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Westchester Women’s Bar Association<br />

APRIL <strong>2018</strong><br />

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

<strong>WWBA</strong> General Membership Meeting<br />

Presents Perspectives on Sexual<br />

Harassment in the Workplace in the<br />

Wake of #MeToo<br />

Tanya Briendel<br />

T<br />

he Spring General Membership<br />

Meeting was held<br />

the evening of March 22,<br />

<strong>2018</strong> at the Elisabeth Haub School<br />

of Law at Pace University. Fifty<br />

people attended an excellent presentation<br />

entitled “Perspectives on<br />

Sexual Harassment in the Wake of<br />

#MeToo.“ The esteemed panel consisted<br />

of the Honorable Lisa M. Smith,<br />

District Court for the Southern District<br />

of New York, the Honorable Linda<br />

Jamieson, Supreme Court<br />

Westchester County, Kim Berg, Esq.,<br />

Gould & Berg, LLP, Susan Corcoran,<br />

Esq., Jackson Lewis, P.C. and was<br />

moderated by Sara Kula, Esq.,<br />

INSIDE THIS ISSUE<br />

APRIL <strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Participates in<br />

Read Across America<br />

(page 4)<br />

An Interview with<br />

Hon. Larry Schwartz<br />

(page 7)<br />

Litigation Tip: E-filing<br />

Reaches Appellate Division<br />

(page 9)<br />

Upcoming Events<br />

(page 12)<br />

continued on page 5 ➥<br />

General Membership Meeting Panel<br />

Susan Corcoran, Esq., Hon. Linda Jamieson,<br />

Hon. Lisa M. Smith, Kim Berg, Esq., and Sara<br />

Kula, Esq.<br />

SAVE THE DATE<br />

RESOLVING FAMILY<br />

DISPUTES<br />

COLLABORATIVELY<br />

<strong>April</strong> 17, <strong>2018</strong><br />

McCarthy Fingar, LLP<br />

White Plains, New York<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

news<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

JURY SELECTION<br />

AND RACE<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Keane & Beane, P.C.<br />

White Plains, New York<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> ANNUAL DINNER<br />

June 6, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club<br />

Mamaroneck, New York<br />

PRESIDENT’S<br />

MESSAGE<br />

I saw the first,<br />

purple crocus valiantly<br />

pushing itself<br />

heavenward in my<br />

front yard yesterday<br />

and I could not<br />

help but feel a<br />

glimmer of hope<br />

that this gray and Lisa M. Denig<br />

difficult winter<br />

might just be behind us at last. Funny,<br />

how these smallest and most fragile<br />

of spring flowers are the first to muster<br />

up the energy and strength to burst<br />

from the hardened soil and bring<br />

with them the exuberant message of<br />

spring.<br />

This thought quickly reminded<br />

me of the recent book read and discussed<br />

by the <strong>WWBA</strong> Book Club –<br />

“Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day<br />

O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg<br />

Went to the Supreme Court and<br />

Changed the World.” Justice<br />

Ginsburg, who turned 85 years old<br />

on March 15, <strong>2018</strong>, could not be<br />

any tinier and often appears frail and<br />

fragile, but, oh, the power and exuberance<br />

she brought to her work as<br />

an attorney advancing women’s<br />

rights and, now, as a Supreme Court<br />

Justice, ensuring that those rights are<br />

not trampled.<br />

It was inspiring to read about her<br />

prodigious body of work at the ACLU<br />

and her unflagging determination to<br />

constantly “push the envelope” in her<br />

quest for equality. While most of the<br />

continued on page 3 ➥<br />

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The Westchester Women’s Bar Association is a Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York


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

APRIL <strong>2018</strong><br />

Published Monthly by the<br />

Westchester Women’s<br />

Bar Association, a Chapter of<br />

the Women’s Bar Association<br />

of the State of New York<br />

~ 2017/<strong>2018</strong> Officers and Directors ~<br />

President LISA M. DENIG<br />

President-Elect KIM BERG<br />

Vice Presidents<br />

AMANDA C. FRIED JENNIFER L. GRAY HON. LISA M. SMITH<br />

Treasurer<br />

ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI Recording Secretary NATANYA BRIENDEL<br />

Corresponding Secretary ELIZABETH Z. MARCUS<br />

Immediate Past ast President<br />

SUSAN EDWARDS COLSON<br />

Elected Directors Westchester Board<br />

GAIL M. BOGGIO HÉLÈNE CÔTÉ LONYA A. GILBERT<br />

SHARI R. GORDON ADRIENNE J. ORBACH<br />

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

ROBIN D. CARTON KITLEY S. COVILL SUSAN EDWARDS COLSON<br />

DONNA E. FROSCO MARIAN GENIO THERESA A. GIROLAMO<br />

ANNETTE G. HASAPIDIS JANE SILVERMAN<br />

Executive Director ELISABETH CAMPOS<br />

© Copyright 2017 Westchester Women’s Bar Association. All rights reserved.<br />

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

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

2017-<strong>2018</strong> <strong>WWBA</strong> Committee Chairs<br />

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

By-Laws ............................................. Hélène Côté, Anna L. Georgiou<br />

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

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

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

Lauren Morrissey<br />

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

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

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

Lawyering & Parenting .......... Joelle M. Burton, Jana Kosberg-Kleidman<br />

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

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

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

Jennifer N. Netrosio, Katie Wendle<br />

Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal .............................. Andrea Friedman<br />

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

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

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

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

Deborah Farber-Kaiser<br />

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

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

Collaborative Law ............................. Kathleen Donelli, Lynn J. Maier,<br />

Hon. Sondra M. Miller<br />

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

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

Construction ........................................... Aisling Brady, Sushmita Roy<br />

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

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

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

Susan Mills Richmond<br />

Elder & Health Law & Reproductive Rights ....... Elizabeth A. Cumming,<br />

Shari R. Gordon, Moira Laidlaw<br />

Employment Law ................................................ Kim Berg, Sara Kula<br />

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

Jennifer L. Gray, Katherine Zalantis<br />

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

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

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

Networking ............................................ Arin Liebman, Suzanne Volpe<br />

New Lawyers ................................... Elizabeth Z. Marcus, Katie Wendle<br />

Professional Development ......... Susan Edwards Colson, Adam J. Krim,<br />

Stephanie Melowsky<br />

Programs .......................................... Natanya Briendel, Amanda Fried<br />

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

Real Property ................................... Allyson Magliery, Michelle Murphy<br />

Sponsorship .......................... Susan Edwards Colson, Lucia Chiocchio<br />

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

Trusts & Estates ........ Gail M. Boggio, Nancy J. Rudolph, Karen J. Walsh<br />

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

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

Immigration .............................................................................. TBD<br />

Insurance Law ........................................................................... TBD<br />

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

Theresa O’Rourke Nugent<br />

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

Daniel F. Florio, Jr.<br />

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

Kimberly Sheehan<br />

Long Range Planning ................ Carla D. Glassman, Linda Markowitz<br />

Ann M. McNulty<br />

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

Lauren S. Morrissey, Abby Rosmarin<br />

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

Pace Board of Visitors ................................................ Gail M. Boggio<br />

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

Practice Management .............. Jamieson L. Keiser, Jennifer N. Netrosio<br />

Wendy Marie Weathers<br />

Pro Bono ........................................... Marian Genio, Natalie Sobchak<br />

Social Media .............. Hélène Côté, Kristen Motel, Jennifer N. Netrosio<br />

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

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

<strong>WWBA</strong> Foundation President ..................................... Susan S. Brown<br />

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

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President’s Message<br />

from page 1<br />

“Too often women –<br />

especially those of us<br />

who hover around<br />

five feet tall – are<br />

immediately judged<br />

to be meek and frail<br />

and must work<br />

doubly hard to be<br />

taken seriously<br />

whether it be in the<br />

courtroom or in other<br />

phases of our very<br />

complicated, very<br />

demanding lives”<br />

nation is now quite aware of what a<br />

powerhouse she is, I wonder if, early in<br />

her career, her small stature lulled opposition<br />

attorneys into a sense of false<br />

complacency! She is my first inspiring<br />

“crocus” of this spring.<br />

In last month’s column, I briefly mentioned<br />

the group of young gymnasts<br />

who stood to face their abuser at the<br />

sentencing proceeding after he was<br />

convicted of sexually assaulting them.<br />

Nearly 200 young women, most of<br />

whom barely stood five-feet tall, conjured<br />

up the bravery and courage to<br />

tell their stories and urge the judge to<br />

hold the defendant responsible for the<br />

damage he had done.<br />

Rachel Denhollander, the first<br />

woman to accuse Larry Nassar of sexually<br />

abusing her, implored the Court:<br />

“How much is a little girl worth?” Aly<br />

Raisman, the Olympic gold-medal winning<br />

gymnast, stopped several times<br />

during her speech to glare defiantly at<br />

Nassar, refusing to cower in the presence<br />

of the man who had repeatedly<br />

hurt her. These petite heroines are also<br />

like the tiny crocuses in my yard, bravely<br />

throwing off the dark and heavy soil of<br />

shame and confusion and, perhaps<br />

continued on page 10 ➥<br />

Editor’s Note<br />

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”<br />

Making Dates and Getting Published<br />

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS<br />

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

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

❑ Send submissions as email attachments to Elizabeth Z. Marcus at elizabeth.z.marcus@gmail.com.<br />

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

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

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

their submissions.<br />

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

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

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

each photograph must be fully identified.<br />

PROGRAM SCHEDULING<br />

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

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

priority for early submissions.<br />

❑ Contact Elizabeth Z. Marcus at elizabeth.z.marcus@gmail.com to schedule a <strong>WWBA</strong> sponsored<br />

or co-sponsored program, including committee meetings, CLE programs, etc.<br />

❑ Once you have reserved the date with Elizabeth Z. Marcus, proceed with planning your<br />

program and creating your flyer.<br />

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

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

Director. Once approved, please send your final flyer to the Executive Director, Elizabeth Z.<br />

Marcus and the President for publication on the website calendar and the newsletter calendar.<br />

The final flyer will also be emailed to the membership.<br />

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

to our members.<br />

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

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

to Elizabeth Z. Marcus, following the guidelines above.<br />

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Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

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<strong>WWBA</strong> PARTICIPATES IN READ ACROSS<br />

AMERICA DAY IN YONKERS<br />

Jacqueline Hattar, Esq.<br />

The <strong>WWBA</strong> celebrated Read Across<br />

America Day on March 2, <strong>2018</strong> at the<br />

Eugenio Maria de Hostos MicroSociety<br />

School in Yonkers, New York.<br />

It is a pre-kindergarten<br />

through eighth grade school<br />

with over 600 students located<br />

in southwest Yonkers,<br />

and its minority enrollment is<br />

approximately 97 percent of<br />

the student body. The volunteers<br />

included Shari Gordon,<br />

Stephanie Melowsky<br />

and Julie Passman.<br />

The staff, students and<br />

parents who compose the<br />

community at the Hostos<br />

School are dedicated to providing<br />

an atmosphere in<br />

which excellence and equality<br />

in education are valued<br />

and achieved by every stu-<br />

dent so that they become<br />

productive members of our<br />

multicultural society.<br />

The Westchester chapter<br />

was one of the first<br />

WBASNY chapters to participate<br />

in the Read Across<br />

America program in the Yonkers<br />

Public School approximately<br />

11 years ago. During<br />

the course of their involvement<br />

in this program,<br />

the chapter has donated<br />

books, t-shirts and school<br />

supplies. We look forward<br />

to participating in the Read<br />

Across America program<br />

next year. ◗<br />

Shari Gordon and Julie Passman<br />

Julie Passman<br />

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Perspectives on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace<br />

from page 1<br />

DelBello Donnellan<br />

Weingarten Wise &<br />

Wiederkehr, LLP.<br />

Ms. Berg commenced<br />

the substantive portion of the<br />

evening with an overview of<br />

the process from a plaintiff’s<br />

perspective. She was followed<br />

by Ms. Corcoran who<br />

spoke about best practices<br />

for employers. Judges Smith<br />

and Jamieson participated<br />

in both presentations with<br />

updates on recent case law<br />

and provided practical sug-<br />

gestions for case resolution.<br />

The panel had created<br />

several fact patterns to use in<br />

their presentations, which<br />

were referred to by the speakers<br />

throughout the evening.<br />

The audience was actively engaged<br />

and asked numerous<br />

questions throughout the two<br />

hour presentation covering<br />

such issues as whether to bring<br />

a matter in federal or state<br />

court, when an action is time<br />

barred and what types of recovery<br />

are available to victims.<br />

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General Membership Meeting March 22, <strong>2018</strong><br />

THE <strong>WWBA</strong> PAINTS THE TOWN!<br />

On January 18, <strong>2018</strong>, the <strong>WWBA</strong>’s Networking Committee hosted “Paint Night” at<br />

Muse Paint Bar in White Plains. The event brought <strong>WWBA</strong> members together for a<br />

fun-filled night of networking. It was indeed a masterpiece!<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

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Magistrate Judge:<br />

NEVER BE “TOO BUSY” TO BE A MENTOR<br />

“Be on the lookout for opportunities to mentor<br />

others, and take them when those opportunities<br />

arise. Rather than make excuses, such as thinking,<br />

‘I’m too busy,’ or ‘This could be a waste of my time,’<br />

realize that the opposite is more likely to be true.”<br />

Christian Nolan<br />

Judge Lisa Margaret<br />

Smith, United States Magistrate<br />

Judge for the Southern<br />

District of New York, says you<br />

can never be too busy to<br />

mentor someone else.<br />

“Be on the lookout for<br />

opportunities to mentor others,<br />

and take them when<br />

those opportunities arise,”<br />

said Smith. “Rather than<br />

making excuses, such as<br />

thinking, ’I’m too busy,’ or<br />

’This could be a waste of my<br />

time,’ realize that the opposite<br />

is more likely to be true.<br />

Moreover, even if the<br />

mentoring opportunity does<br />

not bear fruit, you likely will<br />

not have lost anything but a<br />

few minutes of your time.”<br />

Smith recalled an unexpected<br />

mentoring experience<br />

last fall.<br />

“When I was attending<br />

family weekend at my<br />

daughter’s college, I happened<br />

to overhear a mom<br />

talking to another parent<br />

about her daughter, named<br />

Kathryn. She was a senior at<br />

the college, majoring in legal<br />

studies with a minor in<br />

computer and digital forensics,”<br />

Smith explained.<br />

“As I unashamedly listened<br />

in, I learned that<br />

Kathryn was pursuing a career<br />

focusing on e-discovery,<br />

and particularly the need for<br />

effective communications<br />

between forensic professionals<br />

and legal professionals.<br />

I, too, have an interest in e-<br />

discovery, and I thought I<br />

might be able to help her. I<br />

spoke to her mother, and<br />

very shortly thereafter<br />

Kathryn and I began a correspondence,<br />

the highlight<br />

of which was her creation of<br />

a survey which I was able to<br />

distribute to a number of legal<br />

and forensic professionals<br />

involved in e-discovery.”<br />

Smith said the survey results<br />

were to be used in<br />

Kathryn’s senior project.<br />

“This opportunity to<br />

mentor a young woman in<br />

a law-related field arose<br />

from a chance encounter,<br />

and has been rewarding for<br />

both of us,” said Smith.<br />

Smith’s remarks about<br />

mentoring came in accep-<br />

~ Judge Lisa Margaret Smith<br />

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tance of the <strong>2018</strong> Kay<br />

Crawford Murray Award presented<br />

by the Committee on<br />

Women in the Law of the<br />

New York State Bar Association.<br />

Smith received her award<br />

on January 23 during the<br />

Association’s Annual Meeting<br />

in New York City. The award<br />

recognizes an attorney who<br />

continued on page 8 ➥<br />

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An Interview with Honorable Larry Schwartz<br />

Susan L. Pollet<br />

Chair of the Archive and<br />

Historian Committee<br />

Q: Please tell us about your<br />

legal career.<br />

A: I began my career in the<br />

early 1980s as an Assistant<br />

District Attorney in the<br />

Rockland County DA’s office.<br />

After leaving the District<br />

Attorney’s office, I was<br />

a partner and principal of<br />

Klinger & Schwartz in<br />

Haverstraw, New York<br />

where my practice included<br />

criminal defense and civil<br />

litigation.<br />

While in private practice,<br />

from 1998 until taking<br />

the bench this year, I served<br />

as a part-time assistant<br />

public defender at the<br />

Rockland County Public<br />

Defender’s office. I was an<br />

active member of the<br />

Rockland County Drug<br />

Court team and served on<br />

the board of the Rockland<br />

County Drug Court Executive<br />

Committee. In 1993, I<br />

became a founding partner<br />

of Schwartz & Silverstein<br />

LLP in New City where I<br />

maintained a varied practice<br />

until this past December.<br />

Q: Why did you become a<br />

judge?<br />

A: The thought of becoming<br />

a judge appealed to<br />

me from my earliest days<br />

as a practicing attorney.<br />

I’ve always believed the<br />

courtroom should be an<br />

orderly and dignified<br />

place where the voices of<br />

all participants are heard.<br />

As an attorney, I saw the<br />

difference that reasoned<br />

and patient judges made<br />

in the outcome of a case. I<br />

“My advice for new lawyers is<br />

to find ways to distinguish<br />

themselves and develop skills<br />

and knowledge bases that are<br />

unique and in demand. I also<br />

recommend they develop<br />

meaningful relationships in the<br />

legal community and seek advice<br />

from experienced practitioners.”<br />

wanted to make that difference.<br />

After practicing law for<br />

over three decades, I saw taking<br />

the bench as a unique<br />

opportunity to embrace the<br />

challenge of applying my legal<br />

experience in a different<br />

and meaningful way.<br />

Q: What community activities<br />

are you involved in?<br />

A: I have been involved in<br />

several legal and community<br />

organizations throughout<br />

Rockland County. I’m currently<br />

a member of the board<br />

of directors and former secretary<br />

of the board for the<br />

Rockland County Bar Association.<br />

In addition, I am a<br />

member of the board of directors<br />

and former president<br />

of Community Awareness<br />

Network for a Drug-Free Life<br />

and Environment (CANDLE),<br />

a youth organization in<br />

Rockland County. I also serve<br />

on the board of directors of<br />

the Rockland Conservatory of<br />

Music.<br />

Q: How have you balanced<br />

your work and family life over<br />

the years?<br />

A: It was always a challenge<br />

to balance work and family<br />

life. The biggest advantage<br />

I had was that I always practiced<br />

in the same community<br />

in which I lived. Even though<br />

I often worked long hours,<br />

the proximity of my offices<br />

to my home frequently enabled<br />

me to adjust my<br />

schedule so I could attend<br />

school events and my<br />

children’s activities. I was always<br />

mindful of the importance<br />

of family and strove<br />

to make my family a priority.<br />

Q: What advice do you have<br />

for new lawyers entering the<br />

profession, and for seasoned<br />

lawyers continuing in it?<br />

A: My advice for new lawyers<br />

is to find ways to distinguish<br />

themselves and develop<br />

skills and knowledge<br />

bases that are unique and in<br />

demand. I also recommend<br />

they develop meaningful relationships<br />

in the legal community<br />

and seek advice from<br />

experienced practitioners.<br />

I also would encourage<br />

new lawyers to join bar associations.<br />

It’s so much more<br />

Hon. Larry Schwartz<br />

enjoyable to practice law as<br />

a part of a community than<br />

from the solitude of your office.<br />

Seasoned lawyers<br />

probably do not need advice<br />

from me. But I will offer<br />

the reminder that we should<br />

all continue to make our<br />

health and well-being a priority.<br />

It is too easy to become<br />

so engulfed in our work that<br />

we forget to take proper<br />

care of ourselves. The more<br />

we neglect ourselves, the less<br />

we can attend to the needs<br />

of others, whether they are<br />

clients, family, or friends.<br />

Q: You were recently elected<br />

County Court Judge in<br />

Rockland County but are sitting<br />

in Westchester. How are<br />

you enjoying your assignment<br />

in White Plains?<br />

A: When I first arrived in<br />

White Plains, I knew almost<br />

no one. Everyone in the<br />

courthouse who I work with,<br />

without exception, has been<br />

helpful and supportive. I am<br />

also quite impressed by the<br />

Westchester bar. I have<br />

found almost all the attorneys<br />

to be quite knowledgeable,<br />

professional and helpful<br />

to the court. ◗<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

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NEVER BE “TOO BUSY” TO BE A MENTOR<br />

from page 6<br />

enhances diversity in the profession and<br />

advances the professional development<br />

of women attorneys. The committee created<br />

the award in Murray’s honor in<br />

2008.<br />

Murray, who died in January, was<br />

the former general counsel to the New<br />

York City Department of Juvenile Justice<br />

and was active with the State Bar<br />

Association for many years, including<br />

serving as chair of the Committee on<br />

Women in the Law.<br />

Mentoring is a Challenge<br />

Smith said the award gives credit<br />

to professionals who serve as active<br />

mentors for women attorneys, “but it is<br />

important that we support and encourage<br />

all those who face challenges,<br />

whether it is because of their gender, or<br />

their race, or their sexual identity, or their<br />

age, or their disability status, or simply<br />

their circumstance in life.”<br />

Smith recalled a young black man<br />

named William who appeared before<br />

her in court charged with a serious crime<br />

and later pled guilty to a misdemeanor.<br />

“William had a few stumbles, but<br />

eventually he served his probationary<br />

sentence, and he chose a path that led<br />

him to attend Pace Law School, where I<br />

came to know him again as a student<br />

in my evidence class,” recalled Smith.<br />

When William graduated from<br />

Pace Law School, Smith was among<br />

those congratulating him, but his trials<br />

did not end there, as he struggled to<br />

gain admittance to the Bar because of<br />

the criminal conviction. Smith is proud<br />

to say that William is now a full member<br />

of the New York Bar “and that he<br />

did so, in some small part, due to my<br />

No Excuses: <strong>2018</strong> Kay Crawford Murray Award recipient Judge Lisa Margaret Smith says that<br />

it is important that “we support and encourage all those who face challenges.”<br />

(Photo by Richard A. Smith)<br />

presence as a mentor in his life,” said<br />

Smith.<br />

“Do not give up on those you come<br />

into contact with. Mentoring is a challenge,<br />

but you will attain the greatest<br />

satisfaction when someone you have<br />

mentored achieves his or her goal, despite<br />

the steepest odds,” said Smith.<br />

Sharing Knowledge<br />

Smith, who sits in White Plains, was<br />

originally appointed in 1995 as a magistrate<br />

judge. From 2006 to 2008, she<br />

served as chief magistrate judge for the<br />

Southern District.<br />

Before her appointment to the<br />

bench, Smith was an assistant U.S. attorney<br />

in the Southern District of New<br />

York from 1987 to 1995. She also<br />

served as an assistant district attorney in<br />

“Do not give up on those you come into<br />

contact with. Mentoring is a challenge, but you<br />

will attain the greatest satisfaction when<br />

someone you have mentored achieves his or<br />

her goal, despite the steepest odds.”<br />

~ Judge Lisa Margaret Smith<br />

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Kings County, where she worked her way<br />

up to supervising senior ADA in the Appeals<br />

Bureau. She also spent time as<br />

an assistant attorney general in the Appeals<br />

and Opinions Division of the New<br />

York State Department of Law.<br />

Smith frequently lectures at CLE and<br />

bar association programs, with a particular<br />

focus on e-discovery and evidence.<br />

She is a regular participant in<br />

events that educate children about the<br />

courts, including Take Your Children to<br />

Work Day, an annual program of the<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association.<br />

In addition to Murray, Smith said<br />

she was also honored to join the ranks<br />

of such greats as the Honorable<br />

Sondra Miller of the Appellate Division<br />

Second Department, and the Honorable<br />

Jenny Rivera of the New York Court<br />

of Appeals, as a recipient of this<br />

award.<br />

“Kay Crawford Murray personified<br />

a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.,”<br />

said Smith, “which is: ’Life’s most persistent<br />

and urgent question is, what are<br />

you doing for others?’” ◗<br />

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Christian Nolan is a senior writer for the<br />

New York State Bar Association.<br />

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<strong>April</strong> Litigation Tip<br />

✦ E-FILING TECHNOLOGY REACHES OUR APPELLATE DIVISION!<br />

On March 1, <strong>2018</strong>, all four appellate departments approved mandatory electronic filing<br />

rules for certain appellate cases. The rules apply to cases where the Notice of Appeal is<br />

filed on or after March 1, <strong>2018</strong>.*<br />

The new electronic filing rules are codified at 22NYCRR Part 1245 and Attachment A<br />

discusses the formatting rules for the documents that are electronically filed. The new<br />

rules also can be found at www.nycourts.gov/RULES/jointappellate/<br />

22NYCRRPart1245-03-01-<strong>2018</strong>A.pdf.<br />

The rules do provide for personal exemptions at NYCRR 1245.4(a)(1) and (2) for the<br />

unrepresented litigant and exempt attorneys are defined in the rules and CPLR<br />

2111(b)(3)(a) or (B).<br />

While all the electronic filings are through the NYSCEF system, each department has<br />

very specific rules and differ as to what types of cases require electronic filing. The First<br />

Department requires electronic filing for all appeals on commercial matters originating<br />

in the Supreme Court, Bronx and New York Counties. The Second Department requires<br />

electronic filing of all appeals in matters originating and electronically filed in<br />

the Supreme Court and Surrogate’s Courts in Westchester County. The Third Department<br />

requires electronic filing for all appeals in civil actions commenced by summons<br />

and complaint in the Supreme Court originating in the Third Judicial District and the<br />

Fourth Department requires electronic filing of all appeals in matters originating in, or<br />

transferred to, the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial<br />

Department.<br />

It is also anticipated that each Department will gradually increase the types of appellate<br />

cases which require electronic filing and therefore attorneys filing appeals should consult<br />

the new rules frequently.<br />

Additional information specific to each department can be accessed through the following<br />

links:<br />

❑ 1st Dept: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/ad1/efiling.html<br />

❑ 2nd Dept: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/AD2/efiling<br />

❑ 3rd Dept: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/ad3<br />

❑ 4th Dept: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/efile<br />

* Each Department has specific rules with regard to those cases where the Notice of Appeal was filed before<br />

March 1, <strong>2018</strong> and the Appeal will be perfected before May 15, <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

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

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

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

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<strong>WWBA</strong> New Members<br />

The Westchester Women’s Bar Association<br />

proudly welcomes our newest members:<br />

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

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

Chapter News and Announcements<br />

Classifieds<br />

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE – MOUNT KISCO<br />

Two beautiful windowed offices for rent in professional suite.<br />

Regular access to 2 newly renovated, large windowed conference rooms. Part-time<br />

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Become a New<br />

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RENEW YOUR<br />

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

FOR THE PERIOD<br />

JUNE 1, 2017 TO MAY 31, <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

RENEW NOW! DON’T WAIT!<br />

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

membership to the Women’s Bar<br />

Association of the State of New York<br />

(WBASNY).<br />

January 31, <strong>2018</strong> is the closing date in<br />

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

towards our certification to WBASNY and<br />

assure our number of delegates.<br />

Renewing before this date will allow our<br />

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

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

organization (WBASNY) while you will<br />

enjoy its many benefits, events,<br />

newsletter and CLE programming.<br />

President’s Message<br />

from page 3<br />

unknowingly, brightly leading us into a future where their courage will most certainly<br />

forge a better path.<br />

And who could be tinier than our own Judge Sondra Miller! Judge Miller’s<br />

small and wispy frame belies a strength and perseverance that dwarfs men twice<br />

her size. Judge Miller was in the first class at Harvard to admit women and she<br />

was also the first woman to be appointed as an Associate Justice in the Appellate<br />

Division, Second Department.<br />

She is one of the “Founding Mothers” of the <strong>WWBA</strong> and still works tirelessly<br />

to advance the status of women through our organization and at the state level<br />

through her committee work in WBASNY. Every time I see Judge Miller struggle to<br />

reach for a microphone placed too high for her petite size, I wonder how many<br />

judges and opposing attorneys misjudged this amazing woman. She is my favorite<br />

“crocus” of the <strong>WWBA</strong>.<br />

Too often women – especially those of us who hover around five feet tall –<br />

are immediately judged to be meek and frail and must work doubly hard to be<br />

taken seriously, whether it be in the courtroom or in other phases of our very<br />

complicated, very demanding lives. I hope that the analogy of the crocus has<br />

given you a bit of inspiration to set out to disprove this misconception. Burst forth,<br />

ladies, and show your strength, your bravery and your vibrant colors of hope! ◗<br />

Hélène Côté, Sherry A. Bishko,<br />

Elisabeth Campos<br />

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

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

You can use a credit card or<br />

PayPal to make payment.<br />

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The Westchester Women’s Bar Association<br />

requests the pleasure of your company<br />

at its<br />

ANNUAL DINNER<br />

~ and ~<br />

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS<br />

Our Distinguished Keynote Speaker:<br />

HONORABLE KATHIE DAVIDSON<br />

ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE, NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT<br />

Wednesday, June 6, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club<br />

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<br />

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

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

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

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

Please contact Andrea B. Friedman, Esq. at andrea@sarilaw.com<br />

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

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

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

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

<strong>WWBA</strong> Diversity and<br />

Litigation Committees and<br />

NYSBA’s Committee on<br />

Diversity & Inclusion<br />

Families, Children, and the<br />

Courts Committee<br />

WCBA ADR Committee and<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Collaborative Law<br />

Committee<br />

Criminal Law<br />

Committee<br />

4/9/18<br />

Registration –<br />

6:00 PM<br />

Program – 6:15 –<br />

7:30 PM<br />

Light supper will<br />

be provided.<br />

4/10/18<br />

12:30-2:00 PM<br />

Brown bag lunch<br />

4/17/18<br />

12:15 – 1:30 PM<br />

Brown bag lunch<br />

4/24/18<br />

Registration -<br />

5:30 PM<br />

Program – 6:00 –<br />

7:00 PM<br />

Light snacks and<br />

beverages<br />

provided<br />

Board of Directors Meeting 5/2/18<br />

5:30-7:30 PM<br />

Wilson Elser Moskowitz<br />

Edelman & Dicker LLP<br />

1133 Westchester<br />

Avenue<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

(Enter from the Section C<br />

parking lot entrance/<br />

reception area is on the<br />

1 st floor)<br />

Westchester County<br />

Courthouse<br />

9 th Floor (Conference<br />

Room)<br />

111 Dr. Martin Luther<br />

King, Jr. Blvd.<br />

White Plains, Ny<br />

McCarthy Fingar, LLP<br />

11 Martine Avenue<br />

12 th Floor<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

Keane and Beane<br />

Conference Room<br />

445 Hamilton<br />

Suite 1500<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

BNY Mellon<br />

701 Westchester Ave.<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

“A Continuing Lecture<br />

Series on Diversity in<br />

the Legal Profession”<br />

Perspectives from the<br />

Bench and the Bar on<br />

Diversity<br />

CASA in the Courts:<br />

The Mental Health<br />

Association of<br />

Westchester County,<br />

Inc. (MHA) Family<br />

Court’s Court<br />

Appointed Special<br />

Advocates<br />

Resolving Family<br />

Disputes Through the<br />

Collaborative Process:<br />

A Primer<br />

One (1) CLE credit –<br />

Professional practice<br />

“Jury Selection and<br />

Race: A Review of<br />

Recent Batson<br />

Decisions”<br />

One (1) CLE Credit –<br />

Diversity and Inclusion<br />

*Pending approval<br />

Please RSVP no later than <strong>April</strong> 5,<br />

<strong>2018</strong> by registering online at<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

Space is limited to members of the<br />

sponsoring organizations and<br />

invited guests – PLEASE NO<br />

WALK-INS<br />

Register online by <strong>April</strong> 2, <strong>2018</strong> at<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

Seating is limited; RSVP at<br />

http://www.wcbany.org/events/Eve<br />

ntDetails.aspx?id=1073351&group<br />

=<br />

RSVP online at www.wwbany.org<br />

or email<br />

executivedirector@wwbany.org<br />

**Seating is limited, please register<br />

early**<br />

For questions or if you are not able<br />

to attend contact:<br />

Lisa Denig at<br />

president@wwbany.org<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Women in<br />

Professional Transition<br />

Project<br />

5/4/18<br />

1:00 PM<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Annual Dinner 6/6/18<br />

Cocktails – 5:30<br />

PM<br />

Dinner – 7:00 PM<br />

445 Café<br />

445 Hamilton Ave.<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

(Parking is available in<br />

the garage next door;<br />

follow signs for “office<br />

parking”)<br />

Mamaroneck Beach and<br />

Yacht Club<br />

Mamaroneck, NY<br />

“First Fridays” with the<br />

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

Professional Transition<br />

Project<br />

Annual Dinner and<br />

Installation of Officers<br />

No RSVP necessary<br />

For more information go to<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

Register online at<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AT WWW.WBASNY.ORG.<br />

PLEASE REMEMBER TO RECYCLE<br />

Connect<br />

with<br />

us<br />

THE <strong>WWBA</strong> MEMBERSHIP PERIOD FOR<br />

2017-<strong>2018</strong> BEGINS ON JUNE 1, 2017.<br />

PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TOD<br />

ODAY AT<br />

WWW.<strong>WWBA</strong>NY<br />

.<strong>WWBA</strong>NY.ORG<br />

.ORG

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