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Communities Committee

The Communities Committee (Committee) will oversee the operation of the D.C. Bar Communities Program by facilitating Communities-wide programming and content, volunteer opportunities, and member engagement initiatives. The committee shall consist of not more than 11 persons, appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board for staggered two–year terms, with no person to serve more than three consecutive terms.

Community Members:
Mr. Alexander Lyman Reid- Chair
Ms. Kimberly M Eney- Vice-Chair
Mrs. Candace L Smith-Tucker- Staff Liaison
Ms. Felicia C Battista
Ms. Michelle F Bercovici
Mr. James S Bubar
Mr. Charles R Lowery, Jr.
Mr. Thomas C Mugavero
Mr. Matthew Louis Perdoni
Ms. Caroline J Rogus
Mr. Daniel S Schumack
Mr. Alexei M Silverman

The Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Community explores the legal and business issues in the arts, entertainment, sports, and media fields. It seeks to address current and relevant issues in these fields whether commercial or not-for-profit, amateur, or professional.

Through its seminars, educational programs, and projects, the Community aims not only to create an informational network among those who practice or share an interest in media, arts, entertainment, and sports law, but also to promote opportunities in these fields; to share our knowledge with students at local high schools, universities, and law schools; and to strengthen the ties between the District’s legal community and its rich cultural, entertainment, and sports communities.

Steering Committee Members:
Mr. Micah Joseph Ratner- Nominating Committee Chair
National Public Radio, Inc.
1111 N Capitol ST NE Ofc OF
Washington, DC 20002-7502
UNITED STATES


Mr. Chad R Bowman
Ballard Spahr LLP
1909 K ST NW FL 12
Washington, DC 20006-1152
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)508-1120
Fax: 2026612299

Mr. Hardeep Singh Grover
Tresquire Legal Services
300 New Jersey Ave NW Ste 900
Washington, DC 20001-2271
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (703)362-4886

Ms. Katielynn Boyd Townsend
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1156 15th Street NW Suite 1020
Washington, DC 20005
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)795-9303
Fax: 2027959310





The Community serves lawyers interested in the practice of corporation, finance, or securities law. Its activities aim to facilitate professional growth and networking by:
  • advancing members’ professional development and competence by offering educational programs and publications
  • keeping members informed about changes and developments in the law and publishing information about those subjects
  • monitoring legislative and regulatory developments and commenting on issues within the community’s areas of expertise
  • providing a forum for discussing corporation, finance, and securities law practice
  • fulfilling the Bar’s commitment to public service and community outreach
The Community sponsors activities to fulfill these objectives including luncheon and evening educational programs, receptions, and meetings.

Steering Committee Members:
Mr. Bradley J Bondi- Nominating Co Chair
Cahill Gordon & Reindel
1990 K Street NW Suite 950
Washington, DC 20006
UNITED STATES


Mr. Michael L Post- Nominating Co Chair
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
1800 K ST NW
Washington, DC 20006-2202
UNITED STATES


Mr. Peter Y Malyshev- Community Outreach Coordinator
Reed Smith LLP
1301 K Street NW Suite 1000-East Tower
Washington, DC 20005
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: 202-414-9185
Fax: 202-414-9299

Ms. Leila S Bham
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington, DC 20549
UNITED STATES




Banking and Financial Institutions

Sub-Community Members:
Ms. Laura R Biddle- Co-Chair
Venable LLP
600 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001-5358
UNITED STATES




Corporate Law and Business

Sub-Community Members:


Derivatives and Futures Law

Sub-Community Members:


Investment Management & Broker-Dealer Regulation

Sub-Community Members:


Investor Rights

Sub-Community Members:




The Community sponsors educational and practice-building programs in the areas of criminal law and protection of individual rights. On occasion, the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Community comments on pending or proposed legislation, court rule changes, and other matters of interest within the community’s areas of expertise.

Past Community activities have included:
  • sponsoring brown-bag lunch programs, panel discussion, and individual speakers addressing current developments in the law.
  • offering publications for purchase to aid in members’ practice of law
  • organizing activities designed to benefit D.C. residents by improving awareness of individuals’ legal rights and responsibilities under the law.


Steering Committee Members:
Mr. Fabio Leonardi- Chair
U.S. Attorney's Office


Ms. Heather N Pinckney
Harden & Pinckney, PLLC
400 7th ST NW Ste 604
Washington, DC 20004-2316
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)621-8268
Fax: 202-315-2600

Mr. Sellano Lamar Simmons, Sr.

503 D Street NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20016
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (240)485-6106





The District of Columbia Affairs Community serves all attorneys who live, work, or have interest in the District, and members who practice before or work with the D.C. Council and the Executive Branch or the court system. The Community monitors legislative, judicial, and related legal developments affecting the District of Columbia. Other key missions are to provide a forum for the membership to network with key government officials and business and community leaders and to offer relevant professional development.

Steering Committee Members:
Ms. Sally B Kram- Co-Chair
Consortium of Universities
1020 19th Street, NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)841-4226 (160)
Fax: 2023317925

Ms. Rochelle M Howard- Lawyer to Lawyer Coord.
D.C. Office of Police Complaints
1400 I ST NW Ste 700
Washington, DC 20005-6518
UNITED STATES


Mr. Claude E Bailey
Venable LLP
600 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)344-8057
Fax: 2023448300

Mr. Joel M Cohn
DC Office of Tenant Advocate
Email:
Phone: (202)719-6568

Hon. Nicholas A Majett
DC Contract Appeals Board
441 4th ST NW
Washington, DC 20001-2714
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (301)641-7693

Ms. Claudia L McKoin



Ms. Ann C Wilcox
Law Office of Ann Wilcox
Email:
Phone: (202)441-3265

Ms. Alicia June Yass
Office of Police Complaints
1400 I St NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: 202-727-7585



Legislative Committee

Sub-Community Members:




The Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Community, through programs, a newsletter, and a case digest, advises its members of judicial, procedural, legislative, and practice developments pertaining to estate planning and administration. The Community assists with the development of legislation in these areas, and plans and participates in projects of interest, including community outreach, that serve its members, the Bar, and the public.

Steering Committee Members:
Ms. Lisa H Orlow- Co-Chair

503 D Street NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)236-2888

Ms. Michelle Lynn Evans- Practice Manual Coordinator
Offit Kurman, P.A.
Email:
Phone: 240-507-1728

Ms. M Cecelia Steiner-Smith
Office of Attorney General for D.C.
441 4th Street Nw Suite 1180N
Washington, DC 20001
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)724-8021
Fax: 2027301493



Community Member of the Year Committee

Sub-Community Members:




The Family Law Community offers educational programs of interest to attorneys and other professionals in private practice, government, alternative dispute resolution, and academia. It promotes continuing discussions between the bench and the Bar, monitors local and federal legislation on children and families, promotes efficiency in management of family law services, and supports public service activities.

Steering Committee Members:
Ms. Jamie Sparano- Co-Chair
Legal Aid Society of D.C.
1331 H Street NW Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)386-6679

Ms. Emily Antoinette Petrino- Public Statement Designee
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
200 I ST SE
Washington, DC 20003-3317
UNITED STATES
Email:

Mr. Marshall Emery Yaap- Nominating Committee Chair
Offit | Kurman
8171 Maple Lawn Blvd Ste 200
Fulton, MD 20759-2521
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (240)507-1754
Fax: (240)507-1735

Mr. Marshall Emery Yaap- Community Outreach Coordinator
Offit | Kurman
8171 Maple Lawn Blvd Ste 200
Fulton, MD 20759-2521
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (240)507-1754
Fax: (240)507-1735

Ms. Caitlyn Elizabeth Feiter
Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20202
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)453-6549

Ms. Erin E Golding
Burr Law Firm PLLC
1630 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009
UNITED STATES
Email:
Fax: 2023479004

Mr. Philip Alexander Medley
Office of the Attorney General
441 4th Street NW Suite 630S
Washington, DC 20001
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)724-6626
Fax: 2027415920





The Government Contracts Community provides programs to advance the development of its members and foster discussion of developments and issues affecting federal and local government procurement law and litigation. The Community also actively engages in community projects and monitors procurement reform initiatives affecting the District of Columbia government. Its members include judges and representatives from government, law firms, and corporations.

Steering Committee Members:
Mr. Alexander Orlando Canizares- Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP
700 13th ST NW
Washington, DC 20005-3960
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: 202-654-1769

Ms. Erin Loraine Felix- Public Statement Designee
Polsinelli PC
1401 I ST NW Ste 800
Washington, DC 20005-2295
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)626-8375
Fax: 2023797705

Ms. Amy E Garber- Nominating Committee Chair
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
1615 L ST NW Ste 1350
Washington, DC 20036-5668
UNITED STATES


Ms. Erica Jo Radcliffe Geibel

Perspecta Inc.
Chantilly, VA 20151
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (571)612-7086
Fax: (555)555-5555

Ms. Nancy K Hapeman
Office of Contracts & Procurement
441 4th ST NW Ste 330
Washington, DC 20001-2714
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)724-4391





The Health Law Community focuses on issues of interest to practitioners in the field of health law through programs and publications, including a periodic newsletter, and by providing information and comments on current legislative and regulatory changes in the areas of health care administration, bio-medical ethics, regulatory practice, Medicare, Medicaid, litigation and finance. The Community sponsors a new practitioners’ committee and a programs committee and is always looking for new volunteers.

Steering Committee Members:
Mr. Lionel Andre
Murphy & McGonigle, P.C.
1001 G Street, N.W. Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20001
UNITED STATES


Ms. L'Kel C.T. Little
March of Dimes


Ms. Jodi L Schipper







The Intellectual Property Law Community is comprised of lawyers in private, public, and corporate practices. It provides a forum for addressing intellectual property law issues that affect individuals, small businesses, corporations, and public policy.

The Community sponsors committees in the areas of copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret law—and one for new practitioners—that organize and sponsor programs throughout the year on topics of general interest, current issues and practice tips. The IP Law Community, one of the Bar’s largest and most active, offers unique opportunities to hear and meet with speakers at the forefront of their fields.

The community has a history of creating and coordinating innovative programs that reflect a deep commitment to the welfare of the District of Columbia and its residents. The community has been involved in judging science fairs in the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and matching computer donors with these schools, holding book drives, promoting literacy programs, and participating in community clean-ups.

Steering Committee Members:
Ms. Belinda J Scrimenti- Co-Chair
Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
200 S Wacker Dr Ste 2900
Chicago, IL 60606-5896
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (312)554-7935
Fax: 3125548015

Ms. Taneashia Renee Morrell- Public Statement Designee

PO Box 181623
Coronado, CA 92178-1623
UNITED STATES


Ms. Rae Fischer



Mr. Jeffrey Lawrence Licitra



Mr. Brian J Malkin
Arent Fox LLP
1717 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-5344
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)857-6000 (6240)
Fax: 2028576395





The International Law Community addresses international legal issues through programs, community outreach projects, and publications dealing with such matters as U.S. import and export laws, foreign investment, international finance, international antitrust enforcement, human rights, global technology issues, national security, immigration, intellectual property, international criminal law, and public international law.

Steering Committee Members:
Mr. Dante Figueroa- Co-Chair
Figueroa Arbitration


Mr. Stephen J Claeys- Nominating Committee Chair
Pfizer
1115 North Powhatan Street
Arlington, VA 22205
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)719-7425

Ms. Jill C Christina Morrison- Connect Coordinator
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave NW Gewirz 315
Washington, DC 20001
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)662-9644

Ms. Sharie A Brown
Troutman Sanders LLP
401 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)274-2874

Ms. Tessa V Capeloto
Wiley Rein LLP
1776 K Street NW
Washington , DC 20006
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)719-7586
Fax: 2027197049





The Labor and Employment Law Community members include plaintiff- and management-side attorneys, federal and D.C. agency counsel, corporate, trade association and labor organization association counsel, judicial officers and others. The Community—and each of its committees—plan programs, projects, and other professional activities for the benefit of practitioners in the area of labor and employment law.

Typical activities include luncheon and evening programs with guest speakers, conferences, seminars, receptions, and publications. The Community, on occasion, submits comments on proposed or pending legislation, regulations and court rules within its areas of expertise. It also engages in pro bono and community outreach activities.

Steering Committee Members:
Ms. Jaclyn L. Hamlin- Connect Coordinator
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
1909 K ST NW Ste 1000
Washington, DC 20006-1134
UNITED STATES


Ms. Jocelyn R Cuttino
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
UNITED STATES


Ms. Amanda S DiSanto
Crowell & Moring LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004-2505
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)624-2748
Fax: (202)628-5116

Mr. Noah Jarrod Fortinsky
U.S. Office of Special Counsel
1730 M ST NW Ste 300
Washington, DC 20036-4578
UNITED STATES


Mr. Jeremiah Carlyle Fugit
NTEU
501 Teaberry Circle
Austin, TX 78745
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: 512.318.2267

Ms. Hanan Idilbi
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave NW # N2101
Washington, DC 20210-0001
UNITED STATES
Email:





The Law Practice Management Community is made up of lawyers (and other professionals) in private, government, corporate, nonprofit, and academic legal practices. It provides professional growth opportunities and resources to members interested in the management and growth of law practices and other legal organizations.

The Community sponsors a variety of programs designed to help lawyers and other legal industry professionals advance in their chosen practice area, with a focus on networking, business and professional development, practice management, and career transitions.

It also sponsors a number of committees, including: Business of Law, Solo and Small Firm Practice, Business Development, Membership, Professional Development, and Networking. Community leaders are eager to improve and increase the delivery of high-value content to its members and actively seek volunteers to serve on these committees and help plan new programs.

Steering Committee Members:
Ms. Margaret M Cassidy
Cassidy Law PLLC
1100 H ST NW Ste 1220
Washington, DC 20005-5530
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)266-9928

Ms. Sara E Kropf
Kropf Moseley PLLC
1100 H Street NW Suite 1220
Washington, DC 20005
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: 202-627-6900

Ms. Roya Vasseghi
Vasseghi Law, PLLC
9663-A Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (703)755-0905

Mrs. Canby Biddle Wood







The Litigation Community is involved in a wide range of activities that present the opportunity for continuing professional growth and networking.

It sponsors or cosponsors programming in such topics as pre-trial and trial skills and effective advocacy. Community members can also assist in planning and presenting programs and in creating publications. One of its most popular events is the annual Youth Law Fair.

In addition to educational programs, the community hosts an annual judicial reception at which members network with judges and judicial officers from the local and federal courts in an informal setting.

On occasion, the Community submits comments on proposed court rules and legislation that fall within its expertise.

Steering Committee Members:
Mr. Matthew Worth Edwards- Vice-Chair
Ain & Bank, P.C.
1900 M ST NW Ste 600
Washington, DC 20036-3519
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)530-3314
Fax: 2025304411

Ms. Amanda C Korber- Public Statement Designee
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
1331 H Street, NW Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
UNITED STATES


Mr. Mark E Rooney- Non-Steering Committee Lawyer to Lawyer Coord.
Hudson Cook, LLP
1909 K ST NW FL 4
Washington, DC 20006-1152
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202) 715-2015

Mr. Robert N Kelly
Jackson & Campbell, P.C.
2300 N Street NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)457-1647
Fax: 2024571678

Kara Petteway Wheatley
Groom Law Group Chartered
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)861-6339

Ms. Julia Kim Whitelock
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP
1101 King ST Ste 520
Alexandria, VA 22314-2960
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)399-1009
Fax: 2028002999





The Public Interest and Courts Community (formerly Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice) concentrates on ways the courts and the Bar can improve access to justice in the District of Columbia. Issues of particular concern include access to counsel and pro bono work; administration of the court system; court rules and procedure; and the relationship between the bench and the Bar. The Community also focuses on all aspects of the lawyer’s relationship to the profession, including ethics and the disciplinary system.

Activities have included a brown-bag luncheon series, covering topics such as mediation, e-filing, young attorney practice in D.C. Superior Court, and management and practice in various divisions of the D.C. courts; and a survey of law firms regarding obstacles to pro bono work in the D.C. courts. In addition, the Community comments on proposed court rules and legislation and also proposes changes in legislation and court procedures.

Steering Committee Members:
Ms. Misty Carin Thomas- Community Outreach Coordinator
Council for Court Excellence
Council for Court Excellence 1111 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: 202-785-5917

Ms. Nancy E Drane- Non-Steering Committee Lawyer to Lawyer Coord.
DC Access to Justice Commission
1501 K Street NW Room 3.100
Washington, DC 20005
UNITED STATES


Hon. Nicholas H Cobbs
District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hear
JUDICIAL

Ms. Andrea C Ferster
Attorney at Law
2121 Ward Court NW 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)974-5142
Fax: 2022239257

Ms. Amber W Harding
Washington Legal Clinic
1200 U Street NW 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20009
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)328-5503
Fax: 2023285515

Ms. Lisa R Neuder
U.S. Department of Education






The Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Community focuses on issues of interest to real estate, housing, and land use practitioners through programs and publications, including a quarterly newsletter, and by providing information and comments on current legislative and regulatory changes in the areas of real estate transactions, litigation, finance, workouts, zoning and land use laws, legal opinions, and landlord-tenant relations.

The Community has five committees: community outreach, land use, legislation, real property transactions, and rental housing.

Steering Committee Members:
Ms. Tonya M Butler-Truesdale- Public Statement Designee
DC Government Dept. of Housing and Community Development
1800 Martin Luther King Avenue, Se
Washington, DC 20020
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)442-7214

Ms. Livya Louise Antonacci- Lawyer to Lawyer Coord.
JBG SMITH Properties
4747 Bethesda Avenue Ste 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (240)333-3729
Fax: 2403333610

Mr. Nathan J Bresee
Jackson & Campbell, P.C.
2300 N Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)457-1668
Fax: (202)457-1678

Mr. David L Brodsky
Cozen O' Connor
1200 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)471-3423





The Taxation Community focuses on federal, state, and local tax issues of interest to private, government, and institutional tax professionals. Through its 10 substantive tax committees, the Community regularly offers a wide variety of programs open to all members, including special programs geared toward new tax practitioners. The program topics are designed to keep members up-to-date in this frequently changing area of the law and include presentations by leading practitioners and key government officials in the field. The Community also engages in tax policy projects, submitting comments to the government on proposed legislative and regulatory changes, and it has an active community outreach program.

Steering Committee Members:
Mrs. Amy Silva Elliott- Chair
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
2001 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)887-4039

Mrs. Elizabeth A Young- Vice-Chair
Nixon Peabody LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP 799 9th St NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20001
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)585-8294
Fax: 8448484450

Ms. Layla J Asali
Miller & Chevalier
900 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)626-5866
Fax: 2026265801

Mr. James E Brown
James E Brown & Associates
1220 L ST NW Ste 550
Washington, DC 20005-4018
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)742-2000
Fax: 2027422098

Mr. Erik H Corwin
KPMG LLP
1801 K ST NW
Washington, DC 20006-1301
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (202)533-3655
Fax: 2023839353





The Tort Law Community sponsors an array of programs covering substantive areas of tort law, including products liability, personal injury, insurance law, medical and legal malpractice, premises liability, toxic torts, and worker’s compensation. It also sponsors or cosponsors programs that focus on trial advocacy and litigation skills.

In addition, members engage in pro bono and outreach activities for the benefit of D.C. residents, and on occasion, issue comments about pending legislation or proposed court rules within the Community’s expertise.

Steering Committee Members:
Mr. Craig S Brodsky- Co-Chair
Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann LLP
One South Street 20th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (410)783-4014
Fax: 4107834040

Mr. Adam W Smith- Co-Chair
Blankingship & Keith, P.C.
4020 University Boulevard Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030
UNITED STATES
Email:
Phone: (703)691-1235