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WASHINGTON, DC, June 15, 2011 — The D.C. Bar has elected Thomas S. Williamson Jr., a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, as its next president.
Mr. Williamson begins serving as president-elect on June 30, and will officially preside as president starting June 30, 2012.
“I am very honored and grateful to have the confidence of my peers and their support for my vision for the bar,” Mr. Williamson said.
Mr. Williamson is deeply committed to the legal profession and the role that lawyers can play in the community. This commitment is reflected in his three principal goals for the Bar during his term as president: supporting community legal services for those who can’t afford them; expanding the Bar’s collaboration with the D.C. courts; and providing consultation and support for lawyers in transition.
Throughout his legal career Mr. Williamson has been active in the Bar. He was a member of its Board of Governors from 1989 to 1992, and a member of the Pro Bono Committee from 1997 to 2003. He currently serves on the board of the D.C. Bar Foundation. Mr. Williamson was recently appointed to the D.C. Access to Justice Commission. His public service has included an appointment to the D.C. Judicial Nominations Commission and Delegate Norton’s Federal Law Enforcement Nomination Commission for recommending federal judges.
Although Mr. Williamson has been at Covington for most of his legal career, he has had significant experience as a government lawyer. He was the Solicitor of Labor at the Department of Labor from 1993 to 1996, and the Deputy Inspector General of the newly formed Department of Energy in 1978.
From his early years at Covington, Mr. Williamson has actively sought opportunities to handle pro bono matters, including an eight-month stint as a staff lawyer for the Neighborhood Legal Services Program. He recently assisted in the defense of the District’s newly enacted same sex marriage law. In addition, he has worked on pro bono matters involving race discrimination and disability discrimination class actions.
In 2007, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs recognized Williamson as the winner of the Wiley Branton Award for his pro bono legal work to advance equality and civil rights.
“We are extremely proud to see Tom’s long and admirable record honored in this way,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. “He’s served our legal community with great distinction throughout his career, and he exemplifies the highest standards and values of the profession.”
Mr. Williamson, along with all newly elected officers, members of the Board of Governors, and delegates, will take office during the D.C. Bar Celebration of Leadership: Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. on June 30 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.