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Wiley’s Kendra Norwood Elected President-Elect of Washington Bar Association

WBA Is the Largest African American Bar Association in the District of Columbia
June 2, 2020

Washington, DC – Wiley Rein LLP is pleased to announce that Kendra Perkins Norwood, a senior associate in the firm’s Government Contracts Practice, has been elected President-Elect of the Washington Bar Association (WBA), and will be sworn in at the WBA’s Annual Meeting, to be held virtually later this month. Following her one-year term in this role, Ms. Norwood will serve as WBA President for the 2021-2022 term.

The WBA is the oldest and largest African American bar association in the District of Columbia. It was founded in 1925, simultaneously with the National Bar Association (NBA), of which it serves as a local affiliate. Ms. Norwood currently serves on the WBA Board of Directors as Vice President.

Wiley recently partnered with the WBA in celebration of Black History Month to host a fireside chat, “Advancing Equality Through Advocacy.” The program, moderated by Ms. Norwood, featured two veteran Washington lawyers – Patrice Willoughby, Managing Director and Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Wiley’s Signal Group subsidiary, and Donald Cravins, Vice President of Policy and External Affairs at Charter Communications.

At Wiley, Ms. Norwood counsels government contractors, subcontractors, and grant recipients on a range of legal issues. She routinely litigates bid protests, size protests, prime-sub disputes and contract appeals, in addition to representing clients in FOIA disputes and government investigations. She also regularly counsels clients on compliance with various government procurement laws and regulations.

Ms. Norwood has served two consecutive terms as Regional Director for Region XII of the NBA, from 2018-2020, overseeing one of the largest and most active of the 12 NBA regions. During her leadership in that position, she successfully petitioned the NBA to establish a Section of Government Procurement Law within the Association.

Ms. Norwood was recently featured as a panelist on a May 6 webinar, “COVID-19: Contractors’ Road to Recovery,” hosted by the NBA and The George Washington University Law School’s Government Procurement Program. She also provided remarks during an April 29 webinar, “From the Front Lines: COVID-19 Relief and False Claims Risk for Government Contractors Under the CARES Act,” which was jointly sponsored by the WBA and NBA Region XII.

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