HARRISBURG (April 29, 2016) - Sharon R. López, a partner in Lancaster's Triquetra Law, will become president-elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) at the conclusion of the PBA Annual Meeting May 13 in Hershey. She will be the first Latina president in the PBA's history when she becomes president of the 27,000-member statewide lawyers' association in 2017.
López is the co-chair of the PBA Membership Development Committee. She is a past co-chair of the PBA Civil & Equal Rights Committee. A member of the PBA GLBT, Minority Bar and the Commission on Women in the Profession committees, López served as the first editor of Open Court, the GLBT Committee's electronic newsletter. She is the first editor of Houston's Legacy, the Minority Bar Committee's electronic newsletter. She also serves on the PBA Diversity Team, Federal Practice Committee and Judicial Evaluation Commission. She is a member of the PBA Civil Litigation, Labor & Employment Law, and Solo and Small Firm Practice sections.
López served as president of the PBA Conference of County Bar Leaders (CCBL) in 2013-14. In 2007, she was elected as the first minority representative to the CCBL Executive Committee. She is a Life Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. López is a member of the Lancaster Bar Association and served as the chair of the LBA Diversity Committee. She is a member of the LBA Employment Law Section and is an elected member of the LBA Judiciary Committee.
She served on the boards of directors of Family Service, Community Hospital of Lancaster, and the YWCA of Lancaster, serving as chair of its Racial Justice Committee. She is a founding board member of the Lancaster AIDS Project.
López holds an undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite College and a juris doctorate degree from the Widener University School of Law. The Widener University School of Law honored her in 2014 for her efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession. She received the Widener University School of Law Alumni Outstanding Service Award in 2008. She was named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" for 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.