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Westchester Women’s Bar Association<br />

APRIL <strong>2020</strong><br />

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

<strong>WWBA</strong>’s Long Standing Commitment<br />

to Read Across America and Yonkers<br />

Public Schools<br />

Julie P. Passman<br />

O<br />

n Monday, March 2, <strong>2020</strong><br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> board members had<br />

the honor of continuing the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>’s long standing and deep commitment<br />

to Read Across America in the<br />

Yonkers Public Schools. Read Across<br />

America is an annual nationwide celebration<br />

of reading in honor of Dr.<br />

Seuss’s birthday. Board member<br />

Jacqueline Hattar has graciously served<br />

as a liaison between the <strong>WWBA</strong> and<br />

Read Across America in the Yonkers<br />

Public Schools since 2007.<br />

Six <strong>WWBA</strong> board members participated<br />

as guest readers at the Eugenio<br />

INSIDE THIS ISSUE<br />

APRIL <strong>2020</strong><br />

Helping Victims of Elder<br />

Abuse in Westchester<br />

(page 5)<br />

Get to Know Our Members<br />

(pages 7-11)<br />

<strong>2020</strong>-2021 Slate of<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Officers and<br />

Directors<br />

(page 13)<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>’s Holiday Party<br />

(page 14)<br />

Guest reader and <strong>WWBA</strong> President Angela<br />

Morcone Giannini with young Hostos students.<br />

Angela is wearing a costume handmade by her<br />

beloved, late grandmother, Mariannina Simone.<br />

Maria de Hostos MicroSociety School for this year’s Read Across America celebration:<br />

Deborah Farber-Kaiser, Amanda Fried, Jacqueline Hattar, Stephanie Melowsky, Angela<br />

Morcone Giannini, and Julie P. Passman. Guest readers received a warm welcome<br />

from school principal Elda Perez-Mejia in the beautiful new library at the Hostos<br />

SAVE THE DATE<br />

MEETINGS.<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

news<br />

www.wwbany.org<br />

continued on page 4 ➥<br />

DUE TO THE COVID-19<br />

CRISIS ALL <strong>WWBA</strong><br />

IN-PERSON MEETINGS<br />

AND EVENTS HAVE<br />

BEEN CANCELLED OR<br />

POSTPONED. CHECK<br />

OUR WEBSITE AND<br />

FUTURE NEWSLETTERS<br />

FOR RESCHEDULED<br />

DATES OR REMOTE<br />

PRESIDENT’S<br />

MESSAGE<br />

Civility and<br />

Professionalism<br />

On January<br />

29th, <strong>2020</strong> I had the<br />

great honor of receiving<br />

the New<br />

York State Bar Association<br />

Award for<br />

Attorney Professionalism.<br />

The presentation<br />

took place at<br />

Angela Morcone<br />

Giannini<br />

the NYSBA’s Annual Meeting in New<br />

York City.<br />

While the event took place less than<br />

two months ago, little did we all know<br />

that day, that our world as we knew it,<br />

was about to change in ways we never<br />

imagined.<br />

As I think back upon my acceptance<br />

speech, I am now even more<br />

steadfast in my beliefs about the practice<br />

of law and the importance of civility<br />

and professionalism. I wish to share<br />

some excerpts from my speech with you.<br />

I have always believed that it is a<br />

privilege to practice law and that it is<br />

our duty to practice in a civil and professional<br />

manner. Civility is best defined<br />

as courtesy, dignity, graciousness,<br />

politeness and decency. Professionalism<br />

involves both civility and ethics,<br />

dedication to producing our best work<br />

product for our clients and undertaking<br />

pro bono efforts to help those in<br />

need. Professionalism and civility benefits<br />

all of us: lawyers, judges and the<br />

public.<br />

Unfortunately, civility has quite often<br />

been put aside and sometimes<br />

even discarded along with professioncontinued<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


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

APRIL <strong>2020</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 />

~ 2019/<strong>2020</strong> Officers and Directors ~<br />

President ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI<br />

President-Elect HON. LISA M. SMITH<br />

Vice Presidents<br />

AMANDA C. FRIED JENNIFER GRAY JACQUELINE HATTAR<br />

Treasurer<br />

NATANYA L. BRIENDEL Recording Secretary ELIZABETH Z. MARCUS<br />

Corresponding Secretary JENNIFER ROBINSON<br />

Immediate Past ast President<br />

KIM BERG<br />

Elected Directors Westchester Board<br />

KIM BERG LISA M. BLUESTEIN LUCIA CHIOCCHIO<br />

LISA M. DENIG LONYA A. GILBERT<br />

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

ROBIN D. CARTON DEBORAH FARBER-KAISER MARIAN GENIO<br />

SHARI GORDON ANN M. McNULTY<br />

SUSAN MILLS RICHMOND KRISTEN MOTEL<br />

Executive Director ELISABETH CAMPOS<br />

© Copyright <strong>2020</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: Jennifer Robinson • Designed and Printed by IPM Media Group, Inc. (516) 809-0501<br />

2019-<strong>2020</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 .................................................................. 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, Kimberly C. Sheehan<br />

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

Lawyering & Parenting .......................... Joelle M. Burton, Jennifer Gray<br />

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

Angela Morcone Giannini<br />

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

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

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

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

Professional Development/Placement ............... Susan Edwards Colson,<br />

Stephanie Melowsky<br />

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

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

Real Property ...................................... Allyson Lanahan, Michele Luzio<br />

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

Deborah Farber-Kaiser, Marian Genio<br />

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

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

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

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

Jennifer L. Gray, Jennifer N. Netrosio, Katie Wendle<br />

Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal .... Andrea B. Friedmanm Allison Sloto<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 Law ........................................................... Aisling Brady<br />

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

Cyber Law .............................................................. Georgea Mancuso<br />

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

Janeen Thomas<br />

Domestic Violence ............ Lydia S. Antoncic, Marian Genio, Beth Levy<br />

Education ............................... 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 />

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

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

Immigration ................... Elizabeth Mastropolo, Karin Anderson Ponzer<br />

Intellectual Property .......................................... Elizabeth M. Barnhard<br />

Theresa O’Rourke Nugent<br />

Judgment Enforcement & Collections ....................... Michael Giannini<br />

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

Mentor .......................... Kim Berg, Sherry Bishko, Hon. Christine Sproat<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 Delegate ............................. Adrienne Arkontaky<br />

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

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

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

Lisa M. Bluestein<br />

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

Lisa M. Bluestein<br />

WBASNY Health Law/Reproductive Rights Committee ..... Shari Gordin<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 />

“[W]e are the custodians<br />

of our community’s<br />

ethical and legal sense<br />

and we should rise to<br />

the occasion and act<br />

accordingly.”<br />

alism in a system that focuses and promotes<br />

only winning.<br />

Over 40 years ago, the Virginia Bar<br />

Association adopted a Creed which so<br />

eloquently sets forth what each lawyer<br />

should strive to achieve in their practice:<br />

“...a sense of personal honor<br />

which should be manifested, in<br />

part, by a vigorous devotion to civility<br />

in the courts, to clients and<br />

to other lawyers. We must remember<br />

that courtesy is neither a relic<br />

of the past nor a sign of less than<br />

fully committed advocacy. Courtesy<br />

is simply the mechanism by<br />

which lawyers can deal with daily<br />

conflict without damaging their relationships<br />

with their fellow lawyers<br />

and their own well-being.”<br />

Civility therefore should never be seen<br />

as weakness. You can be assertive, strong,<br />

tenacious and civil. I am proud to be a<br />

trial lawyer. A zealous advocate and a civil<br />

one. One who will not compromise integrity.<br />

It is possible to be civil and successful.<br />

In fact, lawyers that are civil, win the<br />

right way.<br />

Unfortunately, some lawyers and the<br />

public don’t understand the difference.<br />

That is perhaps why our society perceives<br />

lawyers as part of the problem. Many<br />

Americans do not remember the time<br />

when society placed great trust in lawyers.<br />

Now it is up to us to change the way society<br />

views our profession.<br />

If we tolerate incivility amongst our<br />

fellow practitioners, we cannot expect a<br />

greater respect from the public. It’s time<br />

for us to take back our privileged role as<br />

lawyers; we are the custodians of our<br />

community’s ethical and legal sense and<br />

continued on page 5 ➥<br />

Editor’s Note<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

“Every day that we wake up is a good day. Every breath that we take is filled<br />

with hope for a better day. Every word that we speak is a chance to change what<br />

is bad into something good.”<br />

~ Walter Mosley<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 Jennifer Robinson at secretary@wwbany.org.<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 Jennifer Robinson at secretary@wwbany.org to schedule a <strong>WWBA</strong> sponsored or cosponsored<br />

program, including committee meetings, CLE programs, etc.<br />

❑ Once you have reserved the date with Jennifer Robinson, proceed with planning your program<br />

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 Jennifer Robinson, following the guidelines above.<br />

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Full Page Display Ad<br />

5-10 Issues - $525.00 per issue<br />

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Contacts<br />

Jennifer Robinson, Corresponding Secretary and <strong>Newsletter</strong> Editor-in-Chief: secretary@wwbany.org<br />

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

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

Angela Morcone Giannini, 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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Members - $50.00 first issue; $25.00 each succeeding issue; Non-Members - $75.00 per issue<br />

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<strong>WWBA</strong>’s Long Standing Commitment to Read Across<br />

America and Yonkers Public Schools<br />

from page 1<br />

School. Following a reception, <strong>WWBA</strong><br />

guest readers were greeted at the library<br />

by a pair of student ambassadors from<br />

each classroom, each dressed in festive<br />

The Cat in the Hat attire. Guest readers<br />

read aloud Dr. Seuss storybooks to the students<br />

in assigned classrooms and were<br />

uplifted by the students’ joy and love of<br />

books and learning.<br />

The Hostos MicroSociety School is a<br />

Pre-K through Grade 8 school designed<br />

to create a microcosm of the real world,<br />

where each student has a valuable role in<br />

running the school. Students are entrepreneurs<br />

and other professionals who earn<br />

“Micro” currency. Hostos students elect officials<br />

who run the school government, and<br />

students serve as judges and arbitrators<br />

who resolve disputes and as Peace Officers<br />

who ensure safety. Even the youngest<br />

students are well on their way to becoming<br />

engaged citizens by preparing resumes<br />

and participating in MicroSociety job interviews<br />

and job fairs. The MicroSociety<br />

program is purposefully aligned with the<br />

academic curriculum, so that student learning<br />

is relevant to the real world and students<br />

are excited and prepared to be our<br />

future leaders.<br />

As always, the <strong>WWBA</strong> guest readers<br />

found enormous joy and fulfillment in<br />

spending the morning with our friends at<br />

the Hostos MicroSociety School. We look<br />

forward to returning for Read Across<br />

America 2021! ◗<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Education Committee Co-Chair Julie Passman with Ms. De Los Santos’<br />

6th grade math students<br />

Left to right: Judge Elena Goldberg-<br />

Velasquez; Jacqueline Hattar; Stephanie<br />

Melowsky; Dr. Andrea Coddett, Deputy<br />

Superintendent of the Yonkers Public<br />

Schools; Amanda Fried; and Julie P. Passman<br />

Left to right: Jessy Mendez of Arts<br />

Westchester, Amanda Fried, Julie Passman,<br />

Jacqueline Hattar, Deborah Farber-Kaiser,<br />

and Hostos School Principal Elda Perez-<br />

Mejia<br />

Guest reader and <strong>WWBA</strong> Vice President Jacqueline Hattar reads to<br />

eager young learners<br />

Student ambassadors greet guest reader and <strong>WWBA</strong> Vice President<br />

Amanda Fried<br />

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Helping Victims of Elder Abuse in Westchester<br />

Malya Levin and Fredric I. Green<br />

Dora, age 75, has reported her son’s repeated physical abuse to the<br />

police. This is the third time the District Attorney has charged him with a<br />

crime but Dora feels extremely conflicted about testifying against him. The<br />

last two charges were dropped after Dora’s son convinced her to let him<br />

move back in with her, promising things would be better. How will this time<br />

be different?<br />

Eric, 83, never married or had children and lives alone in the beautiful<br />

family home he inherited. As he grows increasingly confused, he becomes<br />

dependent on his plumber, who has become his health care proxy<br />

and has power of attorney. His longtime bank notices suspicious activity<br />

on his account and reports its concerns to the District Attorney. How will<br />

Eric stay safe during the investigation and prosecution?<br />

These are just two of the<br />

many potential scenarios<br />

that describe the difficult issues<br />

involved in elder abuse<br />

cases. Elder abuse is a complex<br />

and prevalent phenomenon,<br />

with one in 10 people<br />

over 60 years old experiencing<br />

some form of abuse. Elder<br />

abuse can be a crime<br />

from page 3<br />

and the needs of people<br />

who experience elder abuse<br />

are intensive and multifaceted.<br />

Perpetrators of abuse<br />

can take advantage of a<br />

victim’s physical and cognitive<br />

vulnerabilities, often<br />

causing further decline.<br />

People who experience<br />

abuse are often isolated<br />

we should rise to the occasion<br />

and act accordingly.<br />

President Lincoln, well recognized<br />

the unique role we,<br />

as attorneys, hold in society:<br />

“As a peacemaker, the<br />

lawyer has the superior<br />

opportunity to be the<br />

good person.”<br />

So how do we accomplish<br />

this?<br />

In our professional lives,<br />

there are times that we learn,<br />

times that we do and times<br />

when we give back. For those<br />

of us that are seasoned attorneys,<br />

it is up to us to be the<br />

role models and mentors. I<br />

have been most fortunate in<br />

my career to have excellent<br />

role models: The late Honorable<br />

Isaac Rubin, Appellate<br />

Division, Second Department,<br />

a man of great legal wisdom<br />

and honor, the great Henry<br />

Miller, one of the finest trial<br />

lawyers in NY, a man of the<br />

highest ethical standards and<br />

Past President of both the<br />

NYSBA and WCBA. (In fact, I<br />

spoke to Henry before giving<br />

my speech and asked what he<br />

would share with attorneys<br />

about civility in the practice of<br />

law and his advice was to tell<br />

the attorneys to be humble<br />

because with humility comes<br />

civility and on a practical note,<br />

return all phone calls and<br />

emails!) I have also had the<br />

very good fortune of working<br />

with my law partner Lucille<br />

Fontana, a great trial lawyer<br />

who epitomizes civility in and<br />

from family, friends and social<br />

service agencies, causing<br />

critical needs of all sorts<br />

to go unmet. Most elder<br />

abuse includes some form of<br />

financial exploitation, plunging<br />

many victims into economic<br />

crisis. Further complicating<br />

the abuse are the<br />

feelings of love and trust, as<br />

outside the courtroom.<br />

Because I had the good<br />

fortune of having these great<br />

role models and mentors, I<br />

have in turn mentored many<br />

law students over the years and<br />

take the role very seriously.<br />

I strongly believe we can<br />

only raise the status of our profession<br />

by devoting time to the<br />

generations that will come after<br />

us to ensure that society<br />

understands the essential role<br />

lawyers play in our communities<br />

and in our democracy.<br />

For the young attorneys, I<br />

do well recall battles experienced<br />

when more experienced<br />

attorneys were less than civil.<br />

There is no excuse for such<br />

behavior. But I remind you,<br />

as I remind my own son who is<br />

a new attorney; you are indeed<br />

well as hurt and betrayal,<br />

which people who experience<br />

abuse have toward<br />

those who have harmed<br />

them. The perpetrators are<br />

often their family, caretakers<br />

or trusted friends. Fear of<br />

making a complaint, feelings<br />

of embarrassment, and fear<br />

for one’s safety are always<br />

overriding concerns in cases<br />

involving older victims.<br />

To holistically and effectively<br />

address the needs of<br />

older victims the Westchester<br />

County District Attorney’s<br />

Office partnered with the<br />

Westchester County Department<br />

of Social Services/<br />

Adult Protective Services,<br />

Westchester County Senior<br />

Programs and Services, the<br />

Harry and Jeanette<br />

Weinberg Center for Elder<br />

Justice at the Hebrew Home<br />

at Riverdale, the Pace<br />

Women’s Justice Center and<br />

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talented having achieved admission<br />

to the Bar but you must<br />

not forget that you also have<br />

power. Power to be civil and<br />

responsible in your actions.<br />

You can take control of the situation<br />

by being civil and the<br />

judiciary will and should recognize<br />

your actions and support<br />

them. Civility must be<br />

practiced. Establishing yourself<br />

as a civil lawyer does not<br />

result from one day’s actions<br />

or even one year’s work. It<br />

does build, however, upon<br />

each day’s actions and each<br />

day’s work. It is a culmination<br />

of your actions over your<br />

entire career. You are now<br />

building that strong foundation<br />

for your many future years of<br />

practice. Embrace it, be civil<br />

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Helping Victims of Elder Abuse in Westchester<br />

from previous page<br />

the New York State Office of<br />

the Attorney General to found<br />

the Westchester County Elder<br />

Abuse Multidisciplinary Team<br />

(MDT). The Westchester<br />

County Department of Social<br />

Services provides some funding<br />

for the MDT. The team has<br />

since expanded to include<br />

Hudson Valley Legal Services,<br />

Westchester County Department<br />

of Community Mental<br />

Health and Family Services of<br />

Westchester’s Elder Abuse Prevention<br />

program.<br />

An MDT generally consists<br />

of a group of professionals representing<br />

different agencies.<br />

These team members have different<br />

backgrounds and areas<br />

of expertise who work together<br />

to address elder abuse within<br />

the same geographic area. The<br />

team meets regularly to discuss<br />

emergent complex cases of elder<br />

abuse, gather relevant information,<br />

and then strategically<br />

craft a multi-agency action<br />

plan for each client. Since<br />

its first meeting in January<br />

2012, the team has worked on<br />

over a 120 complex elder<br />

abuse cases.<br />

Westchester District Attorney<br />

Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.<br />

stresses the value and importance<br />

of this collaborative process.<br />

“Participating in the elder<br />

abuse MDT helps our Of-<br />

“Fear of making a complaint,<br />

feelings of embarrassment, and<br />

fear for one’s safety are always<br />

overriding concerns in cases<br />

involving older victims.”<br />

fice create stronger cases.<br />

When these passionate professionals<br />

who know the victim<br />

and the situation in different<br />

ways exchange their insights,<br />

the team gains a more thorough<br />

understanding of potential<br />

sources of evidence and<br />

investigatory avenues to pursue.<br />

The perspectives offered<br />

from the points of view of each<br />

of the MDT’s stakeholders offer<br />

invaluable insights into each<br />

case and each vulnerable senior.”<br />

Fredric Green, Second<br />

Deputy District Attorney and<br />

Chief of the Special Prosecutions<br />

Division adds, “even<br />

when we cannot prosecute a<br />

case, the agencies represented<br />

at the MDT make sure that resources<br />

for older victims, related<br />

to their housing, banking,<br />

health and other daily<br />

needs are always being addressed.”<br />

In 2018, Governor<br />

Cuomo included $8.4 million<br />

in his budget to fund MDTs in<br />

every county in New York State.<br />

“Our office is pleased to see<br />

this effective and efficient technique<br />

gain statewide traction,”<br />

says Green. “For us, it’s about<br />

justice for victims. To achieve<br />

that, we all need to work together.”<br />

John Befus, First Deputy<br />

Commissioner of the Department<br />

of Social Services that<br />

oversees the Adult Protective<br />

staff who are key members on<br />

the MDT, praised the team’s<br />

professionalism and commitment<br />

stating, “the MDT par-<br />

ticipants are a dedicated group<br />

of professionals who come together<br />

from many different disciplines,<br />

to genuinely make a<br />

difference in the lives of abused<br />

and exploited older adults.” ◗<br />

Malya Levin is the Westchester<br />

County Elder Abuse Multi-Disciplinary<br />

Team Coordinator and Senior<br />

Staff Attorney at the Harry and<br />

Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder<br />

Justice at the Hebrew Home in<br />

Riverdale, N.Y. Fredric I. Green is<br />

the Second Deputy District Attorney<br />

and Chief of the Special Prosecutions<br />

Division at the<br />

Westchester County District<br />

Attorney’s Office.<br />

For more information on the<br />

county’s MDT, or to refer a case to<br />

the team, email Malya Levin, at<br />

malya.levin@theweinbergcenter.org.<br />

The DA’s Office Elder Abuse Unit<br />

can be reached at (914) 995-<br />

3000 or after hours on their Elder<br />

abuse helpline at (914) 995-<br />

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Getting to Know Our Members<br />

An Interview with Kimberly Sheehan<br />

Susan L. Pollet<br />

Chair of the Archive and<br />

Historian Committee<br />

Q: When did you join the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>, and why did you join<br />

it?<br />

A: I believe I joined the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> in 2008, when my first<br />

of three children went off to<br />

college and I was seeking to<br />

get more involved with career<br />

advancing opportunities. I<br />

wanted to expand my career<br />

horizons, meet other women<br />

with similar interests and personal<br />

challenges I had faced<br />

and just explore what the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> had to offer.<br />

Q: Which <strong>WWBA</strong> activities<br />

have you been involved in?<br />

A: I was a Co-Chair of the<br />

Litigation Committee since<br />

shortly after joining the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> up until this year.<br />

During my time on the Litigation<br />

Committee, I have been<br />

involved in a number of CLEs<br />

presented by the Litigation<br />

Committee. I have also been<br />

a member of the Judicial<br />

Screening Committee for<br />

about five years and a Co-<br />

Chair of that committee since<br />

last year. This committee<br />

screens judges running for<br />

election in the Ninth Judicial<br />

District. It gets very busy in<br />

September, October and early<br />

November with interviewing<br />

judges in the evenings and<br />

ultimately publishing the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> ratings for those<br />

judges.<br />

Q: Please tell our members<br />

about your legal career.<br />

A: My first legal job was at a<br />

White Plains firm that did insurance<br />

defense litigation with<br />

some very seasoned trial attorneys.<br />

Back in the 80’s,<br />

“I believe that women today have so<br />

many more opportunities to merge<br />

family and career. I think law firms<br />

have recognized the value of providing<br />

flex time, part-time, job share and<br />

remote working opportunities for<br />

women with children.”<br />

when the I.A.S system was undergoing<br />

many changes, litigation<br />

firms found themselves<br />

needing more attorneys to<br />

cover court appearances and<br />

depositions. I sort of fell into<br />

the job and it seemed to be a<br />

good fit for me. I focused primarily<br />

on a medical malpractice<br />

caseload, defending doctors,<br />

hospitals and nurses. I<br />

successfully tried my first case<br />

to verdict a year after joining<br />

this firm! I will never forget that<br />

trial! It was a “one on one”<br />

trial with a seasoned plaintiff’s<br />

trial attorney and there was no<br />

codefendant counsel for me to<br />

rely upon or learn from. I had<br />

never tried a case to verdict and<br />

here I was trying a medical<br />

malpractice case – which is not<br />

bifurcated, but is a full trial with<br />

liability and damages tried together<br />

– before a Judge who<br />

was a difficult assignment even<br />

for my experienced adversary.<br />

I had never cross-examined a<br />

witness, let alone an expert and<br />

found myself cross-examining<br />

a neurologist and an OB-GYN.<br />

Everything about that trial is<br />

indelibly ingrained in my head.<br />

The firm I was with believed in<br />

learning through experience<br />

although, unfortunately, I don’t<br />

believe any firm would consider<br />

such a practice today with the<br />

scrutiny and demands that institutional<br />

defendants place on<br />

firms.<br />

I left that firm for a short<br />

stint at a NYC firm focusing on<br />

product liability and asbestos<br />

defense litigation controlled by<br />

large defense committees.<br />

Coming from the courtroom<br />

and going into the boardroom<br />

to litigate via committees made<br />

up of various large defense<br />

firms was not my idea of litigation.<br />

I returned to Westchester<br />

and worked in a firm that acted<br />

as Trial Counsel to the<br />

Westchester County Attorney’s<br />

office before leaving to start my<br />

family. After taking four years<br />

off to have three kids, I returned<br />

to the work force at another<br />

White Plains firm that did insurance<br />

defense litigation<br />

where I remained for 23 years<br />

and which permitted part-time<br />

employment for women attorneys.<br />

That firm closed its doors<br />

this past February and merged<br />

with another larger firm. I<br />

elected to become Of Counsel<br />

to my current firm, Fullerton<br />

Beck, LLP, an all woman owned<br />

firm which started in 2018 and<br />

is continuing to expand. I am<br />

still engaged in insurance defense<br />

litigation after 30 plus<br />

years of practice. I guess I can<br />

confidently state that I know a<br />

thing or two about the field.<br />

Q: In your experience, how<br />

has the landscape changed<br />

over the course of your legal<br />

career, if at all, for women law<br />

Kimberly Sheehan<br />

students and women lawyers<br />

in Westchester County.<br />

A: I believe that women today<br />

have so many more opportunities<br />

to merge family<br />

and career. I think law firms<br />

have recognized the value of<br />

providing flex time, part-time,<br />

job share and remote working<br />

opportunities for women<br />

with children. Women who<br />

work less than full-time tend<br />

to be more focused due to the<br />

need to cram more into less<br />

time. The sheer number of<br />

women attorneys in the work<br />

force have forced law firms to<br />

adjust and accommodate the<br />

needs of woman attorneys<br />

who wish to continue working<br />

while still maintaining<br />

family responsibilities. I suspect<br />

that the “ Me Too” Movement<br />

has beneficially impacted<br />

women in the sense<br />

that it has forced employers<br />

to alter unacceptable behavior<br />

and/or practices that may<br />

have previously been ignored<br />

in the workforce as well as in<br />

academia.<br />

Q: What are your other community<br />

activities when you<br />

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Getting to Know Our Members<br />

An Interview with Michael Markhoff<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:The late, great Don Klein<br />

encouraged me to join the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> approximately 20<br />

years ago. Don was very active<br />

in the trusts and estates<br />

bar and he actively recruited<br />

young lawyers to join various<br />

bar associations. He felt<br />

strongly that the growth as an<br />

attorney was accomplished as<br />

much by networking and immersion<br />

in the legal community<br />

as it was by pedantic<br />

learning. I followed Don’s<br />

advice and subsequently<br />

served as a board member<br />

and president for a number<br />

of bar associations and estate<br />

planning councils. I was<br />

especially intrigued as a<br />

young lawyer with Don’s active<br />

participation in the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> trusts and estates<br />

committee since he was the<br />

only man in the group. Don<br />

hounded me to join him for<br />

the monthly roundtable discussions<br />

and, because of his<br />

persistence, I have professional<br />

relationships with many<br />

members which continue to<br />

this day.<br />

Q: You have served on the<br />

Board of Directors and Leadership<br />

Committee of the<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association<br />

Foundation. Please<br />

tell us about that activity.<br />

A: I was excited to receive the<br />

call from Susan Brown asking<br />

me join the Foundation<br />

Board because it felt like an<br />

extension of my involvement<br />

with the Westchester Community<br />

Foundation. It’s easy to<br />

“Trusts and estates is a very<br />

personal area because my advice can<br />

have a significant impact on a family<br />

for many generations. It also<br />

involves simultaneously satisfying<br />

very different personalities and<br />

needs without causing too much<br />

intrafamily turmoil.”<br />

have a myopic view of the opportunities<br />

afforded to residents<br />

of Westchester County. We<br />

watch the news and tend to<br />

think that only people in New<br />

York City have issues with fairness<br />

in the workplace and access<br />

to legal and educational<br />

services, however, these problems<br />

are just as prevalent in our<br />

neighborhoods. Frankly, the<br />

difficulty lies more with the desire<br />

to help as many worthy<br />

non-profits as possible while<br />

preserving the foundation’s<br />

capital for future needs.<br />

Q: Please tell us about your<br />

legal career and what it has<br />

meant to you.<br />

A: While I come from a family<br />

of attorneys (my father and I are<br />

partners in the same firm and<br />

my grandfather and uncle practiced<br />

in the same firm), attending<br />

law school was the last<br />

thing on my mind as I about to<br />

graduate from college. I decided<br />

not to follow my friends<br />

to the allure of the investment<br />

banking world and chose law<br />

school because I felt that the<br />

experience would teach me to<br />

think critically and better train<br />

me for whatever profession I<br />

chose. I found an affinity for<br />

tax and trusts and estates law<br />

while in law school because I<br />

enjoyed research and dissecting<br />

complicated issues to find<br />

an appropriate solution. While<br />

the constant change in tax laws<br />

is challenging, it forces me to<br />

be current on a weekly, if not<br />

daily, basis. You can go on<br />

vacation for a week and return<br />

to find out that everything you<br />

have been doing is obsolete.<br />

To me, this is part of the attraction<br />

to this practice. Learning<br />

to adapt to change and developing<br />

new solutions is a great<br />

intellectual challenge.<br />

Trusts and estates is a very<br />

personal area because my advice<br />

can have a significant impact<br />

on a family for many generations.<br />

It also involves simultaneously<br />

satisfying very different<br />

personalities and needs<br />

without causing too much<br />

intrafamily turmoil.<br />

Now 29 years removed<br />

from graduating law school, I<br />

still get great enjoyment from<br />

working with families which<br />

have many goals they want to<br />

accomplish and creating a sophisticated<br />

plan that solves all<br />

of them in a way that the client<br />

understands. As I learned from<br />

my father, there is an art to simplifying<br />

a complicated situation.<br />

Q: Which of your cases was<br />

most significant to you?<br />

Michael Markhoff<br />

A:Many of our clients are family<br />

businesses that have been<br />

around for multiple generations<br />

and a large subset of<br />

our estate planning practice<br />

is planning for the succession<br />

of the business to the children<br />

or grandchildren. The family<br />

business makes up a large<br />

percentage of those clients’<br />

estates and we work with them<br />

to find ways to pass the business<br />

to the children who actively<br />

participate in the business<br />

while being economically<br />

fair to the children who<br />

have decided to follow other<br />

career paths. We represent a<br />

number of prominent businesses<br />

in the Hudson Valley<br />

who have third generation<br />

family members running the<br />

companies. It’s a thrill to help<br />

perpetuate an endeavor<br />

which was started by the<br />

grandparents and now has<br />

grown in multiples because of<br />

the dedication and skill of<br />

subsequent generations. As<br />

an attorney, the most interesting<br />

part of this area is that it<br />

combines trusts and estates<br />

law, corporate law and corporate<br />

and partnership tax.<br />

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Getting to Know Our Members<br />

An Interview with Aisling Brady<br />

Susan L. Pollet<br />

Chair of the Archive and<br />

Historian Committee<br />

Q: When did you join the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong>, and why did you join<br />

it?<br />

A: Although Welby, Brady &<br />

Greenblatt were members<br />

before I became an associate,<br />

I joined the <strong>WWBA</strong> in<br />

June 2017, immediately after<br />

taking up my current position<br />

as Construction Attorney at<br />

the firm. During my first week<br />

at WB&G, I attended the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Annual Dinner and I<br />

felt that joining the organization<br />

would be an excellent way<br />

to get to know colleagues in<br />

the local area. I became more<br />

involved in the <strong>WWBA</strong> after<br />

meeting with Lisa Denig,<br />

Esq., the organization’s then<br />

President, who encouraged<br />

me to take part in the formation<br />

of a Construction Law<br />

Committee for the <strong>WWBA</strong>.<br />

Q: You are on the Board of<br />

Directors and Leadership<br />

Committee of the<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar<br />

Association Foundation. How<br />

have you contributed to the<br />

Board’s efforts, and are you<br />

involved in other <strong>WWBA</strong> activities?<br />

A: I try to attend most of the<br />

Board’s quarterly meetings<br />

and, if I cannot attend in person,<br />

I always make myself<br />

available by telephone to vote<br />

on any pertinent issues. I assist<br />

with the Board’s<br />

fundraising efforts during their<br />

annual “Mocktail” fundraiser.<br />

Reaching out to people during<br />

this time is not the easiest<br />

task for members of the Board,<br />

but, thanks to the enormous<br />

efforts of Chairperson Susan<br />

“I am currently out of the office on<br />

maternity leave as I have just had my<br />

first baby! So, the task of balancing<br />

my legal career with my family<br />

responsibilities is just about to start!”<br />

Brown, Esq., and the other<br />

members, the fundraiser is always<br />

an amazing success,<br />

helping out so many individuals<br />

and groups throughout<br />

Westchester.<br />

In addition to participating<br />

on the Foundation Board, I recently<br />

hosted a “Pink and Teal”<br />

seminar at the offices of Welby<br />

Brady and Greenblatt, LLP, with<br />

the assistance of our former<br />

President Kim Berg, Esq. and<br />

members of the <strong>WWBA</strong><br />

Wellness Committee. This was<br />

an extremely informative event<br />

with discussions and information<br />

about cancers affecting<br />

women daily, with a particular<br />

focus on the area of ovarian<br />

cancer.<br />

As part of my work on the<br />

Construction Law Committee, I<br />

organized a talk in 2018 in relation<br />

to the new tax laws. The<br />

presentation was provided by<br />

New York City based accountancy<br />

firm, Anchin Block and<br />

Anchin, and the event which<br />

we held at Sterling National<br />

Bank in Tuckahoe was well attended<br />

by both lawyers and<br />

construction company representatives/owners<br />

alike.<br />

The Construction Law<br />

Committee hopes to organize<br />

and host another event in the<br />

near future and we have a few<br />

ideas in the pipeline.<br />

Q: Please tell our members<br />

about your legal career.<br />

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

Dublin, Ireland, where I completed<br />

my legal apprenticeship<br />

in a medium size commercial<br />

law firm. Upon qualification as<br />

a Solicitor in 2014, I remained<br />

there for some time practicing<br />

commercial litigation, with a<br />

particular emphasis on commercial<br />

landlord and tenant<br />

matters. I then worked in a general<br />

practice in my local town<br />

in Ireland, where I dealt with<br />

all sorts of legal issues – property<br />

transfers, wills and estates,<br />

employment law, personal injury<br />

litigation - the list goes on!!<br />

At that point I decided to<br />

move to New York. While I<br />

waited for the results of the bar<br />

exam, I worked in a large construction<br />

management company<br />

in New York City, dealing<br />

with contracts and insurance<br />

issues. I remained there for a<br />

number of months after passing<br />

the bar as my interest in<br />

NYC construction had well and<br />

truly been born! I then decided<br />

it was time to go back to the<br />

law firm environment and I really<br />

wanted to stay in the construction<br />

field. Through a friend,<br />

I came across Welby Brady &<br />

Greenblatt, LLP, where I secured<br />

a job and, thankfully, I have<br />

never looked back!<br />

Q: In your experience, how<br />

has the landscape changed<br />

over the course of your legal<br />

career, if at all, for women law-<br />

Aisling Brady<br />

yers in Westchester County.<br />

A: I’m not sure how qualified<br />

I am to answer this question<br />

given that I have not been in<br />

Westchester County for very<br />

long. I will say though that,<br />

in my experience, I have<br />

found women lawyers to be<br />

treated quite well in both<br />

Westchester County and New<br />

York in general. Thankfully, I<br />

have not yet had a bad experience<br />

where I have been<br />

made feel any “different” by<br />

virtue of the fact that I am a<br />

woman. I believe that, in general,<br />

a lot more women are<br />

entering the profession than<br />

before. However, the problem<br />

is not related to how many<br />

women enter the profession,<br />

the problem lies with women<br />

lawyers staying in the profession.<br />

It is difficult for women<br />

to remain in their highly<br />

stressful, fast paced, and demanding<br />

jobs while trying to<br />

balance work and family<br />

commitments. Hopefully law<br />

firms will continue their efforts<br />

to make the job more “family<br />

friendly” and provide flexible<br />

working arrangements where<br />

possible. Generally speaking,<br />

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Getting to Know Our Members<br />

An Interview with Jill Sandford<br />

Susan L. Pollet<br />

Chair of the Archive and<br />

Historian Committee<br />

Q: When and why did you<br />

join the <strong>WWBA</strong>?<br />

A: I joined the <strong>WWBA</strong> in 1992<br />

shorty after starting my first legal<br />

job. One of my colleagues<br />

was the Chair of the New Lawyers<br />

Committee and suggested<br />

that I attend an event. I immediately<br />

could see the benefit of<br />

networking with such a terrific<br />

group of female attorneys as I<br />

was navigating the early days<br />

of my career.<br />

Q: Your mother is a long<br />

standing, active member of<br />

the <strong>WWBA</strong>. How has her<br />

involvement influenced you?<br />

A: My mother, Judge Terry<br />

Jane Ruderman, is truly one<br />

of the trailblazers in the<br />

Westchester legal community.<br />

Her involvement in the<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> as well as other organizations<br />

served as a role<br />

model for me.<br />

Q: You are on the Board of<br />

Directors and Leadership<br />

Committee of the<br />

from page 7<br />

are not practicing law or contributing<br />

to the <strong>WWBA</strong>?<br />

A: Presently, with a new job<br />

and some recent challenges<br />

dealing with health issues of<br />

elder relatives, there isn’t much<br />

additional time to spend with<br />

other community activities. I<br />

am working hard to try to<br />

carve out some “me time”<br />

which is necessary, but of late,<br />

even that is still wanting.<br />

Q: How have you balanced<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association<br />

Foundation. How<br />

have you contributed to the<br />

Board’s efforts, and have you<br />

been involved in other <strong>WWBA</strong><br />

activities?<br />

A: Through the years I have<br />

been chair of the New Lawyers<br />

Committee, a State Director, and<br />

on the Executive Committee as<br />

Secretary to the organization.<br />

Q: Please tell our members<br />

about your legal career.<br />

A: I have been a lawyer for<br />

twenty-seven years, the last<br />

eighteen in house in the telecommunications<br />

and technology<br />

industry. Currently, I am<br />

Chief Legal Officer of FirstLight<br />

Fiber, Inc. We provide telecommunications<br />

services from<br />

Westchester up through New<br />

York State and then throughout<br />

New England. The Legal,<br />

Regulatory, Compliance and<br />

Human Resources functions<br />

report up to me.<br />

Q: In your experience, how<br />

has the landscape changed<br />

over the course of your legal<br />

career, if at all, for women law-<br />

your legal career with your family<br />

responsibilities.<br />

A: When I first started a family,<br />

I sacrificed opportunities in my<br />

career that could have benefited<br />

me both professionally and financially<br />

in order to try to balance<br />

career and family. My longevity<br />

with any firm I stayed with<br />

was based largely on the family<br />

friendly attitude demonstrated.<br />

However, I can look back with<br />

satisfaction knowing that I was<br />

able to be present at the camp<br />

shows during the work week;<br />

yers in Westchester County.<br />

A: I think that the landscape<br />

has continually improved for<br />

woman professionals, including<br />

lawyers in Westchester<br />

County. The continuing societal<br />

focus on anti-harassment<br />

and anti-bullying has benefited<br />

all employees, including<br />

woman.<br />

Q: What are your other community<br />

activities when you are<br />

not practicing law or contributing<br />

to the <strong>WWBA</strong>?<br />

A: Most of my non-work community<br />

volunteer activities have<br />

revolved around my now teenage<br />

son’s school related activities.<br />

Additionally, I serve as a<br />

member of the Cornell Alumni<br />

Admissions Advisory Network,<br />

and have volunteered for various<br />

committees related to supporting<br />

Cornell University.<br />

Q: How have you balanced<br />

your legal career with your<br />

family responsibilities over the<br />

years.<br />

A: I always wonder whether this<br />

question is asked of men. Work<br />

life balance is important for<br />

pick up a sick child at the<br />

nurse’s office when called; meet<br />

with teachers/counselors during<br />

the day when necessary; and<br />

attend school events during the<br />

work week. I wouldn’t have<br />

been able to do these things if I<br />

had worked in NYC at a large<br />

firm that wasn’t so sympathetic<br />

to my desire to balance career<br />

and family.<br />

Q: What advice would you like<br />

to give to women lawyers entering<br />

the legal profession.<br />

Jill Sandford<br />

everyone. The advent of technology<br />

allowing for greater<br />

connectivity has been immensely<br />

helpful.<br />

Q: What advice would you<br />

like to give to women lawyers<br />

entering the legal profession.<br />

A: Don’t be afraid to put your<br />

hand up and volunteer for<br />

additional projects and responsibilities.<br />

A quote that I<br />

heard recently that resonates<br />

with me is, “We can’t tell the<br />

future, but we will be ready<br />

for it.” ◗<br />

Kimberly<br />

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A: Choose your life partner<br />

and employer carefully! The<br />

ability to balance career and<br />

family is only as good as the<br />

support you receive from these<br />

individuals. It can be done,<br />

especially with today’s technology<br />

that can provide remote<br />

access to your files. The scales<br />

will usually be imbalancedyou<br />

just need to figure out<br />

which side you are willing to<br />

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Getting to Know Our Members<br />

Michael Markhoff<br />

from page 8<br />

Q: What other community activities<br />

are you involved in?<br />

A: I served on the board of<br />

trustees for the Bedford Free Library<br />

for 9 years and I have<br />

been on the board of advisors<br />

for the Westchester Community<br />

Foundation since 2012. I<br />

also served on the board of<br />

directors for Fox Lane Youth<br />

Lacrosse and helped form it<br />

as a 501(c)(3).<br />

Q: How have you combined<br />

your legal career with your<br />

home life?<br />

A: I’m not so sure that my wife<br />

and children would say that I<br />

have blended both very well.<br />

My wife Nancy is also an attorney<br />

at a firm in White Plains, so<br />

between the two of us, we have<br />

long hours. Night times mostly<br />

consist of catching up with<br />

emails to clients and reviewing<br />

wills and trusts.<br />

Q: What are your hobbies, if<br />

you have time for them.<br />

A:I grew up sailing on Long<br />

Island Sound since birth, so I<br />

have a small daysailer which I<br />

use in Stamford Harbor and I<br />

occasionally go out with my<br />

parents on their J180. In the<br />

winter I ski and play paddle<br />

tennis regularly and the rest of<br />

the year I play lacrosse 2-3 days<br />

a week. I played soccer and<br />

lacrosse in high school and<br />

soccer in college. I was a bit<br />

burned out with soccer in my<br />

30s and have been playing<br />

lacrosse consistently since<br />

then. It baffles my wife to know<br />

that there is an endless supply<br />

of (moronic) 45+ men in the<br />

tri-state area who still play<br />

weekly local pick-up games<br />

and annual tournaments in<br />

Lake Placid in the summer and<br />

Florida in the winter.<br />

My three children carried<br />

the torch and played from kindergarten<br />

through high school<br />

and the older two continued<br />

with the sport and played lacrosse<br />

at Hamilton College<br />

and Muhlenberg College, respectively.<br />

One of my fondest<br />

memories is coaching<br />

girls youth lacrosse with Susan<br />

Corcoran’s husband<br />

Francis Corcoran.<br />

Q: What changes, if any,<br />

would you like to see legislatively<br />

on the New York State<br />

and/or Federal level?<br />

A: Mandatory life sentence<br />

for people who chew with their<br />

mouths open in public. My<br />

youngest child has developed<br />

a strong interest in lobbying<br />

for this legislation. ◗<br />

Aisling Brady<br />

from page 9<br />

where I can.<br />

I feel that law firms have<br />

come a long way in this regard<br />

in recent years, but for<br />

many firms, there is still a<br />

long way to go! Thankfully,<br />

Welby, Brady & Greenblatt<br />

places an emphasis on family<br />

and work balance and<br />

has afforded me all the accommodations<br />

I’ve needed<br />

through my recent pregnancy.<br />

Q: What are your other<br />

community activities when<br />

you are not practicing law or<br />

contributing to the <strong>WWBA</strong>?<br />

A: like to participate in various<br />

clubs and associations<br />

relating to my local area<br />

back in Ireland. I believe it<br />

is important to keep in touch<br />

with “home” and get to<br />

know other people from the<br />

local area who live in New<br />

York. I try to attend lots of<br />

these events and help out<br />

Through my work, I am<br />

a part of many construction<br />

related groups and love to<br />

attend numerous events held<br />

throughout the year all over<br />

the city and surrounding areas.<br />

I am an active member<br />

of the New York City WBC<br />

(Women Builder’s Council);<br />

Professional Women in Construction;<br />

and the New York<br />

Building Congress’ Council of<br />

Industry Women. All of these<br />

organizations host amazing<br />

events and it is an excellent<br />

way of getting to know<br />

people.<br />

Q: How have you balanced<br />

your legal career with your<br />

family responsibilities over the<br />

years.<br />

A: I am currently out of the<br />

office on maternity leave as I<br />

have just had my first baby!<br />

So, the task of balancing my<br />

legal career with my family<br />

responsibilities is just about to<br />

start! However, I am very<br />

lucky in that we have a family<br />

member who is going to<br />

look after our son when I return<br />

to work, so I am hoping<br />

it won’t be too difficult to balance<br />

career and family. I’m<br />

sure I will learn fast that this<br />

may not be the case!<br />

Q: What advice would you<br />

like to give to women lawyers<br />

entering the legal profession.<br />

A: Generally, I think my number<br />

one piece of advice to<br />

young lawyers would be to always<br />

ask questions. In my<br />

opinion, there is no such thing<br />

as a stupid question. If you<br />

don’t know how to do something,<br />

or don’t understand a<br />

task which you have been assigned,<br />

don’t just sit there for<br />

hours or days trying to figure<br />

it out yourself. Go and ask<br />

somebody for help. Everyone<br />

had to start somewhere and<br />

there is no shame in asking<br />

for assistance! Nobody can<br />

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be expected to know everything<br />

at the outset of their<br />

career, so take advantage<br />

of that time. Ask all the<br />

questions you need and<br />

learn as much as you can<br />

from experienced lawyers<br />

around you.<br />

In terms of women lawyers<br />

in particular, my advice<br />

would be to always stand<br />

up and be heard when necessary.<br />

Don’t shy away<br />

from a conversation or argument<br />

just because the<br />

person on the other side of<br />

the debate is a male. It goes<br />

without saying that we need<br />

to respectful of our male<br />

colleagues etc. but we<br />

should never be made feel<br />

inferior or less well respected<br />

than a male counterpart<br />

and I would say to<br />

all new women lawyers,<br />

that if they ever feel like this<br />

is happening, they should<br />

talk to someone about it<br />

immediately. ◗<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<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 />

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Westchester Women’s Bar Association News


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Chapter News and Announcements<br />

<strong>2020</strong>-2021<br />

<strong>WWBA</strong> Slate of Officers and Directors<br />

Pursuant to Article VI and IX of the by-laws of the Westchester Women’s Bar<br />

Association, voting for the following slate of Officers, Directors and State<br />

Directors took place at the General Membership Meeting on <strong>April</strong> 1, <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

President<br />

Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith<br />

President<br />

resident-Elect<br />

Amanda C. Fried<br />

Vice Presidents<br />

Natanya Briendel<br />

Jennifer Gray<br />

Jacqueline Hattar<br />

Treasurer<br />

Elizabeth Marcus<br />

Corresponding Secretary<br />

Jennifer Robinson<br />

Recording Secretary<br />

Julie Passman<br />

President’s Message<br />

from page 5<br />

Elected Directors<br />

Kim Berg<br />

Lisa M. Denig<br />

Carla Glassman<br />

Annette Hasapidis<br />

Jill Oziemblewski<br />

State Directors<br />

Lucia Chiocchio<br />

Deborah Farber-Kaiser<br />

Shari Gordon<br />

Ann McNulty<br />

Angela Morcone Giannini<br />

Adrienne Orbach<br />

Susan Mills Richmond<br />

Janeen Thomas<br />

and work hard to restore what we all know is a very honorable profession.<br />

I have also learned that a large part of civility is socializing. Sometimes, we are<br />

so busy in the handling our clients and cases, we forget about socialization. When<br />

we socialize with each other, it encourages civility. This is the very important role of<br />

our bar associations. It affords us the opportunity to socialize and interact – to learn<br />

together, work together, exchange ideas and yes, be civil toward each other. I am<br />

most fortunate to have here today many colleagues and friends who are members of<br />

the NYSBA, <strong>WWBA</strong> and WCBA. These attorneys have worked so hard in their careers<br />

and selflessly taken on leadership roles in these associations to advance our<br />

profession and help achieve justice for our communities. I can’t name you all but<br />

please know that I recognize your work and dedication to our profession and your<br />

professionalism and civility. I cherish what I have learned from you and thank you for<br />

your support. I encourage you, whether a seasoned practitioner or new attorney, if<br />

you have not already done so, to participate in bar associations to help advance<br />

civility in your practice, in our profession and in our communities.<br />

Today more than ever before, we must be unified in our efforts to promote civility<br />

and professionalism in the practice of law. Our socializing as a bar association has<br />

taken on a new meaning in this current crisis. Together we have embraced and will<br />

continue to embrace these new challenges. We have quickly discovered new means of<br />

communication, interaction and socialization. I am confident that if we stand united,<br />

we will continue our good work of supporting our membership and our communities in<br />

a most civil and professional way. ◗<br />

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News<br />

Become a New<br />

Member Today<br />

RENEW YOUR<br />

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

FOR THE PERIOD<br />

JUNE 1, <strong>2020</strong> TO MAY 31, 2021.<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, 2021 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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THE <strong>WWBA</strong>’S ANNUAL<br />

HOLIDAY PARTY<br />

~ Our Favorite Event of the Year ~<br />

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S REMARKS TO OUR ANNUAL “RED PHOTO” TO LAUGHS WITH DEAR FRIENDS,<br />

THIS YEAR’S <strong>WWBA</strong>’S HOLIDAY PARTY ON DECEMBER 11, 2019 AT THE WOMEN’S CLUB OF<br />

WHITE PLAINS WAS A HUGE HIT!<br />

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS.<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 />

<strong>2020</strong>-2021 BEGINS ON JUNE 1, <strong>2020</strong>.<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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