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Fordham Law Alumna Patricia M. Hynes '66 Nominated as City Bar President

December 12, 2007

Fordham Law alumna Patricia M. Hynes '66, Senior Counsel at Allen & Overy LLP, has been nominated to become President of the New York City Bar Association.

On May 20, Hynes will succeed Barry Kamins as the 63rd president in the Association's 137-year history, pending the official Association election.

An acclaimed trial lawyer specializing in complex securities, commercial and criminal matters, Hynes has been included in the list of Best Lawyers in America since 1993, the National Law Journal's Profile of America's Top 50 Women Litigators, and its May 2007 Survey of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.

"Pat Hynes's career is as an extraordinary example of Fordham Law's commitment to the service of others," said Dean and Paul Fuller Chair of Law William Michael Treanor. "Her nationally prominent work exhibits the highest degree of dedication to the community and to the integrity of the profession. I have no doubt that the New York City Bar Association will benefit from her vision and leadership if she is elected as its president."

Hynes has dedicated much of her life to public service. She served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1967-1982, and was Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1980-1982. In 2003, Hynes became the Chair of the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society, where she oversaw the restructuring that allowed the organization to avoid bankruptcy. 

"I am proud and honored to have been nominated to be the next President of the New York City Bar," said Hynes. "This organization has been revered for its commitment to the rule of law, the profession and the community. If elected, this position will provide me with a unique opportunity to continue my dedication to public service, which has been of singular importance to me throughout my career, and allow me to work with my esteemed colleagues at the City Bar to carry forward its great traditions."

Hynes's commitment to maintaining the high standards of the profession have been demonstrated through her service as Chair of the Merit Selection Panel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for Magistrate Judges since 2002 and her previous chairmanship of the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.

Currently, Hynes serves as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department. She has been an active member of the City Bar Association, holding various leadership roles including Executive Committee Member and Association Secretary.

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York was founded in 1870, and is dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. For more information, visit the NYC Bar Association website