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WWBA February 2018 Newsletter

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WWBA February 2018

♥ SPECIAL ISSUE IN RECOGNITION OF HEART HEALTH MONTH ♥ WWBA Westchester Women’s Bar Association FEBRUARY 2018 HON. LISA MARGARET SMITH RECEIVES KAY CRAWFORD MURRAY AWARD Jacqueline Hattar T he Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and a WWBA Vice President, received the Kay Crawford Murray award on January 23, 2018. The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Women in the Law (CWIL) presented the award to Judge Smith during a wellattended luncheon at the NYSBA annual meeting at the New York Hilton Midtown. The Kay Crawford Murray award honors a NYSBA member, who has made a substantial contribution to increase the value of diversity in the legal profession and advances the pro- Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith fessional development of women attorneys. The award is named for Kay Crawford Murray, past chair of the CWIL, who passed away in January 2018. WWBA past INSIDE THIS ISSUE FEBRUARY 2018 An Interview with Angela Morcone Giannini (page 5) LGBTQ 101: The Intersectionality of Intimate Partner Violence (page 6) Litigation Tip (page 6) Upcoming Events (page 8) SAVE THE DATE INSIDE THE APPELLATE COURT February 13, 2018 Pace University White Plains, New York news continued on page 4 ➥ LUNCH AND LEARN March 7, 2018 McCarthy Fingar, LLP White Plains, New York GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT March 22, 2018 Pace University White Plains, New York PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE You may have noticed that we have “Gone Red” this issue in recognition of the fact that February is “Heart Month.” February was first designated as “Heart Month” by Lisa M. Denig President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and has been recognized as such ever since. The purpose of “Heart Month” is to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and the numbers are staggering – on average, someone dies from cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds. While many people believe that heart disease affects mainly men, this is a myth – heart disease is the number one leading cause of death for women and roughly the same number of women and men die each year from heart attacks or strokes. Much has been done in recent years to raise awareness of this fact. Again, this month, on February 2, 2018, women and men will “Go Red” on National Wear Red Day to bring attention to what is often termed “the silent killer.” If you are able to participate in a “Go Red” event, please take the opportunity to raise funds and promote education regarding healthy ways to avoid cardiovascular disease. The WWBA has been an active participant in promoting “Heart Month” in the past and this year will be no exception. Cardio exercise, in whatever form you enjoy most, is critical to maincontinued on page 3 ➥ The Westchester Women’s Bar Association is a Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York