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Officers and Executive Council

The Officers and Executive Council are the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP). NCBP Officers include the president, president-elect, treasurer, secretary and immediate past president. Members of the Council serve three-year terms, and work with the NCBP Officers to govern and administer all NCBP programs. Executive Council members are selected by the NCBP Nominating Committee during the Annual Meeting in August each year. When selecting Council members, the Nominating Committee considers past service to the NCBP through its committees; ethnic, regional and bar association (state bar service and regional or local bar service) diversity; as well as the qualifications, talents, ideas and resources that each prospective candidate will bring to the Council.

Officers 2012-2013



Karol Corbin Walker

One Riverfront Plaza
1037 Raymond Blvd., 16th FL
Newark, New Jersey 07102
P: (973) 491-3522
F: (973) 491-3458

Karol Corbin Walker is the 2012-2013 NCBP president. Ms. Walker is a past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Garden State Bar Association, which is New Jersey’s statewide African American attorney group. She is a member of the ABA House of Delegates as well as the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements. Ms. Walker is also the current chair of the National Bar Association’s Budget Committee. She is a shareholder in the law firm of LeClairRyan and is resident in its Newark, New Jersey office. View website



Carl D. Smallwood

Vorys, Sater, et al
52 East Gay Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
P: (614) 464-5623
F: (614) 719-4968

Carl D. Smallwood is president-elect and will serve as NCBP president in 2013. A partner in the Columbus, Ohio office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Smallwood represents clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation of employment-related injury, wrongful termination, professional negligence and toxic exposure disputes. In addition to membership within the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, Smallwood has served in the ABA House of Delegates and as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services. Additionally, he was a member of the NCBP Executive Council and was president of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus, an entity within the NCBP. View website



Rew R. Goodenow

Parsons Behle & Latimer
50 W. Liberty Street, Suite 750
Reno, NV 89501
P: (775) 323-1601
F: (775) 348-7250

Rew R. Goodenow is the NCBP Treasurer. He will succeed to the office of president-elect and ultimately will serve as NCBP president in 2014. In the Reno, Nevada office of Parsons Behle & Latimer, Goodenow serves as legal counsel to businesses in all phases of their development and operations, from start-up to market leader. Active within the American Bar Association, he is a member of the ABA House of Delegates and the ABA Journal Board of Editors. Additionally, Goodenow was president of the State Bar of Nevada in 2006-2007 and a member of the NCBP Executive Council. View website



Lanneau Wm. Lambert, Jr.

Turner Padget et al
1901 Main St., 17th FL, 29201
Columbia, SC 29202
P: (803) 227-4248
F: (803) 400-1503

Lanny Lambert is the NCBP Secretary. He will succeed to the office of Treasurer in 2014. He is past president of the South Carolina Bar Association (2007-2008). Lanny joined Turner Padget in 1986, after serving as in-house counsel with a real estate development and mortgage banking company. He works regularly with municipalities on various business, real estate and financial matters. He has served on the firm’s Management Committee from 1997 to 1999, and he was the managing shareholder and president of Turner Padget from 2000 until 2008. He now serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He is also a leader and active member of organizations related to both the business of law and the practice of law, his clients’ industries, and South Carolina economic development. View website

Immediate Past President


Frederic S. Ury

Ury and Moskow, LLC
883 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, Connecticut 06825
P: (203) 610-6393
F: (203) 610-6399

Frederic S. Ury is the NCBP immediate past president. Mr. Ury is a past president of the Connecticut Bar Association. He has served as a vice-chair and chair of the association’s litigation section and was founding editor-in-chief of the section’s newsletter Sidebar. Mr. Ury is a member of the ABA House of Delegates and the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20. He is also a founding member of Ury and Moskow, LLC, a firm based in Fairfield, Connecticut. View Website



John G. Locallo (2015)

Amari & Locallo
734 N. Wells Street, Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60654
P: (312) 255-8550
F: (312) 255-8551

Mr. Locallo is the immediate past president of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is a Partner in the law firm of Amari & Locallo concentrating in real estate tax assessment law. Mr. Locallo’s ISBA activities include: Treasurer, 2007-current; Board of Governors, 2004-current; Scope and Correlation, 2005-current; Assembly, 1996-2003; Budget Committee; Audit Commitee; Investment Committee; Steering Committee on Strategic Planning; Committee on Personnel; Committee on Mentoring; State and Local Taxation Section Council, Vice-Chair 2003; Secretary, 2002; Legislative Liaison, 2001; Young Lawyers Division, 1990; His legal writings include Thoughts on the MDP, ISBA State and Local Taxation Newsletter. View website

Darrell G. Mottley (2015)

Banner & Witcoff Ltd.
1100 13th Street, NW, Ste 1200
Washington, DC 20005
P: (202) 824-3142
F: (202) 824-3742

Darrell G. Mottley is a principal shareholder of Banner & Witcoff, and is the immediate past President of the D.C. Bar. Mr. Mottley provides strategic counseling in intellectual property protection related to patent and trademark matters, including procurement, opinions, licensing and litigation. Mr. Mottley’s intellectual property practice includes complex technologies in a variety of fields such as telecommunications, internet-related technology, computer-gaming, medical devices, semiconductors, mechanical technologies, and electro-mechanical technologies. View website

Thomas D. Murphy (2015)

Murphy & Mood P.C.
Adams Law Center
31 Wood Lane
Rockville, MD 20850
P: (301) 424-0400
F: (301) 340-0598

Thomas D. Murphy was the former President of Maryland State Bar Association from 2010 – 2011. He has also served as Montgomery County (President, 1991 – 1992); Maryland State: Member, Board of Governors, 1993 – 1995; 1997 – 1999, 2001 – 2003; Secretary, 2008 – 2009; American Bar Associations: Member, House of Delegates, 1993 – 1994; Maryland Trial Lawyers Association; Montgomery County Bar Foundation, President, 1992 – 1993; and American Inns of Court, President, 1998 – 1999. He practices Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation in Rockville, Maryland at Murphy & Mood P.C. View website

Jennifer L. Parent (2015)

McLane Graf Raulerson et al
900 Elm Street
P.O. Box 326
Manchester, NH 03105
P: (603) 628-1360
F: (603) 625-5650


Jennifer L. Parent is New Hampshire Bar Association President for the 2011-2012 year. Ms. Parent is the Director of Litigation Department and Chair of McLane Graf Raulerson’s Employment Law Practice Group. Jennifer has tried cases in state and federal court to both juries and judges. Her practice involves representing large and small companies in litigation in business and employment disputes. She has represented employers in the areas of employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, trade secret, non-competition, and non-solicitation. View Website

Marc R. Staenberg (2015)

Beverly Hills Bar Association
9420 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd FL
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
P: (310) 601-2422
F: (310) 601-2423

Marc Staenberg is Executive Director of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Staenberg is an entertainment attorney at Tisdale & Nicholson. He is also member of the American Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association. With the Beverly Hills Bar Association, he also served for four years as Chairman of the Entertainment Law Section (1989-1992), served on the Board of Governors (1993-1997), is on the Resolutions Committee and Legislation Committee, and is a Delegate to the California State Bar Conference of Delegates. In 1997, Mr. Staenberg received the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s "Governor’s Award." He is a Founder of the Los Angeles Music Center and on its Legal Committee, and provides counsel to "A Minor Consideration," an organization for child actors, past and present.  Mr. Staenberg is also the author and/or editor of numerous articles and entertainment related publications. View website

Bryan Cavan (2014)

Miller & Martin, PLLC
1170 Peachtree St., NE, Suite 800
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
P: (404) 962-6100
F: (404) 962-6300


Mr. Cavan was the President of the State Bar of Georgia in 2009-2010. He served as President of the DeKalb County Bar Association in 1982-1983. Mr. Cavan is an attorney at Miller & Martin PLLC and has served the construction industry for two decades and understands the industry's legal needs. His clients include local and regional general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in matters ranging from contract negotiation and drafting to dispute avoidance and resolution. An accomplished commercial litigator, Mr. Cavan is experienced in and dedicated to alternative forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. He serves on the National Panel of Neutrals for The American Arbitration Association. View website

Alyce M. Spruell (2014)

Administrative Office of Courts
300 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
P: (334) 954-5052
F: (334) 954-3149

Ms. Spruell was the President of the Alabama State Bar in 2010 -2011. She is the Legal Director of the Alabama Adminstrative Office of Courts. Prior to serving as a state bar officer, she served on the Board of Bar Commissioners for six years, representing Tuscaloosa County. She also served on the initial committee that created the Bar Leadership Class project, and chaired that committee the following year. Alyce has served on the Bar Executive Committee for two terms, on a Disciplinary Panel for six years, and has also previously served as Tuscaloosa County Bar President.  View website

Denise Squillante (2014)

Denise Squillante, PC
190 Rock Street
Fall River, MA 02720
P: (508) 673-0032
F: (508) 673-0146 

Ms. Squillante was the President of the Massachusetts Bar Association in 2010-2011. Ms. Squillante is a Massachusetts delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates and was co-chair of the joint MBA/Boston Bar Association Alimony Task Force. She was also appointed to a legislative task force that drafted major alimony reform legislation enacted in 2011. Squillante is a former president of the Fall River and New England bar associations. In 2010, she was awarded the John S. Brayton Jr. Memorial Community Service Award by the Fall River Chamber of Commerce, and she is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the MBA's philanthropic partner.

Steven G. Toole (2014)

Law Office of Steven G. Toole, PS
P.O. Box 50008
Bellevue, WA 98015
P: (425) 455-1570
F: (425) 455-1954


Mr. Toole was the President of the Washington State Bar Association in 2010-2011. As a personal injury attorney, Mr. Toole is actively involved as a leader in the advancement and improvement of the legal system and our community. He is highly respected by his peers. From 2002-2003 he served as president of the Washington State Association for Justice (formerly known as the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association). View website


Joseph M. Sullivan (2014)

Deschenes & Sullivan
P.O. Box 3466
309 First Avenue North
Great Falls, MT 59403
P: (406) 761-6112
F: (406) 761-6784


Mr. Sullivan was the President of the State Bar of Montana in 2010-2011. While serving as President of the State Bar of Montana, Mr. Sullivan represented all Montana attorneys and working to strengthen the State’s judicial system.  Together with Chief Justice Mike McGrath, he worked with and testified before the Montana Legislature to ensure adequate funding existed for all our State courts. In addition, he has chaired the State Bar’s Public Education Committee, focusing on helping the public understand how the legal system works. 


Christine H. Hickey (2013)

Rubin & Levin, P.C.
500 Marott Center
342 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
P: (317) 860-2905

Ms. Hickey was the President of the Indianpolis Bar Association in 2010-2011. She is also a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association (President-2010; Board of Directors, past Continuing Legal Education steering committee and Commission member; IBA Judicial Evaluation Political Action Committee Chair; Justice Center Task Force, Outreach Chair; Bar Review Co-Chair; Indianapolis; Distinguished Fellow (former Development Committee Chair) and a Former Member, Board of Directors for the American Board of Certification, from which she is the only female attorney in Indiana certified in the area of creditors' rights law. View website

Sandra M. Chapman (2013)

Casey & Chapman, PLLC
1224 Chapline Street, Suite 101
Wheeling, WV 26003
P: (304) 231-2405
F: (866) 296-2591


Sandra M. Chapman served as President of the West Virginia State Bar in 2009-2010.  By appointment of Governor Gaston Caperton she served a full, nine-year term on the West Virginia Board of Education, twice serving as its president.  Ms. Chapman has extensive experience in personal injury litigation with particular interest in cases involving children; employment law including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination; education law; premises liability; professional liability; and mass tort claims, both premises owner and manufacturer defense. View website

Jonathan Cole (2013)

Baker Donelson
211 Commerce Street, Suite 800
Nashville, TN 37201
P: (615) 726-7335
F: (615) 744-7335


Mr. Cole was the President of Nashville Bar Association in 2010. Mr. Cole is also a shareholder at Baker Donelson and concentrates his practice in the area of business litigation. He focuses his practice on civil trial work, representing clients on all levels of state and federal court and administrative procedures. To complement his practice, Mr. Cole is committed to the legal profession and his community. Among his current activities, Mr. Cole founded and currently serves as the Chair of Baker Donelson’s award winning Pro Bono program, was recently elected President of the Nashville Bar Association, serves as a director of both the American Bar Foundation and the American Bar Endowment, was recently awarded the Young Leader of the Year Award by the Young Leaders Council, 2008 NELA (Nashville Emerging Leader Award), serves on the board of the Young Leaders Council and was selected to Leadership Nashville's Class of 2010. View website

Scott F. Cooper (2013)

Blank Rome LLP
One Logan Square
130 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: (215) 569-5487
F: (215) 832-5487 


Mr. Cooper was the Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2010. He led the association and served as spokesperson for membership on issues affecting the profession, client service, ethics, relations with city government, delivery of legal service for the indigent and an independent judiciary. During his term of office he supported efforts for attorneys and the community within Philadelphia, the region and internationally. He helped the Association pioneer its efforts with social media and enhanced communications. Mr. Cooper is active with Temple University and is President-Elect for the Board of Directors of the Temple University Alumni Association beginning in July 2012. Mr. Cooper is a former member of the Board for the Volunteers for the Indigent and the Jenkins Law Library of Philadelphia. He has also appeared in more than 25 published legal decisions.  He lectures across the country and presents on television on numerous legal matters. View website

Virginia E. Davis (2013)

Preti Flaherty
P.O. Box 1058
Augusta, ME 04332
P: (207) 623-5300
F: (207) 623-2914

Virginia Davis Ms. Davis was the President of the Maine State Bar Association in 2009. She has been involved with environmental law issues for more than 20 years. As counsel to the Maine State Housing Authority, Ms. Davis was in charge of its legal affairs and oversaw its bond financings. As counsel to the Natural Resources Council of Maine, she oversaw legal initiatives, including court actions as well as legislative and administrative strategies. She has developed comprehensive experience with air, water and land use laws and has a special appreciation of the views held, and strategies used, by environmental public interest organizations. She is a regular speaker on environmental law at national and regional trade and business conferences, seminars and workshops. View website