The American Lawyer has named Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Sakina Rasheed Foster to its new Young Lawyer Editorial Board.
In announcing members of the group on Feb. 26, Gina Passarella Cipriani, The American Lawyer’s editor in chief, said they are “truly representative of the up-and-coming leaders of the profession” and already have brought insights to the publication’s coverage of the legal industry.
“The goal of this board is to serve as a voice for the next generation of professionals in the legal profession,” Cipriani said. She said editorials (published on behalf of the board and written by members after discussion by the group) would range from how to build a book of business to how the industry should combat sexual harassment.
On the editorial board, Foster joins a diverse group that Cipriani said was selected from “a huge number of nominations.” Its members come from across the United States, with some in London, and includes lawyers from Big Law, boutiques, litigation finance companies, law schools, in-house counsel, federal defenders and public interest attorneys.
A partner in Haynes and Boone’s Finance Practice Group in Dallas, Foster is experienced in secured and unsecured lending and leads teams representing major international corporate borrowers, private equity sponsors and other financial institutions in complex high-dollar financing. She is also part of the firm’s Aviation Practice Group and was key to the firm engaging a large international aviation client for the client’s U.S. legal needs.
She has served as president of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association and as Dallas Bar Association secretary-treasurer. She is a DBA director and helped lead the DBA group that in 2017 formed the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Endowment to raise long-term funding for legal aid to the poor in North Texas.
She also chairs the State Bar of Texas Lawyers Assistance Program and co-chaired the 2017-2018 Equal Access to Justice Campaign benefiting the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, which provides legal aid for residents in poverty. She completed Leadership Dallas in 2016 and served as an adviser for the 2017 class.
Dallas Business Journal recognized Foster as a 2018 “40 Under 40” honoree in North Texas. In 2017, the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars named her among the Up-and-Coming 50 Women in Texas, and the National Diversity Council chose her as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Dallas. The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers named her Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2015, and D Magazine recognized her as a Best Lawyer for Banking and Finance in 2016.
She graduated from Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.