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Westchester Women’s Bar Association

SEPTEMBER 2017

WWBA

Westchester Women’s Bar Association

2017 Annual Installation Dinner

Amanda C. Fried

T

he WWBA’s Annual

Dinner and Installation

of Officers was

held on June 7, 2017 at the

Mamaroneck Beach and

Yacht Club. The WWBA’s keynote

speaker was Carol Robles-Román,

the President and

CEO of Legal Momentum, the

Women’s Legal Defense and

Education Fund, which is the

oldest women’s civil rights organization

in the United States.

WWBA 2017 Annual Installation Dinner

Immediate Past President Susan Edwards Colson expressed her gratitude for

the dedication of the officers and directors of the WWBA. She focused her remarks,

in part, on her pride surrounding the diversity of the WWBA membership,

and she urged its talented lawyers to continue to say “yes” to serving the public

interest as we face the challenges ahead.

As is tradition, Hon. Sondra M. Miller administered the oath of office to the

majority of the incoming officers and directors, but Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith,

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

SEPTEMBER 2017

WWBA Law Day

Unforgettabe Experience

(page 4)

An Interview with

Susan Edwards Colson

(page 7)

WWBA on Social Media

#wwbany

(page 11)

Upcoming Events

(page 12)

SAVE THE DATE

MEET THE WWBA

OFFICERS

September 28, 2017

The Brazen Fox

White Plains, New York

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

news

www.wwbany.org

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THE ABC’S OF ADA

October 12, 2017

Cuddy & Feder, LLP

White Plains, New York

MAKING STRIDES

AGAINST BREAST

CANCER WALK

October 15, 2017

Manhattanville College

Purchase, New York

PRESIDENT’S

MESSAGE

Although, seasonally,

Fall is the

time of year for things

to quiet down and go

dormant before the

harsh winter, for

many of us, Fall

brings a renewed

sense of energy after Lisa M. Denig

what was, hopefully,

a relaxing summer. The kids head back

to school and work deadlines and social

engagements tend to pick up.

I feel that invigorating rush of renewal

for the new WWBA year, as well.

And, to that end, I want to share with

you the three main goals that I and my

officers have decided to focus on during

the 2017-2018 WWBA year. I hope you

will “Lace up your sneakers” and go “All

in” with me on these very important initiatives.

Initiative Number One: Social Me-

dia. No matter what your age – whether

you are a Baby Boomer, a member of

Generation X, or a Millennial – we can

all agree on one thing: social media

has completely changed the landscape

of marketing and sharing information.

Our society now “shares” almost everything

through some form of social media

or digital connection. While we can

certainly debate the benefits and drawbacks

of this, we cannot ignore that it

permeates our daily lives.

Therefore, we are committed this

year to better promoting the WWBA on

various social media platforms. We have

recently created an Instagram account

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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

SEPTEMBER 2017

Published Monthly by the

Westchester Women’s

Bar Association, a Chapter of

the Women’s Bar Association

of the State of New York

~ 2017/2018 Officers and Directors ~

President LISA M. DENIG

President-Elect KIM BERG

Vice Presidents

AMANDA C. FRIED JENNIFER L. GRAY HON. LISA M. SMITH

Treasurer

ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI Recording Secretary NATANYA BRIENDEL

Corresponding Secretary ELIZABETH Z. MARCUS

Immediate Past ast President

SUSAN EDWARDS COLSON

Elected Directors Westchester Board

GAIL M. BOGGIO HÉLÈNE CÔTÉ LONYA A. GILBERT

SHARI R. GORDON ADRIENNE J. ORBACH

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

ROBIN D. CARTON KITLEY S. COVILL SUSAN EDWARDS COLSON

DONNA E. FROSCO MARIAN GENIO THERESA A. GIROLAMO

ANNETTE G. HASAPIDIS 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: Elizabeth Z. Marcus • Designed and Printed by IPM Media Group, Inc. (516) 809-0501

2017-2018 WWBA Committee Chairs

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

By-Laws ............................................. Hélène Côté, 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

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,

Jennifer N. Netrosio, Katie Wendle

Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal .............................. Andrea Friedman

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

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

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

Awards ...................................................................................... TBD

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, Beth Levy, Audrey Stone

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

Susan Mills Richmond

Elder & Health Law & Reproductive Rights ....... Elizabeth A. Cumming,

Shari R. Gordon, Moira Laidlaw

Employment Law ................................................................ Kim Berg

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

Jennifer L. Gray, Katherine Zalantis

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

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

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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 ............................................ Arin Liebman, Suzanne Volpe

New Lawyers ................................... Elizabeth Z. Marcus, Katie Wendle

Professional Development ......... Susan Edwards Colson, Adam J. Krim,

Stephanie Melowsky

Programs .......................................... Natanya Briendel, Amanda Fried

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

Real Property ............................................................. Michelle Murphy

Sponsorship .......................... Susan Edwards Colson, Lucia Chiocchio

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

Trusts & Estates ........ Gail M. Boggio, Nancy J. Rudolph, Karen J. Walsh

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

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

Insurance Law ........................................................................... TBD

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 ................ 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

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

Practice Management .............. Jamieson L. Keiser, Jennifer N. Netrosio

Wendy Marie Weathers

Pro Bono ........................................... Marian Genio, Natalie Sobchak

Social Media .............. Hélène Côté, Kristen Motel, Jennifer N. Netrosio

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

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

WWBA Foundation President ..................................... Susan S. Brown

WWBA Representative Director to the WCBA Board .. Dolores Gebhardt

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President’s Message

from page 1

“I know that the tug

of giving back to our

communities runs deep

within the hearts of our

members and more

often than not, they

cannot resist the call

to action.”

and we urge you to follow us on this exciting

new venture (see Kristin Motel’s article

in this issue on how to use Instagram and

set up your own account). Whether you

use Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, we need

your help to keep these sites fresh and interesting.

If you have recently published

an article or have photos of yourself at a

WWBA event, please send them to Jennifer

Netrosio at jennifernetrosio@gmail.com and

she will make sure they get posted to all

three of our social networking sites. We must

continue to work hard to get our message

out to the public and to engage other members

of the community in our work.

Initiative Number Two:

Community

Service. As a chronic volunteer myself, I

understand the demands on our members’

time. So many of us are stretched thin by

commitments we have made to countless

organizations. However, I know that the tug

of giving back to our communities runs deep

within the hearts of our members and more

often than not, they cannot resist the call to

action.

In that vein, we hope to give our members

several different opportunities to volunteer

with different organizations encompassing

various missions. On October 15,

2017, we will again participate in the Making

Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk under

the proud banner of Team Orbach.

Adrienne Orbach has seamlessly organized

our participation in this event every year; let

us show our support for her by reaching

out to our friends, neighbors and co-workers

who might not ever have walked to raise

money for this important cause.

Additionally, we are scheduled to volcontinued

on page 10 ➥

Editor’s Note

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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 Elizabeth Z. Marcus at elizabeth.z.marcus@gmail.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 Elizabeth Z. Marcus at elizabeth.z.marcus@gmail.com to schedule a WWBA sponsored

or co-sponsored program, including committee meetings, CLE programs, etc.

❑ Once you have reserved the date with Elizabeth Z. Marcus, 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, Elizabeth Z.

Marcus 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 Elizabeth Z. Marcus, following the guidelines above.

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WWBA 2017 Law Day an Unforgettable Experience

Tereza Shkurtaj and

AngieLee Medina 1

As the kids rushed through

the large double doors of the

United States District Courthouse

with silly grins on their faces, we

knew it was going to be an

eventful and unforgettable experience.

Excitement filled the hallways

as the students were asked

to undergo protocol. They went

through the magnetometers enduring

court security and giving

up their cellphones, as many

adults do every day. This was

done so that they would feel the

sense of responsibility and maturity

that comes along with visiting

a government building.

They were then asked to find their

seats in the central jury room,

where they would be greeted by

speakers of various positions of

authority.

The room was full of diverse

faces with discussions between

students, teachers, parents, and

government officials. Yet, the

moment that the Honorable Lisa

M. Smith took the floor, there

was absolute quiet. She clearly

introduced herself to the children

of P.S. 23 and the rest of her

guests, which this year included

Rye Neck’s very own Westchester

County Champion Mock Trial

Team and children of Court

employees. It was refreshing to

see the equal respect that came

from both the younger and older

students as Judge Smith spoke

about her position as a Magistrate

Judge for the Southern District

of New York.

Deborah Scalise, an ethics

lawyer and one of Law Day’s

hosts, also greeted everyone with

a speech on the importance of

law in the real world. Her explanations,

as well as those of her

colleagues, were beautifully delivered

for the understanding of

elementary and high school students.

Both judges and lawyers,

including Deputy County Executive

Kevin Plunkett, Assistant U.S.

Robin D. Carton, Deputy County

Executive Kevin Plunkett, Deborah

A. Scalise, Hon. Lisa M. Smith

Attorney Miriam Rocha, WWBA

Past-President Susan Edwards

Colson and WPBA President

Nicholas M. Ward-Willis, spoke

about their duty to practice and

interpret law to protect their clients,

while the Westchester

County Police Officers, the Court

Security Officers and others that

joined us later in the day explained

the significance of enforcing

and abiding by the law.

This year, the students were

also treated to a Mock Trial presentation

presided over by Judge

Smith. The students from the Rye

Neck Mock Trial team re-presented

their case; some portrayed

the lawyers and others

acted as witnesses. The trial was

about a wrongfully prosecuted

young man who sued the county

because he was later found to

be innocent. The other students

hung on every word because

they acted as the Jury and even

rendered a verdict in favor of

the plaintiff!

By the end of each presentation,

students excitedly anticipated

the Westchester County

Police Officers and their equipment

and the police dog. While

explaining the importance of

public safety, and the serious

bravery needed to become an

officer of the law, the officers kept

it fun and educational. Students

met officers from the bomb

squad, saw a trained explosive

locator dog and his partner in

action, and were even allowed

A court security officer speaks to

the students

to look inside the emergency

vehicles and learn about the

functions of equipment. While

in 2016, Law Day’s primary focus

was on the importance of

Miranda Warnings, this year it

showcased the value of the 14th

Amendment. Goody bags were

handed out to children which

included mini Constitutions,

colorful Law Day Pencils and a

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Students attending Law Day

learned about their protections

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and how the government

and the people in the legal field

make sure those rights are guaranteed

and preserved.

Finally, the kids were given

pizza and time to digest everything

they had just heard and

seen. As they ate, the students

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WESTCHESTER WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION

2017 ANNUAL INSTALLATION DINNER

2017-2018 State Directors:

Susan Edwards Colson, Robin D.

Carton, Kitley S. Covill, Donna E.

Frosco, Marian Genio, Theresa

A. Girolamo, Annette G.

Hasapidis, Jane Silverman

2017 Diversity Achievement

Award Winner, Kitley Covill, with

Jacqueline Hattar and Stephanie

Melowsky

2017-2018 WWBA Officers: Kim Berg, Jennifer L. Gray, Hon. Lisa

M. Smith, Amanda C. Fried, Angela Morcone Giannini, Elizabeth Z.

Marcus, Natanya Briendel

Hon. Lisa M. Smith swearing

in Lisa M. Denig

2017 Justice Sondra M. Miller

Scholarship Winner, Nkasi

Akpaka, with Hon. Sondra M.

Miller and Julie Kattan, Past

WWBA Foundation President

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Speaker Carol Robles-Román

delivers the Keynote Speech

2017 Westchester Women’s Bar

Association Karen Z. Bell

Moderate Means Panel Award

Winner, Peter Nardone, with past

winner Meryl Fishbone

from page 1

after regaling the audience

with tales of a just-admitted

Lisa Denig, administered the

oath of office to our newly

elected President.

President Lisa Denig

noted the importance of the

current historical crossroads.

She shared, to the audience’s

pleasure, her individual path

to active involvement in the

WWBA, and she urged the

crowd to “lace up their sneakers,”

take responsibility for

sharing their own stories, and

impart the numerous benefits

of a connection to WWBA to

our community’s non-members.

This year, the Karen Z.

Bell Moderate Means Panel

Award was presented to Peter

Nardone, Esq., the Family

Friendly Employer Award

was presented to The Harry

and Jeanette Weinberg Center

for Elder Abuse Prevention,

the Diversity Achievement

Award was presented to

Kitley Covill, Esq., and the

WWBA Foundation Justice

Sondra M. Miller Scholarship

was presented to Nkasi

Akpaka.

The take-out containers

filled with cakes and cookies

were, as always, a sweet end

to a wonderful evening.

Many thanks to the Annual

Dinner Co-Chairs,

Robin D. Carton, Lisa M.

Denig, Jennifer L. Gray, and

Jennifer N. Netrosio, and the

Souvenir Journal Chair,

Amanda C. Fried. ◗

Hon. Sondra M. Miller with

2017-2018 Westchester

Women’s Bar Association Elected

Directors Adrienne J. Orbach,

Gail M. Boggio, and Lonya A.

Gilbert

2017 Family Friendly Employer

Award Winner, The Harry &

Jeanette Weinberg Center for

Elder Abuse Prevention, with

Joelle M. Burton and Jana

Kosberg-Kleidman

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Pace Women’s Justice Center Receives $20,000

Grant from the American Bar Endowment

Grant Award will Help Fund Walk-In Legal Clinic for Victims of

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Elder Abuse

Pace Women’s Justice

Center (PWJC), Westchester’s

leading civil legal services and

training provider addressing

domestic violence, sexual assault

and elder abuse, announced

today that it has received

a $20,000 Opportunity

Grant from the American Bar

Endowment (ABE). The grant

will help fund first-year operations

of a walk-in legal clinic

and resource center for victims

of abuse that is scheduled to

open in late 2017.

The walk-in legal clinic will

serve as an in-person extension

of PWJC’s existing Legal

Helpline. It will be staffed by

pro bono attorneys, under the

supervision of PWJC staff attorneys.

Clients who require

ongoing representation will be

directed to the appropriate

PWJC legal programs. Attorneys

will also make referrals to

social service providers for

shelter and counseling, and

referrals to other legal service

providers for issues not related

to abuse, such as immigration.

A portion of the grant will also

pay for a bilingual paralegal

to help facilitate intake, provide

English/Spanish translation,

and conduct outreach in

the community. The clinic will

be the only program of its kind

in the Westchester County, NY

area.

PWJC helps approximately

3,000 low-income victims and

survivors of abuse each year.

Ninety-seven percent of PWJC

clients are women, many with

children; approximately 60%

are Latino and African-American;

over a third are immigrants;

and many are socially

or culturally isolated, disabled,

and suffering from many kinds

of abuse. Without legal assistance

from PWJC, these victims

would be unrepresented and

unserved.

The continual increase of

clients in PWJC’s Family Court

Legal Program demonstrated

the vital need for walk-in services.

Also, many victims who

call the PWJC Legal Helpline

indicated that they’d like to

have the option to come in immediately

and meet with a lawyer.

The clinic will provide

much-needed support for victims

of abuse before their situation

reaches a crisis point.

“We are so grateful for this

financial award from the ABE,”

said Cindy Kanusher, executive

director of Pace Women’s Justice

Center. “It will help bring

our vision for the walk-in legal

clinic to reality. In terms of helping

our clients and our community,

ABE’s generous support

is truly invaluable.”

The $20,000 grant to

PWJC, was one of 15 Opportunity

Grants totaling $378,815

that ABE awarded in 2017. Of

these, 12 are state or locally

based in 10 states and three

are national in scope. The purpose

of ABE Opportunity

Grants is to support innovative

projects that address issues of

A Night on the Town with the WWBA

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, members of the WWBA got together for an informal

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evening of cocktails and conversations at the Red Hat Restaurant’s rooftop bar located in

Irvington, New York. Overlooking the Hudson River, the event was the perfect evening to

celebrate summer and to socialize with friends and fellow WWBA members. Stay tuned for

more WWBA fun-filled events!

WWBA members at the

Red Hat Restaurant

About Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC): Pace Women’s Justice Center

(PWJC) is a self-funded nonprofit legal center located at Elisabeth

Haub School of Law, under the 501(c)(3) status of Pace University. Each

year, PWJC provides free legal services to nearly 3,000 victims and

survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse, as well as

conducts or participates in over 140 training and outreach events. With

an experienced staff and a team of dedicated volunteers, including attorneys,

other professionals, and students, PWJC has built an effective,

coordinated community response to interpersonal violence in Westchester

and Putnam Counties. (For more information: www.law.pace.edu/wjc)

About the American Bar Endowment (ABE): The ABE is an independent,

not-for-profit public charity that sponsors high quality, affordable life and

disability insurance for ABA members. The mission of the ABE is to advance

legal study and research, and fund programs that advance the

American justice system. It achieves this mission through an annual grant

program funded primarily by the dividends generated and donated by

participating insureds. Over the last 60 years, the ABE has provided more

than $277 million to support the research and public service programs

such as those of the ABA Fund for Justice and Education and the American

Bar Foundation.

Kim Berg, Jennifer N. Netrosio,

Lisa M. Bluestein, Lisa M. Denig

critical importance to the public

and the legal profession. The

majority of funded programs

focus on improving access to

legal services among

underserved populations. ◗

MEDIA CONTACTS ~

Pace Women’s Justice Center, Jana Kosberg-Kleidman, Esq.,

Director of Development and External Affairs; 914-422-4638;

jkleidman@law.pace.edu

American Bar Endowment, Sharon Rizzo, Communications

Director; 312-988-6407; srizzo@abenet.org

Jennifer L. Gray and

Amanda C. Fried

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An Interview with Susan Edwards Colson

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and

Historian Committee

Q: As the immediate Past

President of the WWBA, as

you look back on your year

as President, what were the

most significant accomplishments?

I am proud of many moments

I shared with officers, board

members and members of the

WWBA. After all, WWBA is

at its essence a membership

organization and all accomplishments,

significant or not,

are the result of many, many

individual efforts. But if I had

to choose one or two I would

start with WWBA receiving the

Pace Women’s Justice

Center’s Making a Difference

Award last October. It was

humbling to realize the vision,

and the countless hours, that

WWBA members and volunteers

worked toward PWJC’s

mission. This was truly women

helping women. I am also

proud that the Westchester

Chapter nominated so many

members for local, statewide,

and national awards. My

thanks to our award committee

chairs, Elizabeth Barnhard

and Kim Berg, for collecting

so many letters and meeting

so many deadlines to get our

members the recognition they

so deeply deserve.

On a more mundane,

but important, level there was

the bylaw revision and the addition

of the one-email-perweek

plan with the Weekly

Update each Friday.

Q: What were the biggest

challenges?

Engaging hundreds of members

and dozens of committees

is not easy. In the end,

“Like all women, I’ve taken on

more than I could accomplish,

often with a plan and the best

of intentions. Then, things

unfolded in chaos. I’m actually

pretty good at sorting out

chaos now, I’ve lived through it

so many times.”

each member has his or her

own reasons for joining, volunteering

and serving. Reaching

out to each of them in a

meaningful way was a lofty goal

and ongoing challenge. Also,

working effectively with other

chapters and WBASNY is a

worthy, but challenging goal.

There are a lot of moving parts

to WBASNY.

Q: Which efforts would you

like to see continued in the

coming years?

WWBA is a valuable network.

Anything that will enhance our

network and networking experience

must continue, particularly

as it involves having

WWBA work with other community

organizations. I’m really

happy to see social media

becoming a priority, too.

Past president Linda

Markowitz stepped forward last

fall and volunteered to participate

in WBASNY’s long-term

planning. This type of planning

is so important when the

roster of officers changes each

year and with WBASNY’s limited

staff.

Q: Please tell us about your

career, and how it has devel-

oped over time?

Like many women, my career

has not followed a straight line.

I clerked for the ACLU full time

after my first year of law school,

and went to night school. After

I graduated, I moved to a

different part of Ohio and spent

several years with a rural legal

services program. During that

time, a close friend (and the

only other person from my law

school in the area) had a severe

brain injury-he never recovered-from

an altercation

with a sheriff deputy while assisting

with a migrant worker

rights program. This was devastating

and it still impacts how

I think about misuse of power

and resistance to social

change.

In 1986, I moved to Washington,

D.C., then in 1990, to

Buffalo, New York. I arrived in

Westchester in 2000 and the

WWBA helped me get established

locally. I will be forever

grateful.

Q: What would you like to

accomplish in your career going

forward?

I’ve spent a lot of time working

and volunteering in the nonprofit

world. There are so many

Susan Edwards Colson

organizations with wonderful

missions that are

underfunded, often with heavy

demands for their services. I

really like to bolster nonprofits

with clear goals, good governance

and resource development

so they can accomplish

their mission more fully.

I’ve been so happy in the

last few years with my own

practice! In a Trusts and Estates/Charitable

Giving practice,

I’ve had lots of opportunities

to help individuals and

families shape important decisions.

As I’ve said, perhaps

too directly, to many clients:

the story will go on without

you at some point, what do

you want that story to be?

Q: What advice do you have

for new women lawyers entering

the profession?

Even if you have to make temporary

sacrifices, which you

will, stay true to yourself. Stay

in touch with who you are,

what you like, and what you

are good at. Don’t let others

discourage you or set your

agenda.

Q: What are your personal

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WWBA 2017 Law Day an

Unforgettable Experience

Members of the Rye Neck High

School Mock Trial Team with

Hon. Lisa M. Smith at the U.S.

District Courthouse

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wouldn’t stop talking about what

jobs they wanted to pursue in

the future. One boy and girl

spoke about how they wanted

to become lawyers when they

grew up because they “protected

the world” and yes, that is exactly

what they do. Lawyers,

judges, police officers, and those

in the legal field help protect the

people of the world. And, while

we know that it is unrealistic to

think that a presentation like Law

Day will make every kid in that

courtroom want to become a

lawyer, it sure will touch the

hearts of a few of those young

ones and at the very least make

them aware of their rights and

willing to participate if they encounter

legal issues in the future.

Early exposure to and an

understanding of the law with

possible entry into a future career

in the legal profession is

what Law Day was about.

Hopefully, one day, the boys

and girls who sat a few seats

behind us talking over their pizza

about how they want to become

lawyers, will achieve that goal

and succeed. Law Day was definitely

an eventful and unforgettable

experience for all. ◗

A Note From the WWBA Outreach Co-Chairs Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith

and Deborah A. Scalise, Esq.: The WWBA could not do this alone. We

thank our co-sponsors: the SDNY, the White Plains Bar Association,

and the Westchester County Executive’s Office and Department of Public

Safety. In addition, we are grateful to members of the SDNY U.S.

District Court’s Clerk’s Office, Security Office; U.S. Attorney’s Office;

and Court Staff as well as the Westchester County Police Department

Officers who took time out of their busy schedules to share their professional

experiences with the students. Thanks also go to the Southern

District Bench and Bar Fund and Scalise & Hamilton LLP for providing

lunch and the goody bags for the participants.

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As part of the WWBA Outreach Committee, Ms. Shkurtaj and Ms. Medina

were high school interns in the Law Office of Scalise & Hamilton LLP. Ms.

Shkurtaj is a graduate of Eastchester High School and will attend Fordham

University in the Fall. Ms. Medina is a graduate of New Rochelle High School

and attends Manhattanville College.

FUN [WWBA]

FOUNDATION FACTS

Susan S. Brown, Esq.

WWBA Foundation President

I am honored, delighted and slightly scared to have been

appointed as the new President of the Westchester Women’s Bar

Association Foundation, the charitable arm of our organization.

I would like to thank and congratulate immediate out-going President

Julie Kattan, for her years of service as a WWBAF officer

(and her continued service on our Board). And, on behalf of the

WWBAF Board, I extend our sincere gratitude to past President

Kim Berg (WWBA President-Elect) whose vision, commitment and

years of service at the helm greatly advanced the philanthropic

goals of the WWBAF.

From time to time during my tenure, I hope to contribute

something to the WWBA Newsletter, which serves to educate

WWBA members about our Foundation. My working title is

“Fun Facts” because, really, philanthropy is fun!

At its July meeting the WWBAF Board had the honor of

choosing, from among our grant applications, the organizations

we will support with WWBAF grants. Among these organizations

are: Hope’s Door (providing intervention and prevention assistance

to victims of domestic violence); Legal Services of the Hudson

Valley (for its Housing Stability Program for Westchester families);

My Sister’s Place (representing victims of domestic violence and

human trafficking); Pace Public Interest Law Center (supporting

public interest law student internships); Pace Women’s Justice

Center (for its Moderate Means Program); Student Advocacy (for

its “Solutions Not Suspensions” program to reduce suspension

of non-violent school kids); and White Plains YWCA (for its “Girls

Empowered Through Meaningful Support” college preparatory

program). It’s not only fun but feels GREAT to support worthy

organizations such as these!

It also inspires the WWBAF Board to know that the hardworking

members of the WWBA support the Foundation. Please

give to WWBAF and encourage your employers, vendors and

charitably-minded friends to do the same. As attorneys, we all

believe in justice. Advancing justice in the social, equality, poverty

and education arenas through the organizations supported

by WWBAF is but one way for us, as members of the legal community,

to promote justice. Thank you WWBA! ◗

An Interview with Susan Edwards Colson

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hobbies and activities?

I’m sort of a self-improvement

junkie. Just recently, I said to

my husband “Maybe we

should eliminate glu...” Before

I could finish, he replied,

“Oh. No. We’re not going to

improve ourselves anymore,

in any way. We’re not going

to eat paleo, sign up for a

Tough Mudder, or run (another!)

marathon. We’re just

going to be who we are. That’s

it.”

Q: How have you balanced

work and family over the years?

Sometimes very well, by organizing

things and never getting

too close to deadlines. Many

times: badly. Balance is not,

by definition, static.

Like all women, I’ve taken

on more than I could accomplish,

often with a plan and the

best of intentions. Then, things

unfolded in chaos. I’m actually

pretty good at sorting out

chaos now, I’ve lived through

it so many times. Plus, each

of my children have great stories

and can do a mean impression

of me running up the

stairs, waiving my arms yelling

“Everybody just try to stay

alive. Find some food. Look

through the laundry. There

must be something you can

wear.” ◗

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September Litigation Tip

✦ NEW YORK VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW

ARTICLE 44-B, SECTIONS 1691-1700

What’s a transportation network company? You may not recognize that term but I am sure if I said

“Uber” or “Lyft” you would know exactly what I meant. These companies operate through smart

phone “apps” which allow the user to download the app and create an account. For example, the

Uber app allows the passenger to see map locations of available vehicles and informs the passenger

of the available vehicles in the location and travel time. The Uber app then notifies the nearest

driver of the passenger’s request for a ride and the driver has seconds to respond. If the driver does

not accept or respond, then the request is sent to the next available driver and so on . . .

New York has well established Vehicle and Traffic Laws as well as common law addressing the

liability of an owner and operator of a motor vehicle for its negligent use and operation resulting in

personal injuries or property damages. In fact, there is vicarious liability on the part of an owner for

the negligent acts of a driver using his/her vehicle provided there is permission to operate the

vehicle. In addition, New York has statutes requiring mandatory minimum liability coverage and

no fault medical and wage benefits.

Transportation network companies are new entities in the motor vehicle world. These companies

do not own the vehicles. The drivers are not their employees. Therefore, these companies do not

fit within the established V&T definitions of owners and operators or the common law. A new

V&T law addresses these new modes of transportation. On July 9, 2017, Article 44-B, Sections

1691-1700 was added to our V&T law. Not all the sections can be addressed here, but one important

section to be aware of involves coverage for personal injuries and property damages in accidents

with TNC drivers. Liability coverage may come from the TNC driver and/or the TNC

company. The TNC companies have mandatory group policy coverage requirements but the drivers

do not. The applicable mandatory coverages for the TNC companies depend upon the activity

that is taking place at the time of the accident. For example, if the TNC driver has logged into the

system and there are no passengers in the vehicle yet, the coverage is less than if the driver accepts

the request and is travelling to pick-up the passenger or if the driver is transporting the passenger at

the time of the accident. Since activity determines the coverage, you can well imagine there will

be issues concerning what activity was taking place at the time of the accident. To help discover

the pertinent facts, the new statute provides within 15 days of a claim being filed, the TNC and any

carrier providing coverage under the new article, shall “facilitate the exchange of relevant information

with directly involved parties which includes the precise times that a TNC driver logged on

and off the TNC digital network in the 12 hour preceding and immediately following the accident

and disclose a clear description of the coverage.” (V& T 1695.6) Keep in mind that while a driver’s

license is generally produced at an accident scene, the license will not include any affiliation with

a TNC company. Therefore, those injured in motor vehicle accidents and their counsel should

inquire whether the driver involved in the accident is a TNC driver.

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

Other Co-Chairs: Jacqueline Hattar & Kimberly Sheehan

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Chapter News and Announcements

Announcements & Notes on Members

❑ This past spring, the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team Coached by Marcella

Scalise and WWBA member Deborah Scalise competed and came in first place in

the WCBA Mock Trial Competition, the final round was judged by the Hon. Alan D.

Scheinkman. They also came in third place in the NYSBA Regional Mock Trial Competition.

The Team also received coaching tips from the Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith,

who graciously opened her courtroom to allow them to practice the trial, and also

added the Team to the roster for Law Day 2017 in May.

Become a New

Member Today

RENEW YOUR

WWBA MEMBERSHIP TODAY

FOR THE PERIOD

JUNE 1, 2017 TO MAY 31, 2018.

RENEW NOW! DON’T WAIT!

WWBA Membership includes

membership to the Women’s Bar

Association of the State of New York

(WBASNY).

Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team with

Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman at the County

Courthouse in White Plains

❑ Georgia Kramer, of Kramer Kozek, LLP, and

longtime member of the WWBA, was awarded

the honor of Leading Matrimonial Attorney at

the 2017 Above the Bar Awards. Ms. Kramer

was introduced by her close friend former Court

of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. ◗

WWBA President Lisa M. Denig, Georgia

Kramer, Hon. Jonathan Lippman, former Chief

Judge of the New York Court of Appeals

Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team with

Hon. Lisa M. Smith in front of the U.S. District

Courthouse in White Plains


January 31, 2018 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

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unteer on a Habitat for Humanity work site on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 9 AM

to 1 PM. Habitat aims to encourage lawyers to volunteer through their program

entitled “Buildable Hours.” Watch for more details on how to sign up for this worthwhile

event.

Initiative Number Three: Social Events. While our chapter ranks among the top

Women’s Bar Chapters in the quality and quantity of CLE and informational programs,

sadly, we fall rather short when it comes to purely social events. This year we have

already planned several fun and exciting outings including our annual Meet the Board

networking event on September 28, 2017, at Brazen Fox and a trip to Broadway to see

“The Band’s Visit,” - a new musical that our very own member, Amy Gewirtz, has invested

in - on October 25, 2017. These purely social activities give our members the

chance to really connect and get to know each other in a relaxed and entertaining

setting.

I received such amazing feedback after the Annual Dinner in June from many members

who felt inspired to get more involved in the WWBA and I want to keep that momentum

going. If you are interested in helping to plan a program or event or if you have an

idea for something that you think we should be doing here at the WWBA, please feel free

to email me at president@wwbany.org.

Lace up your sneakers, here we go! ◗

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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:

TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF OUR MEMBERS,

THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS OF THE WWBA ONLY.

Instagram 4 #wwbany – The Instagram Intro

Instagram (“IG”) is sharing through photos. Why? Because

it's catchy and quick. This form of communication is fun, easy, and

effectively grabs the attention of busy professionals. WWBA is increasing

its social media presence using IG to attract new members

and promote not just our organization, but also our members.

An instagram user posts pictures with information in a brief

caption that consists of text and/or hashtags

(#notjustthepoundsign). Hashtags are a way to attract new followers

and encourage sharing. (More on Hashtags in the next Newsletter!)

So how do you get started?

❑ Go to the app store on your smart phone;

❑ Download instagram (it’s free);

❑ Set up a user account and a profile;

❑ Follow Westchester_womens_bar

estchester_womens_bar;

❑ Tap the magnifying glass on the bottom of the screen;

❑ Search Westchester_womens_bar;

❑ Click follow!

❑ As you add friends, your home screen will show a feed of their

posts that you can like or comment on.

❑ Continue adding friends by searching for their name or IG

(“instagram”) username.

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Want to post your own content?

❑ Click the camera button on the top left corner of your home

screen to snap a photo and follow the prompts to share (more on

effective sharing in the next Newsletter).

❑ To share a photo from your library, click the center button on

the bottom toolbar of the home screen.

If you are attending WWBA events, snap a photo and post to

Instagram with the hashtag #wwbany. You can:

❑ Tag WWBA by clicking Tag People

from the Share screen and

selecting Westchester_womens_bar; and/or

❑ Mention WWBA by typing @ followed immediately by

Westchester_womens_bar (no space between @ and the

username).

When you tag or mention WWBA, we get a notification and

can begin to follow you on IG, building our network.

Keep an eye out for WWBA posts about upcoming events,

CLEs, member highlights and accomplishments, and more!

Through the next several Newsletters we will be compiling

brief articles about effective posting and the benefits of using social

media. We will also be starting an Advice Column to answer

all your IG/ social media questions. Stay tuned for more!

#wwbany – Your Social Media Committee ◗

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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 General Membership

Meeting

Employment Law

Committee

Judges & Lawyers Breast

Cancer Alert (JALBCA)

New Lawyers, Networking,

and Membership

Committees

Pace Women’s Justice

Center,

WWBA, and Ninth Judicial

District Committee to

Promote Gender Fairness in

the Courts

9/6/17

5:30-6:00 p.m.

Board Meeting

6:00-7:15 p.m.

General

Membership

Meeting

9/12/17

12:00-2:00 p.m.

9/28/17

6:00–8:00 p.m.

10/11/17

6:00-8:00 p.m.

BNY Mellon

701 Westchester Ave

White Plains, New York

Westchester County

Courthouse, 9 th Floor

Conference Room

111 Dr. Martin Luther

King Jr. Blvd.

White Plains, New York

The Brazen Fox,

175 Mamaroneck

Avenue White Plains,

New York

Elisabeth Haub School of

Law at Pace University;

the Tudor Room

78 North Broadway,

White Plains, New York

10603

New York State Family

Leave Law

1 CLE Credit

Breast Cancer

Awareness Lunch and

Learn -

Breast Health; Early

Signs of Disease;

Risk Factors; Options

Network with the

WWBA Leadership and

find out more about the

advantages of joining

the WWBA!

What Every New York

Attorney Needs to

Know About Digital

Evidence (Technical,

Legal and Ethical

Issues)

Register online by September 1,

2017 at www.wwbany.org

or email

executivedirector@wwbany.org

RSVP Online by September 8,

2017 at www.wwbany.org or email

executivedirector@wwbany.org

RSVP online by September 21,

2017 at www.wwbany.org or email

executivedirector@wwbany.org

RSVP online by October 4, 2017 at

www.wwbany.org (Members of

the Women’s Justice Center

Moderate Means Panel must

register with

nbriendel@law.pace.edu)

Corporate & Commercial,

Environmental & Land Use,

and Elder & Health Law

Committees

10/12/17

Registration

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Program

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch

Cuddy & Feder, LLP

445 Hamilton Avenue

14 th Floor

White Plains, NY

2 CLE Credits

ABC’s of ADA:

Protecting Your Client

and Expanding Your

Practice under the

Americans with

Disabilities Act

RSVP online by October 5, 2017 at

www.wwbany.org or mail checks

to WWBA, PO Box 926,

Hartsdale, NY 10530

Breast Cancer Awareness

Committee

Pace Women’s Justice

Center

Community Outreach

Committee

Legal Services of the

Hudson Valley

Board of Directors and

General Membership

Meeting

10/15/17

9:30 a.m.

Manhattanville College

2900 Purchase Street

Purchase, New York

10/19/17 Doral Arrowwwod,

Rye Brook, New York

10/21/17 TBD

9:00 a.m.–1:00

p.m.

10/24/17 5:30-

7:00 p.m.

11/1/17

5:30-6:00 p.m.

Board Meeting

6:00 General

Membership

Meeting

Legal Services of the

Hudson Valley, 90

Maple Avenue, White

Plains, New York

BNY Mellon

701 Westchester Ave

White Plains, New York

1.5 CLE Credits

Making Strides Against

Breast Cancer - Team

Orbach

Making a Difference

Annual Benefit Dinner

Volunteer with Habitat

for Humanity

National Pro Bono

Week Award Ceremony

and Tree of Justice

Dedication

Practical Approach to

Bold Presentation Skills

Register online at

www.wwbany.org

For more information email

pwjcevents@law.pace.edu

More information to follow

RSVP by Tuesday, October 17,

2017 by calling (914) 949-1305

ext. 174 or emailing

mkori@lshv.org

Register online at

www.wwbany.org

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.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN FIND THE WBASNY WEB PAGE

AT WWW.WBASNY.ORG.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO RECYCLE

Connect

with

us

THE WWBA MEMBERSHIP PERIOD FOR

2017-2018 BEGINS ON JUNE 1, 2017.

PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TOD

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