Josephine Bahn

At-Large Member 2021-2023

Josephine Bahn

Atticus Finch made Josephine Bahn (Jo) want to be a lawyer; Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her proud to be one. As an attorney and a member of the Junior League of Baltimore (JLB) since 2017, leadership and service are core aspects of Jo’s identity. She has dedicated over 1,200 hours to pro bono work in 2020 alone, and she is driven to help women thrive—a passion she has further developed during her time with JLB.

Shortly after joining JLB, Jo became Chair-Elect and then Chair of the Fund Development Committee. Her leadership experience also includes Fundraising Vice President and member of the Audit, Finance and Personnel Committees. She served The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) as a member of the 2019-2020 Fiscal Accessibility and Dues Task Force, when she worked with women from Leagues across the Association to study a potential dues increase. Now, she is active on the JLB’s Board of Directors as Community Impact Vice President, leading the effort to further its impact- based community service model. Jo credits JLB with molding her into a better lawyer, advocate, friend, and parent.

Jo has been praised for her tireless work ethic. Upon presenting her with their 2020 Government Pro Bono Award, the Washington Council of Lawyers called her “a shining example of service to others.” She has twice received awards from the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD), most recently being named one of 40 top young lawyers who exemplify leadership, vision, innovation, achievement, and legal and community service.

Active in the ABA YLD since law school, Jo serves as its Secretary and will become Chair in 2022-2023. Her leadership with the association has ranged from organizing law student outreach to co-chairing a campaign to help develop a national dialogue about issues women attorneys face. Jo’s other volunteer roles include Public Commissioner of the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs, and administrative member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.

A Senior Attorney with the Enforcement Section of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Legal Division, Jo litigates consumer protection and bank fraud cases. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of America.

Jo earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Saint Joseph’s University, and her Juris Doctor from New York Law School.