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Paulette Chapman

Washington, D.C. Injury Attorney


  • George Washington University Law School 1988 (with Honors)
  • George Mason University 1976


  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland

District of Columbia Bar Foundation

  • Board Member (2013-present)
  • Chair, Lawyer Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Committee (2013-2015)
  • Co-Chair, Development Committee (2016-present)

District of Columbia Bar

  • Board of Governors, (2006-2012)
  • Member, Budget Committee (2010-2011)
  • Co-Chair, The Development Committee for the 2009 President’s Reception Benefiting the DC Bar Pro Bono Program (2009)
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Board of Governors (2008)
  • Chair, Screening Committee (2007)
  • Member, Nominations Committee (2005)
  • Board Liaison to Steering Committees:
    • Courts, Lawyers and Administration of Justice Section (2010-2011)
    • Taxation Section (2008-2009)
    • Law Practice Management Section (2007-2008)
    • Tort Law Section (2006-2007)
  • Co-Chair, DC Bar Tort Law Section (2001, 2002)

Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  • President (2007-2008)
  • President Elect (2006-2007)
  • Board of Directors (2002-2009)
  • Sustaining Member
  • Served on numerous committees including Nominations, Judicial Endorsements, and Annual Banquet

Foundation of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  • Board of Directors (2016-present)

Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  • Co-Chair 2017 Centennial Celebration Committee (2015-present)
  • President (2003-2004)
  • President-Elect (2002-2003)
  • Member, Board of Directors (2002-2004)
  • Co-Chair, Litigation Committee (2000, 2001)
  • Co-Chair, Golf Tournament (2001-2006)
  • Member, Judicial Endorsements (2001-2002)
  • Served on numerous special and event planning committees including Annual Dinner Planning Committee and Judicial Reception Committee

Women’s Bar Association Foundation

  • Member, Board of Directors (2004-2010)
  • Chair, Grants Committee (2008-2009)
  • Member, Grants Committee (2007-2011)
  • Treasurer (2006-2007)

Council for Court Excellence

  • Executive Committee (2013-present)
  • Director (2012-present)
  • Nominations Committee (2012-present)
  • Chair, Annual Dinner Awards Committee (2013-present)
  • DC Jury Project report: Jury Service Revisited: Upgrades for the 21st Century – Trial Structure Committee member (2014-2015)

Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

  • Member, Board of Governors (1999-2003; 2008-present)
  • Co-chair, Women’s Caucus (2012-2013)
  • Member, Public Education Committee (2012-2013)
  • Co-chair, Public Education Committee (2005)

The Barristers

  • President (2013-2014)
  • Vice President (2011-2012)
  • Secretary (2010-2011)
  • Treasurer (2009-2010)
  • Member (2006-present)

Merit Selection Panel, United States District Court for the District of Columbia

  • Chair (2013)
  • Member (2012)

District of Columbia Circuit Court Judicial Conference

  • Invited Attendee (2008, 2010, 2012)

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

  • Formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
  • Member (1989-present)

American Bar Foundation, DC Fellows (2011-present)

Washington Council for Lawyers

  • Member (2010-2011)

National Crime Victim Bar Association

  • Member (2008-2010)

District of Columbia Bar Continuing Legal Education Program

  • Co-Lecturer: “Essential Trial Skills Series: Jury Selection” (1999-2001, 2003-2017)

National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

  • Faculty, various programs (2003-2006, 2012, 2014, 2015): Depositions, Trial Skills Program, and Advanced Trial Advocacy Program

ATLA National College of Advocacy (NCA)

  • Faculty “Essentials of Civil Litigation”, Atlanta, Georgia (2000)
  • Faculty “Deposition College”, Atlanta, Georgia (2001)
  • Faculty “Advanced Depositions College”, New Orleans, Louisiana (2007)

Guest Lecturer, GWU Law School “American Jury” course (October 12, 2015)

Panelist, Washington Bar Association Judicial Council, 11th Annual Spring Symposium, “A Jury of Your Peers?” Race, Ethnicity and the Jury Selection Process (2011)

Panelist, George Washington University Law School, Career Exploration Conference (2007)

Adjunct Instructor, Catholic University School of Law: Federal Civil Procedure (1995, 1996)

Trial Lawyer of the Year Award (2013)
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Women’s Bar Association Stars of the Bar Award (2013)
Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia

“Washington’s Top Lawyers” 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
Selected for inclusion in Washingtonian Magazine

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Personal Injury 2009-2016