Ellen Jakovic is an experienced and effective leader whose career demonstrates a strong commitment to serving the community and improving the legal profession.As D.C. Bar President, Ellen will be committed to increasing access to justice, promoting diversity and inclusion within the bar and the legal profession, and supporting our voluntary bar associations and D.C. Bar Communities.
For over two decades, Ellen has held leadership roles in the D.C. legal community and nationally.She served two terms on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors and on numerous D.C. Bar committees, including the Budget Committee, Screening Committee, and Planning Committee for the D.C. Bar 2020 Conference Commemorating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment. Ellen served as President of the Women’s Bar Association, President of the Barristers, and National Chair and D.C. Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Ellen also served on the governing boards of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the Washington Foreign Law Society. She currently serves on the boards of the Council for Court Excellence and the American Bar Foundation.
Ellen has worked tirelessly to expand access to justice and increase funding for civil legal services.Ellen served two terms on the Board of the D.C. Bar Foundation, the leading funder of civil legal aid in the District, and chaired its Development Committee for several years. As President of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Ellen led the Foundation's effort to establish an annual fellowship for area law students to work with local legal service providers to address the legal needs of women and girls in the community. As Chair and a long-time member of the Development Committee for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Presidents Reception, Ellen helped raise significant funding for the Pro Bono Center’s legal clinics and resource centers. She also served for several years on the Steering Committee of Whitman-Walker Legal Services “Going the Extra Mile” fundraising effort. During Ellen’s term as President, the Women’s Bar Association received the D.C. Bar’s prestigious Frederick B. Abramson Award for its work in helping to establish the Family Court Self-Help Center Pilot Project.
Ellen has served in pandemic-tested leadership roles in the broader community.As Chair of the Governing Board of the National Cathedral School for the past two years, Ellen has guided the school through unprecedented health, safety, and operational challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ellen is a former partner, now of counsel, in the antitrust group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, magna cum laude, and Harvard Law School.
Ellen is a recipient of the American Bar Foundation Fellows Outstanding State Chair Award and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Lawyer of the Year Award and Honorable Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award. She has been named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer every year since 2014.