The D.C. Bar election results are in, and Banner & Witcoff’s Darrell Mottley has been voted president-elect for the 2010-2011 term.
Mottley will assume the role of president-elect on June 24 and will serve for one year before becoming president. Also on June 24, Ronald Flagg, a partner at Sidley Austin, will become president of the D.C. Bar, replacing Kim Keenan of The Keenan Firm, who becomes immediate past president.
As in past years, voter turnout in the elections was low. Of the 69,497 ballots sent out by the bar, only 8,710 were cast -- a return rate of 12.5 percent. This year’s return rate was up slightly from the 12.1 reported last year.
In the race for president-elect, Mottley received 4,315 votes, beating his opponent Laura Possessky, a name partner at Gura & Possessky, by 750 votes.
Mottley, a George Washington University Law School graduate, focuses his practice on computer, e-commerce, electrical, mechanical and medical device patents.
He said today that as president-elect he hopes to work with the bar's board of governors to "achieve more engagement in the bar by local D.C. lawyers as well as those outside of Washington."
One way to do that, Mottley said, is to experiment with social media. He cited as an example using mobile phone text donations as a way to raise money for the D.C. Bar Foundation, which provides funding to legal service providers in Washington. "There are a lot of ways we can use technology to provide more access to lawyers wanting to get involved," Mottley said.
In other results, Patrick McGlone of ULLICO Inc. was elected to a one-year term as secretary. Andrea Ferster of the Law Offices of Andrea Ferster was elected to a one-year term as treasurer.
H. Guy Collier Jr. of McDermott Will & Emery, Stephen Glover of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Bridget Bailey Lipscomb and R. Justin Smith of the Justice Department, and Lorelie Masters of Jenner & Block were elected to three-year terms on the bar’s board of governors.
Elected for two-year terms to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates were John Cruden of the Justice Department, Karen Lockwood of The Lockwood Group, and Lucy Thomson of Computer Sciences Corp.