Bridget Bailey Lipscomb

D.C. Bar President-Elect Candidate

Voting has begun.
Active members of the D.C. Bar will receive ballots via email on April 23, 2018, and will have until May 25, 2018, to cast votes.

Greetings

Bridget's Message to Voters

I have dedicated my legal career and personal life to service. If elected, I will continue along this path and my highest priority will be to make the Bar more welcoming to and inclusive of all members and to support and enhance the Bar’s commitment to access to justice. I plan to do what is necessary to make members feel connected to the Bar and make it easier to get involved in Bar activities. The need for funding for legal services providers and expanding collaborative projects through technology and new relationships to enable a more comprehensive and inclusive access to the legal system is more prevalent than ever at this moment. I also support new initiatives to address the wholly unmet legal needs of moderate income residents through efforts to support “low bono” (reduced fee) legal services.

Serving as a mentor has been a constant since I left Chicago, and I revel in seeing my mentees succeed in life and their careers. My service has been demonstrated in other ways: I have served as a pro bono attorney; worked with foundations and community groups on fundraising campaigns to support many legal and community services providers; and created the Washington Bar Association’s Knowledge is Power program in collaboration with several volunteer bar associations to provide legal information to enhance the daily lives of members of the D.C. community. In addition to my commitment to access to justice, improving the legal system, and empowering lawyers to achieve excellence, I am committed to making the new D.C. Bar building a focal point for individual members and for volunteer bar associations with a goal toward enhancing engagement with the Bar.

I have long been active in the D.C. Bar as a candidate for President-Elect in 2012, serving on the Board of Governors from 2010-2016, serving on the Building Advisory Task Force, serving on the Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee, and I am currently serving as a member of the Leadership Development Committee.

I am a 15-year public servant who works for the Department of Justice Civil Division Environmental Torts Section as an Assistant Director. I received my J.D. from the University Of Tennessee College Of Law, and my B.A. and M.P.A. from Grambling State University. I am also a member of the American Bar Association, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Bar Association of DC, Department of Justice Association of Black Attorneys, Greater Washington Area Chapter, Hispanic Bar Association, National Bar Association, Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association, Washington Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association and Foundation.

As your President-Elect, I plan to make the new D.C. Bar building the focal point for member engagement and ease the difficulty in getting involved with the Bar. I plan to work to increase mentoring. In addition, I plan to utilize my bar relationships to expand access to justice.

I humbly ask for your vote!

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History of Bar Leadership

DC Bar
  • D.C. Bar Leadership Development Committee
  • D.C. Bar Building Advisory Task Force (2015 – 2018)
  • D.C. Bar Board of Governors (2010 – 2016; Executive Committee, Technology Committee, Budget Committee, Screening Committee)
  • D.C. Bar Rules on Professional Conduct Committee (2004 – 2010)
  • Vice Chair, D.C. Bar Rules on Professional Conduct Committee (2009 – 2010)
  • Chair, By-Laws Subcommittee, D.C. Bar Rules on Professional Conduct Committee (2007)
VOLUNTEER BAR ASSOCIATIONS IN D.C. AREA
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • The Counsellors (2010 – 2013)
  • Department of Justice Association of Black Attorneys
  • Greater Washington Area Chapter Women’s Lawyer’s Division National Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Northern Virginia Black Attorney’s Association
  • Washington Bar Association (Second Vice President 2014 – 2016; Board of Directors 2013 - 2014)
  • Washington Bar Association Foundation (Board of Directors 2013 - 2016)
  • Women’s Bar Association (Board of Directors 2013 – 2014)
  • Women’s Bar Association Foundation (Vice President; Board of Directors)
VOLUNTEER BAR ASSOCIATIONS OUTSIDE D.C. AREA
  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Chair, ABA Young Lawyer’s Division Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (1997 - 1999)
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Association Foundation
PRIOR VOLUNTEER BAR ASSOCIATIONS
  • Board of Governors, Knoxville Bar Association (1999 – 2001)
  • Chair, Minority Opportunities Committee, Knoxville Bar Association (1997 – 1998)
  • Knoxville Bar Association CLE Committee (1998, 2002)
  • Knoxville Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division High School Mock Trial Chair (1995 – 1997)
  • Tennessee Bar Association Committee on Judicial Administration
  • Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Knoxville Area District Representative (1998 – 1999)
  • Tennessee Bar Association State High School Mock Trial Committee Member (1995 – 1999)
  • President, East Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women (1998)
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
  • Member, Litigation Section
  • Chair, Young Lawyer’s Division Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (1997 - 1999)
OTHER AFFILIATIONS
  • Arlington Chapter, Links, Incorporated
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Chi Omega Chapter
  • Hamilton Burnett Inn of Court
  • American Cancer Society Team Leader
  • University of Tennessee College of Law Mentor Program
  • Knoxville Legal Aid Society 2002 Campaign Committee
COMMUNITY ADVOCACY
  • Black Achievers
  • Junior Achievement ESIS Project Volunteer
  • American Heart Association Metropolitan Division Board Member (1995)
  • Knoxville Women’s Center Academy for Young Women Board of Directors
  • YMCA Metropolitan Board
  • American Cancer Society 2002 Gala Committee

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE
  • Federal Tort Claims Act (Defend the US in complex tort cases)
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Oil and Well Gas Drilling
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Contract Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Construction
  • Wills and Estates
  • Domestic Relations
  • Criminal Defense
QUASI-JUDICIAL POSITIONS
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Board on Professional Responsibility Hearing Officer
  • Knoxville Police Advisory and Review Committee, Vice Chair
  • Tennessee Human Rights Commissioner
  • Knoxville Civil Service Merit Board Hearing Officer
  • Knoxville Beer Board Hearing Officer
CERTIFICATIONS
  • Former Tennessee Supreme Court Certified Rule 31 Mediator
  • Former United States District Court Eastern District of Tennessee Certified Mediator

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Access to Justice

Community Programs

Work on Women’s Bar Association Foundation Grant Awards Ceremony to present checks to legal services providers who provide legal and related services to women and girls in the D.C. area (2015 – Present).

In 2016, in an effort to equip members of the District of Columbia community with sufficient knowledge to protect their rights and access the judicial system, as Chair of the Washington Bar Association Knowledge is Power Committee, in collaboration with other organizations, I planned, organized, and presented six panel discussions. These programs were held in churches, libraries, and schools. Informational programs on issues relating to elder law, housing, voting, bullying in schools, how to deal with police officers, and the history of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia were presented. The panelists for all of the programs were leading legal experts in the various areas of law. The programs received significant press coverage and the audiences steadily grew larger. Because our attorneys shared their knowledge and expertise, members of the community reported that they learned how to protect their legal rights and access the court system.

Participate in DMV Links Red Dress Heart Health Program where financial and other services were provided to N Street Village, which serves nearly 2,000 homeless and low-income women a year.

Participated in middle school mentor program through the Arlington Chapter of the Links Services to Youth Committee, which offered a variety of services to the participants.

Feed the homeless through Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Department of Justice Association of Black Attorneys programs.

Provide services to domestic violence shelters and elderly residences through Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Links, Incorporated programs.

Attended a three-hour interactive simulation entitled, “Walk a Month in My Shoes,” in 2012 designed to help pro bono volunteers develop insight into the hardships faced by low-income clients by living their lives during a simulation.

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Access to Justice

Pro Bono

Defended a client in D.C. Superior Family Court through the DOJ/D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Program for a Child Custody Matter (2017)

Consulted and periodically assisted DOJ attorneys on housing, visitation, and custody matters through the DOJ/D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Program (2011 – Present)

Volunteered for the D.C. Bar Advice and Referral Clinic

Defended Paul Gregory House in a death penalty case while an associate at Lewis King (now Lewis Thomason) law firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1995, I joined a team of attorneys to free Paul Gregory House, who was wrongfully condemned to death by a Tennessee state court in 1986. We spent countless hours investigating and litigating the matter. We uncovered evidence that was not presented during the criminal trial and ordered DNA testing on the physical evidence. In 2006, the Supreme Court found that based on new DNA and other evidence presented during the federal district court hearing, it was more likely than not that no reasonable juror would have found Mr. House guilty and he was released from prison in 2008.

Handled tort, estate, and contract cases on a pro bono cases in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Appointments

  • Eastern District of Tennessee Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Committee (2001) - Appointed by Eastern District of Tennessee Federal Judges
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Officer (1999 – 2001) - Appointed by Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Co-Chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court Commission on Technology (1997 – 2001) – Appointed by Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Tennessee Commission on Human Rights – Appointed by Governor Sundquist
  • Vice Chair, Police Advisory and Review Committee (1998 – 2001) – Appointed by Mayor Ashe of Knoxville, Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates – Appointed by Law School Dean
  • University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Advisory Council – Appointed by Law School Dean

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ENDORSEMENTS

  • Katherine A. Mazzaferri
  • Cynthia D. Hill
  • Maureen Syracuse
  • Timothy K. Webster, D.C. Bar Past President
  • Brigida Benitez, D.C. Bar Past President
  • Andrea C. Ferster, D.C. Bar Past President
  • Darrell G. Mottley, D.C. Bar Past President (Joint)
  • Kim K. Keenan, D.C. Bar Past President
  • Melvin White, D.C. Bar Past President (Joint)
  • Pauline A. Schneider, D.C. Bar Past President
  • Philip Allen Lacovara, D.C. Bar Past President
  • Jacob A. Stein, D.C. Bar Past President
  • Myles V. Lynk, D.C. Bar Past President
  • Robert L. Weinberg, D.C. Bar Past President
  • Benjamin F. Wilson, D.C. Bar Board of Governors
  • Karen Evans, D.C. Bar Board of Governors, Washington Bar Assoc. Past President, Trial Lawyers Assoc. of Metropolitan Washington D.C. Past President
  • Leah M. Quadrino, D.C. Bar Board of Governors
  • Jessica E. Adler, D.C. Bar Board of Governors
  • Christopher P. Zubowicz, D.C. Bar Board of Governors
  • Arian M. June, D.C. Bar Board of Governors
  • Keiko K. Takagi, D.C. Bar Board of Governors
  • Annette K. Kwok, D.C. Bar Board of Governors, D.C. Bar Board of Governors
  • A.J. S. Dhaliwal, D.C. Bar Treasurer, South Asian Bar Association Past President
  • Laura Possessky, Former Member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, Past President of the Women's Bar Association.
  • Lindsey Vaala, Former Member of D.C. Bar of Governors
  • Stephen Glover, Former Member of D.C. Bar Board of Governors, D.C. Bar, Building Advisory Task Force Chair
  • David Arrojo, D.C. Bar Board of Governors
  • Daniel Schumack, Former Member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors
  • Amy Bess, Former Member of D.C. Bar Board of Governors, Women's Bar Association Foundation Board Member
  • Paulette Chapman, Former Member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, D.C. Bar Foundation Board, BADC Past President, Foundation for BADC Board of Directors, Women’s Bar Association Past President, Former Member of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Council for Court Excellence Director, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Board of Governors
  • Michelle Thomas, Former Member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, Past President of GWAC
  • Juan R. Thomas, National Bar Association (NBA) President
  • Kirra Jarratt
  • Bill Robinson
  • Yolanda Hawkins-Bautista
  • C. Frederick (“Rick”) Beckner III, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Kerri Castellini, Partner, Price Benowitz LLP
  • Grace E. Speights, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Sonia Murphy, White & Case
  • Suan Kovarovics, Former Member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors; Women's Bar Association Past President; Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Robert L. Bell, Past President of the Washington Bar Association
  • Ronald C. Jessamy, Sr., Past President of the Washington Bar Association
  • Natalie Walker, Washington Bar Association President
  • Kevin Judd, National Bar Association Past President, Washington Bar Association Past President, Federal Bar Association Past President
  • Morton Posner (D.C. Bar Regulations/Rules/Board Procedures Committee Chair; Former Vice Chair of the D.C. Bar Leadership Development Committee; Former Chair of the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee)
  • Rachel Hardwick, Women's Bar Association Foundation Board Member
  • Grace Parke Fremlin, K&L Gates LLP, Women's Bar Association Foundation Board Member
  • Lucy Thomson, Past President, Women’s Bar Association D.C.
  • Matt Kaiser, Partner, KaiserDillon, PLLC
  • Narda Newby, Deputy General Counsel, EventTracker Security, LLC
  • Jennifer Duane
  • Nancy Long, Women's Bar Association Foundation Past President
  • Sandra H. Robinson, Women’s Bar Association Foundation Past President, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Past President
  • Gaffar Chowdhury, Women's Bar Association Foundation Board of Directors, Managing Director of First Financial Group
  • Marlysha Myrthil, DOJABA President
  • Antoinette Barksdale, Past President of DOJABA
  • Thomas G. Ward
  • Kathleen Gunning, Women's Bar Association Past President
  • William "Billy" Martin, Washington Bar Asociation Past President
  • Donald A. Thigpen, Jr., Washington Bar Association Past President
  • Marjorie O'Connell, Founding Member of the Women's Bar Association Foundation
  • Washington Bar Associatiaon
  • National Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC)
  • Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC)
  • South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C (SABA-DC)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Bar (LGBT Bar) - Joint
  • Department of Justice Association of Black Attorneys (DOJABA)
  • Korean American IP Bar Association (KAIPBA)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA-DC)
  • Hispanic Bar Association (HBA-DC)

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Awards

  • 2016 Washington Bar Association President’s Award
  • 2009 United States Department of Justice Civil Division Perseverance Award
  • Knoxville Project Change Trailblazers Award 2002
  • Oral Advocacy, DOJ Civil Division, Environmental Torts, January 2015
  • 2001 YWCA Tribute to Women Finalist
  • The Knoxville Church Women’s Day “When You Believe” Award 1999
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division “Star of the Quarter 1998” Award
  • Annie Selwyn Knoxville Woman of the Year Award 1997

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Course Instructor

  • New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 2017, Washington Bar Association All-Day CLE at Howard University School of Law
  • Howard University School of Law Environmental Housing Discrimination Course Guest Speaker 2016
  • Initial Case Development & Planning for Discovery: How to Set Up Your Civil Case for Success, DOJ Civil Division, March 3-4, 2016
  • Oral Advocacy, DOJ Civil Division, Environmental Torts, January 2015
  • FTCA Seminar (Discretionary Function), DOJ Civil Division, Environmental Torts, October 2014
  • Oral Advocacy, DOJ Civil Division, April 2014
  • HHS Torts Seminar (Structured Settlements), Washington, D.C., April 2012
  • Negotiations and Mediation (Preparing for Settlement), NAC, April 2012; August 2007
  • Advance Medical Malpractice (Hot Topics), NAC, September 2011
  • Evidence Seminar (Business Records/Public Records), NAC, September 2011; December 2010
  • Medical Malpractice Seminar, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, July 14, 2011
  • Evidence for Civil Litigators Seminar, NAC, December 2010
  • FTCA Seminar (Statute of Limitations; Preparing for Settlement), NAC, June 2010; September 2009
  • Civil Trial Advocacy (Advocacy), NAC, April 2010
  • Federal Tort Claims Act Seminar (Case Valuation), NAC, November 2007

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Community Advocacy

  • Ad Hoc Economic Development Group, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • American Cancer Society 2002 Gala Committee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • American Cancer Society Team Leader, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • American Heart Association Metropolitan Division Board Member, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • The Arlington Chapter of the Links, Incorporated – Area/Regional Conference Chair in 2016; Chair of the Chapter’s Bi-Annual Fundraiser in 2014; Chair of the International Trends and ServicesFacet 2010 to 2013; Various Committees
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Black Achievers, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Fallstone of Alexandria Home Owners Association – Board of Directors – Circa 2010 to 2017; Treasurer – Circa 2012 – 2014
  • Austin East High School Awards Ceremony Speaker 1996
  • Junior Achievement Education Project Volunteer, Knoxville,Tennessee
  • Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership Board Member
  • Knoxville Executive Women’s Association
  • Knoxville Legal Aid Society 2002 Campaign Committee
  • Knoxville Women’s Center Academy for Young Women Board of Directors
  • Leadership Knoxville 2001
  • Leadership Knoxville Curriculum Committee and Team Leader
  • Tennessee Human Rights Commissioner (Appointed by Governor Sundquist)
  • Tennessee Valley Mediator’s Association
  • University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates
  • University of Tennessee College of Law Mentor Program
  • YMCA Metropolitan Board, Knoxville, Tennessee

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Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting Leadership Academy 2017
  • Getting a Seat at the Table: Women as First Chair at Trial 2016
  • Knowledge is Power Panel Series Facilitator 2015-2016
  • Howard University School of Law Orientation Speaker 2015
  • Finding Your Voice in Court Panelist 2015
  • How to Develop Business Panelist 2015
  • Landing Your Dream Job and Keeping It Facilitator 2015
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Shabbat Guest Speaker, Temple Emanuel 2009
  • American Bar Association Mediation Seminar (LaJolla, California 1998)
  • Austin East High School Awards Ceremony Speaker 1996
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Teen Workshop Speaker 1996
  • University of Tennessee Law School Preparation Workshop Panelist (1995 – 1997)
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated Women’s Workshop Speaker (1995)
  • University of Tennessee College of Law “Suited for Business” Workshop Panelist (1999)
  • Boy’s and Girl’s Club Summer Program Speaker (1998)
  • Vine Middle School Mentor Program Speaker’s Series (1998)
  • Oak Ridge, Tennessee Women’s Group Legal Workshop Speaker (1997)
  • University of Tennessee College of Law Trial Practice Class Speaker (1999)
  • University of Tennessee College of Law Sports and Entertainment Law Class Speaker (1998)
  • University of Tennessee African American Achievers Program Speaker (1999)
  • Austin East High School Career Fair Speaker (1996 – 1997)
  • Pellissippi Community College Career Day Panelist (1997)
  • University of Tennessee College of Law First Year Orientation Panelist (1995 – 1998)
  • Knoxville Bar Association 2001 Law Day Luncheon Introducer of Law and Liberty Award Winner
  • Legal Ramifications of Computer Usage: Focus on Privacy Rights (Seminar for Maryville College Faculty)

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