In May 2009, Partner Allan M. Siegel , completed his term as President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. ("DC-TLA") and began his new position as delegate to the American Association for Justice ("AAJ"). AAJ is DC-TLA's national affiliate, and is dedicated to preserving the rights of all individuals and the American justice system. Mr. Siegel was elected to be the AAJ delegate by the full membership of DC-TLA in April 2009. He will be attending his first convention as the AAJ delegate in July, 2009, in San Francisco . The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is a member of the Leaders Forum of AAJ, and partner Ira Sherman, serves as a co-chairman of one of AAJ's litigation groups. Mr. Siegel, as the immediate past president of DC-TLA also serves on AAJ's President's Council.