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Sheila S. Boston

Sheila S. Boston is a partner in the Litigation Department of Kaye Scholer LLP's New York office, where she is part of the firm's Product Liability Group. Sheila received her A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Princeton University and a certificate (minor) in African American studies.  She received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law and was the Topics Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Problems. Sheila has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) in 2007 and was the recipient of the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the Columbia Law School Black Student Association in 2009.
As Chair of Kaye Scholer's Diversity Committee since 2004, a member of the Recruiting Committee and a partner in the firm's Litigation Department, Sheila has been at the forefront of Kaye Scholer's efforts to strengthen diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership the firm retained a diversity consultant and underwent an extensive diversity evaluation. Following the assessment Sheila devoted her efforts toward the creation of a new mission statement and mentoring program, the revision of the firm's flexible work policy, the establishment of a new diversity training program and the formalization of several affinity groups.

As a role model, leader and mentor, Sheila is a natural at fostering diversity in the broader community as well. In 2007, Sheila worked with Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc. (PALS) to organize its inaugural full day retreat for new associates of color. Sheila also has been an advisor and mentor to the Bronx High School for Law, Government & Justice Mock Trial Team since 2004. In addition, during her tenure as chair of the City Bar's Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, Sheila implemented innovative changes and increased the number of student and employer participants of the committee’s Diversity Fellowship Program for first year law students. Sheila also actively participates in the Cyrus R. Vance Center's South African Visiting Lawyer Program and has traveled to South Africa for the past two years to interview attorneys for the Program.

Contributing her time, experience and advice to people from diverse backgrounds, Sheila has developed a strong diversity network and has built close associations with PALS, MBBA, the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, the Association of Black Women attorneys and the Corporate Counsel Women of Color.