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Thursday, March 2, 2017

(LLF) Pathways to the Bench: How to Join the Administrative Judiciary

Date(s): March 2, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM  EST - 8:00 PM  EST

Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP; 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20004

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Presented by: Litigation Law Forum, International Law Forum, Solo and Small Practice Forum, Young Lawyers Committee, Intellectual Property Law Forum, Leadership Task Force
Co-sponsored by: National Association of Women Lawyers & Virginia Women Attorneys Association

Margaret Mangan, Administrative Law Judge, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings
Andrea McBarnette, Judge, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Mary Joan McNamara, Administrative Law Judge, U.S. International Trade Commission
Jeri Somers, Vice Chair, U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
Erin Wirth, Administrative Law Judge, Federal Maritime Commission

The Litigation Law Forum and International Law Forum present the first panel in a series on how to chart a career path toward the bench. Join us to learn about how to become a judge for an administrative agency, the differences between administrative law judges and administrative judges, and the benefits of both positions. The panelists will discuss the wide variety of agencies that utilize administrative judges and the numerous available paths to a rewarding career adjudicating interesting cases as a member of the administrative judiciary. 

A networking reception will precede the program; refreshments will be provided.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!
Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP

Advance Registration:

Members: $10
Non-members: $20
Student Members: $10

After 2/27/2017:
Members: $15
Non-members: $25
Student Members: $15

*Sustaining Members are Free!*

Speaker Biographies:

Margaret Mangan has served as an Administrative Law Judge at the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings since January 2007. She hears cases in the areas of Rental Housing, Department of Health, and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. For ten years prior to her work at the Office of Administrative Hearings, Judge Mangan was the Workers’ Compensation Hearing Officer in the Vermont Department of Labor. Judge Mangan began her legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Vermont trial courts and then as an associate with Sylvester & Maley, Inc., in Burlington, Vermont. She practiced and taught professional nursing in several states before entering law school. 

Judge Mangan graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School. She earned a Master of Science Degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Carlow University. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. 

Andrea McBarnette was appointed a FERC Administrative Law Judge by Chairman Norman C. Bay on September 6, 2016. Prior to this appointment, Judge McBarnette served as an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, MD. Prior to that, she was an assistant U. S. Attorney for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Judge McBarnette has also worked in private practice, where she litigated civil cases involving intellectual property, employment law, and securities fraud. 

Judge McBarnette is a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. She earned a bachelor of political science degree from Stanford University. She is a member of the Bars of New York and the District of Columbia. 

Mary Joan McNamara was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission in August 2015.  Prior to her USITC appointment, Judge McNamara served as an ALJ in the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review from 2009-2015 (Albuquerque, NM, and the National Hearing Center, Baltimore, MD).  Before her ALJ appointments, Judge McNamara was a trial and appellate lawyer in private practice, with special appointments. Ms. McNamara served as a Consultant to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs (Hague Convention). She served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and as a Court Conciliator. 

Judge McNamara holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, with studies in Vienna, Austria. She earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and her juris doctor from Northeastern University. She is currently a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.

Jeri K. Somers joined the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals in January 2007 and was appointed Vice Chair in June 2008. Before joining the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, Vice Chair Somers  was appointed to the Department of Transportation of Contract Appeals in April 2003. Earlier in her career, Vice Chair Somers was Counsel at Miller & Chevalier; Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School; Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch; and Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia. In addition, she served in the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and the D.C. Air National Guard.

Vice Chair Somers earned her undergraduate degree from George Mason University and her juris doctor degree from American University College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Hon. Erin Masson Wirth has served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Federal Maritime Commission since 2010. Previously, she was the first female Administrative Law Judge appointed to the Richmond, Virginia, hearing office of the Social Security Administration and served as an attorney-advisor to the Administrative Law Judges at the Federal Trade Commission. Her litigation experience includes work in private practice, as a criminal prosecutor, and as managing attorney of a legal aid office. Judge Wirth taught business law and frequently speaks about legal issues. Her numerous publications include articles for law reviews, ABA publications, and West Group’s American Law Review series. Judge Wirth is a Past President of the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference. 

Judge Wirth earned her juris doctor at the College of William and Mary Law School and her undergraduate degree at Smith College.

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