Stephen Glover of Gibson Dunn, left, and Timothy Webster of Sidley Austin, right. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi / NLJ)
The D.C. Bar yesterday announced that the 2014 candidates for president-elect are Stephen Glover, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Timothy Webster, a partner at Sidley Austin.
This year marks the second in a row that both D.C. Bar president candidates selected by the bar’s Nominations Committee come from large law firms. Last year, current president-elect Brigida Benitez, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, beat Lorelie Masters, who recently moved from Jenner & Block to Perkins Coie. Benitez will succeed current D.C. Bar President Andrea Ferster, a solo practitioner, beginning in June.
The president-elect serves one year before becoming president, and then continues to have certain responsibilities during a third year as immediate past president.
Glover is co-chairman of Gibson’s mergers and acquisitions practice and serves as co-chairman of the firm’s opinion committee. He’s a member of the bar’s Board of Governors and previously served on the strategic planning committee and chaired the Community Economic Development Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee.
“I’ve been practicing law a long time, but I’ve always approached it with everything that I can—’all in’ as a personality type,” Glover said in an interview today. “I would bring that energy to bar activities.”
Glover said that, if elected, as president he would focus on continuing to support and expand pro bono and access to justice programs, developing the next generation of bar leaders and finding ways to use technology to better link lawyers to bar services.
The bar will need to respond to the big issues facing the legal community today, Glover said, including declining law school enrollment, the globalization of law practices and changes in how legal services are delivered to clients.
Webster joined Sidley in 1999 after serving as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s environmental enforcement section. At Sidley, Webster’s practice includes civil and criminal environmental matters.
From 2004 to 2010, Webster advised the D.C. Bar as its general counsel, in addition to his work at the firm. Webster said he gained a deep understanding of the bar’s operations and sees the president-elect position as another way to give back.
“I believe my skills and experience through [the general counsel] job and the rest of my professional career are an excellent match for this job,” he said in an interview today.
If elected, Webster said as president he would focus on continuing to modernize how the bar manages its membership, developing a new strategic plan and doing “everything possible” to support the bar’s pro bono efforts.
The bar’s Nominations Committee also announced candidates for secretary (Matthew Kaiser of The Kaiser Law Firm and U.S. Department of Justice lawyer Christopher Zubowicz) and treasurer (Sarah Shyr of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott and Laura Sierra of Alston & Bird).
The full list of candidates is available here.
Voting will begin on April 29 and ends on May 23.