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    June 26, 2008  
 
 
Meet Your DC Bar
Board of Governors

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The votes are in, and tonight the DC Bar will toast its new leadership at its annual business meeting and awards dinner at the Capitol Hill Hyatt. Hey, we love mixing business and pleasure, so count us in. Before the new slate takes office during tonight’s event (including new president Robert Spagnoletti of Schertler & Onorato), we tracked down a few newly elected members of the Board of Governors just before starting their three-year terms.

 

McDermott Will & Emery’s Ankur Goel spent last weekend training to be a soccer coach in his daughter’s youth league. (Not that we’d draw a connection between wrangling feisty children and members of DC Bar or anything.) Ankur’s electoral success comes on the heels of his successful challenge to a HHS rulemaking on behalf of a group of Massachusetts hospitals. His campaign strategy resembled a real political playbook: He sought endorsements (receiving the backing of the Washington Council of Lawyers), established commonality with the voters (citing a varied career including time with the Senate Judiciary Committee and years as a DoJ prosecutor), and of course he was uniquely qualified to court the soccer mom (or dad) vote.

 

If there were acceptance speeches tonight, Sonnenschein’s Amy Bess says she would thank the randomness of having her name listed first on the ballot. Funny line, but Amy’s modest—she just completed three years as managing partner of the DC office, serves on the board of the Women’s Bar Association, and served on a DC Bar pro bono task force. In her new role, she hopes to increase law firm participation in the DC Bar’s pro bono efforts. Now repping a hospital system on a trade secrets case, Amy herself has an ailment not recognized by most health care providers: empty nest syndrome. With a daughter at summer camp and a son off college shopping, it's her first brush with the condition.

 

Is it just us, or does it seem like every time somebody’s looking for a leader, Ben Wilson’s name comes up? Managing Partner of Beveridge & Diamond, he’s a two-time former co-chair of the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and just started the tentatively named “Partners of Color” group—already up to 210 lawyers—at the prompting of outgoing DC Bar Prez Melvin White of McDermott Will. Weil Gotshal’s Holly Lioseau encouraged his run for the Board of Governors, and though Ben didn’t do a lot of self-promotion he cruised in. Since taking on MP duties in January, he’s done tour stops at each of Beveridge & Diamond’s six other offices twice each. Sounds more tiring than the campaign trail!

Congrats to all those elected, including the two other new members of the Board of Governors, Rebecca McNeill of Finnegan Henderson and Laura Possessky of Gura & Possessky, as well as President-elect Kim Keenan of the Keenan Firm.

 


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