WWBA February Newsletter

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♥ SPECIAL ISSUE IN RECOGNITION OF HEART HEALTH MONTH ♥

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Westchester Women’s Bar Association

FEBRUARY 2017

Ethics Program Answers Tough Questions

Lisa Denig

W

hat do you get when you mix a stellar panel of ethics experts, several lawyersturned-actors,

and a deeply engaged group of attendees? The WWBA’s

annual Ethics Update CLE program and General Membership Meeting!

This year’s Ethics Update CLE, co-sponsored by the White Plains Bar Association,

was an interesting and informative review of the recent Court of Appeals decision,

Matter of Peter Galasso, 19 NY3d 688 (2012). Deftly presented by the attorney who

argued the case on behalf of the Grievance Committee, Matthew Lee-Renert, the case

presented an intricate fact pattern that illustrated several key ethics issues of which

attorneys should be aware.

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Felicia Berenson-Reinhardt, Deborah A. Scalise, Matthew Lee-Rennert,

Jorge Dopico, Dolores Gebhardt, Hon. Jeffrey S. Sunshine

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

FEBRUARY 2017

Upcoming Diversity

Program with Judge Rivera

(page 4)

An Interview with

Kitley Covill

(page 6)

Chapter News and

Announcements

(page 7)

WWBA Upcoming Events

(page 8)

SAVE THE DATE

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

news

www.wwbany.org

WWBA BOARD MEETING

AND LECTURE SERIES

ON DIVERSITY IN THE

LEGAL PROFESSION

PROGRAM

February 1, 2017

Wilson Elser

White Plains, New York

STRATEGIES FOR

MEDICAID PLANNING

AND ASSET

PROTECTION

February 8, 2017

McCarthy Fingar

White Plains, New York

PRESIDENT’S

MESSAGE

It is February,

one of my favorite

times of the year.

Really! I like it because

this month is

short, dark and full

of celebrations. My

spouse, who hails

from northern Minnesota,

would add

“joyously cold” to this

list and he swears

Susan Edwards

Colson

February is the most “comfortably brisk

month.” I will stop short of adding cold

to my list of positive February attributes.

Predictably, our annual thermostat battle

will end as the weather softens in Spring.

It always does.

Let me explain my list of reasons I

enjoy this time of year. First, “short” is

self-explanatory, with only 28 days in the

month, before you know it Spring is here.

“Dark” is soothing. Dark days allow for

rest and regrouping.

In his book, River of Light, Rabbi

Lawrence Kushner says:

“Without the dark womb of sleep,

there could be no sensation of light,

emergence of consciousness, or

place to which to return. In the darkness

there is no arrangement of past

and future, no self-reflection, no ego,

no neurosis. All genuine creating

must originate in the darkness.”

His words not only capture my feelings

exactly but also honor the mystery

of darkness that allows new beginnings.

Finally, “February celebrations” are

many. We have Valentines’ Day, Lincoln’s

Birthday, as well as Washington’s birthday

which fill the short days with minor

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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

FEBRUARY 2017

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 ~

President SUSAN EDWARDS COLSON

Vice Presidents

LISA M. DENIG JOELLE M. BURTON JENNIFER N. NETROSIO

Treasurer

AMANDA C. FRIED Recording Secretary ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI

Corresponding Secretary KIM BERG

Immediate Past ast President

ROBIN D. CARTON

Elected Directors Westchester Board

GAIL M. BOGGIO HÉLÈNE CÔTÉ AMY E. GEWIRTZ

LONYA A. GILBERT SHARI R. GORDON

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

ROBIN D. CARTON KITLEY S. COVILL DONNA E. FROSCO

MARIAN GENIO THERESA A. GIROLAMO ANNETTE G. HASAPIDIS JAMIESON L. KEISER

ADRIENNE J. ORBACH SUSAN MILLS RICHMOND JANE SILVERMAN

Executive Director ELISABETH CAMPOS

© Copyright 2017 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

S T A N D I N G C O M M I T T E E S

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,

Lauren Morrissey, 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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A D H O C C O M M I T T E E S

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

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

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

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 ............................ Amy Carron Day, Hon. Sondra M. Miller,

Lauren S. Morrissey, Abby Rosmarin

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

holidays and manageable revelry.

The word February itself is born from

the Latin word Februarius, from Latin

februare meaning to “purify” or “expiate.”

In ancient Rome, Februarius was the

“Month of Purification” and great festivities

were held to reestablish the empire’s focus

on righteous living.

Keeping with this spirit of righteous living,

our February newsletter “Goes Red” in

recognition of Heart Health Awareness

Month. We cannot be reminded often

enough that heart disease is the number

one cause of death. Attention to a few items

can make a huge difference in our quality

of life. The American Heart Association’s

refers to these as the “Simple Seven”:

1. Get active

Thirty minutes of moderate physical activity

each day (like brisk walking), five times per

week, can almost guarantee a healthier and

more satisfying life while lowering your risks

for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

2. Control cholesterol

When you control your cholesterol, you are

giving your arteries their best chance to remain

clear of blockages. These blockages

lead to heart disease and stroke.

3. Eat better

Healthy foods are the fuel our bodies use to

make new cells and create the energy we

need to thrive and fight diseases. If you are

frequently skipping out on veggies, fruit, lowfat

dairy, fiber-rich whole grains, and lean

meats, including fish, your body is missing

the basic building blocks for a healthy life.

4. Manage blood pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension,

means the blood running through

your arteries flows with too much force and

puts pressure on your arteries, stretching

them past their healthy limit.

5. Lose weight

If you have too much fat – especially if a lot

of it is at your waist – you are at higher risk

for health problems such as high blood

pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes.

Even losing as few as five or ten

pounds can produce a dramatic blood pressure

reduction.

6. Reduce blood sugar

Most of the food we eat is turned into glucontinued

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Editor’s Note

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Making Dates and Getting Published

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS

❑ 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.

PROGRAM SCHEDULING

❑ 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.

Contacts

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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Diversity Program Featuring

Judge Jenny Rivera as

Guest Speaker

Jacqueline Hattar

On February 1, 2017,

the WWBA’s Diversity, Litigation

& Appellate Practice

Committees will join forces

with the New York State Bar

Association’s Committee on

Diversity and Inclusion to

present a panel discussion

on Diversity in the Legal Profession.

The program, which

will be held from 6:00 p.m.

to 7:30 p.m., will follow the

WWBA’s Board meeting that

will begin at 5:30 p.m. at

Wilson Elser’s office located

at 1133 Westchester Avenue

in White Plains. The special

guest speaker will be the

Honorable Jenny Rivera,

Associate Judge of the New

York State Court of Appeals.

The other panelists will in-

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clude, Jacqueline Hattar, a

partner at Wilson Elser,

Maria Matos, the Executive

Secretary for the Committee

on Character and Fitness for

the New York State Appellate

Division, First Department,

and Stephanie

Melowsky, Vice President at

Putnam Mutual Savings

Bank. The panelists will provide

their perspectives on

diversity and inclusion during

this interactive roundtable

discussion.

WWBA members may

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Ethics Program Answers Tough Questions

from page 1

Further highlighting these issues were

a handful of attorneys/thespians who acted

out an hysterically funny hypothetical case

giving the panel - which included the Honorable

Jeffrey S. Sunshine (Supervising

Judge for Matrimonial Matters, Kings

County), Jorge Dopico, Esq. (Chief Counsel

of the First Judicial Department Disciplinary

Committee), Matthew Lee-Renert,

Esq. (Staff Counsel of the First Department

Disciplinary Committee), and Deborah

Scalise, Esq. (Scalise and Hamilton, LLP) -

the opportunity to comment on the characters’

choices. In the ensuing scenes, Joe

Lifeodapardi (played by Deb Scalise) is an

attorney who meets with Cecil “C” Noevil

(played by Matthew Lee-Renert) in order to

lay the groundwork for Mr. Lifeodarpi’s

impending divorce. Hedda Nuff (played

by Natanya Briendel) first meets with attorney

Ama Matrimonio (played by Felicia

Natanya Briendel and Dolores Gebhardt

Natanya Briendel and Felicia

Berenson-Reinhardt

Berenson-Reinhardt) but later fires her and

hires attorney Gedda Dunn (played by

Dolores Gebhardt). The play culminated

in a volatile courtroom scene in front of

the Honorable Y. R. U’here (played by Kitley

Covill), showcasing well-known movie

courtroom dialogue that left the crowd

laughing.

Although the tone of the skit was lighthearted,

the issues addressed by the panel

afterward were serious and discussed in

depth. The panel spoke about Joe

Lifeodarpi’s filing of a false statement of

net worth and his attorney’s certification

of that false statement. Ms. Scalise gave

specific instructions as to how attorneys

could handle this situation, citing the Rules

that allow attorneys to move to correct the

statement or, in the words of Ms. Scalise,

“make a noisy withdrawal.” The panel

noted that most disciplinary hearings are

the result of conduct involving fraud.

The panel further noted that a charge

of criminal contempt will always trigger a

disciplinary investigation and that a finding

from the court or even a referral from

the Federal court, would set the wheels of

a disciplinary proceeding in motion.

Other key points reinforced by the

panel were that attorneys should always

memorialize everything in writing for their

clients so there is no question after the fact

regarding what had occurred or been said

during meetings. They also discussed how

to handle a situation where your client is

exhibiting signs of a mental health issue.

Finally, referring back to the Galasso case,

the panel reiterated that attorneys must be

aware that they are responsible for the work

done by their paralegals.

Many thanks to the panel, the actor/

lawyers, and moderator Kitley Covill, who

steered the night’s informative, engrossing

and entertaining discussion. ◗

Matthew Lee-Rennert and Deborah Scalise

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An Interview with Kitley S. Covill

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and

Historian Committee

Q. What prompted you to

join the WWBA? How long

have you been involved in

the organization and in

which capacities?

A. I was encouraged to join

the WWBA by a fellow

WWBA member a number

of years ago. I am currently

Co-Chair of the Criminal

Law Committee and the Ethics

Committee. I was previously

Co-Chair of the

Domestic Violence Committee.

I am also currently

a State Director.

Q. Tell us about your legal

career and what you hope

to accomplish professionally

in the future?

A. I have been an Assistant

District Attorney, counsel to

municipalities including

Westchester County, worked

at Legal Services of the

Hudson Valley, been in private

practice and most recently

was the first female

Inspector General for the

City of Yonkers. I am currently

the principal of a consulting

firm that provides

compliance guidance on

workplace integrity and Title

IX. I would like to further

the ideals created in the

compliance field by working

for an organization, as

I think compliance and

transparency are the only

avenues for equal access to

resources, particularly for

women.

“Anyone entering the legal field today

should find a mentor, such as someone

who has held several legal positions

and can serve as a resource . . . In

speaking with younger women, I find

they are more inclined to find a

mentor or mentors and I would

especially encourage new attorneys

to reach out and ask for help.”

ment and how you are involved

in that.

A. When I rejoined the

Westchester County Attorney’s

office I immediately became

involved in some significant

compliance issues. I found

compliance compelling, particularly

because it

complimented what comes

naturally to attorneys: reading

the rules and regulations

and advising and creating

circumstances that make compliance

easy. I believe compliance

levels the playing

field, meaning clarifying and

applying the rules to all,

thereby providing everyone

with equal access to resources

and opportunities.

Title IX should do just that.

My interest in Title IX was

piqued after I left the Inspector

General position, because

it was clear that many educational

institutions were unaware

of the obligations imposed

by Title IX as it relates

to sexual misconduct. I became

certified as a Title IX

Coordinator and started advising

educational institutions

after reviewing specific campus

policies. I also taught a

number of CLEs as I believe

that reformation of Title IX will

Q. Tell us about your interest

in the area of Title IX and

specifically sexual harassonly

occur as attorneys tackle

some of the significant legal

issues in this area.

Q. What advice do you have

for women entering the legal

profession?

A. Anyone entering the legal

field today should find a mentor,

such as someone who

has held several legal positions

and can serve as a resource.

As I review my legal

career now I wish I had had

someone with a varied legal

career who could see the bigger

picture and provide me

with guidance. In speaking

with younger women, I find

they are more inclined to find

a mentor or mentors and I

would especially encourage

new attorneys to reach out

and ask for help.

Q. What do you think are

the most pressing legal issues

involving women, children

and families today?

A. I know the WWBA awards

a “family friendly” honor to

firms who affirmatively embrace

a work/life balance.

Particularly as we see the

workplace morph into a 24/

7 environment, I believe it is

critical that women insist on

Kitley S. Covill

accommodations that carve

out time to have other interests.

Q. When you are not involved

in legal work, what

are your other interests?

A. I have always been a volunteer.

Currently I am the

Co-President of the Board

of Directors of the YWCA

and a worker at the Community

Center of Northern

Westchester.

Q. What would you like to

see the WWBA help

achieve going forward?

A. I would love to see an

expansion of the reading to

elementary students that

happens only in one school

right now. I would also like

to see the WWBA become

a stand-alone CLE provider

as it is difficult to navigate

the various requirements

right now. I would also like

to see more strategic partnerships

with other women’s

organizations in the County,

but of course I am partial

to the YWCA, whose mission

is empowering women

and eliminating racism. ◗

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Chapter News and Announcements

Announcements & Notes on Members

❑ Jacqueline Hattar, who is a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz

Edelman & Dicker, LLP, and co-chair of the WWBA’s Diversity Committee,

has been chosen as a Diversity Champion by the Westchester

County and Fairfield County business journals. Ms. Hattar and 39

other business leaders in the Westchester and Fairfield County communities

were honored for their extraordinary leadership qualities, ongoing

commitment to personal and professional development, and

outstanding accomplishments in their business sectors. Ms. Hattar

was profiled in the December 19, 2016 edition of the Westchester/

Fairfield County Business Journals and will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the

publisher on April 4, 2017. ◗

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❑ Attractive furnished and very reasonably priced interior office in congenial suite with

possible overflow work. Rent to include reception, phone, copying, library, conference

room, free parking, and easy access to I287 from Exit 4. Email linda@rosemarklaw.com

for further information. ◗

President’s Message

from page 3

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

Jacqueline

Hattar

cose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Controlling glucose levels greatly

decreases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

7. Stop smoking

Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Smoking

damages your entire circulatory system and increases your risk for coronary heart disease,

hardened arteries, aneurysm and blood clots. Like a line of tumbling dominoes, one risk

creates another. Blood clots and hardened arteries increase your risks for heart attack,

stroke and peripheral artery disease. Smoking can also reduce your good cholesterol

(HDL) and your lung capacity, making it harder to get the physical activity you need.

These lifestyle changes are not only critical but just good common sense. I realize

that many of us are too busy taking care of others and managing our own hectic lives to

focus on and implement all of these measures but if we do not take care of ourselves we

will not be healthy enough to continue caring for others and living our lives to the fullest.

I want to give special thanks to BNY/Mellon, a WWBA Emerald Sponsor, for the use

of their well-appointed facility. Last month, the General Membership Meeting featured

Deb Scalise’s wonderful annual Ethic’s Update. Our thanks to Kitley Covill for moderating

and special thanks to participants Hon. Jeffrey Sunshine, Chief Counsel Jorge Dopiso

and Staff Counsel Mathew Lee-Renert for offering so many insights. This program, cosponsored

with the White Plains Bar Association, is always a highlight and this year was

no exception. Thanks also to our Diversity Committee, chaired by Jackie Hatter and

Stephanie Melowsky, who joined with the Litigation and Appellate Practice Committee to

bring us the powerhouse panel of Hon. Jenny Rivera and Maria Matos, as well as long

time committee chairs Jackie and Stephanie. This panel was sponsored jointly with the

NYS Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and will offer a great perspective

on why diversity is important to each one of us as we practice law.

Gratitude also to the Elder Law/Health Law under the leadership of Pat Angley,

Elizabeth Cumming and Shari Gordon for joining with the Trusts and Estates committee

and bringing us a series of Medicaid Planning workshops this year. Coming up next will

be “Strategies for Medicaid Planning and Asset Protection” on February 8, 2017.

Spring is coming! Please visit our website (wwbany.org) to learn more about and

how to register for the WWBA’s upcoming programs. ◗

Become a New

Member Today

RENEW YOUR

WWBA MEMBERSHIP TODAY

FOR THE PERIOD

JUNE 1, 2016 TO MAY 31, 2017.

RENEW NOW! DON’T WAIT!

WWBA Membership includes

membership to the Women’s Bar

Association of the State of New York

(WBASNY).

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.

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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WWBA Schedule of Upcoming Events

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

Board of Directors

Meeting and Diversity,

Litigation and Appellate

Practice Committees

Elder Law/ Health Law,

and Trusts & Estates

Committees

2/1/17

5:30-6:00 Board

meeting

6:00 Registration for

6:15-7:30 Diversity

Program

2/8/17

5:30 Registration for

Program 6:00-8:00

p.m.

WWBA Foundation 2/8/17

5:30 p.m.

Mediation Committee 2/16/17

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Board of Directors

Meeting

3/1/17

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Matrimonial Committee 3/7/17

5:30 Registration and

Networking

6:00-8:00 p.m.

program

Education Law Committee 3/8/17

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Elder/Health Law and

New Lawyers Committees

3/15/17

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Diversity Committee 3/28/17

6:00-7:30 pm

Mediation Committee 3/30/17

evening

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White Plains, New York

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1133 Westchester Avenue

White Plains, New York

TBA

Board meeting and A

Continuing Lecture

Series on Diversity in the

Legal Profession

Strategies for Medicaid

Planning and Asset

Protection

Board of Directors

Meeting

Early Intervention:

Support Services for

Parents in Conflict

Whatever Happened to

Prichep?: Counsel Fees

in Matrimonial Actions

and Family Court

In School & After

School:

Accommodations for

your Clients

Elder Law 101: Part II

Medicaid Planning, Wills

and Powers of Attorney,

Advance Planning for

Health Care Decisions,

Senior Housing Options

Diversity Program

Medical Bioethics and

Family Conversations

Susan Edwards Colson

president@wwbany.org

if you are unable to attend.

Register online for program at

www.wwba.org or email

john.bertran@wilsonelser.com

Register online at

www.wwbany.org

or email

executivedirector@wwbany.org

RSVP to Juliek0601@aol.com

Register online at

www.wwbany.org

or email

executivedirector@wwbany.org

Susan Edwards Colson

president@wwbany.org

if you are unable to attend

For information contact

Dgebhardt@mccarthyfingar.com

Register online at

www.wwbany.org

For more information contact

passmanspecialed@gmail.com

Register online at

www.wwbany.org

or email

executivedirector@wwbany.org

register online at

www.wwba.org

or email

executivedirector@wwbany.org

For information contact

abby.rosmarin@gmail.com

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.

WWBA is a chapter of WBASNY, which is an approved provider of CLE credit. Full and partial scholarships for CLE programs based

on financial need are available. For information on the guidelines and procedures for applying, please contact the person running

the program. All requests are strictly confidential. All programs are for transitional credit unless the program states otherwise.

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AT WWW.WBASNY.ORG.

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