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Boston Nominated to Serve as President of New York City Bar Association

December 4, 2019

Arnold & Porter Product Liability LitigationSheila S. Boston partner Sheila S. Boston has been nominated to be the next president of the New York City Bar Association. She is the first woman of color to be nominated as the organization's president.

Boston, who has been an active member of the City Bar since she was a junior associate, champions the organization's "rich legacy of educating, supporting and strengthening its membership; serving as an important resource and voice for the people of our great city; championing the historically disadvantaged and those in need; and defending the rule of law." If elected, Boston will serve as the City Bar's 69th President.

Richard M. Alexander, Chairman of Arnold & Porter, said: "I am thrilled and proud that my partner Sheila has been nominated to be the next president of the New York City Bar Association. Sheila is a talented litigator and an outstanding member of the legal community. Sheila will be a great steward of the City Bar's legacy and serve as a champion for the rule of law."

In a recent New York Law Journal profile on her nomination, Boston explains that she has long been involved in the bar's programming by holding leadership positions, participating in speaking engagements, and moderating panels relevant to the legal industry. Boston previously served as a vice president and secretary of the City Bar and chaired its committees on diversity, equity and inclusion and on the recruitment and retention of lawyers.

"I love the City Bar," Boston said. "There are some wonderful people over there, extremely brilliant—some of the best practitioners, not just in the state, but in the country."

In a related Law360 article on her nomination, Boston noted that "many in the law community have reflected on how she is making history as the first woman of color in the role."

All City Bar association leadership nominees will formally stand for election at their annual meeting on May 19, 2020.

» Read the City Bar's press release