WWBA October 2016 Newsletter


Joelle M. Burton


he WWBA had a

powerful General

Membership Meeting

on September 7, 2016

discussing the history of the

women’s suffrage movement,

the birth of the League of

Women Voters (LWV), and

today’s legal challenges in

the areas of voting rights and

voter registration. The members

of the WWBA were honored

to have Louise Kuklis,



Westchester Women’s Bar Association



Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport

from the New Rochelle League of Women Voters, the Honorable Lewis Lubell,

New York State Supreme Court Justice, and Adam Gitlin, Counsel, Democracy

Program, Brennan Center for Justice. Each panelist presented unique insight on

these important issues. Alayne Katz, Esq. moderated this informative GMM program.

Ms. Kuklis reminded us that the first women’s rights convention was held in

Rochester, New York in 1848. However, that was not the final destination. For 72



It’s Not Just the Oscars

(page 5)

Gender Fairness Committee

Celebrates Women’s

History Month

(page 6)

An Interview with

Robin Carton

(page 7)

WWBA Upcoming Events

(page 12)

Alayne Katz, Hon. Lewis J. Lubell, Louise Kuklis,

Adam Gitlin


Westchester Women’s Bar Association News



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September 28, 2016

Brazen Fox

White Plains, New York

Pace Women’s

Justice Center




October 19, 2016

Glen Island Harbour Club

New Rochelle, New York



The Westchester

Women’s Bar Association

is committed

to fostering an environment


women thrive as

lawyers, community

members, mentors

and, ultimately,

leaders. As we move

through fall and into

Susan Edwards


the 2016 presidential election, we might

pause to reflect on the achievements of

women, particularly local women, of the

past. In September, we devoted our general

membership meeting to issues surrounding

voting. No small issue when

we stop to think about the significance

the ability to vote has for women’s rights.

Many thanks to co-chairs, Joelle Burton

and Alayne Katz, who assembled a

panel of speakers and administered an

ongoing voter registration program, in

conjunction with the League of Women

Voters established program. I signed up

and will spend a few hours registering

voters at Pace Law School.

I learned a great deal during our

September meeting. For example, one

panelist noted that at the beginning of

the 20th century, efforts to gain the right

to the vote was heated right here in

Westchester. Women’s organizational

efforts started in New Rochelle – home

of Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the

Woman’s Suffrage Party, which later

became known as the New York State

League of Women Voters. This message

spread to the Scarborough home of

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The Westchester Women’s Bar Association is a Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

WWBA Member Newsletter


Published Monthly by the

Westchester Women’s

Bar Association, a Chapter of

the Women’s Bar Association

of the State of New York

~ 2016/2017 Officers and Directors ~


Vice Presidents




Corresponding Secretary KIM BERG

Immediate Past ast President


Elected Directors Westchester Board



State Directors Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York




Executive Director ELISABETH CAMPOS

© Copyright 2016 Westchester Women’s Bar Association. All rights reserved.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) only and do not reflect the official position of the Association.

Editor-in-Chief: Kim Berg • Designed and Printed by IPM Media Group, Inc. (516) 809-0501

2016-2017 WWBA Committee Chairs


By-Laws .................................................................. Anna L. Georgiou

Corporate & Commercial ........................ Lisa M. Bluestein, Eva David

Criminal Law ....... Kitley S. Covill, Lisa M. Denig, Hon. Sandra A. Forster

Families, Children & the Courts ........... Shari R. Gordon, Joy S. Joseph,

Hon. Irene Ratner

Grievance/Ethics ............................ Kitley S. Covill, Deborah A. Scalise

Judicial Screening ............... Hon. Sandra A. Forster, Loren I. Glassman

Judiciary .............................................. Hon. Delores Scott Brathwaite,

Hon. Linda S. Jamieson

Lawyering & Parenting ............................................... Joelle M. Burton,

Jana Kosberg-Kleidman

Legislation ................................................. Angela Morcone Gianinni

Matrimonial .......... Robin Carton, Dolores Gebhardt, Lonya A. Gilbert

Annual Dinner ......... Robin D. Carton, Lisa M. Denig, Jennifer L. Gray,

Stephanie Melowsky, Jennifer N. Netrosio

Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal ................................................. TBD

Appellate Practice ....................... Lisa M. Denig, Hon. Mark C. Dillon,

Hon. Sondra M. Miller, Hon. Robert A. Spolzino

Archive & Historian ..................................................... Susan L. Pollet

Awards ............................................. Elizabeth M. Barnhard, Kim Berg

Bankruptcy ................... Susan Mills Richmond, Wendy Marie Weathers

Breast Cancer Awareness ...................................... Adrienne J. Orbach

Collaborative Law ........................... Kathleen Donelli, John J. Grimes,

Lynn J. Maier, Hon. Sondra M. Miller

Community Outreach ... Deborah A. Scalise, Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith

Continuing Legal Education ..................................... Ann M. McNulty

Diversity in Membership ........... Jacqueline Hattar, Stephanie Melowsky

Domestic Violence ...................... Natanya L. Briendel, Audrey E. Stone

Education Law ....................... Adrienne J. Arkontaky, Julie P. Passman,

Susan Mills Richmond

Elder & Health Law ............. Patricia L. Angley, Elizabeth A. Cumming,

Shari R. Gordon

Employment Law ...................................... Kim Berg, Hillary Raimondi

Environmental & Land Use .......... Lucia Chiocchio, Anna L. Georgiou,

Jennifer L. Gray, Katherine Zalantis

Gender Dynamics ...................................... Hon. Terry Jane Ruderman

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Membership ............................................... Sherry Bishko, Hélène Côté

Networking ................................... Jennifer L. Gray, Patricia McCluskey

New Lawyers ............................ Elizabeth Marcus, Jennifer N. Netrosio,

Stephanie Oliveri

Professional Development .............. Adam J. Krim, Stephanie Melowsky

Programs ........................................... Lucia Chiocchio, Amanda Fried

Public Relations ............................... Joelle M. Burton, Jennifer L. Gray

Real Property ............................ Melanie Finkel, Hon. Sandra A. Forster

Sponsorship .................................. Lisa M. Bluestein, Lucia Chiocchio,

Joelle M. Burton

Taxation ....................................................................................... TBD

Trusts & Estates ................................... Gail M. Boggio, Anna B. Parker,

Nancy J. Rudolph, Karen J. Walsh

Golf & Tennis Outing ................................................................ TBD

Holiday Party and Boutique ...... Dolores Gebhardt, Jennifer N. Netrosio

Immigration ................................................................. Henry Mascia

Insurance ..................................................................... Dawn Warren

Intellectual Property .............. Elizabeth M. Barnhard, Donna E. Frosco,

Theresa O’Rourke Nugent

Judgment Enforcement & Collections .............. Christopher T. Bonante,

Daniel F. Florio, Jr.

Litigation ...................... Angela Morcone Giannini, Jacqueline Hattar

Kimberly Sheehan

Long Range Planning ............... Lisa M. Bluestein, Carla D. Glassman,

Linda Markowitz, Ann M. McNulty

Mediation ................................ Geri S. Krauss, Hon. Sondra M. Miller,

Lauren S. Morrissey, Abby Rosmarin, Jane Silverman

Network of Bar Leaders ............................................. Donna E. Frosco

Pace Board of Visitors ....................... Gail M. Boggio, Lonya A. Gilbert

Past Presidents ........... Jane Bilus Gould, Mary F. Kelly, Linda Markowitz

Practice Management ......... Jamieson L. Keiser, Wendy Marie Weathers

Pro Bono .................................................. Marcia Levy, Marian Genio

Technology/Website .......... Donna E. Frosco, Theresa O’Rourke Nugent

WCA Board Delegate ............................................ Anthony Morando

WWBA Foundation President ....................................... Julie S. Kattan

WWBA Representative Director to the WCBA Board .. Dolores Gebhardt

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President’s Message

from page 1


Board has many

new faces, all of

whom bring fresh

ideas and a

renewed vigor to

the WWBA

Narcissa Cox Vanderlip, who became the

first president of the New York State League

of Women Voters.

The movement picked up momentum.

The magazine of the day, Westchester Life,

reported: ’’From a group of just 12 women

in Yonkers in 1909, as the only sign of a

suffrage organization in the county,’’ it grew

from “parlor meetings with a few advanced

souls, to larger gatherings at some of the

great drawing rooms along the Hudson.”

New York quickly became a pivotal state

in the suffrage campaign, and soon “dozens

of women who had never dealt with

larger units than missionary societies, literary

clubs or cake sales were given territory

with 16,000 or 17,000 voters and ordered

to reach every one of these women,”

the magazine observed. And that they did.

Eventually, the suffragette movement

in Westchester County signed up 20,000

women and included 102 suffragette clubs,

according to the Westchester County Historical

Society. So, if for no other reason

than respect for what these women

achieved a century ago: VOTE! And, urge

others to register and vote.

The WWBA is equally still picking up

momentum from where it started with “parlor

meetings with a few advanced souls.”

Thank you founding members! Our WWBA

Board has many new faces, all of whom

bring fresh ideas and a renewed vigor to

the WWBA. We welcome Henry Mascia,

who has offered to chair the newly formed

Immigration Law Committee. There is a

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Editor’s Note

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end

of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Making Dates and Getting Published


❑ Deadline for newsletter submissions is the 12th of the month prior to publication (submissions

received after the deadline are subject to the discretion of the editor).

❑ Send submissions as email attachments to Kim Berg at kberg@gouldberglaw.com.

❑ Articles should be 1,000 words or fewer. Remove all pagination, headers, footers or other

formatting, other than bold, underline or italics. Authors are encouraged to submit photographs

for publication with their submissions and include a short biographical statement with

their submissions.

❑ Materials submitted allow the WWBA a limited copyright and full permission to reprint the

material in any WWBA publication or on its website without additional consent.

❑ Photographs must be high-resolution (150 dpi or more) and the subject and all persons in

each photograph must be fully identified.


❑ First visit the WWBA website: www.wwbany.org and click on the calendar at the home page to

view scheduled programs. Conflicts in scheduling will be assessed on a case by case basis, with

priority for early submissions.

❑ Contact Kim Berg at kberg@gouldberglaw.com to schedule a WWBA sponsored or cosponsored

program, including committee meetings, CLE programs, etc.

❑ Once you have reserved the date with Kim Berg, proceed with planning your program and

creating your flyer.

❑ Flyers must be approved by the Programs Committee. In advance of the 12th of the month,

please send your flyer to the Program Committee Co-chairs for review and copy the Executive

Director. Once approved, please send your final flyer to the Executive Director, Kim Berg and the

President for publication on the website calendar and the newsletter calendar. The final flyer will

also be emailed to the membership.

❑ We will also consider publicizing programs from outside organizations that may be of interest

to our members.

❑ Post-event: You may report on the success of your program and provide photographs of the

speakers and participants that can be included in an upcoming newsletter. Send your submission

to Lisa M. Denig, following the guidelines above.


Kim Berg, Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor-in-Chief: kberg@gouldberglaw.com

Lucia Chiocchio, Programs Committee Co-Chair: lchiocchio@cuddyfeder.com

Amanda Fried, Programs Committee Co-Chair: afried@cartonrosoff.com

Susan Edwards Colson, President: president@wwbany.org

Ann M. McNulty, CLE Chair: ann.m.mcnulty@morganstanley.com

Elisabeth Campos, Executive Director: executivedirector@wwbany.org

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In furtherance of state and national voting rights initiatives, and consistent with the

WWBA’s mission statement, the WWBA is proud to be participating in

WBASNY’s Voter Registration Drive. We have partnered with the League of

Women Voters of White Plains, New Rochelle and New Castle, helping to register

new voters before the deadline of October 14th! PLEASE JOIN US!

To find out more, go to www.wwbany.org and click on the link for Voter Registration

Drives. To Participate in ’Get out the Vote’ efforts, such as Election Day phone

banks, contact your local political party.

Helpful links ~

To determine if you are registered to vote: https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us

To register online using DMV:


NYS Voter Registration Form:


To find your polling place, compare candidates and print out a sample ballot:


League of Women Voters: http://www.LWV.org

Sandra Forster and Mary Kirsch registering voters at WCC

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Kim Berg and Elizabeth Barnhard

The Westchester Women’s Bar Association promotes its members for

public recognition by nominating and selecting members for awards

given by the WWBA and by organizations such as the Women’s Bar

Association of the State of New York (WBASNY), the New York State Bar

Association (NYSBA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit,

the Above the Bar Awards, and the American Bar Association (ABA).

Why do awards and recognition matter? For our members they can

help establish a career, reinforce a request for a better job or higher

salary, and provide external validation of the member’s work.

WWBA members can be

uncomfortable about receiving

public recognition, not

seeing themselves as strong

enough candidates, even

when their colleagues can

clearly see their hard work,

commitment and effort.

Study after study shows that

when women are performing

roughly the same as men,

men receive more validation

and recognition. Women’s

perceived readiness for

awards is arbitrary and more

importantly, can change in

a positive direction.

“It’s really interesting to

call a member and let her

know that her name has

been suggested for an

award or recognition,” says

Susan Edwards Colson,

WWBA President. “Her first

response is often ’who me?’

And, often, she will begin to

question whether she meets

the award criteria.” But part

of the WWBA’s mission is to

encourage women both as

lawyers and professionals.

Simply going through the

awards process can permanently

raise confidence. By

allowing the recognition,

women often learn an important

skill: how to identify

and speak about their value

and reflect upon the important

contributions they make

to the legal profession.

The WWBA Awards

Committee works diligently

to gain recognition for the

WWBA and our members by

nominating them for these

annual awards. Awards

Committee co-chairs, Kim

Berg and Elizabeth

Barnhard, recently submitted

nomination applications to

WBASNY to nominate five

WWBA members for the following

awards: American

Inns of Court Professionalism

Award for the Second

Circuit; The Kay Crawford

Murray Award (NYSBA); The

Haywood Burns Memorial

Award (NYSBA); Root/

Stimson Award (NYSBA) and

Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial

Award (NYSBA).

Last year’s recipients of

non-WWBA awards included

Dolores Gebhardt and

Tanya Breindel. Dolores

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Gender Fairness Committee

Celebrates Women’s History


Margaret Corchado

The Ninth Judicial District Committee to Promote Gender

Fairness in the Courts recognized the winners of its Annual High

School Essay Contest at a breakfast held on May 13, 2016, in

celebration of Women’s History Month. Supreme Court Justice

Terry Jane Ruderman, Chair of the Committee, presented the

awards. The generosity of various professional organizations

and bar associations, including the Westchester Women’s Bar

Association and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation,

enabled the committee to award monetary prizes to the

winning students.

In the freshman/sophomore category, Mina Lee from

Edgemont Junior/Senior High School won first prize and Connor

Shea from Iona Preparatory School won second prize. In the

junior/senior category, Lydia DeFusto from Goshen High School

won first prize and Cameron Dunbar from The Ursuline School

won second prize. The essay topic about which these students

were asked to opine was:

“A recent article in the New York Times titled ’Millennial Men

Aren’t the Dads They Thought They’d Be’ highlights how

men from the millennial generation aspire to be hands-on

fathers, but end up taking on the more traditional role of

bread-winner once they have children. Please read the article

and express your views.”

After a careful and considerate selection process, the winning

students read their essays to the more than 50 assembled

guests. Those in attendance included State Supreme Court Justices

Linda S. Jamieson, Orazio R. Bellantoni, Mary H. Smith,

Bruce E. Tolbert and Charles D. Wood, Family Court Judge Janet

C. Malone, and County Court Judge Susan M. Capeci. Also in

attendance were representatives of various professional organizations

and bar associations, including Claire Gutekunst, Esq.,

President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association.

The committee anticipates that this contest and awards breakfast

will be held again next year and is hoping for even greater

participation from schools in the Ninth Judicial District. ◗

Legal Services of Hudson

Valley CLE Trains Pro Bono

Attorneys on Name

Changes and Educates on

Transgender Issues

Marian Genio and Judith Zirin-Hyman

A training entitled “Name Change: Adult, Infant &

Transgender”, held on June 15, 2016 at Legal Services of the

Hudson Valley, was presented to 24 current and prospective pro

bono volunteers. It was one of many presentations in a robust

Pro Bono program that includes CLE sessions on a variety of

substantive areas. Through these presentations, LSHV seeks to

educate and sensitize our legal community to diversity issues,

while at the same time recruit and train volunteer attorneys to

represent indigent clients.

The June 15th program not only prepared attorneys to represent

clients seeking name changes, but also included education

on transgender sensitivity. It was introduced by Christopher

Oldi, the LSHV staff attorney spearheading our LGBTQ Project.

He works with indigent LGBTQ clients who, in addition to having

other legal issues, often face discrimination. For his efforts, he

was recently recognized by the Westchester County Board of Legislators,

who declared June 22, 2016 “Christopher Oldi Day”.

The headline speaker at the CLE was Byrgen Finkelman, an

attorney from Singerlands, New York, whose practice focuses on

name changes for transgender individuals throughout New York

State. As co-founder of the group Affirming Transgender Rights

(ATR), Byrgen has been both an advocate and activist, helping

to get legislation passed that protects transgender people against

discrimination. Accompanying Byrgen was Renate Hartman, a

transgender individual and advocate who discussed issues related

to name changes and also educated the participants on

transgender issues in general. Hearing firsthand about her personal

experiences was helpful in the discussion of this sensitive

and timely issue.

While the issue of gendered bathrooms seems to have occupied

the bulk of both legislative and news focus on transgender

rights as of late, the emphasis at this event proved much broader.

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Hon. Linda S. Jamieson, Mina Lee, Connor Shea, Hon. Terry Jane

Ruderman, Lydia DeFusto, Cameron Dunbar, and Claire Gutekunst

Renate Hartman, Judith Zirin-Hyman, Byrgen Finkelman, Mona A.

Cushnie Walker, Christopher Oldi, Marian Genio

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An Interview with Robin Carton

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and

Historian Committee

Q. Tell us when you first became

involved with the

WWBA and why?

A. It feels like I have always

been involved with and committed

to the WWBA, but it was

my dear friend Lonya Gilbert

who inspired and encouraged

me to take a more active role.

My participation blossomed

into leadership positions and

that route has truly changed

my life. I am so honored to

be on the list of Past Presidents

of the WWBA, as I regard

these women as truly outstanding

role models.

Q. Why is a women’s bar

association still necessary?

A. The mission of the

Westchester Women’s Bar Association

includes promoting

justice for all, regardless of

gender, and advancing the

social, economic and legal

status of women through the

law. Notwithstanding the

strides that have been made,

the problems related to gender

inequality are deeply entrenched

and women and girls

continue to be adversely impacted.

The strength and

beauty of the Westchester

Women’s Bar Association is

that its membership and resources

can be uniquely focused

on advancing and empowering

women and girls to

improve their lives and,

thereby, educate and enrich

our society.

Q. What were the highlights

of your Presidency?

A. I am grateful that I had the

opportunity to serve as President

of the Westchester

Women’s Bar Association, and

“There are many paths, but if you

choose one you believe in, you will

be enriched by the journey,

whether or not the road ends

where others would call success.”

each day of my term was a joy.

The most special moments of my

Presidency were the times that

individual members reached out

to me to say that they were

moved by the message in my

President’s Column or to tell me

that they felt informed, acknowledged,

or included in the work

of the WWBA.

Q. Were there any efforts left

unfinished; what would you

want to see the WWBA do in

the future?

A. I have every confidence that

Susan Edwards Colson, the new

President of the Westchester

Women’s Bar Association, will

develop innovative and brilliant

projects that I never even considered.

The WWBA is in great


Q. Tell us about your legal

career, and your commitment

to the area of family law.

A. My private practice has primarily

focused on family and

matrimonial law, collaborative

divorce, divorce and custody

mediation, adoption, and

guardianship. For more than 25

years, I have been appointed by

the Family and Supreme Courts

in Westchester and Putnam

Counties to serve as attorney for

the child. I serve as President of

the Law Guardian Association

of Westchester County, an organization

composed of attorneys

dedicated to effective child

advocacy. I am a member of

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

various professional organizations

and their family law and

matrimonial sections, and participate

in countless committees,

projects, and programs dedicated

to educating attorneys and

litigants about family dispute

resolution and best practices in

family and matrimonial law litigation.

Q. What advice do you have

for new lawyers coming into the


A. There are many paths, but if

you choose one you believe in,

you will be enriched by the journey,

whether or not the road ends

where others would call success.

Q. What do you feel are the

most pressing legal issues impacting

women and children


A. In our present politically

charged environment, it is particularly

important to vigilantly

protect the advances that have

been made on behalf of women

and girls. Each of us must work

aggressively to strengthen that

progress and to unwaveringly

challenge any diminution of this


Q. What would you like to accomplish

professionally going


A. I am always mindful of Albert

Einstein’s statement that “The

more I learn, the more I realize

how much I don’t know.” Although

I strive for mastery, my

Robin Carton

true goal is to continue to experience

wonder and to explore.

Q. Tell us about your family,

and how you have managed

the work/life balance all these


A. I’m married to my law partner,

David Rosoff, and my

daughter, Amanda Fried, is

our treasured associate. It is

a true Family Law practice,

which means that we discuss

other families during our own

family time. Not so balanced,

but it “works” for us.

Q. How do you spend your

time when you are not practicing


A. In the precious, but few,

interludes between court, clients,

and motion papers, I

enjoy being a “maker.” In

particular, I like to sew clothes,

and I find it particularly satisfying

to design and create a

garment from a formless bolt

of fabric. However, given that

practicing law leaves little time

for artistic pursuits, I try to incorporate

imaginative and

creative dispute resolution in

my law practice and my work

with families. ◗

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Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport

“[W]omen fought against

harassment, imprisonment and force

feeding, and the “scientific” view that

women were inferior to men, all in

order to attain the same civil and

political status as men. . . ”

from page 1

years thereafter, women

fought against harassment,

imprisonment and force

feeding, and the “scientific”

view that women were inferior

to men, all in order to

attain the same civil and political

status as men, including

the critically important

right to vote. It was around

the time the 19th Amendment

to the U.S. Constitution was

passed that the LWV, a nonpartisan

organization, began

a “mighty political experiment”

to help millions of

women participate in shaping

public policy. This outstanding

effort by the LWV

has remained strong to this


The Honorable Lewis

Lubell shared his eye-opening

experiences in adjudicating

voter registration challenges

on Election Day. This

is an all-day, volunteer post

that Judge Lubell cares

deeply about. Many of us

were not even aware that

there was same day recourse

available if your “name is not

in the book” when trying to

cast your vote.

Finally, the gracious

Adam Gitlin inspired us with

his description of the Brennan

Center’s efforts to promote

voting rights, democracy and

justice through its advocacy,

public interest law firm, and

think tank activities. Many of

us were alarmed to learn

about the numerous nationwide

attempts to restrict voting

rights and intimidate voters

for political purposes – all

actions that the Brennan Center

works diligently to stop.

It was encouraging to

hear about the multitude of

voting rights initiatives that

both the LWV and the

Brennan Center support, such

as expanding electronic voter

registration, making voter

registration portable within

New York State, switching to

electronic poll books, and

allowing early voting. These

goals and initiatives, as presented

by our panel of knowledgeable

speakers, are perfectly

aligned with the

WWBA’s mission of promoting

justice for all, regardless

of sex, and advancing the

social, economic and legal

status of women. We applaud

their tireless and continuing

efforts. A big thank

you to our sponsor, BNY

Mellon, for their generous

support in helping us produce

this informative event. ◗

Pension Actuaries Inc.

David Gensler, MSPA, MAAA, EA, President (davidg@paiqdro.net • ext. 302)

Robert Guarnera, MSPA, FCA, MAAA, EA, CPC, Consulting Actuary (bobg@paiqdro.net • ext. 300)

2500 Westchester Avenue, Suite 106 • Purchase, NY 10577 • Phone (914) 712-4897 • Fax (914) 251-1922


A Westchester consulting firm specializing in pension valuation and QDRO preparation on

marriage dissolution is seeking a full time experienced paralegal (matrimonial law is a

major plus). Duties will include but are not limited to: client interaction (calls, emails, and

drop in client visits), reviewing legal documents, preparing QDRO’s and assisting staff with

all aspects of legal work and office management/organization.


■ At least 2 years of paralegal work, preferably in the matrimonial field

■ College Degree or paralegal certification

■ Must be professional, detail oriented, organized & have full knowledge of all MS office products.

Please direct all inquiries to the attention of Kristine Faby, Vice President at the address above.

She may also be reached at 914.251.0099 x214 or kfaby@madisonpension.com

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Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

October Litigation Tip



In New York, interest on a damages award is purely statutory. Matter of Bello v. Roswell

Park Cancer Inst., 5 NY3d 170 [2005]. Under CPLR 5001 (a) and (b), interest on damages,

in a breach of contract case or an act or omission depriving or interfering with title or

possession or enjoyment of property, is computed from “the earliest ascertainable date the

cause of action existed.” CPLR 5001 also permits courts, in their discretion, to award

prejudgment interest in actions which are equitable. CPLR 5002 governs interest awards

in cases not governed by CPLR 5001, such as personal injury cases where interest is

computed from “the date of verdict, report or decision.” Whether added to an award

under CPLR 5001 or CPLR 5002, prejudgment interest becomes part of the judgment

itself. Further, pursuant to CPLR 5003, interest accrues on the judgment from date of

entry and interest continues to accrue until the judgment is satisfied. Zavelin v. Greenberg,

117 AD3d 726 [2d Dept. 2014])

Courts have held that “verdict, report or decision” under CPLR 5002 includes decisions

on summary judgment motions, motions for leave to enter a default judgment, decisions

to strike answers, as well as binding arbitration awards. Further, when Courts order a

referee to hear and report with recommendations, interest is computed not from the referee’s

report but from the Court’s confirming it. (Board of Mgrs v. Seligson, 126 AD3d 547 [1st

Dept. 2015]). Also where an Appellate Court reverses the denial of plaintiff’s motion for

summary judgment on liability, interest runs from the Appellate Court’s determination.

(Lifshits v. Vaniety Poly Bags, 18 AD3d 622 [2d Dept. 2005]).

Stipulations, however, are different. Stipulations are voluntary agreements and not adjudications

by a third party. Using this reasoning and the fact that the Legislature chose not

to include the term stipulation in the interest provisions, the Second Department in Mahoney

v. Brockbank, 2016 NY Slip Opinion 05630 [July 24, 2016] held that, pursuant to CPLR

5002, prejudgment interest does not apply to a stipulation on liability. In this personal

injury case, the parties stipulated to liability. Over two years later, damages were determined

by a jury. The plaintiff contended prejudgment interest ran from the date of the

stipulation on liability because it was the equivalent of a verdict and the defense contended

it ran from the date of the jury’s verdict on damages. While the Second Department

acknowledged plaintiff’s argument was well founded and the law does favor stipulations,

the Court’s role was not to amend the CPLR. Parties can avoid this issue by addressing

interest in the stipulation, especially if it is anticipated there will be some period

of time between the date of the liability stipulation and the verdict or decision on damages.

Written by Angela Morcone Giannini, Co-Chair, Litigation Committee

Other Co-Chairs: Jacqueline Hattar & Kimberly Sheehan

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

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Chapter News and Announcements

Announcements & Notes on Members

❑ Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP is pleased to announce that Annette G. Hasapidis

has joined the firm as Of Counsel and Co-Chair of the Appellate Practice Group. Ms.

Hasapidis focuses her practice in the area of civil appellate litigation and strategic trial

consultation in complex civil litigation for clients before state and federal trial courts in

New York and Connecticut. She has extensive appellate experience, as she has appeared

on more than 320 appeals. Ms. Hasapidis has also served as a court-appointed

guardian at the Appellate Division level. While Ms. Hasapidis continues to

maintain a successful solo practice serving clients in both New York and Connecticut,

she is joining Bleakley Platt to address the needs of corporate clients in the appellate

arena who typically require the added support of a full-service law firm.

❑ Holly Baum is a Buffalo based attorney with over 27 years of experience, as a solo

practitioner since 1995, handling the division of retirement assets in divorce and legal

separation cases. Ms. Baum is seeking to affiliate with a firm that has an active matrimonial

practice, including mediation and/or collaborative law, located in NYS (but

not in Western NY) and which has approximately 240-250 hours a year (20 hours a

month) of billable hours in QDRO related work. If interested, please contact Holly

Baum at 1956mb@gmail.com or hblaw@pipeline.com or at 716-854-0040. ◗


❑ Office Space Available in Downtown White Plains – Spacious windowed office in

premier general practice law firm suite just became available. Great opportunity for

business sharing and collaboration. State of the art technology, access to three newly

renovated and furnished conference rooms and reception area. Full access to receptionist,

two color copier/scanners, fax machine and full kitchen. Two blocks from courts

and train. Parking and secretarial station available. Call for pricing or viewing: Charlene

Christie 914-683-2500 ext. 343. ◗

Become a New

Member Today




JUNE 1, 2016 TO MAY 31, 2017.


WWBA Membership includes

membership to the Women’s Bar

Association of the State of New York


January 31, 2017 is the closing date in

order to count the WWBA members

towards our certification to WBASNY and

assure our number of delegates.

Renewing before this date will allow our

Westchester Chapter (WWBA) to continue

to be a strong presence in our statewide

organization (WBASNY) while you will

enjoy its many benefits, events,

newsletter and CLE programming.

President’s Message

from page 3

small, but active cohort of WWBA’s membership who list Immigration as one of their

areas of practice and we welcome their perspective. Other committee additions include:

Elizabeth Cumming, who will serve as co-chair of the Elder and Health Law

Committee; the Matrimonial Committee will add co-chair Robin Carton; Sherry Bishko,

along with Helene Cote, now co-chair the Membership Committee; and Amanda Fried

is a new addition to the Program Committee. You will see her joining Lucia Chiocchio,

greeting you at the door for General Membership Meetings.

I am grateful to our-still-very-new WWBA Executive Director Elisabeth Campos,

who is the hub of information for our many meetings and initiatives. She truly manages

to ensure that the WWBA, with its many details from membership to programs, runs

smoothly. She and I work carefully at assembling the new Weekly UPDATE, published

every Friday, which is our streamlined effort to keep you informed about upcoming

events and activities on a bullet-by-bullet basis.

How fortunate I am to have been asked to serve as president of the Westchester

Women’s Bar Association. Our members are leaders in their practices, organizations

and communities, and their accomplishments are truly inspirational. Bring your colleagues

to programs and events. You will be amazed at who you will meet and what

you will learn. Build our membership to invigorate WWBA with fresh ideas and diverse

perspectives. Help make the WWBA’s voice stronger, clearer, and more unified. Together,

we are unstoppable. ◗

Hélène Côté, Sherry A. Bishko,

Elisabeth Campos

It is easy to renew by going to the

WWBA Website at www.WWBANY.org.

You can use a credit card or

PayPal to make payment.

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Westchester Women’s Bar Association New Members

The Westchester Women’s Bar Association proudly welcomes our newest members:



It’s Not Just the Oscars

from page 5

the prestigious Kay Crawford Murry Award for her recognition of the value of

diversity in the legal profession, her role as an active mentor to women attorneys,

and her dedication to advancing the professional and personal development of

women attorneys. Tanya Breindel received the esteemed Above the Bar Award

for Most Socially Conscious Attorney for her dedication to one or more causes in

the legal community as an active leader, for having a significant history of pro

bono legal service, and for working tirelessly to help victims of domestic violence,

elder abuse, child abuse, and neglect.

A new scholarship has been created by the Commercial and Federal Litigation

Section of NYSBA to increase the number of women prepared to serve

as first chair in large commercial cases. The Honorable Judith S. Kaye Commercial

and Federal Litigation Scholarship was created to honor the memory of

Chief Judge Judith Kay through a gift made to The New York Bar Foundation.

On November 14th, scholarships will be awarded to up to five female litigators

with two to six years’ experience who will be recognized as Kaye Scholars and

will attend the 2017 Commercial Litigation Academy. The awards ceremony

will be held at the U.S. Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street. WWBA members are

encouraged to apply for the next round of scholarships. Scholarship information

and an application can be found at www.tnybf.org under “Scholarships

and Fellows.”

Additionally, on November 14, 2016, the Commercial & Federal Litigation

Section of NYSBA will be presenting a newly created award “The Shira A. Scheindlin

Award for Excellence in the Courtroom” to honor the Section’s former Chair, Hon.

Shira A. Scheindlin. Judge Scheindlin served as a United States District Judge for

the Southern District of New York from September 1994 through April 2016. The

Scheindlin Award will be presented annually in November to commemorate the

date in 1917 that women received the right to vote in New York State. Carrie H.

Cohen, now of Morrison & Foerster, but formerly the lead Assistant United States

Attorney in the trial of Sheldon Silver, has been selected as the first recipient of this

award. At the ceremony, remarks will be made by NYSBA President Claire P.

Gutekunst, as well as by New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, Second Circuit

Judge Denny Chin, Southern District Chief Judge Colleen McMahon, and

Eastern District Chief Judge Dora L. Irizarry.

Next in the WWBA’s nomination process are the WBASNY-sponsored awards,

for which the deadline is in December. A list of the eight WBASNY awards and

their criteria can be obtained at www.wbasny.org. Decide right now that you,

or a colleague, are a worthy applicant for an award or recognition. At the least

you will learn a lot from the process and, most likely, build confidence and

relationships while you learn about your true worth. Send your recommendations

for nominees to the Awards Committee co-chairs and help support us in

recognizing our amazing members. ◗

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

CLE on Name

Changes and

Transgender Issues

from page 6

“ . . . LSHV seeks to

educate and sensitize

our legal community to

diversity issues . . . ”

Audience members inquired about the nuances

of language helpful in requesting

that records be sealed to protect privacy

and posed more general questions regarding

what it means to be transgender, leading

to discussions of gender identity and

sexual preference. Renate offered an anecdote

about her own experience, describing

how some time after her transition, a

child pointed at her in the women’s room

and said “Look Mom, look” and, as she

steeled herself for what she expected to

come next, she heard “That lady looks just

like Grandma!”

Many of those attending the program

expressed thanks to Renate, Bergen and

the Pro Bono department of LSHV for educating

them both about how to effectuate

a name change and more generally about

the issues facing transgender individuals,

both legally and socially. Subsequent to

the program, several pro bono attorneys

who attended the training have volunteered

to represent our clients seeking name


Upcoming CLEs will focus on kinship,

immigration and domestic violence, consumer

debt and a variety of substantive

areas where there is a need for assistance

by pro bono attorneys. Please contact us

should you wish to volunteer, or if you

would like us to tailor a pro bono project

for your firm. ◗

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WWBA Schedule of Upcoming Events

COMMITTEE DATE/TIME PLACE TOPIC RSVP (also online at www.wwbany.org)

New Lawyers,

Networking and

Membership Committees



Brazen Fox

175 Mamaroneck Avenue

White Plains, New York

Meet the Board

Networking Event

Register online at


or email


Domestic Violence



12:30-2:00 pm

1 CLE credit

Professional Practice

Westchester County

Supreme Court, 9 th floor

conference room

111 Dr. Martin Luther King

Jr. Blvd.

White Plains, New York

Show Me the Money:

Best Evidence in Family

Court Support


Register online at


or email


Board of Directors



5:30-7:30 pm

BNY Mellon

701 Westchester Ave

White Plains, New York

Susan Edwards Colson


if you are unable to attend

Domestic Violence



6:00-8:00 pm

2 CLE credits

Professional Practice


Pace Law School

78 North Broadway

White Plains, New York

Every Step You Take:

The New Technology of


Register online at


or email


$30 per person

Breast Cancer Awareness



9:30 am

Manhattanville College

2900 Purchase Street

Purchase, New York

Making Strides Against

Breast Cancer - Team


Register online at

www.wwbany.org or email


Pace Women’s Justice


Volunteer New York! 10/24/16

4:00-6:30 pm

10/19/16 Glen Island Harbour Club

New Rochelle, New York


31 Mamaroneck Avenue

White Plains, New York

Making a Difference

Annual Benefit Dinner

2 nd Annual Non-Profit

Board Speed Dating


Registration form can be found

under Calendar and Events “Other”

at www.wwbany.org

or for more information email


For more information email

Allison Chader


Corporate and

Commercial Committee


7:30 am breakfast

8:00-10:00 program

BNY Mellon

701 Westchester Ave

White Plains, New York

Business Valuation

Basics and IRS Proposed

Changes to IRC 2704

Lorraine Bambino


or 914-289-3054

Board of Directors



5:30-7:30 pm

BNY Mellon

701 Westchester Ave

White Plains, New York

Susan Edwards Colson


if you are unable to attend

Families, Children & the

Courts Committee


12:30-2:00 pm

Westchester County

Supreme Court, Room 1800

111 Dr. Martin Luther King

Jr. Blvd.

White Plains, New York

Deconstructing the

Maintenance and Child

Support Guidelines: How

to Determine Income and

Calculate Support

Register online at


or email


WWBA General

Membership Meeting

11/10/16 Sterling National Bank

21 Scarsdale Road

Tuckahoe, New York

Speed Networking:

Polish Up your Elevator


Register online at


or email


Unless otherwise indicated, events are for WWBA members and invited guests only.

The opinions expressed by any program presenter are the presenter’s own, and do not reflect

the official position of the WWBA.








2016-2017 BEGAN ON JUNE 1, 2016.






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