Attorney Robert J. DeSousa, formerly of Williamsport, became the national president of the Federal Bar Association at its annual convention in San Diego. DeSousa, who served as a federal law clerk to the late Malcolm Muir and then as an assistant U.S. attorneys in Scranton and Lewisburg , now serves as the state director for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, is a member of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the FBA. DeSousa was sworn in by the Honorable Gustavo Gelpi of the United States District Court, District Of Puerto Rico. DeSousa's swearing-in followed remarks by Lieutenant General Dana Chipman, the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army. Chipman was the special guest of the FBA and the Keynote Speaker at the Convention. DeSousa, noted Chipman, is a combat veteran of the Iraq War and serves ion the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as the Deputy State Staff Judge Advocate.