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May 3, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, May 3, 2011 — The D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers is backing Covington’s Thomas Williamson Jr., as the president-elect of the District of Columbia Bar.
The consortium, a coalition of 30 organizations committed to providing free civil legal services to the District’s low-income residents, considered material supplied by candidates, responses to a questionnaire, and oral presentations in selecting Mr. Williamson.
The consortium endorsed Mr. Williamson, chair of Covington’s employment practice group, because of his “demonstrated commitment to, and a vision for, increasing access to justice for poor and disadvantaged people and groups of people in the District of Columbia.”
“I feel extraordinarily privileged and grateful to have been endorsed for the Bar presidency by the members of the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers since those organizations play such a vital role in meeting the diverse needs of the legally underserved in the D.C. community,” Mr. Williamson said.
In addition to the consortium’s endorsement, Mr. Williamson has received endorsements from 14 former presidents of the D.C. Bar, including Jamie Gorelick, David Isbell, Jack Keeney, Myles Lynk, Andrew Marks, John Nields, John Payton, Stephen Pollak, Daniel Rezneck, Judge (ret.) James Robertson, Pauline Schneider, Robert Spagnoletti, Mark Tuohey, and Charles Work.
The board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association also endorsed Mr. Williamson, noting that it was impressed with his “skill-set, experience, and receptiveness to the needs of the South Asian legal community.”
In addition, Mr. Williamson has won the endorsement of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area. In a letter informing Mr. Williamson of its endorsement, the association noted, “We share your vision of increasing justice for all including for all minorities.”