New York City Bar Fund elects new officers and board members

July 8, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
Muhammad Faridi, partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and new president of the City Bar Fund. Eagle file photo by Robert Abruzzese
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The City Bar Fund, the philanthropic branch of the New York City Bar Association, has announced a slate of new officers and board members.

Muhammad Faridi, partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, is the newly appointed president of the City Bar Fund. Faridi, who also leads the New York City Bar Association, steps into this dual role with a commitment to furthering the Fund’s goals. 

Shaila Diwan from King & Spalding LLP will continue her tenure as board chair, while Jyotin Hamid of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP remains the board treasurer. Kara Coggin of Bloomberg LP has been appointed board secretary.

Joining the Board for a three-year term are Christopher DeCoro of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Pamela Ehrenkranz of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Miriam Lacroix from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Michael W. Ross of Jenner & Block LLP, and Jared Steller from Barclays.

Several board members have been re-elected for a second three-year term. These include Kara Coggin from Bloomberg LP, Ed Estrada of Estrada Legal Consulting, Erin Law from Morgan Stanley, and Paul Winke of The Bank of New York Mellon.

Executive leadership continues with Bret Parker, executive director of the New York City Bar Association, and Kurt M. Denk, executive director of the City Bar Justice Center, serving as vice presidents of the City Bar Fund. Thomas Halter, chief administrative officer of the New York City Bar Association, remains as assistant treasurer.

The City Bar Fund is dedicated to advancing social justice through four main programs. The City Bar Justice Center focuses on providing legal assistance to economically disadvantaged New Yorkers. 

The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice offers pro bono support to human rights and environmental initiatives worldwide. The Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging works to create inclusive environments within the legal profession. Finally, the Lawyer Assistance Program offers confidential help to legal professionals facing substance use or mental health challenges.

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