Since the time we first started endorsing candidates for leadership positions with DC Bar Association, great strides have been made in diversity in the legal community, including greatly increased recruitment, treatment, and retention of LGBT legal professionals, and staff working for them. Discrimination has not, however, been eliminated, and the LGBT Bar Association of DC continues to look to the DC Bar to be a leader in the fight to end discrimination on any basis in the profession. Prior to 2012, we endorsed only one candidate for each position available. Since then, we have found that many, and now most, candidates enthusiastically endorse LGBT-supportive positions, and have and will continue to work to achieve our goals. We believe we should endorse all such candidates, as there is no basis for the LGBT Bar Association of DC to make its decisions based on factors other than support for the LGBT community and its interests. Based on the foregoing, the LGBT Bar Association of DC is pleased to endorse the following candidates in the 2018 DC Bar Association elections:


  • Susan Hoffman
  • Bridget Bailey Lipscomb


  • Paul S. Lee
  • Brian A. Benko


  • Brandes S. G. Ash
  • Amy E. Nelson

Board of Governors

  • Rawle Andrews Jr.
  • Moses Cook
  • A.J. S. Dhaliwal
  • Elizabeth (“Sally”) Gere
  • Leah M. Quadrino
  • Louis Ramos
  • Saleema Snow
  • Leslie T. Thornton
  • Salvatore J. Zambri

ABA House of Delegates

  • Donald R. Dunner
  • John (“Jack”) C. Keeney Jr.
  • Laura A. Possessky
  • Lucy L. Thomson
DC Bar members have until May 18 to vote. Online voting is available at https://www.dcbar.org/vote/index.cfm.