FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2017
Contact: Mark D. Sweet, Managing Partner
James B. Monroe, Chair
Esther Lim to Serve as D.C. Bar President-Elect
WASHINGTON, DC—Finnegan is pleased to announce that partner Esther H. Lim has been voted President-Elect of the District of Columbia Bar, the second-largest bar in the country. Ms. Lim will serve one year as President-Elect, and become the 47th President of the D.C. Bar in June 2018. Ms. Lim will be the first-ever Korean American female state bar president, and one of only a handful of Asian Pacific American state bar presidents in the continental United States.
Ms. Lim has over twenty years of experience in patent law, including litigation and counseling. She served as the founding managing partner of Finnegan’s Shanghai office and has been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as a top woman attorney in IP law.
Ms. Lim is active in bar leadership, community outreach, and pro bono work. She has served on the Board of Governors and the Nominations Committee for the D.C. Bar, and currently serves on the Global Legal Practice Task Force. Ms. Lim has held leadership positions in many other associations, including the American Bar Association, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She has handled a variety of pro bono matters, including landlord/tenant, veteran’s appeal, and special education matters, and has volunteered at client intakes at community clinics. Ms. Lim was recently named to the 2016 D.C. Bar Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll.
Ms. Lim has taught as an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law since 2003. She chairs the school’s Annual Conference on Intellectual Property and Social Justice. She frequently writes and lectures internationally on issues relating to procurement and enforcement of U.S. intellectual property rights. For ten years, she served as editor-in-chief of the firm’s Last Month at the Federal Circuit newsletter. Ms. Lim served as a law clerk to the Honorable Randall R. Rader at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is an advocate of increasing diversity in the legal profession and is an active mentor to many young lawyers.
About the D.C. Bar
The D.C. Bar is the second-largest unified bar in the United States with about 100,000 members in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. At the core of the Bar’s mission is the charge to not only assist members but to protect the public. To address the growing access to justice gap, the Bar’s Pro Bono Center provides programs to meet the legal needs of low-income District residents.
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