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○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ Magistrate Judge: NEVER BE “TOO BUSY” TO BE A MENTOR “Be on the lookout for opportunities to mentor others, and take them when those opportunities arise. Rather than make excuses, such as thinking, ‘I’m too busy,’ or ‘This could be a waste of my time,’ realize that the opposite is more likely to be true.” Christian Nolan Judge Lisa Margaret Smith, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, says you can never be too busy to mentor someone else. “Be on the lookout for opportunities to mentor others, and take them when those opportunities arise,” said Smith. “Rather than making excuses, such as thinking, ’I’m too busy,’ or ’This could be a waste of my time,’ realize that the opposite is more likely to be true. Moreover, even if the mentoring opportunity does not bear fruit, you likely will not have lost anything but a few minutes of your time.” Smith recalled an unexpected mentoring experience last fall. “When I was attending family weekend at my daughter’s college, I happened to overhear a mom talking to another parent about her daughter, named Kathryn. She was a senior at the college, majoring in legal studies with a minor in computer and digital forensics,” Smith explained. “As I unashamedly listened in, I learned that Kathryn was pursuing a career focusing on e-discovery, and particularly the need for effective communications between forensic professionals and legal professionals. I, too, have an interest in e- discovery, and I thought I might be able to help her. I spoke to her mother, and very shortly thereafter Kathryn and I began a correspondence, the highlight of which was her creation of a survey which I was able to distribute to a number of legal and forensic professionals involved in e-discovery.” Smith said the survey results were to be used in Kathryn’s senior project. “This opportunity to mentor a young woman in a law-related field arose from a chance encounter, and has been rewarding for both of us,” said Smith. Smith’s remarks about mentoring came in accep- ~ Judge Lisa Margaret Smith ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ tance of the 2018 Kay Crawford Murray Award presented by the Committee on Women in the Law of the New York State Bar Association. Smith received her award on January 23 during the Association’s Annual Meeting in New York City. The award recognizes an attorney who continued on page 8 ➥ A Leader in Serving the Legal Services Community. That’s Sterling. Expect the highest caliber of personal service and banking expertise. Expect extraordinary. Contact banking professionals experienced in serving your unique needs at 914-367-9000, or email team556@snb.com Kay Crawford Murray Award: Lisa Margaret Smith, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, center, is the 2018 recipient of the Kay Crawford Murray Award, presented by the Committee on Women in the Law. Patricia L. Angley and Jacqueline Hattar, co-chairs of the Awards Subcommittee are at left and Committee Chair Susan Harper and NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman are at right. (Photo by Richard A. Smith) Larry McElroen, Senior Managing Director Michael Henderson, Senior Managing Director Anthony Forgione, Managing Director Moira Kiernan, Managing Director Luis Rivera, Associate Managing Director To learn about Sterling’s full suite of services, visit snb.com. Member FDIC Page 6 Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

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