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John S. Kiernan Nominated to be New York City Bar Association President; Nominees for Leadership Positions Announced


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John S. Kiernan Nominated to be New York City Bar Association President; Nominees for Leadership Positions Announced

New York, October 21, 2015 – John S. Kiernan has been nominated as President of the New York City Bar Association. If elected, Kiernan will succeed Debra L. Raskin as the 67th president in the Association’s 145-year history. The election will take place at the City Bar’s annual meeting on May 17, 2016. The City Bar also announced its Nominating Committee’s slate of officers and new members of its Executive Committee.

Kiernan, a partner at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, has been Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department since 2002 and Chair of its Ethics Committee since 1994.
His practice has included a wide range of commercial and quasi-commercial litigations, arbitration, risk analyses and negotiations involving private disputes, governance and fiduciary duties, intellectual property rights‎, class actions or o‎ther mass claims, and actions by and against government entities.

At the City Bar, Kiernan has served on the Executive Committee and chaired several committees, and was on the Board of Directors of the City Bar Fund. He was recently appointed by New York’s Chief Judge to serve on a Committee on Non-Lawyers and the Justice Gap. He is the Board Chair of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York and Chair of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (“CPR”). He previously chaired the Boards of Legal Services NYC, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Volunteers of Legal Service, the Justice Resource Center and the New York City Bankruptcy Assistance Project (which he co-founded). He was the Mayor of Pelham Manor, NY, from 1999-2001 and is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law.

“It is a great honor to be nominated as president of the New York City Bar Association,” said Kiernan. “As an active member throughout my career, I have witnessed and admired the City Bar’s capacity for positive impact on the justice system, on the legal profession and on society in New York, nationally and around the world.”  

Sheila S. Boston, of Kaye Scholer LLP; Hallie Levin, of Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP; and Roger Maldonado, of Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin PC, were nominated to serve as the City Bar’s three Vice Presidents.

Ira Feinberg, of Hogan Lovells US LLP, was nominated to serve as Secretary, and Damian Schaible, of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, was nominated to continue to serve as Treasurer.

The nominees for the Executive Committee Class of 2020 are Joseph M. Drayton, of Cooley LLP; Mei Lin Kwan-Gett, of Citigroup; Hon. Andrea Masley, of the NY State Supreme Court; and Rebecca Lynn Mendel, of Rosin Steinhagen Mendel.

The candidates were nominated by the City Bar’s Nominating Committee: Samuel W. Seymour, Chair, of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Jane E. Booth, of Columbia University; Hon. Vernon S. Broderick, of the U.S. District Court (SDNY); Lynn K. Neuner, of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Hon.Sidney H. Stein, of the U.S. District Court (SDNY); Jeffrey S. Trachtman, of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; and Hon. Lillian Wan, of the Kings County Family Court.

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The New York City Bar Association, since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the legal profession, promoting reform of the law and access to justice, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association, through its 24,000 members, continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.