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Westchester Women’s Bar Association<br />

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

SPECIAL ISSUE IN RECOGNITION OF BREAST CANCER AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong><br />

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:<br />

Implicit Bias is Real: A Candid Discussion on<br />

Subconscious Stereotyping<br />

Stephanie Melowsky and Jacqueline Hattar<br />

T<br />

he Honorable Shira A.<br />

Scheindlin (U.S.D.J. Ret.), of<br />

Counsel, Stroock & Stroock &<br />

Lavan, Taa Grays, Esq., Vice President and<br />

Associate General Counsel of Information<br />

Governance at MetLife, and Nikki Adame-<br />

Winningham, Esq., Corporate Counsel at<br />

Pfizer Inc., were the guest speakers at the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>’s General Membership meeting<br />

that was held on September 5, <strong>2018</strong> at<br />

BNY Mellon Offices in White Plains.<br />

The program was presented by the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee<br />

and Employment Law Committee and<br />

sponsored by Counsel Press. The program,<br />

which was very-well attended, kicked off<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> President Kim Berg’s term and her initiative to strongly promote diversity and<br />

inclusion in the legal profession. Joining the speakers were Jacqueline Hattar, Esq.,<br />

partner at Wilson Elser, and Stephanie Melowsky, Esq., Vice President at PCSB Bank.<br />

INSIDE THIS ISSUE<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong><br />

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

Celebrates 20 Years<br />

(page 5)<br />

An Interview with<br />

Hon. Francesca E. Connolly<br />

(page 7)<br />

<strong>October</strong> Litigation Tip –<br />

Trial Subpoenas<br />

(page 9)<br />

Upcoming Events<br />

(page 12)<br />

SAVE THE DATE<br />

WINE TASTING<br />

EVENT<br />

<strong>October</strong> 11, <strong>2018</strong><br />

445 Hamilton Avenue<br />

White Plains, New York<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

news<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

President Kim Berg, Diversity & Inclusion<br />

Committee Co-Chairs Stephanie Melowsky<br />

and Jacqueline Hattar, Taa Grays, Esq., Nikki<br />

Adame- Winningham, Esq., and Hon. Shira<br />

A. Scheindlin<br />

continued on page 4 ➥<br />

FAMILY AND<br />

IMMIGRATION LAW CLE<br />

<strong>October</strong> 16, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Pace University<br />

White Plains, New York<br />

BREAST CANCER<br />

WALK<br />

<strong>October</strong> 21, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Manhattanville College<br />

Purchase, New York<br />

PRESIDENT’S<br />

MESSAGE<br />

There can be<br />

no dispute that statistically<br />

speaking<br />

women are adversely<br />

affected in larger<br />

percentages than<br />

men when it comes<br />

to both domestic<br />

violence and breast<br />

Kim Berg<br />

cancer. For example,<br />

according to the American Cancer<br />

Society, for men the lifetime risk of<br />

getting breast cancer is 1 in 833 but for<br />

women the average risk of developing<br />

breast cancer sometime in her life is 1<br />

in 8. According to the National Coalition<br />

against Domestic Violence, a higher<br />

percentage of women are victims, with<br />

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men, experiencing<br />

severe physical violence by an<br />

intimate partner in their lifetime.<br />

The month of <strong>October</strong> is dedicated<br />

to both Domestic Violence Awareness<br />

and Breast Cancer Awareness and I am<br />

proud to be a member of the <strong>WWBA</strong><br />

which serves an important role in the<br />

awareness campaign.<br />

Domestic Violence can take many<br />

forms, including physical violence,<br />

sexual violence, threats, and emotional<br />

and psychological abuse. The impact<br />

on the victim stems far beyond physical<br />

injury and often results in long lasting<br />

psychological trauma. According to the<br />

National Coalition against Domestic<br />

Violence’s “Fact” Sheet:<br />

Domestic violence is prevalent in<br />

every community, and affects all<br />

people regardless of age, socioeconomic<br />

status, sexual orientacontinued<br />

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 />

OCTOBER <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 />

~ <strong>2018</strong>/2019 Officers and Directors ~<br />

President KIM BERG<br />

President-Elect ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI<br />

Vice Presidents<br />

HON. LISA M. SMITH AMANDA C. FRIED KRISTEN MOTEL<br />

Treasurer<br />

NATANYA L. BRIENDEL Recording Secretary SHERRY BISHKO<br />

Corresponding Secretary ELIZABETH Z. MARCUS<br />

Immediate Past ast President<br />

LISA M. DENIG<br />

Elected Directors Westchester Board<br />

SUSAN EDWARDS COLSON LISA M. DENIG LONYA A. GILBERT<br />

JENNIFER L. GRAY JACQUELINE HATTAR<br />

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

ROBIN D. CARTON LUCIA CHIOCCHIO DEBORAH FARBER-KAISER<br />

MARIAN GENIO THERESA A. GIROLAMO ANNETTE G. HASAPIDIS<br />

SUSAN MILLS RICHMOND JENNIFER ROBINSON<br />

Executive Director ELISABETH CAMPOS<br />

© Copyright <strong>2018</strong> 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 />

<strong>2018</strong>-2019 <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, Virginia Trunkes<br />

Criminal Law ........... Lisa M. Denig, Hon. Sandra A. Forster, Amy Puerto<br />

Families’, Children & the Courts .......... Joy S. Joseph, Lauren Morrissey<br />

Amanda Rieben<br />

Grievance/Ethics ................................................... Deborah A. Scalise<br />

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

Judiciary ........................................................ Hon. Linda S. Jamieson<br />

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

Legislation ...................................... Natanya L. Briendel, Kitley Covill,<br />

Angela Morcone Gianinni<br />

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

Annual Dinner ................... Kim Berg, Lisa M. Denig, Robin D. Carton,<br />

Amanda C. Fried, Andrea Friedman, Angela Morcone Giannini,<br />

Jennifer L. Gray, 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<br />

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

Awards .............................. Elizabeth Barnhard, Deborah Farber-Kaiser<br />

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

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

Collaborative Law ............................ Kathleen Donelli, Michelle Lewis,<br />

Lynn J. Maier, Hon. Sondra M. Miller<br />

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

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

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

Diversity and Inclusion ............. Jacqueline Hattar, Stephanie Melowsky<br />

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

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

Susan Mills Richmond<br />

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

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 />

Golf Outing .................................. Gail M. Boggio, Adrienne Orbach<br />

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

Membership .............................................. Sherry Bishko, Kristen Motel<br />

Networking ...................... Jennifer Robinson, Alsion Sloto, Erica Sattler<br />

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

Professional Development .. Susan Edwards Colson, Stephanie Melowsky<br />

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

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

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

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

Deborah Farber-Kaiser<br />

Taxation ........................................................... Patricia Rusch Bellucci<br />

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

Karen J. Walsh<br />

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

Immigration ........................................ Nicole Feit, Laura A. Rosmarin<br />

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

Intellectual Property .. Elizabeth M. Barnhard, Theresa O’Rourke Nugent<br />

Judgment Enforcement & Collections ...................... Daniel F. Florio, Jr.<br />

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

Kimberly Sheehan<br />

Long Range Planning ............... Susan Edwards Colson, Lisa M. Denig<br />

Linda Markowitz<br />

Mediation ........................... Hon. Sondra M. Miller, Lauren S. Morrissey<br />

Donna Erez Navot, Abby Rosmarin<br />

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

Practice Management ......... Jamieson L. Keiser, Wendy Marie Weathers<br />

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

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

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

Wellness ................................ Jennifer Netrosio, Susan Mills Richmond<br />

Women in Leadership ............................................ Adrienne Arkontaky<br />

Network of Bar Leaders ................................................................. TBD<br />

Pace Board of Visitors ....................... Gail M. Boggio, Lonya A. Gilbert<br />

WBASNY Judicial Screening Committee ................. Gail M. Boggio,<br />

Lisa M. Bluestein<br />

WBASNY Nominations Committee ............................. Gail M. Boggio<br />

Lisa M. Bluestein<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 />

“Sure we are all busy,<br />

between practicing law,<br />

raising families, caring<br />

for our parents, and<br />

attempting to have some<br />

work life balance, but<br />

that is simply not a good<br />

excuse to put your<br />

health on hold.”<br />

tion, gender, race, religion, or nationality.<br />

Physical violence is often<br />

accompanied by emotionally abusive<br />

and controlling behavior as part<br />

of a much larger, systematic pattern<br />

of dominance and control. Domestic<br />

violence can result in physical injury,<br />

psychological trauma, and<br />

even death. The devastating consequences<br />

of domestic violence can<br />

cross generations and last a lifetime.<br />

www.ncadv.org<br />

The <strong>WWBA</strong> is proud to have a Domestic<br />

Violence Committee, currently cochaired<br />

by Natanya L. Briendel, Beth Levy<br />

and Audrey E. Stone. The informative programs<br />

they provide every year to our members<br />

are critically important to educating<br />

attorneys and enhancing the services we<br />

as lawyers provide to victims of domestic<br />

violence. Coming next month is a program<br />

titled “Exploring and Understanding<br />

Cultural Competency in the Law” scheduled<br />

for <strong>October</strong> 29, <strong>2018</strong> and is co-sponsored<br />

by the Pace Women’s Justice Center,<br />

the <strong>WWBA</strong>, and Ninth Judicial District<br />

Committee to Protect Gender Fairness in<br />

the Courts.<br />

In Westchester, we are also fortunate<br />

to have the Pace Women’s Justice Center<br />

which has provided critical services to victims<br />

of domestic violence, assisting over<br />

3,000 clients per year for the past 25 years.<br />

The vast need for legal services for domestic<br />

violence victims in our community<br />

led to the grand opening of the PWJC’s<br />

Walk-In-Clinic on June 29, <strong>2018</strong>, which<br />

opening ceremony I was privileged to attend.<br />

The <strong>WWBA</strong> commends our memcontinued<br />

on page 9 ➥<br />

Editor’s Note<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.”<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, Elisabeth Campos<br />

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

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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Contacts<br />

~ Unknown<br />

Elizabeth Z. Marcus, Corresponding Secretary and <strong>Newsletter</strong> Editor-in-Chief: elizabeth.z.marcus@gmail.com<br />

Natanya L. Briendel, Programs Committee Co-Chair: tanyabriendel@gmail.com<br />

Amanda C. Fried, Programs Committee Co-Chair: afried@cartonrosoff.com<br />

Kim Berg, President: president@wwbany.org<br />

Ann M. McNulty, CLE Chair: ann.m.mcnulty@morganstanley.com<br />

Elisabeth Campos, Executive Director: executivedirector@wwbany.org<br />

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Subconscious Stereotyping – Implicit Bias is Real<br />

from page 1<br />

The authors were proud to serve as comoderators<br />

of this program.<br />

The backgrounds of the speakers are<br />

impressive and comprise diverse areas of<br />

expertise. Judge Scheindlin currently serves<br />

as an arbitrator and mediator at the American<br />

Arbitration Association. Since leaving<br />

the bench in May 2016, she has conducted<br />

many mediations and arbitrations. She is<br />

also a member of Stroock’s Internal Investigations<br />

Unit, formed to help companies<br />

and organizations respond to alleged<br />

sexual misconduct.<br />

Ms. Grays is responsible for the strategic<br />

management of MetLife’s global Information<br />

Lifecycle Management Program.<br />

She also chaired Metlife’s Legal Affairs’ Diversity<br />

Committee and the Technology<br />

Governance Committee. Ms. Grays was<br />

recognized as a Diversity Champion in<br />

2015 by the New York City Bar Association<br />

In her role as Corporate Counsel at<br />

Pfizer, Ms. Adame-Winningham provides<br />

legal counsel and enforcement defense on<br />

complex environmental, health and safety,<br />

transactional, permitting and compliance<br />

matters to manufacturing, logistics, R&D<br />

and commercial facilities worldwide. She<br />

is an active member of the New York State<br />

“[The] comprehensive discussion included<br />

explanations of how implicit bias impacts the<br />

talent pipeline from beginning to end<br />

contributing to the gender gap in law firm<br />

and corporation leadership teams.”<br />

Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Women in the<br />

Law Section and the Latina Commission of<br />

the Hispanic National Bar Association.<br />

Judge Scheindlin co-authored the<br />

NYSBA’s November 2017 report, “If Not<br />

Now, When? Achieving Equality for<br />

Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and<br />

ADR.” She discussed this report’s genesis<br />

and findings, which included statistics<br />

on the low levels of women attorneys<br />

appearing in the courtroom, from law firm<br />

associates, to equity partnerships at law<br />

firms, to lead counsel at trial. Judge<br />

Scheindlin also discussed initiatives and<br />

studies in which she has participated that<br />

are working to improve these disappointing<br />

statistics. Finally, she noted the very<br />

low selection of women as neutrals – particularly<br />

in commercial arbitrations and<br />

mediations.<br />

Ms. Grays and Ms. Adame-<br />

Winningham discussed implicit bias and<br />

the impact it has on law firms and corporate<br />

legal departments during the hiring<br />

and promotion processes. Their comprehensive<br />

discussion included explanations<br />

of how implicit bias impacts the talent pipeline<br />

from beginning to end and contributes<br />

to the gender gap in law firm and<br />

corporate leadership teams. They also suggested<br />

better practices and initiatives that<br />

firms and corporations might individually<br />

and jointly institute to further promote diverse<br />

hiring and retention of women attorneys.<br />

Some suggested joint initiatives included<br />

law firms sharing summer associates<br />

with corporate clients, corporations<br />

working with their outside counsel to establish<br />

stewardship programs, and clientled<br />

advisory committees at law firms.<br />

It was a truly excellent program that<br />

included a lively and interesting discussion<br />

by the attendees. We wish to thank<br />

Counsel Press for its generous support. ◗<br />

September <strong>2018</strong> CLE on Implicit Bias<br />

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Happy 20th Anniversary to the<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation<br />

Susan M. Brown<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Foundation President<br />

I am pleased and proud<br />

to announce that our<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association<br />

Foundation has just<br />

concluded its 20th year of making<br />

generous grants and<br />

awarding meaningful law<br />

school scholarships. I would<br />

like to thank all the past<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>F officers and Board<br />

members (including past<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>F President Kim Berg)<br />

who have made the good work<br />

of <strong>WWBA</strong>F possible, year after<br />

year, by doing the hard work of<br />

fund raising and the rewarding<br />

work of selecting the students<br />

and organizations that benefit<br />

from our own <strong>WWBA</strong>F.<br />

In particular, as we close<br />

out our 20th year, I would like<br />

to thank the current <strong>WWBA</strong>F<br />

Board for their fundraising efforts,<br />

which resulted in a successful<br />

Mocktail fundraiser as<br />

well as our Mocktail Sponsors.<br />

Finally, thank you to the many<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> members and all whose<br />

contributions, large and small,<br />

enabled us to carry out the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>F mission to eliminate<br />

artificial barriers to advancement<br />

in the workplace, schools<br />

and courts by supporting local<br />

organizations that provide legal,<br />

employment and education services<br />

to disadvantaged persons<br />

of our community as well funding<br />

the annual Justice Sondra<br />

M. Miller Scholarship award<br />

given to a deserving Pace Law<br />

School student.<br />

At this year’s <strong>WWBA</strong>’s Annual<br />

Dinner, I was honored to<br />

award the annual Justice Sondra<br />

M. Miller Scholarship to Ms.<br />

Kristi Intorre, a Pace Law student<br />

(now graduate!) who has overcome<br />

significant adversity and<br />

whose academic achievements,<br />

extracurriculars, community and<br />

pro bono service gave her the<br />

THANK YOU TO THE 2017-<strong>2018</strong><br />

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

SPONSORS AND DONORS<br />

<br />

Patricia Angley<br />

Patricia A. Bave<br />

Benchmark Title Agency, LLC<br />

Sherry Bishko<br />

Lisa Bluestein<br />

Gail Boggio<br />

Gary S. Brown<br />

Susan S. & J. Frank Brown<br />

Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP (Friend)<br />

Dalco Reporting, Inc. (Friend)<br />

Kathleen Donelli<br />

Fontana Giannini, LLP (Friend)<br />

Angela Morcone Giannini<br />

Lonya Gilbert<br />

Carla & Loren Glassman (Friend)<br />

Jeffrey Goldstein (Friend)<br />

Gould & Berg, LLP (Friend)<br />

David Gralnick<br />

Jackson Lewis P.C. (Benefactor)<br />

Diana Juettner<br />

Daniel M. Kolko (Friend)<br />

Julie Kattan & Milton Kreppel (Benefactor)<br />

Klein, Liebman & Gresen (Friend)<br />

Kramer Kozek LLP (Benefactor)<br />

Christopher Mangold (Benefactor)<br />

Margaret Neubart Foundation (Patron)<br />

Paul Marrow<br />

McCarthy Fingar, LLP (Friend)<br />

Lawrence McElron<br />

Miller, Hon. Sondra M. (Friend)<br />

Tamara A. Mitchel (Friend)<br />

Adrienne Orbach<br />

Matthew Renert<br />

Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP (Benefactor)<br />

John A. Tangredi<br />

Geraldine Toriorella<br />

Gladys M. Ulmann<br />

Voute, Lohrfink, Magro & McAndrew, LLP (Friend)<br />

Walsh & Amicucci, LLP (Benefactor)<br />

edge over the other very impressive<br />

candidates for this prestigious<br />

award.<br />

At our July meeting the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>F Board chose the worthy<br />

organizations to which this<br />

year’s grants were awarded:<br />

Hope’s Door (intervention and<br />

prevention assistance to victims<br />

of domestic violence); Hudson<br />

Link for Higher Legal Services of<br />

the Hudson Valley (academic<br />

credit-courses for incarcerated<br />

men and women); Legal Services<br />

of the Hudson Valley (Housing<br />

Stability Program for Westchester<br />

families); Mental Health Association<br />

of Westchester (Court<br />

Appointed Special Advocates);<br />

My Sister’s Place in memory of<br />

former <strong>WWBA</strong> Executive Assistant<br />

Linda Wiley (representing<br />

victims of domestic violence and<br />

human trafficking); Pace Public<br />

Interest Law Center (public interest<br />

law student internships);<br />

Pace Women’s Justice Center in<br />

memory of former <strong>WWBA</strong> President<br />

Karen Z. Bell (for its Moderate<br />

Means Program); Scales<br />

of Justice Academy (life skills<br />

course for underserved high<br />

school women); Student Advocacy<br />

(“Solutions Not Suspensions”<br />

program to reduce suspension<br />

of non-violent school<br />

kids); and White Plains YWCA<br />

(“Girls Empowered Through<br />

Meaningful Support” college<br />

preparatory program and<br />

“Reading is Fundamental”<br />

which provides children’s books<br />

to Family Court waiting rooms).<br />

It is an honor to support these<br />

organizations whose programs<br />

make a clear difference to the<br />

populations they serve.<br />

Happy 20th Anniversary to<br />

the <strong>WWBA</strong> Foundation! Please<br />

continue to support our mission<br />

with your generous contributions<br />

and encourage your friends,<br />

families and professional contacts<br />

to do the same. ◗<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

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LEGAL SERVICES OF THE HUDSON VALLEY TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS<br />

DURING NATIONAL PRO BONO CELEBRATION WEEK<br />

To commemorate National Pro Bono<br />

Week <strong>2018</strong>, Legal Services of the Hudson<br />

Valley (LSHV) will honor several attorneys<br />

who have done important pro bono work<br />

with the agency. National Pro Bono Week<br />

(<strong>October</strong> 21-27, <strong>2018</strong>) spotlights pro bono<br />

work in order to enhance and expand local<br />

efforts to increase access to justice for<br />

all. LSHV is the only provider of free, comprehensive<br />

civil legal services to low-income<br />

and disadvantaged individuals and<br />

families in the Hudson Valley who cannot<br />

afford an attorney when their basic human<br />

needs are at stake.<br />

LSHV’s <strong>2018</strong> event will honor:<br />

❑ Deborah A. Scalise of Scalise and<br />

Hamilton, LLP. Deborah A. Scalise routinely<br />

provides advice and counsel to staff attorneys<br />

and supervisors on ethical issues encountered<br />

in their case work and the administration<br />

of program activities. In addition,<br />

she has presented CLEs for staff on<br />

ethical issues and updates.<br />

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An Interview with Hon. Francesa E. Connolly<br />

Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Departtment<br />

Susan L. Pollet<br />

Chair of the Archive and<br />

Historian Committee<br />

Q: Why did you become a<br />

member of the Westchester<br />

Women’s Bar Association?<br />

A: It is important for women in<br />

the legal profession support<br />

each other – the Westchester<br />

Women’s Bar Association provides<br />

a strong professional<br />

and social support network for<br />

women to rely upon. It is a<br />

dynamic organization, with<br />

many resources. I have always<br />

been impressed with the enthusiasm<br />

of its members and<br />

their willingness to promote<br />

and assist each other in every<br />

way possible.<br />

Q: Please tell us about your<br />

extraordinary legal career.<br />

A: After graduating from Pace<br />

Law School in 1982, I worked<br />

in government for about three<br />

years as Assistant General<br />

Counsel of the New York City<br />

Department of Probation,<br />

where I established the first Violation<br />

of Probation Enforcement<br />

Unit in Queens County,<br />

and as a Law Assistant to the<br />

Deputy Administrative Judge<br />

of Queens County Family<br />

Court. I enjoyed these positions<br />

tremendously and came to realize<br />

the importance of the judiciary<br />

in helping families and<br />

individuals in crisis.<br />

In 1985, I began my 25-<br />

year career as a civil litigation<br />

attorney. My first position was<br />

as an associate attorney with<br />

the Rockland County law firm<br />

of MacCartney, MacCartney,<br />

Kerrigan & MacCartney. I continued<br />

my work as a trial attorney<br />

with Gallina &<br />

Connolly, attorneys of record<br />

for Fireman’s Fund Insurance<br />

Company, where I remained<br />

for fourteen years. Finally, in<br />

“I enjoyed all of my assignments on the<br />

trial bench – even the matrimonial part!<br />

While I never practiced matrimonial law,<br />

from my first day on the bench, I saw the<br />

profound effect a judge can make on the<br />

lives of families in crisis.”<br />

2003, I joined Malapero &<br />

Prisco LLP, and became a member<br />

of that firm.<br />

I thoroughly enjoyed my<br />

career in civil litigation, where I<br />

handled all types of high exposure<br />

liability cases in state and<br />

federal courts, from case inception,<br />

through jury trial and appeal.<br />

As an attorney, my experience<br />

has been in so many courts<br />

beginning with the criminal and<br />

family courts in New York City,<br />

and progressing to the state and<br />

federal courts. I have had many<br />

experiences over the years appearing<br />

and trying cases before<br />

different judges in many counties<br />

and arguing appeals before<br />

the First, Second, and Third Departments,<br />

and the New York<br />

Court of Appeals. Among the<br />

highlights of my career was representing<br />

the major contractors<br />

in the World Trade Disaster Litigation.<br />

Our country had never<br />

faced an attack of this magnitude<br />

that impacted so many lives<br />

in the New York metropolitan<br />

area. Whether you represented<br />

the injured workers, the City of<br />

New York, or the contractors, we<br />

were all in uncharted territory as<br />

to legal liability. The issues were<br />

challenging, both procedurally<br />

and substantively, and the caliber<br />

of the attorneys handling<br />

these cases was exceptional.<br />

I began my judicial career<br />

in 2006 after being elected<br />

Ossining Town Justice. I served<br />

in this capacity until 2009, when<br />

Governor David Paterson ap-<br />

pointed me to fill an interim vacancy<br />

on the New York State<br />

Supreme Court. In 2010, I was<br />

elected to a fourteen-year term<br />

as a New York State Supreme<br />

Court Justice in the Ninth Judicial<br />

District. During this time, I<br />

became the Supervising Judge<br />

of the Matrimonial Part of the<br />

Westchester County Supreme<br />

Court, and then went on to preside<br />

over an Individual Assignment<br />

Part, the Compliance Conference<br />

Part, as well as the Ninth<br />

Judicial District Environmental<br />

Claims Part.<br />

I enjoyed all of my assignments<br />

on the trial bench – even<br />

the matrimonial part! While I<br />

never practiced matrimonial<br />

law, from my first day on the<br />

bench, I saw the profound effect<br />

a judge can make on the<br />

lives of families in crisis. I immediately<br />

immersed myself in the<br />

subject matter – working long<br />

hours to gain a command of<br />

the law – to do my best to provide<br />

these families with justice.<br />

After serving three years in the<br />

matrimonial part, I was assigned<br />

to a trial part where I presided<br />

over all types of civil trials, with<br />

most of my jury trials being in<br />

medical malpractice cases. My<br />

years of experience as a civil litigator<br />

were the best training for<br />

me to serve as a trial judge.<br />

Most of the issues that arose during<br />

trial were familiar to me, as<br />

I had encountered them before<br />

on the opposite side of the<br />

bench, as an attorney. I think<br />

Hon. Francesca E. Connolly<br />

the attorneys appreciated my<br />

experience and knowledge -<br />

that I had an understanding<br />

of the trials and tribulations a<br />

trial lawyer faces in presenting<br />

a case before a jury.<br />

In 2015, I was appointed<br />

as an Associate Justice of the<br />

Appellate Term of the New York<br />

Supreme Court, Second Judicial<br />

Department, where we<br />

heard appeals from the District,<br />

City, Town, and Village<br />

courts in the seven counties of<br />

the Ninth and Tenth Judicial<br />

Districts. One year later, in<br />

2016, Governor Andrew<br />

Cuomo appointed me to serve<br />

as an Associate Justice of the<br />

Appellate Division of the New<br />

York State Supreme Court, Second<br />

Judicial Department. This<br />

is an intermediate appellate<br />

court, which is the second<br />

highest court in the state,<br />

where we hear appeals from<br />

courts in the ten counties of<br />

the Second, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh,<br />

and Thirteenth Judicial<br />

Districts.<br />

Q: Why did you want to become<br />

a Judge?<br />

A: Although there were no<br />

lawyers or judges in my famcontinued<br />

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A Tip from the <strong>WWBA</strong>’s Newly-Formed Wellness Committee<br />

WELLNESS AS A PRIORITY: SITTING WITH FEAR<br />

Jennifer N. Netrosio<br />

Co-Chair of the <strong>WWBA</strong> Wellness Committee<br />

In her book “Daring Greatly,” Brené<br />

Brown, a vulnerability and shame researcher,<br />

breaks down the way fear, courage,<br />

and vulnerability plays a role in the<br />

way we live, love, lead, and parent.<br />

Brown’s research is based on the concept<br />

of wholehearted living, which she defines<br />

as engaging in our lives from a place<br />

of worthiness; a place of feeling that no<br />

matter what gets done, and how much is<br />

left undone, that you are enough. Her research<br />

reveals that the key to wholehearted<br />

living is to recognize the emotion of fear<br />

An Interview with Hon. Francesa E. Connolly<br />

from previous page<br />

ily, as far back as I can recall I<br />

have always wanted to be a<br />

judge. My interest in becoming<br />

a judge grew even stronger<br />

over the years based upon<br />

my experience with our judicial<br />

system as a litigation attorney.<br />

Having first-hand experience<br />

representing litigants in courts<br />

throughout the state before<br />

many different judges, I saw the<br />

impact judges’ decisions made<br />

on peoples’ lives and thought<br />

that this would be the best way<br />

for me to serve others.<br />

Q: Is there a decision you rendered<br />

of which you are most<br />

proud?<br />

A: For ethical reasons, I should<br />

avoid discussing any particular<br />

decision that I have rendered.<br />

I would say that the reason<br />

I became a judge was to<br />

serve the public and to help<br />

people. I found cases involving<br />

family matters to be the most<br />

challenging, but also the most<br />

rewarding because of the impact<br />

a judge can make.<br />

Among the most important<br />

work that we do is to protect<br />

children and help families in<br />

crisis. Recently, I read several<br />

when it arises, step into the discomfort of it,<br />

and embrace your own vulnerability around<br />

it. It is well established in scientific theory<br />

that a perceived danger or threat (physical<br />

or emotional) triggers a fight or flight response.<br />

So, as you continue to make<br />

articles about the positive impact<br />

one of my decisions has<br />

made on a particular family and<br />

it certainly made be feel gratified<br />

that I helped them and<br />

brought that family some justice<br />

and peace.<br />

Q: What do you hope to accomplish<br />

professionally in the<br />

future?<br />

A: It is such an honor to serve<br />

on the Appellate Division and<br />

to be given this tremendous opportunity<br />

to serve the public in<br />

this capacity. I am humbled and<br />

grateful every day. I truly enjoy<br />

it. I can’t imagine a more rewarding<br />

career for myself than I<br />

have had and continue to have.<br />

I also look forward to working<br />

with our new Presiding Justice,<br />

Alan Scheinkman, in implementing<br />

new initiatives to the<br />

court to reduce the backlog and<br />

improve efficiencies, including<br />

e-filing.<br />

Q: Please tell us about your<br />

hobbies and other interests.<br />

A: My main hobby is traveling<br />

– going on adventures to interesting<br />

places. I have traveled all<br />

over Europe and also to interesting<br />

countries such as Iran,<br />

Russia, Peru, Columbia, and<br />

<br />

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.<br />

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond<br />

measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that<br />

most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ’who am I to<br />

be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’<br />

Actually, who are you not to be? . . . your playing<br />

small doesn’t serve the world.”<br />

~ Marianne Williamson<br />

<br />

Turkey.<br />

Q: What advice do you have<br />

for women lawyers entering the<br />

legal profession?<br />

A: Take the high road in everything<br />

you do. Be selfless - go<br />

out of your way to help others -<br />

it will come back to you tenfold!<br />

Practice humility. Remember loyalty.<br />

Work your hardest and always<br />

be prepared. Put your family<br />

FIRST!<br />

Q: How have you balanced<br />

your work life and family life<br />

over the years?<br />

A: This was not easy! Looking<br />

back on this, I don’t know how I<br />

did it. There is a saying - when<br />

you want something done, give<br />

it to a busy person - this is so<br />

true. While working full-time as<br />

a litigator, trying cases, we raised<br />

two boys, and I became active<br />

in my community. My boys were<br />

athletic, so I got involved in<br />

youth sports, including coaching<br />

baseball, and being a<br />

founding member of two ice<br />

hockey organizations, Ossining<br />

Youth Hockey Association and<br />

Team Westchester Hockey Association.<br />

I also became involved<br />

in PTA, and served as President<br />

of Ossining PTA Council. In<br />

wellness a priority in your life, I challenge<br />

you to sit with the emotion of fear the very<br />

next time it comes up. Don’t fight it and<br />

don’t run from it. Just sit with it. Become<br />

curious about it. Dig deep down and find<br />

the root of it. And then bring it to the surface.<br />

Express your thoughts in a journal, or<br />

talk to a confidant about it. Because you<br />

can’t release or work through something that<br />

you continue to hold inside, you must bring<br />

it to the surface so that you can release it.<br />

Through that process, the thing you fear<br />

loses its power over you.<br />

Make a commitment to doing this, and<br />

watch as the magic unfolds. ◗<br />

1998, I became a member of<br />

the Town of Ossining Planning<br />

Board. In 2000, I was elected<br />

Ossining Councilmember,<br />

where I served for five years,<br />

three of which as Deputy Town<br />

Supervisor. In 2006, I began<br />

my judicial career when I was<br />

elected Ossining Town Justice.<br />

I also served as Acting Village<br />

Justice of the Village of<br />

Ossining and Acting City<br />

Court Judge of Mt. Vernon and<br />

Yonkers. I am fortunate to have<br />

a very supportive husband,<br />

who has been by my side, enthusiastically,<br />

through it all.<br />

Our parents lived close by and<br />

were available in an emergency<br />

when needed, which<br />

certainly gave us peace-ofmind.<br />

I also have wonderful<br />

neighbors. Also key, was living<br />

and working in Westchester<br />

County when our children were<br />

young.<br />

If you want to get involved,<br />

just make sure you<br />

know your limits. Don’t overextend<br />

yourself. If you commit<br />

to something, make sure you<br />

attend the meetings and contribute.<br />

Make sure you are a<br />

valuable member of any organization<br />

you join. ◗<br />

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<strong>October</strong> Litigation Tip<br />

✦ TRIAL SUBPOENAS CPLR 2305(d)<br />

Civil Procedure Law and rules (CPLR) 2305 governs the use of subpoenas. New Section<br />

(d) of CPLR 2305 now provides a special provision for trial subpoenas.<br />

As a refresher, CPLR 2305(a) addresses service of a subpoena for the attendance of<br />

witnesses in a civil action. Section (b) provides for the use of a subpoena duces tecum and<br />

attendance by substitute. A subpoena duces tecum can be used in conjunction with a<br />

subpoena to testify at trial, hearing or examination or may be issued separately. A person<br />

may comply with the subpoena duces tecum for a trial, hearing or examination by substitute<br />

having the requisite books, documents or things produced by a person able to identify<br />

them and testify about their origin, purpose or custody. Section (c) provides for inspection,<br />

examination and audit of records in matters where a government department, agency<br />

or officer is authorized to issue a subpoena requiring said production. This includes the<br />

right to take possession of the subpoenaed material for a reasonable period of time. The<br />

right to possession is not absolute, but subject to reasonable terms and conditions as set<br />

forth in the section including (i) the good cause showin by the issuing party, (ii) the rights<br />

and needs of the person subpoenaed, and (iii) the feasibility and appropriateness of making<br />

copies of the material.<br />

New Section (d) specifically addresses subpoenaed records for trial. This new section<br />

allows for service of the subpoena and delivery of records to the attorney or self-represented<br />

party at the return address set forth in the subpoena. A copy of the subpoena shall<br />

be served upon all parties simultaneously and the party receiving such subpoenaed records,<br />

in any format shall deliver a complete copy of such records in the same format to all<br />

opposing counsel and self-represented parties where applicable. Section (d) became effective<br />

August 24, <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

This new section should promote a more efficient review of trial records in that counsel<br />

no longer became required to make the trial subpoena returnable to the Courthouse nor<br />

will counsel be limited to viewing subpoenaed records during the limited times available<br />

in a subpoened record room.<br />

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

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

President’s Message<br />

from page 9<br />

bers whose efforts in assisting domestic violence<br />

victims are carried out daily in their<br />

legal practices and public office positions.<br />

The <strong>WWBA</strong> is also a proud supporter of<br />

the PWJC and you may recall we recognized<br />

the PWJC at our Annual Dinner on<br />

June 6, <strong>2018</strong>. This year, at the PWJC’s<br />

annual “Making a Difference Benefit Dinner”<br />

on <strong>October</strong> 24, <strong>2018</strong>, <strong>WWBA</strong> member<br />

Jacqueline Hattar, Esq. will be honored<br />

along with Anne Marie Hynes, Esq.<br />

so please make sure to attend and support.<br />

According to the CDC, some of the<br />

risk factors for breast cancer include: getting<br />

older (most are diagnosed after age<br />

50); genetic mutations such as BRCA1 and<br />

BRCA2; personal or family history of breast<br />

cancer; previous radiation; not being<br />

physically active; obesity; drinking alcohol<br />

and smoking. www.cdc.gov/cancer/<br />

breast/basic_info/risk_factors.htm<br />

Personally, I do not have any of those<br />

“risk” factors. Yet, I was not insulated from<br />

potential cancer. I am certainly no expert<br />

on the topic of breast cancer and do not<br />

profess to have any medical background<br />

or training on the subject but I have<br />

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Chapter News and Announcements<br />

Announcements & Notes on Members<br />

❑ Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey,<br />

Esq., PhD, , MPH, past chair of the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Elder, Health and Reproductive<br />

Rights Committee, has become president<br />

of the American Psychological Association<br />

Society for Theoretical and<br />

Philosophical Psychology. She’s the first<br />

scholar of law and the 10th woman to<br />

hold this national office since the APA<br />

Society’s founding in 1963. On September<br />

10th, Mary Beth’s career milestone<br />

was recognized on social media<br />

by Fordham Law School (’82) as part<br />

of the opening of its 100-years of<br />

Women celebrations. Mary Beth’s interdisciplinary<br />

scholarship and policy advocacy<br />

are located at the intersection<br />

of health law and policy, health research<br />

and ethics. ◗<br />

Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey<br />

Legal Services of The Hudson Valley To Honor<br />

Volunteers During National Pro Bono<br />

Celebration Week<br />

from page 6<br />

❑ Emily P. P<br />

. Kahn<br />

of Walsh & Amicucci LLP. Emily Kahn has acted as mentor to several<br />

staff attorneys seeking guidance in cases involving issues of trusts and estates.<br />

❑ The volunteer attorneys of Westchester CLARO (Civil Legal Advice and<br />

Resource Office) Program, for offering free legal advice to unrepresented Westchester<br />

residents being sued by creditors.<br />

LSHV’s Pro Bono Week Awards Ceremony will be held Tuesday, <strong>October</strong> 23, from<br />

5:30-7:00PM at LSHV’s headquarters: 90 Maple Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601. To<br />

attend the event, RSVP by Tuesday, <strong>October</strong> 16th by calling 914-949-1305 ext 174 or<br />

emailing gbuck@lshv.org.<br />

Speaking of the Pro Bono Week celebrations, LSHV Pro Bono Director Christopher<br />

Oldi said, “We at LSHV are grateful to Deb and Emily for their invaluable mentorship,<br />

and to the volunteer attorneys of Westchester CLARO for their service to vulnerable<br />

Westchester residents. We are honored to partner with these attorneys in this important<br />

work.”<br />

LSHV is the only provider of free, comprehensive civil (non-criminal) legal services<br />

to low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families in the Hudson Valley who<br />

cannot afford an attorney when their basic human needs are at stake. This includes<br />

urgent legal needs such as: domestic violence (orders of protection, child custody,<br />

etc.), housing emergencies (eviction and foreclosure prevention), healthcare, children’s<br />

law and advocacy, disability and benefits, elder law, consumer fraud and more. Founded<br />

more than 50 years ago, LSHV serves the seven counties of the lower and mid-Hudson<br />

Valley (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan), maintaining<br />

a staff of 135 individuals - including 80 attorneys and 27 paralegals - working<br />

across nine offices throughout its service area. Last year alone the organization handled<br />

15,000 cases impacting more than 34,000 household members.<br />

For more information about LSHV, please visit its website www.lshv.org. ◗<br />

Become a New<br />

Member Today<br />

RENEW YOUR<br />

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

FOR THE PERIOD<br />

JUNE 1, <strong>2018</strong> TO MAY 31, 2019.<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, 2019 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 />

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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Westchester Women’s Bar Association New Members<br />

The Westchester Women’s Bar Association proudly welcomes our newest members:<br />

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

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

President’s Message<br />

from page 9<br />

learned from my personal experience just<br />

how critically important it is for every<br />

woman to perform routine self-examinations<br />

and have an annual mammogram.<br />

To sum it up: I do not smoke, rarely<br />

drink alcohol, am not over 50, am not<br />

obese, exercise vigorously 5-6 times per<br />

week, do not have genetic mutations (yes<br />

I was tested) and have not been exposed<br />

to radiation. My family history of breast<br />

cancer was never considered a calculable<br />

risk because it was not my mother, sister<br />

or other close relative but rather those<br />

more distant such as second and third<br />

cousins.<br />

Yet, for me, three years ago at the age<br />

of 43, I was advised in a phone call that<br />

literally stopped me in my tracks that something<br />

suspicious appeared on my routine<br />

annual mammogram. After several follow<br />

up visits it was confirmed that I had atypical<br />

hyperplasia which was described as a<br />

mounding of cells that literally equaled the<br />

size of “grains of sand.” I was told early<br />

detection and early treatment were key to<br />

prevent the development of this atypia into<br />

breast cancer. The detection occurred long<br />

before a lump or mass could be felt by self<br />

or doctor examination but yet that mounding<br />

of cells still needed to be removed and<br />

a five course of treatment prescribed thereafter.<br />

Now, I am thankful every day that I<br />

am a person who was fortunate to benefit<br />

from early detection and that I was able to<br />

have the cells removed before they spread<br />

due in large part to the fact that I had access<br />

to good medical care.<br />

However, it was also due in large part<br />

to the fact that I did not skip my annual<br />

mammogram. Since that time, I have<br />

talked to so many women, friends, colleagues<br />

and family members, who<br />

nonchalantly state “oh yeah I have to<br />

schedule my mammogram” or “do I really<br />

need to have a mammogram every year”<br />

or “I keep putting it off because I don’t<br />

have time” or any other routine excuse.<br />

Sure we are all busy, between practicing<br />

law, raising families, caring for our parents,<br />

and attempting to have some work<br />

life balance, but that is simply not a good<br />

excuse to put your health on hold.<br />

For those that know me, I do not share<br />

personal information readily and am not<br />

doing so now to evoke sympathy or even<br />

words of support. Rather, I do so with the<br />

sincere hope that my personal story is read<br />

by <strong>WWBA</strong> members and that my personal<br />

story motivates you to perform routine self<br />

exams, schedule your annual mammogram,<br />

and stay on top of your breast<br />

health. If I had put off my mammogram<br />

that year I have no doubt I would have put<br />

myself at significantly higher risk, more invasive<br />

surgery, and a worse outcome.<br />

In recognition of <strong>October</strong> being Breast<br />

Cancer Awareness month, the <strong>WWBA</strong> has<br />

two important events in the month of <strong>October</strong><br />

that I highly encourage you to attend.<br />

The first is our FREE Breast Cancer<br />

Awareness program on <strong>October</strong> 18, <strong>2018</strong><br />

at 12:30 p.m. at the Westchester County<br />

Courthouse. The program is sponsored<br />

by the <strong>WWBA</strong> and JALBCA and lunch will<br />

be served. This annual <strong>WWBA</strong> program is<br />

well known for providing a wealth of information<br />

about breast cancer awareness,<br />

including overall breast health, early signs<br />

of the disease, risk factors, and treatment<br />

options.<br />

In addition, on <strong>October</strong> 21, <strong>2018</strong><br />

please join Team Orbach and the <strong>WWBA</strong><br />

walkers at the annual American Cancer<br />

Society <strong>2018</strong> Walk at Manhattanville College.<br />

Every year <strong>WWBA</strong> member Adrienne<br />

Orbach organizes a fundraising effort and<br />

a <strong>WWBA</strong> team to participate in the Making<br />

Strides against Breast Cancer Walk.<br />

Please make sure to register.<br />

Details about these and other upcoming<br />

programs, networking events, and CLEs<br />

can be found at our online calendar and<br />

in the weekly Update emailed to each of<br />

our members every Tuesday. The online<br />

calendar also contains easy links for registering<br />

for all programs. https://<br />

wwbany.org/Calendar-and-Events. ◗<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 />

Collaborative Law,<br />

Matrimonial, and Mediation<br />

Committees<br />

10/2/18<br />

5:30 PM<br />

Registration<br />

6:00-8:00 PM<br />

Light Dinner and<br />

Program<br />

Board of Directors Meeting 10/3/18<br />

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

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

Professional Transition<br />

Project<br />

10/5/18<br />

1:00 PM<br />

Networking Committee 10/11/18<br />

6:00-8:00 PM<br />

Families, Children, and the<br />

Courts, Immigration,<br />

Domestic Violence, and<br />

Diversity & Inclusion<br />

Committees<br />

Judges & Lawyers Breast<br />

Cancer Alert (JALBCA)<br />

10/16/18<br />

5:30-6:00 PM<br />

Registration<br />

(Light supper<br />

served)<br />

6:00-8:00 PM<br />

Program<br />

10/18/18<br />

12:30 PM<br />

Light lunch will<br />

be served<br />

Breast Cancer Committee 10/21/18<br />

9:30 AM<br />

Legal Services of the<br />

Hudson Valley<br />

10/23/18<br />

5:30-7:00 PM<br />

Wine and light<br />

refreshments will<br />

be served<br />

BNY Mellon<br />

701 Westchester Avenue<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

BNY Mellon<br />

701 Westchester Avenue<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

445 Café<br />

445 Hamilton Avenue<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

445 Café<br />

Conference Room<br />

445 Hamilton Avenue<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

Elisabeth Haub School of<br />

Law at Pace University<br />

Tudor Room<br />

78 North Broadway<br />

White Plains, NY<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 />

Manhattanville College<br />

2900 Purchase Street<br />

Purchase, NY<br />

Legal Services of the<br />

Hudson Valley<br />

90 Maple Avenue<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

Taxing Problems: How<br />

the New Tax Laws Will<br />

Impact You and Your<br />

Practice<br />

“First Fridays” with the<br />

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

Professional Transition<br />

Project<br />

One Hope Wine Tasting<br />

Event: A Night of<br />

Networking<br />

Advocating for Families<br />

in Crisis: Navigating<br />

the Intersection of<br />

Family and Immigration<br />

Law<br />

2 CLE Credits – 1.5 in<br />

Professional Practice<br />

and .5 in Diversity and<br />

Inclusion (pending<br />

approval)*<br />

Breast Health; Early<br />

Signs of Disease; Risk<br />

Factors; and Treatment<br />

Options<br />

Making Strides Against<br />

Breast Cancer – Team<br />

Orbach<br />

National Pro Bono<br />

Week Awards<br />

Ceremony<br />

Please RSVP by September 25,<br />

<strong>2018</strong> online at www.wwbany.org<br />

or email<br />

executivedirector@wwbany.org<br />

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

to attend contact: Kim Berg at<br />

president@wwbany.org<br />

No RSVP necessary<br />

For more information go to<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

Please RSVP by <strong>October</strong> 8, <strong>2018</strong><br />

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

email<br />

executivedirector@wwbany.org<br />

Please RSVP by <strong>October</strong> 5, <strong>2018</strong><br />

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

email<br />

executivedirector@wwbany.org<br />

For questions contact Lauren<br />

Morrissey, Esq. at<br />

lsm12@optonline.net or (ph) 914-<br />

762-1260<br />

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

or email<br />

executivedirector@wwbany.org<br />

Register online at<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

RSVP by Tuesday, <strong>October</strong> 16 th by<br />

calling 914-949-1305 ext 174 or<br />

emailing gbuck@lshv.org<br />

Pace Women’s Justice<br />

Center<br />

Elder and Health Law<br />

Committee<br />

Education Law Committee 10/30/18<br />

6:00-8:00 PM<br />

10/24/18 Doral Arrowwood<br />

Rye Brook, NY<br />

10/29/18<br />

5:30-6:00 PM<br />

Registration<br />

(Light supper<br />

served)<br />

6:00-8:00 PM<br />

Program<br />

Wells Fargo Bank<br />

50 Main Street, 5 th Floor<br />

Westchester Conference<br />

Room<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

Keane & Beane<br />

Conference Room<br />

445 Hamilton Avenue<br />

Suite1500<br />

White Plains, NY<br />

Making A Difference<br />

Annual Benefit Dinner<br />

NY-FL Snowbirds:<br />

Estate Planning and<br />

Elder Law<br />

Considerations<br />

2 CLE Credits – Ethics<br />

and Skills (pending<br />

approval)*<br />

Student Residency<br />

For more information email<br />

pwjcevents@law.pace.edu<br />

Please RSVP by <strong>October</strong> 20,<strong>2018</strong><br />

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

email<br />

executivedirector@wwbany.org<br />

For questions, please contact Pat<br />

Angley at pangley@lshv.org or<br />

914-949-1305<br />

Registration details to follow<br />

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AT WWW.WBASNY.ORG.<br />

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with<br />

us<br />

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