Since the time we first started endorsing candidates for D.C. Bar Association leadership positions, great strides have been made in diversity in the legal community, including greatly increased appropriate 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 D.C. 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 2015 D.C. Bar Association elections:


·         Laura A. Possessky, Gura & Possessky

·         Annamaria Steward, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law


·         Shara Chang, Buckley Sandler LLP


·         Christopher P. Zubowicz, U.S. Department of Justice

Board of Governors (5 positions available):

·         Marina S. Barannik, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

·         Susan Low Bloch, Georgetown University Law Center

·         G. Brian Busey, Morrison Foerster LLP

·         Moses A. Cook, D.C. Law Students in Court

·         Ann K. Ford, DLP Piper

·         Arian M. June Wilmer Hale LLP

·         Leah M. Quadrino, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

  ABA House of Delegates (3 seats open):

·         Lisa J. Savitt, Crowell & Moring LLP

·         Paul M. Smith, Jenner & Block LLP

·         D. Jean Veta, Covington & Burling LLP

  ABA House of Delegates under 36 (1 seat available):

·        Carter T. Coker, Hunton & Williams LLP

·        Ross C. Paolino, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


D.C. Bar members have until May 22 to vote. Online voting is available at http://www.dcbar.org/vote