President of the District of Columbia Bar 1984-85; District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors
1983-1986; D.C. Bar Foundation Board 2007-2010 (Vice President 2008-10); Member of the
Board on Professional Responsibility 1977-1983 (appointed by D.C. Court of Appeals); D.C. Bar
Delegate to ABA House of Delegates 1974-1980, 1988-present; Member, Legal Ethics
Committee 1974-1976; Steering Committee of Division IV – Courts, Lawyers and Administration
of Justice 1974-1977; D.C. Bar Committee to Study Gender Bias in the Courts 1988-1990; D.C.
Court Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts 1990-1993; Member of Task Force on Court
Funding 2000-01 (Abramson Award-Winning Committee 2001).
American Bar Association: President of National Conference of Bar Presidents (1991),
President-Elect (1990), Secretary (1989), Treasurer (1988); Chair, Fellows of the American Bar
Foundation 1995-1996; Vice-Chair, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation 1994-1995;
Secretary, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation 1993-1994; State Chair 1992-1993; Co-
Chair of ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, 1995-1997; Co-Chair of Task Force on
Domestic Violence 1994-1995; Chairperson of Standing Committee on Professional Discipline
1987-1990; Chairperson of Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities 1982-1983, Officer
and Member of the Council 1975-1984; Chairman, Commission on Public Understanding About
the Law 1979-1982; Standing Committee on Independence of the Judiciary 1997-2001;
Commission on Judicial Selection Standards 1999-2001; Commission on Multijurisdictional
Practice 2001-2002; Coalition for Justice 2001-2005; Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary,
D.C. Circuit Representative 2005-2008; Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Special
Committee on Governance 1993-1996; Special Committee on Public Interest Practice 1973-
1979; Member of House of Delegates 1974-present; Member, Nominating Committee 2003-06;
Chair, Credentials Committee of House 1990; Member, House Orientation Committee 1995-
1996; Member, House Committee on State and Local Bars 1996-1998; Member, House Select
Committee 1999-2001; Member, House Committee on Resolution Impact 2007-; President’s
Advisory Committee 1978-1979; Founder and Chair, American Bar Association Women’s
Caucus .
Chair of the Board of the Federal Judicial Center Foundation, 2003-2008 (appointed by the Chief
Justice); Member of the Board of the Federal Judicial Center Foundation 1997-2008 (appointed
by the Chief Justice); Board of Regents, Georgetown University 1986-1989; Board of Visitors,
Georgetown University Law Center 1994-2000; Chair, Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against
Women 1996-2002; Chair, Federal Judiciary Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers
1994-1999; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, American Academy of
Matrimonial Lawyers; Secretary and Vice President, Board of Directors, National Equal Justice
Law Library 1997-present; United States Circuit Court Committee on Admissions and
Grievances 1979-1988; U.S. Commission on Child and Family Welfare (Senate appointment)
1994-1996; Lawyers Committee, National Center for State Courts 1988-1992; Member, Board of
Directors, American Judicature Society 1994-1996; United States Judicial Nominating
Commission for the District of Columbia 1977-1980; Center for Law and Social Policy, Board of
Trustees 1977-1999; Board of Directors, Women Judges’ Fund for Justice 1991-1994; Chair,
National Advisory Committee, Women Judges’ Fund for Justice 1990-1994; Board of Trustees,
Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia 1986-1992; National Women’s Law Center,
Board of Trustees 1981-2005; Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,
Executive Committee 1973-1997; Vice President, National Legal Aid and Defender Association
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1979-1977; Board of Directors, ACLU of National Capital Area 1973-1976 and Washington
Council of Lawyers 1972-1978; Member, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia;
Washington Women’s Forum; National Partnership on Women & Families; Lawyers’ Club of
Washington; Previous Master, Charles Fahy American Inn of Court.
Senior Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP 1973-present; Director, ABA
Pro Bono Project 1971-1973; Special Assistant to Congressman Allard K. Lowenstein 1969-
1970; Deputy Director, Legal Services Program, Western Region, Office of Economic
Opportunity 1967-1969; Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services Program 1965-1967.
LL.B. Georgetown Law Center 1965; Member Board of Editors, Georgetown Law
Journal; LL.D. (Honorary) 1995, District of Columbia School of Law; B.S. University of Texas
1962; Adjunct Professor of Law: Georgetown University Law Center 1972; Lecturer of Law:
Catholic University, Columbus School of Law 1972-1974.
Honors and Recognition
National Organization for Women (NOW) Intrepid Award, 2008.
— American Bar Association Section of IRR Robert Drinan Distinguished Service Award,
Stars of the Bar Honoree, Women’s Bar Association of D.C., 2002.
American Bar Association Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, 2001
Trinity College Woman of Genius, 2000.
First Alumnae Achievement Award, Georgetown University Law Center, 1998
Honorary Doctor of Law, District of Columbia School of Law, 1995
Anita Perlman Alumna of the Year Award, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, 1994
National Legal Aid and Defender Association Annual Award, 1993
American Jewish Congress, National Capital Area – Golda Meir Award, 1993
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
National Women’s Law Center Honoree, 1990
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Alumni Achievement Awnrri, Georgetown University Alumni Club, 1986
Woman Lawyer of the Year – 1985, presented by the Women’s Bar Association of the
District of Columbia
“A Woman Making History,” presented by the Democratic Women’s Congressional
Caucus, 1984
Annual Award from the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, 1984
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. Award for Exceptional Achievement for
Advancing the Rights of Minorities and Women, 1984
Law & Politics Magazine – ‘Washington D.C. Top 100 Super Lawyers”- 2007,2008
“Washington D.C. Top 50 Women Super Lawyers”-2007,2008
– WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE – “Washington’s Most Powerful Women” – 1997, 2001,
WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE – “Washington’s Top 75 Lawyers” – 2002
WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE – “Washington’s Top 50 Lawyers” – 1997
— WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE – “Washington’s Top Divorce Lawyers” – 1995; 2000;
– – LEGAL TIMES—”The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years-Visionary”-