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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor
A PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
To confirm the appointment of Ms. Wilma A. Lewis to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics.
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics Wilma A. Lewis Confirmation Resolution of 2004".
Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:
Ms. Wilma A. Lewis
as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics, established by section 3 of the District of Columbia Election Code of 1955, approved August 12, 1955 (69 Stat. 699; D.C. Official Code § 1-1001.03), replacing Benjamin F. Wilson, whose term ended July 7, 2003, for a term to end July 7, 2006.
Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.
Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
WILMA A. LEWIS
Wilma A. Lewis is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP, a firm of over 300 lawyers with branch offices in Irvine, California, London and Brussels. She joined Crowell & Moring on June 1, 2001, and is a member of the firm's Litigation Group.
Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Ms. Lewis served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia - the first woman and second African-American appointed by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate to hold that position. During her tenure from January 1998 to April 2001, she led the largest U.S. Attorney's Office in the country, with over 350 Assistant United States Attorneys and the unique responsibility of serving as both federal and local prosecutor. From April 1995 to January 1998, she served as Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she oversaw investigative and audit activities designed to prevent and detect fraud, waste and mismanagement in Department of the Interior programs and operations. Ms. Lewis' public service also included her tenure as an Assistant United, States Attorney for the District of Columbia (1986-1993), where she attained the position of Deputy Chief of the Civil Division, and as the Associate Solicitor for the Division of General Law at the U.S. Department of the Interior (1993-1995). Before entering public service, Ms. Lewis was an Associate in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson (19811986).
Ms. Lewis has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. A fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Ms. Lewis is currently serving on the Advisory Committee on Local Rules for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission, the Board of Directors of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, the Board of Advisors of the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law, and as an adjunct faculty member in trial advocacy at The George Washington University National Law Center.
A native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Ms. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from Swarthmore College in 1978, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1981.
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