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Westchester Women’s Bar Association<br />

MAY <strong>2017</strong><br />

<strong>WWBA</strong><br />

~ IN MEMORY OF ~<br />

HONORABLE SHEILA ABDUS-SALAAM<br />

Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals<br />

It is with deep regret and sadness that the Westchester<br />

Women’s Bar Association notes the passing of Honorable<br />

Sheila Abdus-Salaam.<br />

Judge Abdus-Salaam began her legal career as a legal<br />

services attorney, served as an Assistant Attorney General<br />

for New York State, and served as General Counsel of the<br />

New York City Office of Labor Services. In 1991, she was<br />

elected a Judge of the New York City Civil Court, the first<br />

Muslim to serve as a judge of any court in the United States.<br />

She was later elected and re-elected as a Justice of the New<br />

York Supreme Court. In 2009, she was appointed as an Associate<br />

Justice of the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate<br />

Division for the First Department. In 2013, she was appointed<br />

to serve as Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, becoming<br />

the first black woman to serve on New York’s highest court.<br />

Judge Abdus-Salaam was a gifted jurist who dedicated her life to public service.<br />

We celebrate her extraordinary life, kindness and unmistakable impact on<br />

the entire legal community. Our sincerest condolences to her family and many<br />

friends. Her presence will be terribly missed. ◗<br />

INSIDE THIS ISSUE<br />

MAY <strong>2017</strong><br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Women’s History<br />

Month Program: Diversity<br />

and Inclusion<br />

(page 4)<br />

An Interview with<br />

Judge Shelley S. <strong>May</strong>er<br />

(page 7)<br />

<strong>May</strong> Litigation Tip<br />

(page 9)<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Upcoming Events<br />

(page 12)<br />

SAVE THE DATE<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

news<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

Honorable Sheila<br />

Abdus-Salaam<br />

ABCs ON THE<br />

AMERICANS WITH<br />

DISABILITIES ACT<br />

<strong>May</strong> 9, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Sterling National Bank<br />

Tuckahoe, New York<br />

WESTCHESTER<br />

WOMEN’S BAR<br />

ASSOCIATION<br />

ANNUAL DINNER<br />

June 7, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Mamaroneck Beach<br />

and Yacht Club<br />

Mamaroneck, New York<br />

PRESIDENT’S<br />

MESSAGE<br />

It’s <strong>May</strong>. This time of<br />

year begins a series<br />

of festivities, remembrances,<br />

and soon,<br />

graduations. As the<br />

flowers start to bloom<br />

and we are reminded<br />

that summer is just<br />

around the corner,<br />

we pause to celebrate<br />

our accomplishments<br />

and note what might<br />

Susan Edwards<br />

Colson<br />

have led us to those achievements. We<br />

begin with our very own lawyer’s commemorative:<br />

Law Day.<br />

President Eisenhower established<br />

Law Day on February 3, 1958 by declaring:<br />

“the principle of guaranteed fundamental<br />

rights of individuals under the<br />

law is the heart and sinew of our Nation,<br />

and distinguishes our governmental<br />

systems from the type of government<br />

that rules by might alone” and “a day of<br />

national dedication to the principle of<br />

government under laws would afford us<br />

an opportunity better to understand and<br />

appreciate the manifold virtues of such<br />

a government and to focus the attention<br />

of the world upon them.”<br />

Each year, the ABA selects a theme<br />

for Law Day to highlight a specific aspect<br />

of the rule of law. This year the<br />

focus is: The 14th Amendment: Transforming<br />

American Democracy. As the<br />

ABA notes:<br />

This theme provides the opportunity<br />

to explore the many ways that<br />

the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped<br />

American law and society.<br />

Through its Citizenship, Due Process<br />

and Equal Protection clauses,<br />

continued on page 3 ➥<br />

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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


<strong>WWBA</strong> Member <strong>Newsletter</strong><br />

MAY Y <strong>2017</strong><br />

Published Monthly by the<br />

Westchester Women’s<br />

Bar Association, a Chapter of<br />

the Women’s Bar Association<br />

of the State of New York<br />

~ 2016/<strong>2017</strong> Officers and Directors ~<br />

President SUSAN EDWARDS COLSON<br />

Vice Presidents<br />

LISA M. DENIG JOELLE M. BURTON JENNIFER N. NETROSIO<br />

Treasurer<br />

AMANDA C. FRIED Recording Secretary ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI<br />

Corresponding Secretary KIM BERG<br />

Immediate Past ast President<br />

ROBIN D. CARTON<br />

Elected Directors Westchester Board<br />

GAIL M. BOGGIO HÉLÈNE CÔTÉ AMY E. GEWIRTZ<br />

LONYA A. GILBERT SHARI R. GORDON<br />

State Directors Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York<br />

ROBIN D. CARTON KITLEY S. COVILL DONNA E. FROSCO<br />

MARIAN GENIO THERESA A. GIROLAMO ANNETTE G. HASAPIDIS JAMIESON L. KEISER<br />

ADRIENNE J. ORBACH SUSAN MILLS RICHMOND JANE SILVERMAN<br />

Executive Director ELISABETH CAMPOS<br />

© Copyright 2016 Westchester Women’s Bar Association. All rights reserved.<br />

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

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

2016-<strong>2017</strong> <strong>WWBA</strong> Committee Chairs<br />

S T A N D I N G C O M M I T T E E S<br />

By-Laws .................................................................. Anna L. Georgiou<br />

Corporate & Commercial ........................ Lisa M. Bluestein, Eva David<br />

Criminal Law ....... Kitley S. Covill, Lisa M. Denig, Hon. Sandra A. Forster<br />

Families’, Children & the Courts .......... Shari R. Gordon, Joy S. Joseph,<br />

Lauren Morrissey, Hon. Irene Ratner<br />

Grievance/Ethics ............................ Kitley S. Covill, Deborah A. Scalise<br />

Judicial Screening ............... Hon. Sandra A. Forster, Loren I. Glassman<br />

Judiciary .......... Hon. Delores Scott Brathwaite, Hon. Linda S. Jamieson<br />

Lawyering & Parenting ............................................... Joelle M. Burton,<br />

Jana Kosberg-Kleidman<br />

Legislation ................................................. Angela Morcone Gianinni<br />

Matrimonial .......... Robin Carton, Dolores Gebhardt, Lonya A. Gilbert<br />

Annual Dinner ......... Robin D. Carton, Lisa M. Denig, Jennifer L. Gray,<br />

Stephanie Melowsky, Jennifer N. Netrosio<br />

Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal ................................................. TBD<br />

Appellate Practice ....................... Lisa M. Denig, Hon. Mark C. Dillon,<br />

Hon. Sondra M. Miller, Hon. Robert A. Spolzino<br />

Archive & Historian ..................................................... Susan L. Pollet<br />

Awards ............................................. Elizabeth M. Barnhard, Kim Berg<br />

Bankruptcy ................... Susan Mills Richmond, Wendy Marie Weathers<br />

Breast Cancer Awareness ...................................... Adrienne J. Orbach<br />

Collaborative Law ........................... Kathleen Donelli, John J. Grimes,<br />

Lynn J. Maier, Hon. Sondra M. Miller<br />

Community Outreach ... Deborah A. Scalise, Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith<br />

Continuing Legal Education ..................................... Ann M. McNulty<br />

Diversity in Membership ........... Jacqueline Hattar, Stephanie Melowsky<br />

Domestic Violence ...................... Natanya L. Briendel, Audrey E. Stone<br />

Education Law ....................... Adrienne J. Arkontaky, Julie P. Passman,<br />

Susan Mills Richmond<br />

Elder & Health Law ............. Patricia L. Angley, Elizabeth A. Cumming,<br />

Shari R. Gordon<br />

Employment Law ...................................... Kim Berg, Hillary Raimondi<br />

Environmental & Land Use .......... Lucia Chiocchio, Anna L. Georgiou,<br />

Jennifer L. Gray, Katherine Zalantis<br />

Gender Dynamics ...................................... Hon. Terry Jane Ruderman<br />

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A D H O C C O M M I T T E E S<br />

Membership ............................................... Sherry Bishko, Hélène Côté<br />

Networking ................................... Jennifer L. Gray, Patricia McCluskey<br />

New Lawyers ............................. Elizabeth Marcus, Jennifer N. Netrosio<br />

Professional Development .............. Adam J. Krim, Stephanie Melowsky<br />

Programs ........................................... Lucia Chiocchio, Amanda Fried<br />

Public Relations ............................... Joelle M. Burton, Jennifer L. Gray<br />

Real Property ............................ Melanie Finkel, Hon. Sandra A. Forster<br />

Sponsorship .................................. Lisa M. Bluestein, Lucia Chiocchio,<br />

Joelle M. Burton<br />

Taxation ....................................................................................... TBD<br />

Trusts & Estates ................................... Gail M. Boggio, Anna B. Parker,<br />

Nancy J. Rudolph, Karen J. Walsh<br />

Golf & Tennis Outing ................................................................ TBD<br />

Holiday Party and Boutique ...... Dolores Gebhardt, Jennifer N. Netrosio<br />

Immigration ................................................................. Henry Mascia<br />

Insurance ..................................................................... Dawn Warren<br />

Intellectual Property .............. Elizabeth M. Barnhard, Donna E. Frosco,<br />

Theresa O’Rourke Nugent<br />

Judgment Enforcement & Collections .............. Christopher T. Bonante,<br />

Daniel F. Florio, Jr.<br />

Litigation ...................... Angela Morcone Giannini, Jacqueline Hattar<br />

Kimberly Sheehan<br />

Long Range Planning ............... Lisa M. Bluestein, Carla D. Glassman,<br />

Linda Markowitz, Ann M. McNulty<br />

Mediation ............................ Amy Carron Day, Hon. Sondra M. Miller,<br />

Lauren S. Morrissey, Abby Rosmarin<br />

Network of Bar Leaders ............................................. Donna E. Frosco<br />

Pace Board of Visitors ....................... Gail M. Boggio, Lonya A. Gilbert<br />

Past Presidents ........... Jane Bilus Gould, Mary F. Kelly, Linda Markowitz<br />

Practice Management ......... Jamieson L. Keiser, Wendy Marie Weathers<br />

Pro Bono .................................................. Marcia Levy, Marian Genio<br />

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

WCA Board Delegate ............................................ Anthony Morando<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Foundation President ....................................... Julie S. Kattan<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Representative Director to the WCBA Board .. Dolores Gebhardt<br />

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President’s Message<br />

from page 1<br />

“[T]he rights and<br />

freedoms we enjoy,<br />

and consider second<br />

nature . . . are just<br />

distant ideals unless<br />

we, as lawyers,<br />

make them more<br />

understandable.”<br />

this transformative amendment advanced<br />

the rights of all Americans. It<br />

also played a pivotal role in extending<br />

the reach of the Bill of Rights to<br />

the states. Ratified during Reconstruction<br />

a century and a half ago, the<br />

Fourteenth Amendment serves as the<br />

cornerstone of landmark civil rights<br />

legislation, the foundation for numerous<br />

federal court decisions protecting<br />

fundamental rights, and a source<br />

of inspiration for all those who advocate<br />

for equal justice under law.<br />

This theme reminds us that many of<br />

the rights and freedoms we enjoy, and consider<br />

second nature – are derived from the<br />

Fourteenth Amendment. Of course, these<br />

are just distant ideals unless we, as lawyers,<br />

make them more understandable. Many<br />

thanks to Past President Deborah Scalise<br />

for providing the leadership and coordination<br />

of the <strong>WWBA</strong>’s local celebration this<br />

year on <strong>May</strong> 23, <strong>2017</strong>. Year after year, the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>, through the efforts of the long-serving<br />

members of this committee, have made<br />

Law Day a real local celebration and an<br />

experience of what the rule-of-law promises<br />

and involves.<br />

While Law Day is a one day reminder<br />

to celebrate our rights under the law, THE<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> is constantly teaching about the legal<br />

process through our various programs<br />

and initiatives. Natanya Briendel, Pace<br />

Women’s Justice Center, has recently been<br />

instrumental in coordinating a series of volunteer<br />

training workshops in conjunction<br />

with the Community Resource Center in<br />

Mamaroneck. These workshops are offered<br />

continued on page 10 ➥<br />

Editor’s Note<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother<br />

is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and<br />

imperfection.<br />

~ Arianna Huffington<br />

Making Dates and Getting Published<br />

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS<br />

❑ Deadline for newsletter submissions is the 12th of the month prior to publication (submissions<br />

received after the deadline are subject to the discretion of the editor).<br />

❑ Send submissions as email attachments to Kim Berg at kberg@gouldberglaw.com.<br />

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

formatting, other than bold, underline or italics. Authors are encouraged to submit photographs<br />

for publication with their submissions and include a short biographical statement with<br />

their submissions.<br />

❑ Materials submitted allow the <strong>WWBA</strong> a limited copyright and full permission to reprint the<br />

material in any <strong>WWBA</strong> publication or on its website without additional consent.<br />

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

each photograph must be fully identified.<br />

PROGRAM SCHEDULING<br />

❑ First visit the <strong>WWBA</strong> website: www.wwbany.org and click on the calendar at the home page to<br />

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

priority for early submissions.<br />

❑ Contact Kim Berg at kberg@gouldberglaw.com to schedule a <strong>WWBA</strong> sponsored or cosponsored<br />

program, including committee meetings, CLE programs, etc.<br />

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

creating your flyer.<br />

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

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

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

President for publication on the website calendar and the newsletter calendar. The final flyer will<br />

also be emailed to the membership.<br />

❑ We will also consider publicizing programs from outside organizations that may be of interest<br />

to our members.<br />

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

speakers and participants that can be included in an upcoming newsletter. Send your submission<br />

to Lisa M. Denig, following the guidelines above.<br />

Contacts<br />

Kim Berg, Corresponding Secretary and <strong>Newsletter</strong> Editor-in-Chief: kberg@gouldberglaw.com<br />

Lucia Chiocchio, Programs Committee Co-Chair: lchiocchio@cuddyfeder.com<br />

Amanda Fried, Programs Committee Co-Chair: afried@cartonrosoff.com<br />

Susan Edwards Colson, President: president@wwbany.org<br />

Ann M. McNulty, CLE Chair: ann.m.mcnulty@morganstanley.com<br />

Elisabeth Campos, Executive Director: executivedirector@wwbany.org<br />

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A DISCUSSION ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION:<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Pesents Women’s History Month Program<br />

Featuring NYSBA President Claire Gutekunst<br />

Diversity Program<br />

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Stephanie Melowsky and<br />

Jacqueline Hattar<br />

Claire Gutekunst, the<br />

president of the New York<br />

State Bar Association<br />

(NYSBA), was the guest<br />

speaker at a lecture on “A<br />

Discussion on Diversity and<br />

Inclusion” that was held on<br />

March 28, <strong>2017</strong> at Wilson<br />

Elser’s office in White Plains.<br />

The program, held in celebration<br />

of Women’s History<br />

Month, was presented by the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>’s Diversity and Litigation<br />

Committees and the<br />

Ninth Judicial District’s Committee<br />

on Gender Fairness in<br />

the Courts, and was supported<br />

by Wilson Elser.<br />

The program, which was<br />

very-well attended, is part of<br />

the <strong>WWBA</strong>’s Continuing Lecture<br />

Series on Diversity in the<br />

Legal Profession. The authors<br />

were proud to serve as panelists<br />

at this program.<br />

Ms. Gutekunst, whose<br />

achievements are truly impressive,<br />

has been active in<br />

the State Bar for approximately<br />

30 years. She has<br />

served as the NYSBA’s treasurer<br />

from 2011 to 2013 and<br />

is currently a member of the<br />

Commercial and Federal Litigation<br />

Section’s Executive<br />

Committee, the Legislative<br />

Policy Committee and the<br />

Membership Committee. She<br />

previously served on the Executive<br />

Committee as vice<br />

president for the First Judicial<br />

District and as a member-atlarge.<br />

Ms. Gutekunst chaired<br />

the Membership Committee,<br />

Committee on Women in the<br />

Law and Strategic Planning<br />

Advisory Committee. She was<br />

vice chair of the Dispute<br />

Resolution Section and cochaired<br />

the President’s Committee<br />

on Access to Justice.<br />

She also was a longtime<br />

member of the Committee on<br />

Diversity and Inclusion. She<br />

previously worked for approximately<br />

30 years at<br />

Proskauer Rose, first as an<br />

associate and then as a partner.<br />

After leaving Proskauer<br />

Rose in 2012, Ms. Gutekunst<br />

established her own practice<br />

and is currently an independent<br />

arbitrator and mediator.<br />

During the March 28th<br />

lecture, Ms. Gutekunst discussed<br />

her journey through<br />

the NYSBA and the various<br />

diversity and inclusion initia-<br />

continued on page 6 ➥<br />

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<strong>WWBA</strong>’S FOURTH GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING<br />

A Conversation with the Federal Judges in White Plains<br />

Kim Berg<br />

Members of the <strong>WWBA</strong> and the Federal<br />

Bar Association were privileged to attend<br />

“A Conversation with the Federal<br />

Judges in White Plain”" on April 4, <strong>2017</strong> at<br />

the lovely LaBocca restaurant in White<br />

Plains. This was the <strong>WWBA</strong>’s fourth and<br />

final General Membership Meeting this year.<br />

The Honorable Nelson S. Roman,<br />

United States District Judge, and Honorable<br />

Lisa M. Smith, United States Magistrate<br />

Judge, candidly answered questions<br />

posed by moderator Donna Frosco. The<br />

topics covered procedural and substantive<br />

content for all facets of federal court litigation,<br />

from pleadings to discovery and<br />

through trial. Topics included:<br />

❑ attorney preparedness and the importance<br />

of having a good, working knowledge<br />

about matters on which they appear<br />

in court;<br />

❑ resolution of discovery disputes and the<br />

Court’s rules governing expeditious resolution<br />

of disputes by the Magistrate Judges;<br />

❑ motion practice, including effective strategies<br />

for making or defending motions, pit-<br />

Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith, Hon. Nelson S.<br />

Roman, Donna Frosco<br />

falls to avoid when writing memoranda of<br />

law, and the importance of citations, both<br />

to the record for support of any factual assertions<br />

and to statutes and case law for<br />

legal arguments;<br />

❑ the critical importance of laying a proper<br />

foundation for the admission of evidence<br />

at a trial and how failure to do so could<br />

result in the exclusion of evidence; and<br />

❑ strategies used in mediating/settling<br />

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claims.<br />

The practical tips provided from the<br />

esteemed panel of Judges provided practitioners<br />

with excellent guidance on how to<br />

approach all phases of litigation and<br />

stressed the importance of narrowing the<br />

issues before the court.<br />

Judge Roman and Judge Smith also<br />

both aptly focused on maintaining a high<br />

standard of professionalism in what is usually<br />

an adversarial setting – not only when<br />

appearing before the Court but also toward<br />

colleagues, clients, and courthouse staff.<br />

In sum, maintaining one’s credibility, not<br />

only in presenting an accurate version of<br />

the “facts” and the “law” with supporting<br />

cites to the record and case law, but also<br />

pointing out that the manner in which you<br />

interact with judges, their staff, attorneys,<br />

and litigants can also impact your credibility.<br />

Those <strong>WWBA</strong> members in attendance<br />

also voted to accept the amended by laws<br />

and the slate of officers and directors for<br />

WBASNY and the Westchester Chapter for<br />

<strong>2017</strong>-2018 (see page 10). ◗<br />

Matrimonial Committee Presents CLE on Counsel Fees<br />

Dolores Gebhardt<br />

My much-anticipated CLE program,<br />

“Whatever Happened to Prichep: Counsel<br />

Fees in Matrimonial Actions and in<br />

Family Court” was held on March 22,<br />

<strong>2017</strong> at Sterling National Bank in Tuckahoe.<br />

I was very grateful to have as my<br />

fellow panelists Hon. Linda Christopher,<br />

J.S.C., Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial<br />

Part, and Hon. Sherri Eisenpress,<br />

J.F.C., Acting Supreme Court Justice in<br />

Rockland County.<br />

The name Prichep refers to a landmark<br />

2008 Appellate Division, Second<br />

Department decision on interim counsel<br />

fees written by former Presiding Judge A.<br />

Gail Prudenti. The decision made it considerably<br />

easier for the less-monied spouse<br />

to get an award of interim counsel fees<br />

from the monied spouse in a timely manner.<br />

Two years later, in 2010, Domestic<br />

Relations Law § 237, which provides for<br />

counsel fee awards, was revised to reflect<br />

the holding in Prichep – allegedly! One<br />

of the goals of this lecture was to demonstrate<br />

via an analysis of the language of<br />

the statute that the 2010 amendments to<br />

DRL § 237 are actually not a codification<br />

of Prichep.<br />

A second goal was to show how<br />

Prichep and the 2010 amendments solved<br />

a significant problem for practitioners –<br />

interim fee awards are now largely made<br />

right away, rather than deferred to trial.<br />

However, neither the case nor the revised<br />

statute help matrimonial attorneys with our<br />

other problem: the fees awarded are usually<br />

less – sometimes far less – than the<br />

amount requested. My third goal was to<br />

show how both Prichep and the 2010<br />

amendments have been eroded by several<br />

recent decisions.<br />

Also featured were: the different<br />

analysis the Courts use for determining<br />

requests for final counsel fees; methods<br />

of getting paid from one’s own client;<br />

and how to get counsel fees in enforcement<br />

cases, modification cases, Family<br />

Court cases, and on appeal. I explained<br />

the difference between seeking a counsel<br />

fee award pursuant to DRL § 237 and<br />

pursuant to 22 NYCRR § 130-1.1 (the<br />

“sanctions” rule).<br />

Justices Christopher and Eisenpress<br />

explained what they are looking for in a<br />

fee application, as well as their rationale<br />

for determining the amount to award.<br />

The Justices and I led a spirited discussion<br />

with the audience, which consisted<br />

of many of the field’s prominent<br />

practitioners, as well as matrimonial<br />

judges and law secretaries. It was a great<br />

evening, and we all learned useful information.<br />

I extend my grateful thanks to the<br />

Justices, to our host, Sterling National<br />

Bank, and to our sponsor, Family Law<br />

Software. ◗<br />

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WWA’s Launch Event for Report on the Status of<br />

Women in Westchester County<br />

Jacqueline Hattar<br />

The Westchester<br />

Women’s Agenda (WWA)<br />

held a launch event on<br />

March 21, <strong>2017</strong> at the<br />

Eileen Fisher Learning Lab in<br />

Irvington, New York, on its<br />

“2016 Report on the Status<br />

of Women in Westchester<br />

County.” The event included<br />

a panel discussion regarding<br />

the key findings contained<br />

in the report. The panelists<br />

included WWA Board<br />

members Colleen<br />

Braithwaite, Sheila Klatzky<br />

and Maria Imperial. The<br />

panel discussion was moderated<br />

by Robi Schlaff, the<br />

executive director of the<br />

Westchester County Office<br />

for Women. WWA’s cochair,<br />

Antoinette Klatzky, provided<br />

introductory remarks.<br />

The panel discussed the challenges<br />

facing women and<br />

families in the county, including<br />

the high cost of child<br />

care, a growing elderly<br />

population which strains their<br />

resources, and wage disparities<br />

which continue to<br />

favor men.<br />

The WWA commissioned<br />

the report to advise<br />

on the social and economic<br />

status of women, and to further<br />

a climate that offers<br />

equal access and opportunity<br />

for women in Westchester<br />

County. The report aims to<br />

provide local data that will<br />

create a baseline on issues<br />

which are of concern to<br />

women. The report also<br />

strives to inspire the public to<br />

join in efforts to create programs<br />

for women and, therefore,<br />

improve the quality of<br />

life for everyone in<br />

Westchester.<br />

According to the report,<br />

the poverty in Westchester has<br />

worsened over the last five<br />

years for women, men and<br />

families. Poverty is higher for<br />

woman-headed families in<br />

Westchester, and it has gotten<br />

worse. The report also<br />

noted that educational levels<br />

have improved over the last<br />

five years, for both women<br />

and men. The educational<br />

levels of women slightly exceed<br />

those of men at the current<br />

time; however, at all levels<br />

of education, women still<br />

make less money than men.<br />

Based upon the U.S. Census<br />

data, the report stated that in<br />

2014, median earnings for<br />

women over the age of 25<br />

were $42,895. In comparison,<br />

for men over the age of<br />

25, the median earnings were<br />

$59,433.<br />

Additionally, the report<br />

stated that men outnumber<br />

women as Westchester<br />

County officials by a factor<br />

of 1.7 to 1. Of the seven<br />

largest corporations head-<br />

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from page 4<br />

tives, including the Diversity<br />

reception that is held at the<br />

NYSBA Annual Meeting. She<br />

shared her experiences when<br />

she was an associate at<br />

Proskauer Rose, including<br />

how she was encouraged to<br />

participate in bar associations.<br />

She also expressed the<br />

value of diversity and inclusion<br />

and how it makes a law<br />

practice more beneficial and<br />

attractive for clients. Ms.<br />

Gutekunst encouraged looking<br />

at and improving one’s<br />

Maria Imperial, Sheila Klatsky, Colleen Braithwaite, and Robi Schlaff<br />

A Discussion in Diversity and Inclusion<br />

individual implicit bias and<br />

discussed bias interrupters<br />

which can mitigate the negative<br />

effects that this bias may<br />

have on peers. She also<br />

noted that those in positions<br />

of leadership have the ability<br />

and duty to mentor, sponsor<br />

and include less experienced<br />

associates.<br />

Ms. Hattar discussed<br />

Wilson’s Elser’s national<br />

Women’s Initiative (Women<br />

Attorneys Valued and Empowered),<br />

in connection with<br />

which she serves on its Steering<br />

Committee and helped<br />

to launch in 2015. She explained<br />

that its mission is to<br />

attract, develop and retain<br />

women attorneys by enhancing<br />

and strengthening their<br />

skills and by providing careeradvancing<br />

opportunities in<br />

client service, business development<br />

and leadership. It<br />

was a truly excellent program<br />

that included a lively and interesting<br />

discussion by the attendees.<br />

We wish to thank<br />

Wilson Elser for their generous<br />

support. ◗<br />

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An Interview with Hon. Shelley S. <strong>May</strong>er<br />

Susan L. Pollet<br />

Chair of the Archive and<br />

Historian Committee<br />

Q: You are a long-time<br />

member of the Westchester<br />

Women’s Bar Association.<br />

When did you join, and<br />

what prompted you to become<br />

a member?<br />

A: I was a “Founding Member”<br />

of the Western New<br />

York Chapter of the<br />

Women’s Bar Association<br />

in about 1979 when I<br />

graduated law school, and<br />

have been a member ever<br />

since. When I moved back<br />

to Westchester in 1985, I<br />

joined the Westchester<br />

Women’s Bar Association,<br />

and became active in the<br />

chapter. I have long believed<br />

that women lawyers<br />

had a unique and valuable<br />

perspective on the profession<br />

and on specific issues<br />

affecting women, and the<br />

Women’s Bar Association<br />

has been a major voice in<br />

that effort.<br />

Q: Tell us about your entire<br />

legal career, and why<br />

you became a member of<br />

the New York State Assembly.<br />

A: I graduated from SUNY<br />

Buffalo Law School in<br />

1979, and was already an<br />

activist on behalf of issues<br />

involving women and<br />

families. I joined a small<br />

Buffalo law firm right out<br />

of law school, handling<br />

family law and civil rights<br />

litigation, and then in 1982<br />

I started as an Assistant Attorney<br />

General in Attorney<br />

General Bob Abrams office<br />

in Buffalo. I began<br />

handling fascinating civil<br />

rights cases on behalf of<br />

“Childcare, quality after<br />

school, paid leave, and a<br />

higher minimum wage –<br />

these are the key economic<br />

challenges for women in<br />

the work force. I believe<br />

that we need to do more<br />

to ensure all workers,<br />

especially women, have a<br />

path to good paying jobs<br />

with room for growth<br />

and advancement.”<br />

the Attorney General, and in<br />

1983 my husband and I<br />

moved to NYC and I continued<br />

in the Civil Rights Bureau<br />

of the Attorney<br />

General’s office. I spent 12<br />

years with the Attorney General,<br />

specializing on issues involving<br />

women, families, reproductive<br />

health care and<br />

legislative advocacy, including<br />

several years as the head<br />

of the Westchester Regional<br />

Office. Later, I spent 7 years<br />

as the Vice President of Government<br />

and Community Affairs<br />

for St. Luke’s-Roosevelt<br />

Hospital and then Continuum<br />

Health Partners, handling<br />

their very challenging<br />

community affairs in New<br />

York City as well as all their<br />

legislative issues on the local,<br />

state and federal level.<br />

I then worked for 3 years at<br />

the law firm Manatt, Phelps<br />

and Phillips handling advocacy<br />

for non- profits in the<br />

health care sector.<br />

Having grown up in Yonkers,<br />

and having cared<br />

deeply about politics all my<br />

life, I was anxious to return<br />

home and see how I could<br />

contribute to the large, diverse<br />

and challenging city<br />

that was my home. In 2006,<br />

I ran for the Assembly in Yonkers<br />

and lost by a narrow<br />

margin. I knew I would run<br />

again, and after 4 years as<br />

General Counsel to the NYS<br />

Senate Democrats in Albany,<br />

I ran again in 2012 in a special<br />

election after Mike<br />

Spano left the Assembly to<br />

become <strong>May</strong>or. I was<br />

elected in a Special Election<br />

on March 20, 2012 and<br />

subsequently re-elected in<br />

2012 and 2014. I am running<br />

again this November.<br />

While in the Assembly, I<br />

have fought to increase the<br />

minimum wage and pass<br />

paid family leave, increase<br />

Hon. Shelley S. <strong>May</strong>er<br />

state funding for the Yonkers<br />

Public Schools, obtain<br />

funding for afterschool services,<br />

pass legislation to<br />

protect vulnerable senior<br />

citizens, and pushed for<br />

increased attention and resources<br />

for child care.<br />

Among my Committee assignments<br />

are the Assembly<br />

Labor, Education, Children<br />

& Families, and Social<br />

Services committees,<br />

where I pride myself on my<br />

commitment to New York’s<br />

working families as well as<br />

those whose voices are often<br />

unheard. I serve as<br />

chair of the Assembly Education<br />

Sub-Committee on<br />

Students with Special<br />

Needs and each year I<br />

advocate for additional<br />

state funding for the special<br />

schools that serve disabled<br />

children. I believe in<br />

responsive, respectful civil<br />

engagement with all of our<br />

communities, and work on<br />

a bi-partisan basis with legislators<br />

from all of NYS to<br />

achieve my goals, if possible.<br />

Q: What do you think are<br />

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An Interview with Hon. Shelley S. <strong>May</strong>er<br />

from page 7<br />

the most pressing issues of<br />

the day regarding women,<br />

children and families?<br />

A: Childcare, quality after<br />

school, paid leave, and a<br />

higher minimum wage –<br />

these are the key economic<br />

challenges for women in the<br />

work force. I believe that we<br />

need to do more to ensure<br />

all workers, especially<br />

women, have a path to<br />

good paying jobs with<br />

room for growth and advancement.<br />

I have also introduced<br />

and passed legislation<br />

to ensure parents<br />

have greater access to information<br />

about after<br />

school and child care providers,<br />

so they can make<br />

the best decision for themselves<br />

and their children. I<br />

strongly support small business<br />

growth and economic<br />

opportunity, and know that<br />

for many women, that is the<br />

path to economic self-sufficiency.<br />

I continue to be<br />

concerned that we have not<br />

adequately addressed the<br />

financial needs of seniors,<br />

particularly women and<br />

men without pensions, and<br />

I will be focused on that in<br />

the coming term.<br />

Q: What do you think the<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar<br />

Association should do going<br />

forward to work on<br />

those issues?<br />

A: Westchester Women’s<br />

Bar Association (<strong>WWBA</strong>)<br />

has a tremendous platform<br />

from which to educate the<br />

public and advocate for the<br />

advancement of women. It<br />

needs to continue to work<br />

in partnership and coalitions<br />

to further these issues<br />

in Albany and locally and<br />

remain committed to<br />

women’s issues, however<br />

they are defined.<br />

Q: What are your priority issues<br />

in the Assembly at this<br />

time?<br />

A: As an Assembly member<br />

representing only the City of<br />

Yonkers, my primary work<br />

each year is to to secure<br />

more education funding for<br />

the Yonkers Public Schools.<br />

As a district constantly struggling<br />

to provide students the<br />

services and programming<br />

they need and deserve,<br />

funding for the Yonkers Public<br />

Schools is an annual priority<br />

for me. I have also<br />

worked hard to ensure Yonkers<br />

residents and all New<br />

Yorkers have greater access<br />

to quality affordable housing,<br />

child care and after<br />

school programming, as<br />

well as reliable public transportation.<br />

On each of these<br />

issues, I work to secure resources<br />

through the budget<br />

process, as well as work in<br />

coalitions with other members<br />

and advocates to improve<br />

programming and<br />

services. I also work to support<br />

cities throughout the<br />

state, focus on economic<br />

growth and public transportation,<br />

and am an active<br />

advocate for unions and<br />

working people throughout<br />

New York.<br />

Q: What activities are you involved<br />

in, both professional,<br />

and personal, when you are<br />

not working on Assembly matters?<br />

A: I work full-time as an Assembly<br />

member, and no<br />

longer actively practice law.<br />

When I am not working on<br />

Assembly matters, narrowly<br />

defined, I am working to<br />

ensure Yonkers residents are<br />

informed, engaged and the<br />

strongest advocates they can<br />

be. In my personal life, when<br />

I am not working, I enjoy<br />

spending time with my husband,<br />

three adult children<br />

and their spouses and my<br />

granddaughter as well as a<br />

wonderful group of friends.<br />

I am a big Yonkers booster,<br />

and encourage all<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar<br />

Association members to visit,<br />

enjoy our restaurants and<br />

wonderful downtown on the<br />

River.<br />

Q: How have you managed<br />

to balance work and family<br />

all of these years?<br />

A: It has always been difficult<br />

to balance work and<br />

family, yet I was very fortunate<br />

to have had a supportive<br />

family, and flexible employers.<br />

There were times<br />

when my career took precedence<br />

over my husband’s,<br />

and my husband took on the<br />

role as primary caregiver,<br />

and there were times when<br />

both of us had demanding<br />

careers, and we relied on<br />

childcare support. We were<br />

always fortunate to have<br />

high quality childcare. I<br />

jumped between full time<br />

and part time many times,<br />

and did my best to make it<br />

work. I was blessed to have<br />

wonderful, supportive parents<br />

who lived nearby while<br />

our children were younger,<br />

and they provided emotional<br />

support for the ups and<br />

downs of work and family.<br />

I always counsel working<br />

women that the notion of<br />

balance is greatly exaggerated<br />

– you simply do<br />

the best you can.<br />

Q: What advice would you<br />

give to women lawyers entering<br />

the profession?<br />

A: Be open and flexible<br />

about the issues that motivate<br />

you. You may change<br />

your priorities over time,<br />

and that’s great. I found<br />

that money was never the<br />

most important thing in my<br />

job choices - rewarding<br />

and challenging work was<br />

far more important to me.<br />

My husband and I managed<br />

to get by in good<br />

times, and bad, including<br />

when we both lost our jobs<br />

on the same night as our<br />

elected Democratic bosses<br />

lost their election on the<br />

same day.<br />

Being a lawyer is a<br />

wonderful career and provides<br />

enormous opportunities<br />

beyond the courtroom.<br />

I encourage women lawyers<br />

to consider running for<br />

office – we need them in<br />

government!<br />

Q: What would you like to<br />

achieve in the coming<br />

years?<br />

A: I appreciate my current<br />

work in the NYS Assembly,<br />

and I look forward to continuing<br />

to serve the people<br />

of Yonkers and New York<br />

State for the next two years.<br />

I am focused on winning in<br />

November, but I am open<br />

to bigger challenges and<br />

the opportunity to have<br />

greater impact on New<br />

Yorkers in the future. ◗<br />

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<strong>May</strong> Litigation Tip<br />

✦ CPLR 1412 AND BURDEN OF PROOF ON SUMMARY<br />

JUDGMENT MOTIONS<br />

In the mid-1970’s New York joined the majority of other jurisdictions and rejected a<br />

plaintiff’s contributory negligence as a total bar to recovery. A system of comparative fault was<br />

adopted when the Legislature enacted CPLR 1412 which provides that culpable conduct shall<br />

be an affirmative defense to be pleaded and proved by the party asserting it. Thus, the party that<br />

seeks to diminish damages by pleading that plaintiff was negligent has the parallel burden of<br />

proving the comparable negligence.<br />

Despite CPLR 1412, case law in the Second Department has held where the summary judgment<br />

motion is on liability only, the plaintiff must establish that he or she is free of comparative<br />

fault. Day v. MTA, 94 AD3d 940 (2d Dept 2012); Roman v. A1 Limousine, Inc., 76 AD3d 552 (2d<br />

Dept. 2010). While the First Department, in Tselebis v. Ryder Truck Rental ,Inc., 72 AD3d 198<br />

(1st Dept. 2010) followed the plain intent of CPLR 1412 and held no such showing was required<br />

by the plaintiff, in the more recent decision of Rodriguez v City of New York, 142 AD3d 778 (1st<br />

Dept. 2016) the Court imposed the burden of proof of being free from comparative fault on the<br />

plaintiff. The decisions imposing the burden upon the plaintiff to prove freedom from comparative<br />

fault appear to rely on the Court of Appeals decision in Thoma v. Ronai, 82 NY2d 736<br />

(1993). The Thoma decision has raised much discussion. The decision held plaintiff did not<br />

satisfy her burden of demonstrating the absence of any material fact for summary judgment and<br />

therefore, the lower court properly denied summary judgment. Notably, the Thoma court did not<br />

address whether it was plaintiff’s prima facie burden to establish that she was free from comparative<br />

fault. Yet, after Thoma, the courts seem to have placed that burden upon the plaintiff.<br />

The NYSBA Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules recognizing the need to clarify<br />

CPLR 1412, proposed an amendment that has been introduced in both the Senate (S.7779) and<br />

Assembly (A.02776). The amendment adds language to CPLR 1412 whereby the party asserting<br />

the affirmative defense “shall have the burden of interposing proof of culpable conduct when<br />

asserting such a defense on a motion for summary judgment or at trial.”<br />

Since the bills remain in committee, a plaintiff moving for summary judgment on liability in<br />

cases in the Second and First Departments should be aware of the present burden of proof and<br />

be prepared to demonstrate freedom from culpable fault in order to be successful on the motion.<br />

Written by Angela Morcone Giannini, Co-Chair, Litigation Committee<br />

Other Co-Chairs: Jacqueline Hattar & Kimberly Sheehan<br />

Report on the Status of Women in Westchester County<br />

from page 6<br />

quartered in Westchester, three are<br />

headed by women. The percentage of<br />

women in executive leadership positions<br />

in the largest seven corporations<br />

in Westchester County is 32%. The report<br />

further stated that of the ten largest<br />

non-profit organizations in<br />

Westchester, three are headed by<br />

women. Women hold 78% of senior<br />

leadership positions, but only 30% of<br />

chief executive officer positions. Interestingly,<br />

the report also noted that<br />

women are more likely than men to be<br />

○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○<br />

registered to vote and are more likely<br />

to vote. Overall, the WWA study generated<br />

a lively discussion on various<br />

important issues affecting women in<br />

Westchester County.<br />

To read the full report, please visit:<br />

www.wwagenda.org ◗<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

Page 9


Chapter News and Announcements<br />

Announcements & Notes on Members<br />

❑ Donna Frosco<br />

has been appointed to the Executive Committee of Entertainment<br />

Art & Sports Law (“EASL”) Section of the New York State Bar Association. Donna will<br />

Co-chair the Copyright & Trademark Committee for EASL. Donna is a <strong>WWBA</strong> Board<br />

Member and Past President of our parent association, WBASNY. She is a Partner with<br />

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLC where she focuses on matters relating to protection,<br />

transfer and licensing of intellectual property; issues relating to technology, data<br />

and cyber-security; construction law; general business matters and litigation and dispute<br />

resolution. Donna can be reached at dfrosco@dunnington.com and<br />

www.dunnington.com. ◗<br />

President’s Message<br />

from page 3<br />

to train volunteers to assist immigrant families to prepare documents for unexpected<br />

detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is easy to forget the human<br />

suffering caused by divisive policy issues such as Immigration and I am grateful to Natanya<br />

Briendel for offering our members a way to work closely on this issue. Several workshops<br />

have taken place in April and I am certain there will be more to come.<br />

At the General Membership Meeting on April 4th, titled “A Converation with District<br />

Judges in White Plains,” attendees learned best practices from S.D.N.Y. Judges Hon.<br />

Nelson S, Roman and Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith. Special thanks to Donna Frosco, Past<br />

President of WBASNY, for coordinating this program and moderating the panel of judges.<br />

Many thanks also to Lucia Chiocchio, <strong>WWBA</strong> Past President and Amanda Fried, Program<br />

Co-chairs for organizing the venue and registration. Thank you also to our program<br />

co-sponsors, the Federal Bar Association and the White Plains Bar Association.<br />

At our Fourth and Final General Membership Meeting of the current program year,<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> members voted on the <strong>2017</strong>- 2018 <strong>WWBA</strong> slate of officers and directors as well<br />

as our incoming WBASNY officers. Congratulations to all on the slate! Don’t miss your<br />

opportunity to congratulate them in person at our Annual Dinner on June 7th at the<br />

Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club.<br />

On a final note, I would like to add my personal condolences to the family and<br />

friends of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. Her sudden death just a few shorts weeks ago left<br />

us shocked and stunned. In past years, Judge Abdus-Salaam appeared on <strong>WWBA</strong><br />

panels and attended as a guest at <strong>WWBA</strong> events. Each time we met her she was a<br />

generous and gracious woman, lawyer, and perhaps most strikingly, a role model. Her<br />

life story and very presence motivated us to try harder, taught us to uncover our true<br />

potential, and led us to overcome personal and professional barriers. She moved us<br />

from what could have just been our mediocre and inspired us instead to become our<br />

best. A heartfelt thank you to Judge Abdus-Salaam. <strong>May</strong> we remember your legacy and<br />

honor it by becoming the finest lawyers we can be. ◗<br />

~ <strong>2017</strong>-2018 <strong>WWBA</strong> SLATE OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS ~<br />

President: Lisa M. Denig<br />

President-Elect: Kim Berg<br />

Vice Presidents:<br />

Amanda Fried, Jennifer Gray, Hon. Lisa M. Smith<br />

Treasurer:<br />

Angela Morcone Giannini<br />

Corresponding Secretary: Elizabeth Marcus<br />

Recording Secretary: Natanya Briendel<br />

Directors: Gail M. Boggio, Helene Cote, Lonya Gilbert, Shari R. Gordon<br />

Adrienne Orbach<br />

State Directors: Robin D. Carton, Kitley Covill, Susan Edwards Colson,<br />

Donna Frosco, Marion Genio, Teresa A. Girolamo, Annette G. Hasapidis,<br />

Jane Silverman<br />

Become a New<br />

Member Today<br />

RENEW YOUR<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> MEMBERSHIP TODAY<br />

FOR THE PERIOD<br />

JUNE 1, 2016 TO MAY 31, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

RENEW NOW! DON’T WAIT!<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Membership includes<br />

membership to the Women’s Bar<br />

Association of the State of New York<br />

(WBASNY).<br />

January 31, <strong>2017</strong> is the closing date in<br />

order to count the <strong>WWBA</strong> members<br />

towards our certification to WBASNY and<br />

assure our number of delegates.<br />

Renewing before this date will allow our<br />

Westchester Chapter (<strong>WWBA</strong>) to continue<br />

to be a strong presence in our statewide<br />

organization (WBASNY) while you will<br />

enjoy its many benefits, events,<br />

newsletter and CLE programming.<br />

Hélène Côté, Sherry A. Bishko,<br />

Elisabeth Campos<br />

It is easy to renew by going to the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Website at www.<strong>WWBA</strong>NY.org.<br />

You can use a credit card or<br />

PayPal to make payment.<br />

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Westchester Women’s Bar Association New Members<br />

The Westchester Women’s Bar Association proudly welcomes our newest members:<br />

TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF OUR MEMBERS,<br />

THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS OF THE <strong>WWBA</strong> ONLY.<br />

The Westchester Women’s Bar Association<br />

requests the pleasure of your company at its<br />

ANNUAL DINNER<br />

AND INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS<br />

Our Distinguished Keynote Speaker:<br />

CAROL ROBLES-ROMÁN<br />

President and CEO, The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund<br />

Wednesday, June 7, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club<br />

Mamaroneck, New York<br />

<br />

We also welcome your ad in our Souvenir Journal:<br />

Outside Back Cover - $1,000; Inside Back Cover - $600<br />

Inside Front Cover - $600; Gold Page - $400<br />

Full Page - $350: Half Page - $200; Quarter Page - $150<br />

Please contact Amanda C. Fried, Esq. at afried@cartonrosoff.com<br />

You can also place your ad order online at www.wwbany.org<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

Page 11


<strong>WWBA</strong> Schedule of Upcoming Events<br />

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

Board of Directors<br />

Meeting<br />

Elder/Health Law and<br />

Trusts & Estates<br />

Committees<br />

Corporate and<br />

Commercial<br />

5/3/17<br />

5:30-7:30 p.m.<br />

5/4/17<br />

5:30-6:00 p.m.<br />

Registration and<br />

6:00-8:00 p.m.<br />

Program<br />

5/9/17<br />

5:30-8:00 p.m.<br />

BNY Mellon<br />

701 Westchester Ave<br />

White Plains, New York<br />

Sterling National Bank<br />

21 Scarsdale Road<br />

Tuckahoe, New York<br />

Sterling National Bank<br />

21 Scarsdale Road<br />

Tuckahoe, New York<br />

WBASNY 5/18-5/20/17 Water’s Edge Resort and<br />

Spa<br />

1525 Boston Post Road<br />

Westbrook, CT 06498<br />

Community Outreach 5/23/17 United States District Court<br />

300 Quarropas Street<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Annual Dinner 6/7/17<br />

5:30 p.m. Cocktails<br />

7:00 p.m. Dinner<br />

White Plains, New York<br />

Mamaroneck Beach and<br />

Yacht Club<br />

Mamaroneck, New York<br />

Guardians Ad Litem and<br />

Court Evaluators: A<br />

Comparison of Ethical<br />

and Procedural<br />

Obligations under the<br />

Part 36 Rules<br />

ABCs of ADA –<br />

Protecting Your Client<br />

and Expanding Your<br />

Practice under the<br />

Americans with<br />

Disabilities Act<br />

Convention <strong>2017</strong><br />

Law Day and Take Your<br />

Children to Work Day<br />

Annual Dinner and<br />

Installation of Officers<br />

Susan Edwards Colson<br />

president@wwbany.org<br />

if you are unable to attend<br />

Register online at<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

or email<br />

executivedirector@wwbany.org<br />

Register online at<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

or email<br />

executivedirector@wwbany.org<br />

For information email<br />

dscalise@scaliseethics.com<br />

Register online at www.wwba.org<br />

or email lisadenig@yahoo.com<br />

Unless otherwise indicated, events are for <strong>WWBA</strong> members and invited guests only.<br />

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

the official position of the <strong>WWBA</strong>.<br />

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

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

the program. All requests are strictly confidential. All programs are for transitional credit unless the program states otherwise.<br />

REMEMBER, YOU CAN FIND THE WBASNY WEB PAGE<br />

AT WWW.WBASNY.ORG.<br />

PLEASE REMEMBER TO RECYCLE<br />

Connect<br />

with<br />

us<br />

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2016-<strong>2017</strong> BEGAN ON JUNE 1, 2016.<br />

PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TOD<br />

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