WWBA Dec 2017 - Jan 2018 Newsletter

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Westchester Women’s Bar Association

DECEMBER 2017/JANUARY 2018

WWBA

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:

Achieving Powerful Presentation and

Communication Skills

Hon. Lisa M. Smith

T

he November General

Membership Meeting on

November 1, 2017, featuring

expert communications

coach Gilda Bonanno, was a complete

success. Ms. Bonanno

shared her advice with a roomful

of WWBA members and friends, all

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

DECEMBER 2017/

JANUARY 2018

Women in Professional

Transition Project

(page 4)

An Interview with

Hon. Daniel D. Angiolillo

(page 7)

Litigation Tip

(page 9)

Upcoming Events

(page 12)

General Membership Meeting: Achieving Powerful

Presentation and Communication Skills

of whom gave the presentation an enthusiastic thumbs up. The presentation, entitled

“Achieving Powerful Presentation and Communication Skills,” reminded each audience

member that the skills involved in delivering a message to a particular audience are not

innate; rather, they are skills that can be learned and improved, and used for any message,

whether it is a one-on-one client presentation, or a talk for a large group. Using a

four step approach, Ms. Bonanno demonstrated, and had her audience practice, the

methods for effective communications.

The first of Ms. Bonanno’s four steps is to develop and demonstrate self-confidence.

She emphasized that self-confidence is not the same as being cocky, and that one way to

assure self-confidence is to practice looking and sounding confident. She also advised

replacing any negative voice inside your own head with a positive mantra, to effectively

serve as a foundation for the presentation. “Believe in yourself,” was one of her direc-

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WWBA BOOK CLUB

January 25, 2018

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Valhalla, New York

INTERSECTIONALITY OF

INTIMATE PARTNER

VIOLENCE CLE

January 31, 2018

Pace Law School

White Plains, New York

PRESIDENT’S

MESSAGE

It’s hard to believe

that 2017 is

almost over and

we are moving into

a New Year! The

prospect of starting

fresh, setting goals

and making resolutions

always energizes

me and I

Lisa M. Denig

look forward to the exciting opportunities

that a new calendar year always

brings.

However, my list of resolutions does

not simply include the standard “eat

better,” “exercise more,” and “be

more efficient” objectives that many

people set for themselves on January

1. No, my goals this year (and,

yes, I DO make a list of resolutions

– goal setting is an integral part of

my life plan) include lofty objectives

for us to reach as an organization.

The WWBA is an amazingly wellrun

and vibrant group; but we can

always climb higher.

While increasing membership is

generally the main objective for any

WWBA president, I have taken this

challenge to heart not just from a

numbers standpoint but from a

“value” standpoint. The pivotal

question for me this year is this:

What can we do/change/create that

will draw new members in and keep

current members? To that end, I

have instituted some new programs

and events – a trip to Broadway, a

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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

DECEMBER 2017/JANUARY 2018

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 .................................................. Elizabeth Barnhard, Kim Berg

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

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

Collaborative Law ............................. Kathleen Donelli, 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, Sara Kula

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 ................................... Allyson Magliery, 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

“While increasing

membership is

generally the main

objective for any

WWBA president, I

have taken this

challenge to heart not

just from a numbers

standpoint but from

a ‘value’ standpoint.”

wine tasting, volunteering at the Hillside

Food Outreach, a newly created

Book Club – to entice members to participate

that perhaps have never attended

a WWBA function before. We

have planned programs for different

days of the week and in different venues

in an attempt to reach segments of

our membership that cannot attend the

traditional after-work CLE. We have

seen great results with these changes

and plan to continue being creative into

2018.

I am also working diligently to

reach out to the law students in the

Westchester community. These are our

future members and we cannot expect

them to understand the value of the

WWBA the instant they accept their diploma.

In this regard, several of us

set up a table at Pace Law School during

the common hour and we were

able to sign up 50 law students! More

importantly, a core group of these new

members have participated in several

programs and helped our committees

with the administration of certain events.

I truly believe that incorporating these

young lawyers into our organization not

only will increase our membership in

years to come but will infuse our group

with exciting new ideas and energy.

Finally, I have focused on expandcontinued

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Editor’s Note

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you

did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

~ Maya Angelou

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

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

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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.

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WWBA’s Women in Professional Transition Project

Allyson Lanahan Magliery

First Fridays at 1:00PM at 445 Café,

445 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains.

Change is inevitable, and

at one point or another we all

find ourselves in a period of

transition professionally.

Whether the transition is an

exciting step up the corporate

ladder, a lateral move in a familiar

field, or an entirely new

beginning, we can all use extra

support at these times. The

Women in Professional Transition

Project was formed to address

this need.

“One of the most striking

things about WWBA is how

many women are in transition.

In the last year alone, I have

been approached about networking

opportunities by recent

grads, women new to the area,

and women new to an area of

practice,” said Susan Edwards

Colson, WWBA’s Immediate

Past President. “Several women

looking for jobs noted how difficult

it was for women reentering

practice after a period of

absence, particularly for women

in their 50’s or 60’s.”

New WWBA member,

Allyson Lanahan Magliery, is

one of the women who spoke

with Susan about reentry networking

opportunities. A University

of Miami Law School

grad whose family responsibilities

brought her to Westchester,

Allyson is squarely in a period

of transition in her career. “After

taking time off to start a family

I am reevaluating my professional

options and examining

how to navigate opportunities

in the legal field while

balancing my family responsibilities,”

noted Allyson. “After

joining the WWBA I realized

how valuable it was to have

other professionals with whom

I could examine various opportunities

and challenges. I hope

the Women in Professional

Transition Project will offer this

kind of support to other members.

The project is intended

to be a forum for brainstorming

solutions and sharing resources.”

As part of the WWBA’s

Professional Development

Committee, the Women in Professional

Transition Project is

intended to provide WWBA

members with the informal support

they need to effectively deal

with professional transition

phases. “We aren’t offering a

formal curriculum,” commented

Allyson. “We will offer

a regular, dedicated time and

space for networking, conversation

and peer-to-peer discussions.

The goal is to establish

and foster partnership and collaboration

among those who

are new to the area, new to an

area of practice, or actively job

seeking.”

Many WWBA members

benefited from Pace University

Law School’s New Directions

program, which for ten years

addressed the needs of lawyers

reentering practice after an absence.

When the program

ended earlier in 2017, it created

a void and inspired the

inception of the Women in Professional

Transition Project to

support WWBA members starting

a practice, job searching,

or otherwise developing their

careers.

The Women in Professional

Transition Project will meet the

first Friday of every month for

an informal lunch. The Project

will help members make the

most of their next transition by

offering a space for members

to share their goals, explore

possibilities, and address the

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Allyson Lanahan Magliery and

Susan Edwards Colson

anxieties that often accompany

change. By partnering with

other WWBA committees the

Project will help forge supportive

connections among members.

The networking and

mentoring opportunities offered

by the Women in Professional

Transition Project are intended

to help women in transition

harness the power of change

to create their best professional

life. The next meeting is January

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Achieving Powerful Presentation and Communication Skills

from page 1

tions, because self-image will

impact on how any speaker

comes across to the audience.

Second, Ms. Bonanno advised

the importance of having

a clear, concise message. She

suggested that anyone planning

to deliver any address should

ask her or himself, “What is the

one thing that this audience

needs to know?” The answer to

that question, along with one or

two supporting points, will usually

define the appropriate content

of the speech itself. She also

cautioned – do not ramble, stay

within your allotted time, and

eliminate so-called filler words,

such as “like,” or “I mean,” or

the dreaded “um.”

The third step recommended

by Ms. Bonanno is to

use varied and powerful facial

expressions, to engage with the

audience through eye contact,

and to adopt powerful and inviting

body language through

posture, gestures, movement

and energy that matches the

meaning of the spoken words.

She suggested using video recording

of your practice sessions,

so that any speaker can

watch him or herself on video,

to be sure to find the optimum

way of engaging the expected

group.

The final step that Ms.

Bonanno suggested is that a

speaker not try to “wing” it. She

recommended preparing and

practicing not only the message,

but also the manner of delivery.

She emphasized, however, that

one should never memorize a

presentation, because that

would detract from the value of

the message. Rather, any

speaker should be as authentic

as possible, which will improve

the ability to successfully engage

and communicate with the audience.

Ms. Bonanno practiced

what she preached, fully engaging

her WWBA audience from

the very outset. She demonstrated

self-confidence, delivered

a clear and concise message,

used powerful and engaging

body language, and succeeded

in being her best self, to

the delight and edification of the

audience.

WWBA appreciates Ms.

THE WWBA’S HOLIDAY PARTY

~ Our Favorite Event of the Year! ~

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Bonanno's generosity in donating

her time for the November

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Gilda Bonanno runs her own business,

and provides expert speaking,

coaching, and training focused on

presentation, communication and

leadership skills. More information can

be found at www.gildabonanno.com.

Presenter Gilda Bonanno

From the President’s remarks to our annual “red photo” to laughs with dear friends, this year’s WWBA’s holiday party on December 13, 2017

was a huge hit! Thank you to all who attended and to our generous sponsors!

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WWBA MEMBERS VOLUNTEER FOR THE HOLIDAY

Lisa M. Denig

WWBA President

One of the goals of the WWBA this

year is to expand our opportunities to

volunteer and effect change in the

Westchester community. On November

27, 2017, a large group of members

did just that when they descended on

the Hillside Food Outreach warehouse

to help stock the shelves of the food

pantry.

Volunteers arrived to find bin after

bin full of donated food that had recently

been collected by local Girl Scout

troops. The mission - to organize and

stock these items on the bare shelves that

lined the walls of Hillside’s temporary

warehouse. Many hands make light

work, and within an hour and a half,

the once-empty shelves were teeming

with neatly organized canned good,

cereal, rice and hygiene products.

After the work was completed, Kathy

Purdy, the Founder and Director of Hillside

Food Outreach, spoke about how

she began this amazing organization

and its mission. Hillside is unique in that

they are the only food pantry that delivers

entirely to homebound clients. Hillside

“employs” over 300 volunteers who

arrive at the pantry on a designated

Saturday morning, fill up a box of food

for their “families” that they serve, and

then personally deliver the goods. By

doing so, the volunteers get to know their

clients, their likes and dislikes, their nutrition

needs and even personal information

about the recipients’ health and

family.

Another thing that makes Hillside

stand apart from other food pantries is

that they strive to provide healthy, fresh

food to their clients. Considering that

many of the homebound are elderly with

health concerns that require dietary restrictions

- such as diabetes - the usual

fare provided by food pantries is often

counterproductive and even dangerous.

When Kathy realized this need, she

sought out donations from stores, farms

and individuals that would address this

issue. In fact, the warehouse separates

food donations so that volunteers can

pick from items that their clients with health

Members of the WWBA volunteering at Hillside Food Outreach

issues can eat, such as brown rice, lowsugar

cereals, gluten-free items and

“natural” peanut butter. With a focus on

healthy options, many of Hillside’s clients

no longer have to choose between

exacerbating serious health issues or going

without food completely.

The WWBA volunteers were energized

to do more to help Hillside Food

Outreach, whether through a healthy

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food drive, participating in one of

Hillside’s fundraisers, or simply returning

to stock shelves. Watch for more details

in the coming months of how the WWBA

can partner again with this great organization

to address the most needy citizens

of Westchester County.

To learn more about Hillside or to

make a secure online donation, go to

www.hillsidefoodoutreach.org. ◗

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An Interview with Honorable Daniel D. Angiolillo

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and

Historian Committee

Q: You have been a long

time member of the WWBA.

Can you please tell us why

you joined and detail the

contributions of the WWBA

in the Westchester legal

community.

A: Susan, first I would like

to thank you and the

Westchester Women’s Bar

Association for the honor of

being interviewed for this

month’s newsletter. The

simple answer to your first

question is- Karen Bell. She

invited me to join the

Women’s Bar. Karen was

serving as law guardian (attorney

for the child), for two

teenage brothers on one of

my Integrated Domestic

Violence cases in the early

2000’s when at some point

during the case she asked

if I was a member of the

Women’s Bar. In response

to my answer she said you

need to join and then extended

an invitation. I

made the right decision and

joined. The Women’s Bar

provides an invaluable network

in the legal community

for its members, especially

for those that aspire

to judicial service. The Bar

expands opportunities for

women and advances the

status of its members in the

profession. The members

assist and promote each

other in many ways- legal

positions, referrals, awards,

judicial positions or even a

simple phone call to a law

clerk seeking information.

Judges in Westchester support

the Women’s Bar. By

the way, Karen’s advocacy

“Before being elected as a

Westchester County Judge I

served eight years as a law clerk

to the Hon. Kenneth Lange.

There I learned how to be a

non-advocate, in other words,

learned how to be objective by

giving each side an opportunity

to be heard, and by observing the

judge’s patience, fairness and

compassion.”

on that case was extraordinary.

I admired her as an

attorney and as a person,

and miss her presence at our

meetings and dinners.

Q: What changes have you

seen in the legal community

in Westchester since you first

started practicing law?

A: The legal community in

Westchester is more diverse

today. There are certainly

more women and people of

color in the practice of law in

Westchester. In March 1979

when I began my service at

the District Attorney’s Office

in Westchester County there

were less than 10 women

ADA’s and just two Black

Americans, one being the

Hon. Joseph West. We have

happily improved those statistics

since then. In my early

career, there was no such

thing as dress down Fridays

and I remember being

scolded by the Administrative

Judge, Hon. Joseph

Gagliardi, for wearing tassel

loafers. Suits and white shirts

were required for the men

and women were expected

to wear dresses or suits, but

no pants. A lot has changed

since then. I enjoyed the camaraderie

in the DA’s office,

whether it was playing on the

DA’s softball team or going

to Patrick’s Pub after work.

But I enjoy now having seen

the legal community grow in

important and positive ways

since I entered the ranks.

Q: Please tell us about your

legal career, how it developed

over time, and what led you

serve on the bench.

A: I was practicing law with

my father and his partner

Barry Kriesberg when afforded

the opportunity to join

the staff of District Attorney

Carl Vergari. I was seeking

courtroom experience and

what better place than the

DA’s office. I accepted a

three year commitment and

stayed six and half years. In

1984 there were two openings

on the Westchester

County Court and the Ad-

Hon. Daniel D. Angiolillo

ministrative Judge, the same

sartorial AJ, summoned me

to his office and encouraged

me to seek the nomination

for one of the

County Court positions. But

for his support and guidance

I don’t think I would

have ever had the confidence

to seek a judicial

position. I eventually received

the nomination to

run for County Judge in

1993, after nine years of

perseverance. Before being

elected as a Westchester

County Judge I served eight

years as a law clerk to the

Hon. Kenneth Lange. There

I learned how to be a nonadvocate,

in other words,

learned how to be objective

by giving each side an

opportunity to be heard,

and by observing the

judge’s patience, fairness

and compassion. My 20

years on the superior court

started at the County bench,

designated Acting Justice of

the Supreme Court, and

then elected to the Supreme

Court in 1999 followed by

appointments to the Appellate

Term Ninth and Tenth

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An Interview with Honorable Daniel D. Angiolillo

from previous page

Districts and the Appellate

Division Second Department,

sitting on over 5,000

appellate cases.

Q: Please describe a few of

the most memorable cases

you presided over as a

Judge.

A: A decision by an appellate

judge is usually the final

word on a particular

case and knowing that the

court’s decision may have

a lasting impact on the law

in New York brings great

satisfaction, especially when

a case you’ve authored,

such as People v Wyatt (89

AD3d 112 [2d Dept

2011]), is cited hundreds of

times and its reasoning is

accepted by the Court of

Appeals. At the trial level,

cases such as the Murder

First Degree trial and the

White Plains rapist trial were

memorable for me. However,

the opportunity to preside

over the Integrated

Domestic Violence Court in

Westchester County in

2001, one of three pilot

courts in New York State,

was exciting and rewarding.

I saw firsthand the benefits

of Chief Judge Kaye’s

initiative and shared the

experiences with visitors to

the court from across New

York, as well as national

and international.

Q: What were your biggest

challenges on the bench?

A: For a long time, I had

always thought that sentencing

was the biggest

challenge. Taking away

someone’s liberty is a formidable

responsibility.

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probation instead of incarceration

can at times be

more difficult than imposing

an 88 year state prison sentence

for a rapist in White

Plains. But then I was assigned

an O’Connor hearing

requiring me to determine

whether life supports

should be discontinued, thus

terminating someone’s life.

Now, that’s a big challenge!

Q: What are your goals for

your legal career in the future?

A: My foremost legal career

goal is to be the best Town

Judge in Harrison I can be.

I accepted an appointment

to the town bench this past

April- a part-time judicial

position, often referred to as

the “people’s court” or the

“court closest to the people.”

Why begin a second tour of

judicial duty? Because public

service in the legal community

defines who I am and

dates back nearly 40 years.

After leaving the bench in

December 2013, I’ve undertaken

several responsibilities,

including an appointment as

jurist in residence at Pace

Law School where, as an

adjunct professor, I have

taught constitutional law

classes in Election Law, and

Judicial Ethics and Decision

Making. County Executive

Astorino appointed me to

serve as executive director of

the county commission that

oversees the licensing of carting

and hauling companies

in Westchester with the goal

of suppressing the influence

of organized crime in the industry.

Interestingly, my first

assignment in the DA’s office

was to the Rackets Bureau. I

have also provided consulting

services and mediation

for lawyers in Westchester. In

the same vein, some more

exciting news- Judge Dennis

Lynch and I recently incorporated

Westchester Mediators.

We along with Mark

Blanchard and Professor

John Nolan from Pace Law

will be offering mediation

services in the near future.

Judge Lynch founded the

Giving to Ghana Foundation

and appointed me General

Counsel. In 2012 we

traveled to Ghana, West Africa

to instruct on mediation

to local community leaders

and also presented to the

Ghanaian high court judges

on judicial decision making.

There our salutation was “My

Lord.”

Q: When not on the bench,

what activities do you like to

engage in?

My activities outside the

bench revolve around family

oriented events, with a great

emphasis on the family farm

in upstate New York. My parents

purchased the farm in

1970 and for many summer

weeks and weekends the task

of breeding and raising Standardbred

horses has consumed

much of my time. I

can’t begin to describe the

tranquility and relaxation I

find in driving a John Deere

tractor pulling a brush hog in

the apple orchard- can’t get

much better than that. Also,

service as the president

emeritus of the New York State

chapter of a not-for-profit

organization devoted to

Prader-Willi syndrome takes

up some of my free time.

Q: How have you managed

to balance family and

career over the years?

A: I’ve been blessed these

past 36 years with an extremely

supportive and loving

wife and three beautiful

children – the youngest

of whom has an impending

wedding in June 2018.

My legal career has taken

me out of the home many

nights and weekends and

caused me to miss family

activities, especially when

serving on the Second Department

for seven years.

An associate justice of the

appellate court is truly a

24/7 job consuming endless

hours with reading and

preparation for oral argument.

An understanding

spouse makes that possible.

Q: What advise do you

have for new lawyers entering

the profession; and

what advice do you have for

seasoned lawyers to continue

being productive and

satisfied in their careers?

A: First, I would suggest

that lawyers join a bar association

like the WWBA.

The networking can be indispensable

at times and

friendships will last a lifetime.

I impart to my students

the importance of respect,

as well as, preparation,

reputation and civility

in the legal profession. It

is my belief that lawyers

can “strive mightily but eat

and drink as friends,” to

borrow a line from

Shakespeare. And a final

thought- a smile and a bit

of humility can go a long

way. ◗

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December/January Litigation Tip

✦ NEW CHOICE OF VENUE

Article 5 of the CPLR governs venue and place of trial in civil cases. For well over 60 years,

choice of venue has been limited by domicile. Pursuant to CPLR 503 (a), proper venue for a

civil action has been limited to the county where one of the parties resided at the time the action

was commenced. If a party is a resident in more than one county, the party is deemed a resident

of each county. If neither party resides in the state, venue is proper as designated by the Plaintiff.

Pursuant to CPLR 503 (b) if the party is an executor, administrator, trustee, committee, conservator,

general or testamentary guardian or receiver, that party is deemed a resident of the county

of his/her appointment as well as the county in which he/she resides. A Corporation is generally

deemed a resident of the county in which its principal office is located [CPLR 503(c)] and a

partnership is deemed a resident in any county in which it has its principal office as well as the

county in which the partner suing or being sued resides. [CPLR 503(d)].

As of October 2017, a new choice of venue has been added to the CPLR 503(a): the COUNTY

IN WHICH A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF THE EVENTS OR OMISSIONS GIVING RISE TO THE

CLAIM OCCURRED. No longer are the parties limited by domicile. The location in which the

cause of action arose is now a proper venue. The rationale for the amendment is that it will

allow actions to be properly commenced in the county where witnesses to the event are located

and for the action to be tried in the county community where the alleged wrong occurred. As

Plaintiffs start to elect this new basis for venue, we will need to wait and see what impact, if any,

this has on motions to change venue and how the courts will define “a substantial part” of the

events or omissions.

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

Other Co-Chairs: Jacqueline Hattar & Kimberly Sheehan

Informative CLE on Americans with Disabilities Act

Lisa M. Bluestein

The Corporate & Commercial, Environmental

& Land Use, and Elder & Health

Law Committees joined forces in October

to present a CLE entitled: “ABC’s of ADA:

Protecting Your Client and Expanding Your

Practice under the Americans with Disabilities

Act.” The brown bag lunch setting

allowed attendees to learn about the ADA

while on a midday break. Speakers Lucia

Chiocchio, Esq., Eva David, Esq., Donna

Drumm, Esq., and Crystal Collins of the

NYS Justice Center for the Protection of

People with Special Needs, provided an

overview of the ADA and applications to

business, real estate, and landlord/tenant

settings. Lisa M. Bluestein served as moderator.

The speakers and attendees discussed

examples of accommodations, as well the

applicable laws and statutes not only at

the Federal level, but also the State and

Attendees at the CLE on Americans with

Disabilities Act

Local levels. There are so many aspects of

the ADA that can be covered in a program,

and as such, the presenting committees

are considering an expanded program

sometime in the future. ◗

Donna Drumm, Lisa M. Bluestein, Lucia

Chiocchio, Eva David

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Chapter News and Announcements

Announcements & Notes on Members

❑ On October 11, 2017, Justice Mark C. Dillon of the Appellate Division, 2nd

Dept., was “vouched in” to help hear a case at the Court of Appeals in Albany.

Vouching in is a rarely-used procedure where the state’s Chief Judge, Hon. Janet

DiFiore, selects Appellate Division justices to substitute for Court of Appeals judges that

have recused off a case. The appeal here was Bransten v. State of New York. ◗

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).

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.

Justice Dillon, second from right, posing a question to attorney Judith Vale, who represented

the State of New York.

Job Postings

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley:

Staff Attorney (General Practice) – Mt. Vernon, NY

Staff Attorney (Housing and Public Benefits) – Mt. Vernon, NY, Temporary (6 months)

For more information: https://wwbany.org/Job-Posts-Careers/

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

The WWBA Launches a Book Club!

Renewing before this date will allow our

Westchester Chapter (WWBA) to continue

to be a strong presence in our statewide

organization (WBASNY) while you will

enjoy its many benefits, events,

newsletter and CLE programming.

Hélène Côté, Sherry A. Bishko,

Elisabeth Campos

The WWBA’s newly formed Book Club held its inaugural meeting on November 30, 2017. The

discussion was lively, even heated at times, but these ladies made our conversation about

Hillary Clinton’s book “What Happened” a wonderful experience. Thank you to Hélène Coté for

being such a fantastic hostess. Join us January 25th for our next book, “Small Great Things” by

Jodi Picoult.

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.

President’s Message

from page 3

ing our social media presence.

The last few months

have seen our use of social

media increase tenfold.

With the help of the newly

created Social Media Committee,

I am able to

Instagram or Tweet or post

to Facebook from all of our

events. This allows members

and non-members alike to

see what we are accomplishing

in real time and to keep

abreast of all the new programs

we have created. I am

committed to increasing and

intensifying our use of these

platforms in the New Year

and I urge our members to

use them (or LEARN how to

use them, if that is the case!).

I have so many ideas for

new events in 2018 – we already

have planned a Paint

Night for January 18th and I

am setting up a “Learn to

Spin” class for Heart Healthy

month in February. Is there

something that you would like

to see the WWBA put together

in the New Year? Then

email me your ideas at

president@wwbany.org.

Lace up your sneakers, we

have a lot to do in 2018! ◗

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

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WWBA Schedule of Upcoming Events

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

WWBA Women in

Professional Transition

Project

Board of Directors and

General Membership

Meeting

1/5/18

1:00 p.m.

1/10/18

5:30-6:00 p.m.

Board Meeting

445 Café

445 Hamilton Ave.

White Plains, NY

(Parking is available in

the garage next door;

follow signs for “office

parking”)

BNY Mellon

701 Westchester Ave.

White Plains, NY

“First Fridays” with the

WWBA’s Women in

Professional Transition

Project

The Grievances/ Ethics

& Appellate

Committees Present:

“Ethics Update 2018

No RSVP necessary

For more information go to

www.wwbany.org

Register online at

www.wwbany.org

6:00-8:00 p.m.

General

Membership

Meeting

Networking Committee 1/18/18

6:30-9:00 p.m.

(Doors Open at

6:00 p.m.)

Muse Paint Bar

84 Mamaroneck Ave.

White Plains, NY

Two (2) CLE credits –

Ethics and

Professionalism

(Pending)

Join the WWBA for an

evening of painting at

Muse Paint Bar in

White Plains

Buy Your Ticket Here:

https://www.musepaintbar.com/eve

nts/51641

Questions: Contact Allison Sloto at

aesloto@gmail.com

WWBA Book Club 1/25/18

6:00 p.m.

Domestic Violence

Committee

WWBA Women in

Professional Transition

Project

1/31/18

6:00-8:00 p.m.

2/2/18

1:00 p.m.

WWBA President Lisa

Denig’s Home

Valhalla, New York

Pace Law School

Tudor Room

78 North Broadway

White Plains, NY

445 Café

445 Hamilton Ave.

White Plains, NY

(Parking is available in

the garage next door;

follow signs for “office

parking”)

Second Meeting of the

Newly-Created WWBA

Book Club

Book:

“Small Great Things”

by Jodi Picoult

LGBTQ 101: The

Intersectionality of

Intimate Partner

Violence

One (1) CLE credit –

Diversity and Inclusion

(Pending)

“First Fridays” with the

WWBA’s Women in

Professional Transition

Project

Register online at

www.wwbany.org

Register online at

www.wwbany.org

Questions: Contact Beth Levy at

blevy@mspny.org

No RSVP necessary

For more information go to

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

ODAY AT

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