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Boston Named a 2021 ‘Law Firm Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion’ by Corporate Counsel

October 12, 2021

Corporate Counsel named Arnold & Porter partner Sheila S. Boston a "Law Firm Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion" as part of its Women, Influence, & Power in Law Awards. The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant, measurable impact in their firm in driving lasting change.

Boston, a partner in the firm's Product Liability practice who defends clients from initiation of the case through trial and/or settlement, is valued by her clients for her advocacy skills, dependability, and collaborative spirit. In 2020, Boston became the first woman of color installed as president of the 150-year-old New York City Bar Association.

A passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Boston has won several awards for her efforts. The "Law Firm Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion" award distinguishes "transformative legal leadership." In a Corporate Counsel profile, Boston said she views her leadership style as "servant leader."

"I try to assume a position with humility, recognizing I do not know everything and that it is important to draw upon the intelligence and talents of others. A servant leader is one who is willing to roll up their sleeves, work hard, and will not ask someone to do something s/he or they would not be willing to do," Boston said.

Boston's lifelong involvement in fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace reflects Arnold & Porter's commitment to diversity and inclusion, which are part of the firm's core values. Arnold & Porter is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion in a positive work environment, where all talent is supported and accorded dignity and respect. This past year the firm announced new diversity initiatives that include partnerships with the National Bar Association to support the retention and advancement of Black attorneys at law firms, with A Better Chance to promote interest in the legal profession among students of color, and with the Advancement Project National Office to address equity in education.