Pauline A. Schneider recently retired from the Washington, D.C. office of Ballard Spahr where she practiced primarily in the area of public finance. She joined the firm in 2013 and her clients included numerous municipal issuers, underwriters and borrowers of tax exempt and taxable bonds. Prior to joining Ballard, Pauline practiced public finance at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Hunton & Williams. Prior to entering private practice in 1985, she served in District government for four years and the Carter White House for three years.
A 1977 graduate of the Yale Law School, Pauline earned a Master of Urban Studies from Howard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey. She also did graduate study in international relations at Syracuse University.
Pauline has been involved in numerous bar and law related activities and organizations. She currently chairs the Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission, created by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to assist in screening applicants for the Federal Court, US Marshal, US Attorney, the US Parole Commission and Executive Director of CSOSA in the District. She previously served as both Secretary and President of the District of Columbia Bar and a member of its Board of Governors. She is a past Chair of the Council of Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and represented the Section as its delegate to the ABA House of Delegates for six years. She is a former member of the ABA Board of Governors where she chaired its Executive Compensation Committee and served on its Executive Committee. She has served as a member of the ABA Nominating Committee, its Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and chaired the Standing Committee on Election Law and the Accreditation Committee.
Pauline is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Margaret Brent Women of Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women (1999), Woman Lawyer of the Year Award from the Women’s Bar Association (1995), Women Who Shape the Future from the Women’s Legal Defense Fund (1994), Women of Genius Award from Trinity College (2000), President’s Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers (1998), Charlotte E. Ray Award from the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association (1999), Woman of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League (2001) and the Outstanding Alumni Award from Rowan University (2001). Each year since 2004, she has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America. She also has been included since 2007 on the annual Washington D.C. Superlawyers list. In 2005 she was named by the Legal Times as one of the “go to” real estate lawyers in the Washington area.
Pauline also has served on the boards of two public companies, Pepco Holdings, Inc. and Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, Inc. In addition, Pauline is a former Chair and member of the Board of MedStar Health and served as a member of its executive committee. She served for 19 years on the board of the Access Group, one of the largest providers of loans for law students in the country. She is a member of the board of WETA, the public broadcasting station in the Washington, DC area, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Rowan University Foundation, the Shakespeare Theatre and the Abramson Foundation, and is a former member of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, past Chair of the board of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Lab School of Washington. She also currently is a member of the Federal City Council and serves on its Executive Committee, and is a member of the Economic Club of Washington.
Pauline is the mother of two children, Roy Jr. and Suzanne Schneider, whose spouses are Lillian Colson and John Im, and the proud grandmother of three grandchildren, Ochen and Mikko Im and Nova Schneider.
In her spare time, Pauline is an avid traveler, art collector and tennis enthusiast.