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Muhammad U. Faridi Takes Office as New York City Bar Association President

Officers and Board Members Announced

Muhammad U. Faridi was elected President of the New York City Bar Association at the organization’s annual meeting on May 21. He succeeds Susan J. Kohlmann, and is the first Muslim-American to hold the position.

Mr. Faridi is a Partner in the litigation department of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. He currently serves as the independent civilian representative to the New York City Police Department’s Handschu Committee and previously served on the New York City Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

At the City Bar, Mr. Faridi previously served as Vice President, Chair of the Board, Chair of the Capital Punishment Committee, Co-Chair of the Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, and on numerous other committees, including International Human Rights, the Rule of Law Task Force and the Mass Incarceration Task Force.

Sarah J. Berger, New York State Unified Court System; Tracee Davis, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; and Hon. Lillian Wan, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, will serve one-year terms as the City Bar’s three Vice Presidents.

Paula Edgar, PGE Consulting Group LLC, and Joe Hamid, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, will continue to serve as Association Secretary and Association Treasurer, respectively.

Kevin S. Schwartz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, will serve as Chair, and Neysa Alsina, New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, will serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Elected to the Board of Directors were Ana Alfonso, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; Anta Cisse-Green, IEEE; Jeremy Feigelson, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Michael Fernández, Cozen O’Connor; and Karen Simmons, Brooklyn Law School.

In keeping with the City Bar’s diversity objectives, of the 26 Board members, 13 are female, 13 are male, and 60% (15 of the 26) are from historically underrepresented groups.

View the officers and members of the Board of Directors here.

Photo of Mr. Faridi is available upon request.

About the Association
The mission of the New York City Bar Association, which was founded in 1870 and has 23,000 members, is to equip and mobilize a diverse legal profession to practice with excellence, promote reform of the law, and uphold the rule of law and access to justice in support of a fair society and the public interest in our community, our nation, and throughout the world.