Ellen Jakovic | Candidate for D.C. Bar President-Elect 2021 | Get to Know Ellen
Candidate for D.C. Bar President-Elect 2021
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Get to Know Ellen
Ellen Jakovic and husbandI grew up in Albany, New York, and attended Harvard & Radcliffe Colleges and Harvard Law School. The D.C. area has been my home for over three decades. I have been fortunate to practice with some exceptional lawyers at terrific firms — Miller & Chevalier, Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop), White & Case, and currently, Kirkland & Ellis.

I first became active in our local bar organizations when I joined the Working Parents Forum of the Women’s Bar Association, shortly after the birth of the first of my two children. I am forever grateful for the support and mentoring I received and the community that welcomed me during this challenging period of my life — struggling to navigate my new responsibilities as a parent while continuing to advance my professional career.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement in our legal community. I learned valuable leadership skills and helped to bring timely programs to our membership. I was fortunate to work alongside some of D.C.’s most respected legal legends and visionaries and, in turn, to mentor some wonderful young attorneys. In all of these roles, I immersed myself in the work needed — from fundraising campaigns, to policy evaluation and implementation, to planning programs and events both large and small. Most of all, I enjoyed the collegiality of our bar and have made cherished, life-long friendships.

A two-sport collegiate athlete, I was among the first wave of women to benefit from the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. I believe that lessons learned through sports transcend the playing field and open opportunities for leadership, especially for women and girls. My husband, David Lipson, and I encouraged our children to participate in recreational and travel sports, and it has been a special thrill to watch our daughter compete at the collegiate level in women’s rugby.

We have two amazing children who inspire us with their energy, compassion, humor, interests, and sense of adventure. Our daughter recently graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and a Secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She plans to attend medical school. Our son is a senior in college on track to graduate in June with a Bachelor of Engineering.

We enjoy hiking, personal fitness, and playing tennis and golf. Not surprisingly, all four of us are enthusiastic Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals fans and excitedly cheered the Caps to their 2018 Stanley Cup trophy and the Nats to their 2019 World Series crown. We also are avid travelers and look forward to when we once again can set off on a family adventure.

The D.C. Bar and our voluntary bar associations are vital to the strength of our legal community. From offering substantive legal programs, opportunities to mentor young lawyers, and support for pro bono and legal services providers, the D.C. Bar continues to sustain our profession at the highest levels. It would be an incredible honor and privilege to serve the D.C. Bar as your next President-Elect.