Mayo Solicitor James Cahill was appointed President of the Law Society of Ireland for the year 2020/2021 with effect from Friday, 13 November 2020.
James was born and raised in Castlebar, in Co Mayo. One of five children, his father John F Cahill was a solicitor and his mother Carmel Caulfield, a physiotherapist.
He was educated at the local primary and secondary schools, and then at UCD and the Law Society, qualifying in 1979.
He has lived and practised law throughout his career in Co Mayo. He married Katherine Killalea, also a Mayo solicitor, in 1985.
For their honeymoon, the adventurous pair took a year out to sail south, and then across the Atlantic and Caribbean in a steel, self-designed and self-built yacht. James is also a qualified welder and put this skill to good use in building ‘Ricjak’. The couple have three children – Conor, Ellen and Fionnuala.
James has been active since qualification in his local Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association and held the role of president for two years. He has been a committed member of the Law Society’s Council for 21 years.