Inside the Courts: New York City Bar Association elects a new president

New York City Bar Association President Susan Kohlmann
Susan Kohlmann is the new president of the New York City Bar Association.
Courtesy New York City Bar Association

The New York City Bar Association recently elected Susan J. Kohlmann to serve as its president, taking the helm of the organization of more than 25,000 practicing lawyers and law students from its former leader, Sheila S. Boston.

Kohlmann serves as a litigator in the content media and entertainment practice and co-chair of the trademark, advertising and unfair competition practice at the Jenner & Block New York office in Midtown. 

“I have been fortunate to have worked alongside great individuals at the New York City Bar Association while serving as vice president and on various committees during the course of my career, and I am honored now to be nominated as president of the City Bar,” said Kohlmann back in December 2021. “I look forward to working with the board of directors, committee leaders and staff to continue to develop programs and opportunities for our diverse legal profession in order to uphold the rule of law and provide access to justice in support of a fair society.”

Kohlmann heads a diverse executive board membership of 25, of which 60% of the members are from historically underrepresented groups. More than half of the board membership is also female.

Serving under Kohlmann at the New York City Bar are three vice presidents including former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, now a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP; Harlan Levy of Foley Hoag LLP; and peter J.W. Sherwin of Proskauer Rose LLP.

Other executive board members who were recently elected alongside Kohlmann include Lesley Horton Campbell, ICSC, who serves as secretary; Thomas R. Slome of Cullen and Dykman LLP, treasurer; Devika Kewalramani of Moses & Singer LLP, chairperson; and Kevin S. Schwartz of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Kratz, board secretary.

Also elected to the association’s board of directors are Melissa Colón-Bosolet, Sidley Austin LLP; Whytne J.V. Brooks, New York Life Insurance Company; Philip Desgranges, The Legal Aid Society; Michele Cerezo Natal, Mayer Brown; Rossalyn K. Quaye, Con Edison; Rakhi Bahadkar-Rajpaul, Equitable Advisors, LLC; and William Russell, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Founded in 1870, the New York City Bar Association serves “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,” according to its mission statement. For more information, visit nycbar.org.