Voting is underway in this year's D.C. Bar elections for general and sections positions. The two lawyers vying for president-elect – the precursor post to serving as president – carried a bevy of endorsements into the election, which began April 30 and ends May 24.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Brigida Benitez and Jenner & Block partner Lorelie Masters are this year's candidates for the bar's top job. The winner will serve as president-elect for a year before spending a second year as president, and then will serve a third year as immediate past president.
Both candidates have made expanding pro bono work and promoting access to justice top priorities. Benitez, in an interview today, said she wants to find ways the bar can be more creative in providing services and support partnerships with the legal services community. "It's something where the bar has been a leader, but I think the need is as great as ever," she said.