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Board Election Voting for the LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia

November 19, 2019 - November 25, 2019

Thank you to everyone who ran for a board spot for the LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Please review the candidates’ statements of interest and vote for your favorite candidate(s) below.

Voting will be open through Monday, November 25, 2019.

If you have any questions or run into any technical issues with voting, please email Dennis Jansen at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Jessie DeStefano

Current Position

Supervising Attorney in Rising for Justice’s Civil Litigation Clinic

Statement of Interest

I am interested in joining the board of the LGBT Bar Association of DC because I think this is a great opportunity to become more involved in the community and to help facilitate programs that I’m particularly interested in, such as the mentoring program. In addition to my work as a Supervising Attorney in Rising for Justice’s civil litigation clinic, I represent an international LGBTQI+ organization in various transactional matters. I also have experience with nonprofit management, strategic planning, and managing communications/social media.

Meghan Droste

Current Position

Senior Associate, Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson

Statement of Interest

Thank you for considering me for reelection to the Board of Directors. I am running to continue the work the Board is doing to expand the pro bono and educational programming for our membership. In the past year, I have had the pleasure of facilitating a training with the Project for Transgender Incarcerated Survivors (PTIS) and presenting the first in what we plan to be an ongoing series of CLEs for our members. The PTIS training allowed our members to become volunteers for the project, which provides assistance to incarnated individuals who need access to medically necessary treatment and/or have experienced sexual assault as a result of their gender identity. The CLE I taught focused on the rights of LGBTQ employees in the federal government, explaining both the legal framework for protections against discrimination and also a look at how upcoming decisions from the Supreme Court may impact these protections. Both of these events have allowed me to connect with our members and expand the reach of the services the Association provides, and I look forward to having the opportunity to continue these efforts.

Richard Kelley

Current Position

Supervising Attorney, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project

Statement of Interest

As an attorney, it has always been important to give back to my community. As part of that, a substantial part of my pro bono work has been dedicated to assisting LGBT asylum seekers and giving time in other ways to uplift the LGBT community. Being part of the board for the DC LGBT Bar Association would be another way to be involved and give back. It’d be an honor to serve on the board for the DC LGBT Bar Association.

Philip May

Current Position

Associate, Covington & Burling LLP

Statement of Interest

I would like to join the board in order to become more involved in our community. I would also like to bring new ideas to the organization for increasing participation among current members, and finding ways to encourage participation among attorneys who would make great contributions, but have not yet joined the DC LGBT Bar Association for various reasons.

Jordan Nye

Current Position

Attorney, Ackerman PLLC

Statement of Interest

My name is Jordan Nye. I am an attorney living in the District of Columbia. I am currently working for Ackerman PLLC. I have been a member of the Board for DC LGBT Law Association for the past two years and a member of the organization for over four years. My continued interest in being on the Board for the DC LGBT Law Association stems from my desire to help advance an association which has the ability to influence and affect change in our community. I think one of the great things this organization does is bring together people of the same community and career paths in order to promote and protect our rights and the rights of the people in our community. As lawyers we have a unique ability to fight against oppression and help those that are not as fortunate as us living in the District. If I were to be allowed the opportunity to continue to serve on the board, I would like to expand the programs the organization provides and initiate opportunities to raise additional funding for pro-bono related events. I would also like to reach out more to our current members, so we can hear news going on in the community and allow for ways that members in the same fields of practice can reach out to each other for better networking opportunities.

I believe my experience and interest make me a qualified candidate to stay on the board. I would also like to relay that in my career at this point I have the time and energy available to be a resource for the Association and its members.

Joe Scavetta

Current Position

Operations & Compliance

Statement of Interest

I have had the privilege of serving as the Treasurer of the LGBT Bar Association of DC for the past two years and as a Board member for four years. I would consider it an honor to continue my work for the Association and the Board.

As a gay lawyer who has lived in Washington on and off for almost 30 years, I have seen the significant strides in LGBT rights and social acceptance that have unfolded here in the nation’s capital. I think the gay lawyers in places like Washington should work to set an example for other cities where people may not have such an active or accepted gay community. We also have a duty to make sure the strides we have made in civil rights and social acceptance are not eroded in this new age of bigotry and hate.

We are lucky to live in a place like DC with an abundance of highly motivated and skilled LGBT lawyers. The LGBT Bar Association of DC should work to engage these lawyers so that we can be the loud voice for those who may have a hard time being heard, and so that we can set an example for other gay bar associations around the country. I would like to renew my commitment to this effort by serving again on the Board of the LGBT Bar Association of DC.

Benjamin Schenker

Current Position

Law Office of Benjamin Schenker

Statement of Interest

I have served for two years on the LGBT Bar Board and would like to continue serving. I am trying to advocate for our community as an ABA Family Law Diversity Fellow by proposing more CLEs focused on the LGBTQ+ Community and am also working on a project designed to update the DC Criminal Law Code.

James Smith

Current Position

Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP

Statement of Interest

I am running to further the goal of advancing equality for LGBT equality for all Americans.

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November 19, 2019
November 25, 2019
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