Michele O’Boyle was appointed President of the Law Society of Ireland for the year 2019/2020 with effect from Friday, 8 November 2019.
Michele O’Boyle is the 149th president of the Society and is a partner in the family law firm O’Boyle Solicitors.
She will serve a 12-month term at the head of the Irish solicitors’ profession, which comprises over 11,600 practising solicitors.
Michele O’Boyle is a native of Sligo, and is the daughter of the late Harry and Nano O’Boyle. The youngest of a family of three, she practises with her sister Dervilla in O’Boyle Solicitors, Sligo.
Michele was educated in the Ursuline Convent, Sligo and later studied at the National University of Ireland Galway, studying French with law and economics. She subsequently completed an LLB.
Michele has been a member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland since 2003. She has served on many of the Society's most senior committees, including the Co-ordination Committee, Education Committee, Finance Committee, and Administrative Sub-Committee of Finance. Michele is the fourth ever female president of the Law Society of Ireland and the first since 2003.
This year Michele will continue the work of her predecessors and will focus on strengthening and supporting sole practitioners and smaller practices. She is an active member of the Brexit Legal Services Implementation Group and through her work with this committee she aims to promote Ireland a leading centre of international legal services.
In addition, Michele has highlighted Women in Leadership as another priority for the next 12 months.
Look out for regular updates on news and developments of interest to the legal profession on the President's dedicated Twitter account - @LSIpresident.