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D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Selects Kelli Neptune as Incoming Executive Director

Washington, D.C. (April 24, 2022) – The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center recently selected Kelli Neptune as its new incoming Executive Director. Neptune will join D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center from her current role as the Director of Externships and Public Interest Programming at Howard University School of Law. Prior to her current role, Neptune worked 12 years in private practice representing clients in family and criminal law matters.DC Bar Pro Bono Center Executive Director Kelli Neptune

After graduating from Emory University School of Law in 1997, Neptune spent almost ten years Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), first as a staff attorney, then as supervisor and later senior deputy trial chief in the Trial Division. Neptune is the current co-chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities’ Education Enrichment Committee and manager and former board member of her family’s Artishia and Frederick Jordan Scholarship Fund.

About D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center transforms lives by providing free legal assistance to individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses through PBC and volunteer lawyers. PBC serves more than 20,000 individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses each year. With 1,500 dedicated attorney volunteers and 25 employees, PBC operates award-winning legal clinics, projects, and resource centers. Each year, PBC’s innovative clinics, court-based resource centers, and projects help D.C. residents who cannot afford a lawyer avoid eviction, protect and preserve families, secure benefits, and more.

About SMA

Sterling Martin Associates is a leading, specialty national search firm conducting chief executive-level searches for associations and nonprofit organizations. SMA has built an outstanding reputation by providing impeccable service to clients and by placing exceptional talent in associations and nonprofits. Based in Washington, DC, SMA has offices in New York, Chicago, Orange County, CA, and Portland, OR.

Founding the firm in 2006 with a mission to combine his search expertise with nonprofit board experience, David Martin now leads a highly experienced, diverse team of 15, combining in-depth client analysis with the latest search technologies to create effective, personalized searches. Since the day he founded the firm, David has personally taken a leadership role with every search, for every client.