across the country. I thoroughly enjoy my work for the FBA on Circuit-wide and National levels. I believe that the FBA is an exemplary organization, and I am proud to be a part of its tradition of serving the needs and interests of the federal bench and bar.

Hon. Suzanne Mitchell, Candidate for Vice President for the Tenth Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


The FBA’s National leadership has long impressed me and I would be honored to be able to take part. As the OKC Chapter’s Immediate Past President, I have been fortunate to work with staff and various committees navigating different projects. We overhauled decade-old and outdated bylaws, coordinated a Circuit-wide multi-Chapter reception with the Circuit’s Bench and Bar Conference, instituted a successful and fun mentoring program, wrapped our third year of our summer High School Court Camp, have taken part in two years of Bill of Rights parties, and have reviewed, revisited, and continued our successful CLE and outreach programming throughout the year. We created a 501(c)(3) in 2018 to house the William J. Holloway, Jr. Scholarship Fund, which has raised over $13,000 to date (the Chapter underwrote the scholarships through 2018). And our Chapter again garnered the Presidential Excellence Award. As President, I received the Outstanding Chapter Leadership Award in 2018 as well.

I am also actively involved in Court governance. I chair the district’s Criminal Justice Act Panel Selection Committee, which drafted a new Criminal Justice Act Plan. The new plan updates and amends the Court’s plan to ensure indigent defendants the highest quality representation and is the first substantive overhaul for the district. I also serve on the Court-Assisted Recovery Effort, a federal reentry court that provides an intensive, treatment-focused program to assist recently released nonviolent offenders as they reintegrate into society.

I currently serve as President of the William J. Holloway American Inn of Court and as an Oklahoma County Bar Association Board member. I serve on Rotary Club 29’s Board of Directors and chair the Club’s Service Projects Groups. I am a regular presenter for continuing legal education programs, I volunteer as a judge for law school mock trials and moot courts, and I coordinate externships in chambers and various additional civic education, mentoring, and leadership programs. Until last year, I chaired Oklahoma’s Georgetown University’s Alumni Admission Program (2009-18) and still serve as a Board member for the George Washington University Law School’s Alumni Board. I enjoy volunteering on local arts organization boards and committees, and I have served on the boards of Safe Kids Oklahoma, led by the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital, and of an organized community fundraising cycling/running weekend.

The lack of diversified membership and our aging membership are significant issues facing the FBA. We in OKC have had great luck embracing our local law schools through mentoring, programming, judicial involvement, and of course, through the Scholarship mentioned above. I also appreciate the emphasis the FBA places on civic engagement, and I hope to continue efforts there, as our Chapter has found that a small effort goes a very long way. Finally, with the recent government shutdown, our Chapter has formalized plans for support of various court-related agencies, such as the USMS, the Criminal Justice Act panel, and organizing contributions to our Regional Food Bank. I’d like the FBA to take a national approach to be ‘on the-ready’ to step up, pitch in, and support our court families as such events may recur, and/or take a variety of forms. Preparing suggestions akin to the ‘super-ideas’ that individual chapters can tailor might be a good start.

Oliver Alan Ruiz, Candidate for Vice President for the Eleventh Circuit
Candidate nominated by the FBA Nominations and Elections Committee


I am seeking to serve as an Eleventh Circuit Vice President in order to continue to promote the interests of federal practitioners and members of the judiciary in chapters throughout our circuit. I am a dedicated member of the Federal Bar Association and am proud to be a Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association, which evidences my personal commitment to this great organization. Since the time I joined the FBA, I have been highly involved in activities at both the Chapter level and the national level, including the following:

• President, South Florida Chapter (2015–2016)
• Board Member, South Florida Chapter (2011–present)
• Government Relations Liaison, South Florida Chapter (Current), and participant in FBA’s Capitol Hill Day
• Chair, 2021 Annual Meeting and Convention Committee, South Florida Chapter
• Service on several Chapter committees; invited Amy Howe, former editor of SCOTUSblog, to be a guest speaker. This led to annual presentations to the South Florida Chapter since 2012, a very popular program
• Chair, Trademarks Committee for the FBA’s Intellectual Property Law Section

During my term as President, the South Florida Chapter garnered a Presidential Excellence Award in recognition of superior Chapter activities in the areas of Administration, Membership Outreach and Programming. Building on that, we later made a successful bid to host the FBA’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Miami, which will mark the third such meeting in the Eleventh Circuit in the course of a few years (Atlanta 2017, Tampa 2019, Miami 2021).
In addition to my service to the FBA, I am a partner with Florida’s oldest intellectual property law firm, Malloy & Malloy, P.L, and handle litigation matters in federal courts and the United States Patent & Trademark Office. The firm has been extremely supportive of the FBA, will continue to be supportive, and is proud to count our firm’s patriarch, the late John Cyril Malloy, Jr., as a Past President of the South Florida Chapter. I have earned an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards given by that organization. I graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2001, where I served as President of the Student Bar Association and on the Moot Court Board.
I am also a volunteer for the Rotary Club of Miami, a well-known international service organization, and I was honored to serve as President during the club’s centennial year, culminating in a gala to mark the club’s 100 years of service to the community.
Based on my experience, one significant issue that I will seek address as a Circuit Vice President is the fact that many Chapter members are not active in the FBA’s Sections. Involvement in these sections is extremely beneficial to our members, in terms of leadership training, education, and the building of valuable relationships. I will work to encourage members of Eleventh Circuit chapters to get involved, and to facilitate that process by serving as the liaison between the national association and the chapters in our circuit. One way this can be accomplished is by setting and meeting a goal for all Chapters in the Eleventh Circuit to have active representatives in each of the FBA’s Sections. This can lead to collaborations between the Sections and the Chapters, and to several events that are beneficial to members in the Eleventh Circuit.
I ask for your support and your vote. As a Circuit Vice President, I will seek to build upon my leadership experience, as well as, my extensive involvement in the South Florida Chapter and in the FBA’s national activities, to benefit all chapters in the Eleventh Circuit.

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

I believe the best way to grow and maintain FBA membership is for chapters to have a robust programming schedule that reflects the needs of the local legal community, the mission of the FBA, and the FBA’s excellent relationship with the judiciary. A major focus should be on co-sponsorship of FBA programs with Chapters, Sections, and Divisions to provide more relevant programming, which is essential for membership recruitment. Successful programs from Chapters, Sections, and Divisions should be posted on the FBA website – a link accessible on the FBA website to Chapter leaders of programming ideas, materials, and other useful postings – including step-by-step instructions on how to provide CLE credit for attendees.

Since joining the FBA in 1982, I have organized many successful CLE programs for members and the legal community–always advocating co-sponsorship with other FBA chapters/sections/divisions with an emphasis on including federal judges on CLE panels. Since 2002 I have chaired the Justice Tom C. Clark Award for Outstanding Government Lawyer which recognizes the valuable contributions by federal career service attorneys to our country. Our 2018 recipient’s award ceremony, which I organized, was attended by the top JAG officers from every branch of the military, the Chief Judge of DCDC, C.J. Beryl Howell, the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, C.J. Merrick Garland, as well as more than 15 other federal judges and many senior federal government officials. The DC Chapter’s annual all-day Government Investigations program – which I co-organize with the Maryland Chapter – includes a judiciary presentation and is expected to sell out again this year. I would like to continue to advocate for Chapter to Chapter and Chapter to sections & divisions co-sponsorship of CLE and other informative programs such as our popular DC Chapter’s Distinguished Lawyer Luncheon (“DLL”) Series. Our 2017–2018 DLL program was stellar. I arranged for the following speakers: Judge Lamberth, Donald Verrilli, Earl Silbert, Neal Katyal, Rod Rosenstein. 1994–1995 I was President, DC Chapter; 1982–present: Member, DC Chapter Board of Directors; early 1980s: Member, FBA National nominations/election committee; 1982–2000: Selection Committee, DC Chapter Justice Tom C. Clark Award for Outstanding Government Lawyer; 2002–present: Chair, DC Chapter Justice Tom C. Clark Award for Outstanding Government Lawyer committee; 1993–present: organized DC Chapter CLE & speaker events (20+ events); 1995–1999: Chair, DC Chapter’s International Judge Reception, venue/U.S. Supreme Court (five events hosted by Justice Scalia); 2016–present: DC Chapter Chair, Chapter Programs; 2006–present: Chair, DC Chapter Levenson CLE Symposium (symposia: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012); Member, DC Chapter audit committee; 2010–present: Member, DC Chapter Distinguished Lawyers Luncheon Series committee; 2016: Attendee representing FBA at the Civil Trial Bar Roundtable (3/12/2016; Member, FBA Hon. Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award Comm, 2017–2018.

Education: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA; Master’s Program: Political Science, Vanderbilt University, recipient, Wilson Scholarship; Ed.D. Virginia Tech; J.D. Columbia University School of Law: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

Other community activities: 1995–present: Neighborhood citizens’ association; President, 1993–1995; Chair, annual neighborhood Luminaria committee (1995–2009); 1994–present: Volunteer election protection/federal elections (Lawyers for Civil Rights Under the Law).



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