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Westchester Women’s Bar Association

JUNE 2021

WWBA

WBASNY CONVENTION 2021

WWBA Celebrates Our Members!

Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith

B

y the time you read this the virtual

WBASNY Convention 2021 will be

over, but we still have much to celebrate.

Our very own Adrienne Orbach was

awarded the Hanna S. Cohn pro bono

award on the Friday of the Convention.

WWBA arranged for Adrienne to receive a

proclamation for her achievement from

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. A photo of the

proclamation is included with this article. The

proclamation expresses our immense pride

at Adrienne’s achievements which led to her

receipt of this award. WWBA also sent flowers

to Adrienne in celebration of this award.

We look forward to congratulating Adrienne in person!

In addition, on the Saturday of the Convention our own Shari Gordon was

sworn in as one of three WBASNY Vice-Presidents for the upcoming year. The

Installation ceremony was, of course, virtual, and WWBA helped Shari to celebrate

by send her a bouquet of flowers. WWBA is extremely proud to have

one of our members become an officer of WBASNY, in which position she will

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

JUNE 2021

A Tribute to Karen Z. Bell

(page 4)

An Interview with

Anne Aicher

(page 7)

“Giving Back” – WWBAF

Awards Scholarships to

Law Students

(page 8 )

Upcoming Events

(page 10)

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

news

www.wwbany.org

continued on page 4 ➥

SAVE THE DATE

EMPLOYMENT LAW PEER

GROUP MEETING

June 4, 2021

WELLNESS COMMITTEE

MEDITATION WALK

June 6, 2021

WWBA INSTALLATION

(VIRTUAL CEREMONY)

June 9, 2021

PAINT NIGHT WITH

WWBA PRESIDENT

June 17, 2021

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB

July 19, 2021

PRESIDENT’S

MESSAGE

As I write this

message, it is

spring, with yellow

daffodils and

white jonquils already

wilted in the

garden, cherry

trees blooming in

blazing pink, and

Hon. Lisa

Margaret Smith

lovely scentsational

lilacs beginning

to show their beauty. For

more than a year now we have remained

apart from one another,

from all but immediate family, from

festive gatherings, and from solemn

proceedings, including funerals of

those we have lost. Now, just as the

world around us is wakening and

everything is lightly covered with

green, we, too, are opening our

lives, beginning to gather, and

reawakening in every way.

Before COVID I had a limited

social life, usually I was too tired or

too busy to make plans with friends

and relatives, but now I feel renewed.

Once my husband and I

were fully vaccinated, plus the passage

of two weeks to develop immunities,

we began to socialize, and

we have not stopped. It feels like a

new beginning-fresh, and full of

hope. It is my sincere hope that as

we continue to open in society, and

as we install new Officers and Directors

on June 9, WWBA will also

have a fresh, new beginning, full of

hope.

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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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WWBA Member Newsletter

JUNE 2021

Published Monthly by the

Westchester Women’s

Bar Association, a Chapter of

the Women’s Bar Association

of the State of New York

~ 2020/2021 Officers and Directors ~

President HON. LISA MARGARET SMITH

President-Elect AMANDA C. FRIED

Vice Presidents

NATANYA L. BRIENDEL JENNIFER GRAY JACQUELINE HATTAR

Treasurer

ELIZABETH Z. MARCUS Recording Secretary ELIZABETH Z. MARCUS

Corresponding Secretary JENNIFER ROBINSON

Immediate Past ast President

ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI

Elected Directors Westchester Board

KIM BERG LISA M. DENIG CARLA GLASSMAN

ANNETTE HASAPIDIS JILL OZIEMBLEWSKI

State Directors Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

LUCIA CHIOCCHIO DEBORAH FARBER-KAISER ANN M. McNULTY

SHARI GORDON ANGELA MORCONE GIANNINI

ADRIENNE ORBACH SUSAN MILLS RICHMOND JANEEN THOMAS

Executive Director ELISABETH CAMPOS

© Copyright 2021 Westchester Women’s Bar Association. All rights reserved.

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

Editor-in-Chief: Jennifer Robinson • Designed and Printed by IPM Media Group, Inc. (516) 809-0501

2020-2021 WWBA Committee Chairs

S T A N D I N G C O M M I T T E E S

By-Laws ................................................................................... Kim Berg

Corporate & Commercial .......................... Lisa M. Bluestein, Virginia Trunkes

Criminal Law ................... Elizabeth Gazay, Hon. Sandra A. Forster, Amy Puerto

Families, Children & the Courts .................... Joy S. Joseph, Lauren Morrissey

Amanda Rieben

Grievance/Ethics .......................................................... Deborah A. Scalise

Judicial Screening ..................... Hon. Sandra A. Forster, Kimberly C. Sheehan

Judiciary .............................................................. Hon. Linda S. Jamieson

Lawyering & Parenting ................................... Joelle M. Burton, Jennifer Gray

Legislation ............................. Natanya L. Briendel, Angela Morcone Giannini

Matrimonial .......................................... Robin D. Carton, Dolores Gebhardt

Lonya A. Gilbert, Andrea Friedman

Annual Dinner ............... Robin D. Carton, Amanda Fried, Andrea B. Friedman,

Jennifer L. Gray, Jennifer Netrosio-Johnson, Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith

Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal .................. Andrea B. Friedman, Allison Sloto

Appellate Practice .......... Lisa M. Denig, Hon. Sondra M. Miller, Heather Gushue

Archive & Historian .............................................................. Susan L. Pollet

Awards ....................................... Elizabeth Barnhard, Deborah Farber-Kaiser

Bankruptcy ............................. Wendy Marie Weathers, Susan Mills Richmond

Breast Cancer Awareness ............... Adrienne J. Orbach, Hon. Sandra Forster

Collaborative Law ........ Kathleen Donelli, Hon. Sondra M. Miller, Lynn J. Maier

Community Outreach .............. Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith, Deborah A. Scalise

Construction Law ................................................................... Aisling Brady

Continuing Legal Education ................................................ Ann M. McNulty

Cyber Law ....................................................................................... TBD

Diversity and Inclusion ........................ Jacqueline Hattar, Stephanie Melowsky,

Janeen Thomas

Domestic Violence ....................... Marian Genio, Beth Levy, Stacey Neumann

Education .................. Allison Morris, Julie P. Passman, , Susan Mills Richmond

Elder, Health Law & Reproductive Rights ....................... Elizabeth A. Cumming,

Moira Laidlaw

Employment Law ........................................................ Kim Berg, Sara Kula

Environmental & Land Use ........................ Lucia Chiocchio, Jennifer L. Gray,

Katherine Zalantis

Gender Dynamics .............................................. Hon. Terry Jane Ruderman

Holiday Party and Boutique ........ Dolores Gebhardt, Jennifer Netrosio-Johnson

Immigration .............................. Karin Anderson Ponzer, Elizabeth Mastropolo

Insurance ........................................... Michelle Kolodny, Julie A. Mickiewicz

Intellectual Property ............................ Elizabeth M. Barnhard, Theresa Nugent

Judgment Enforcement & Collections ..... Daniel F. Florio, Jr., Michael Giannini

Litigation .................................. Angela Morcone Giannini, Jacqueline Hattar,

Rebecca McCloskey

A D H O C C O M M I T T E E S

Membership ............................... Sherry Bishko, Marian Genio, Kristen Motel

Networking ...................................................................................... TBD

New Lawyers ..................................................... Katie Wendle, Kristen Motel

Professional Development ............. Susan Edwards Colson, Stephanie Melowsky

Programs ........................................... Natanya L. Briendel, Amanda C. Fried

Public Relations ................................................................... Lisa M. Denig

Real Property ................. Anne R. Aicher, Allyson Lanahan, Robbin E. Sweeney

Sponsorship .................................. Lucia Chiocchio, Susan Edwards Colson,

Deborah Farber-Kaiser, Marian Genio

Taxation .................................................................. Patricia Rusch Bellucci

Trusts & Estates ...................................... Lonya A. Gilbert, Nancy J. Rudolph,

Karen J. Walsh

Long Range Planning ..................................... Lisa M. Denig, Linda Markowitz

Mediation ..................... Hon. Sondra M. Miller, Abby Rosmarin, Lisa M. Denig

Mentor ................................................................ Kim Berg, Sherry Bishko

Past Presidents ..................................................... Angela Morcone Giannini

Practice Management ............................................... Wendy Marie Weathers

Pro Bono ................................................... Marian Genio, Natalie Sobchak

Social Media ....................................................................... Kristen Motel

Technology/Website ................................. Donna E. Frosco, Theresa Nugent

Wellness ........................... Jennifer Netrosio-Johnson, Susan Mills Richmond

Women in Leadership ................................................... Adrienne Arkontaky

WWBA

Representatives

Network of Bar Leaders ................................................... Angela Morcone Giannini

Pace Board of Visitors .............................................................................. Lisa Denig

WWBA Foundation President ........................................................... Susan S. Brown

WWBA Representative Director to the WCBA Board ....................... Dolores Gebhardt

WBASNY Judicial Screening Committee .. Lisa M. Bluestein, Gail M. Boggio (Alt.)

WBASNY Nominations Committee .............. Lisa M. Bluestein, Gail M. Boggio (Alt.)

WBASNY Awards Committee ............................................................ Deborah Scalise

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

WBASNY Fundraising Committee .................................................. Andrea Friedman

WBASNY ERA/Women’s Civil Rights Committee ..... Kim Berg, Susan Mills Richmond

WBASNY Labor and Employment Law ....................................................... Kim Berg

WBASNY Legislation Committee .................................................... Natanya Briendel

WBASNY LGBTQ+ Committee ...................................................... Adrienne Orbach

WBASNY Domestic Violence Committee .............................. Susan Pollet, Alayne Katz

WBASNY Press and Public Relations ................................ Angela Morcone Giannini

WBASNY Children’s Rights ...................................................................... Joy Joseph

WBASNY Long-Range Planning ..................................................... Linda Markowitz

WBASNY Professional Ethics, Discipline and Practice Committee ...... Deborah Scalise

WBASNY Diversity Committee ........................................................... Janeen Thomas

9th Judicial District Representative .................................... Angela Morcone Giannini

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President’s Message

from page 1

“My goal for WWBA

this year has been

to give back to our

community and to

our world. We have

done an amazing job

to meet that

objective, and we will

continue to do so.”

We must, of course, follow the science,

and the recommendations of the

CDC and the New York State Department

of Health. Nevertheless, it is my

sincere hope that we can meet again

in person, that we can convene for

CLEs and social events in person. Because

we now truly know how vulnerable

each of us is, I hope that we will

find ways to share those events with

WWBA members and friends who may

not yet be ready to gather in person.

We have managed over this past year

to find the technology to go forward

with programs and events via various

web platforms, and I suspect that as

we move into a more hybrid situationwith

some people attending in person

and some people remaining virtual-we

will need to upgrade and improve our

technology. With that in mind, I invite

any of you, or anyone within your orbit,

who may be able to guide and

advise us in obtaining and using such

new or additional technology, to let me

know at my email address,

lisamsmith@rocketmail.com. With

preparation and planning we can successfully

navigate the upcoming transition.

Let us work together to do so.

* * *

I want to remind all of you that

WBASNY’s business year came to an

end on May 31. By now you should

have received a letter from me requesting

that you renew your membership

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Editor’s Note

“But experience has taught me that you cannot value dreams according to the

odds of their coming true. Their real value is in stirring within us the will to

aspire. That will, wherever it finally leads, does at least move you forward. And

after a time you may recognize that the proper measure of success is not how

much you've closed the distance to some far-off goal but the quality of what

you've done today.”

~ Sonia Sotomayor

Best wishes for a peaceful, happy summer!

Making Dates and Getting Published

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS

❑ Deadline for newsletter submissions is the 10th of the month prior to publication (submissions

received after the deadline are subject to the discretion of the editor).

❑ Send submissions as email attachments to Jill Oziemblewski at jill_oziemblewski@yahoo.com.

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

formatting, other than bold, underline or italics. Authors are encouraged to submit photographs

for publication with their submissions and include a short biographical statement with

their submissions.

❑ Materials submitted allow the WWBA a limited copyright and full permission to reprint the

material in any WWBA publication or on its website without additional consent.

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

each photograph must be fully identified.

PROGRAM SCHEDULING

❑ First visit the WWBA website: www.wwbany.org and click on the calendar at the home page to

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

priority for early submissions.

❑ Contact Jennifer Robinson at secretary@wwbany.org to schedule a WWBA sponsored or cosponsored

program, including committee meetings, CLE programs, etc.

❑ Once you have reserved the date with Jennifer Robinson, proceed with planning your program

and creating your flyer.

❑ Flyers must be approved by the Programs Committee. In advance of the 10th of the month,

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

Director. Once approved, please send your final flyer to the Executive Director, Elisabeth Campos

and the President for publication on the website calendar and the newsletter calendar. The

final flyer will also be emailed to the membership.

❑ We will also consider publicizing programs from outside organizations that may be of interest

to our members.

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

speakers and participants that can be included in an upcoming newsletter. Send your submission

to Jill Oziemblewski, following the guidelines above.

Contacts

Jennifer Robinson, Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor-in-Chief: secretary@wwbany.org

Natanya L. Briendel, Programs Committee Co-Chair: tanyabriendel@gmail.com

Amanda C. Fried, Programs Committee Co-Chair: afried@cartonrosoff.com

Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith, President: president@wwbany.org

Ann M. McNulty, CLE Chair: ann.m.mcnulty@morganstanley.com

Elisabeth Campos, Executive Director: executivedirector@wwbany.org

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Deadline for all ads is the 10th of the month prior to publication. Ads are subject to space limitations.

Contact Jill Oziemblewski at secretary@wwbany.org for any questions regarding advertising.

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President’s Message

from page 3

in WWBA, but I know that many of you

put that letter aside. I know from my

own experience that often I felt as

though renewal should occur in December,

so I would simply put the letter

in my “To Do” pile. I am asking you to

take the time NOW to renew your membership,

or to join if you are not already

a member, keeping in mind that

WWBA runs on a June 1-May 31 business

year.

You might ask, “Why should I belong

to WWBA?” The reasons are

myriad. Let’s start with the WWBA mission

statement, which reads:

The mission of the WWBA is to

promote justice for all, regardless

of sex; to advance the social, economic

and legal status for women

through the law; to expand opportunities

for women and to raise the

level of competence and integrity

in the legal profession.

That’s quite a mission, and one we

can all believe in and support. If you

agree with our mission statement (and

I hope that you do), there that’s a good

enough reason to renew your membership,

or, if you are not yet a member,

or have allowed your membership to

lapse, then it’s a good enough reason

to join us today.

Another extremely good reason to

join is the marvelous array of fun activities

sponsored by WWBA, which

have allowed us to socialize despite

COVID, including book club, paint

nights, wine tasting, a bike/walk event,

a spin class, kickboxing and yoga

classes, a walk in the woods with meditation,

a trivia night focusing on the

female United States Supreme Court

Justices sponsored by the WWBA Foundation,

a social evening hosted by

multiple bar associations, including

WWBA, and an amazing Holiday

shopping spree, among other things.

As we begin to open more and more,

these social events will include a summer

(or early fall) gathering for cocktails

by the Hudson River (usually at the

Red Hat restaurant), a Holiday Party

which includes shopping opportunities

as well as socializing, and a fabulous

Annual Dinner with installation of Officers

and Directors (usually pronounced

the best bar association Annual

Dinner in Westchester).

The list of reasons to join WWBA

continues. My goal for WWBA this year

has been to give back to our commucontinued

on page 8 ➥

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from page 1

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A Bright-Day Discovery and Tribute to

~ KAREN Z. BELL ~

Susan L. Pollet

ON A BENCH FACING THE RHINEBECK/KINGSTON BRIDGE, IS A PLAQUE IN HONOR OF

DECEASED PAST WWBA PRESIDENT KAREN Z. BELL (1993-1995).

THOSE WHO KNEW HER MISS HER SO. WE HONOR HER MEMORY.

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An Interview with Anne Aicher

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and

Historian Committee

Q: When did you become

involved with WWBA and in

what capacity have you

served the organization?

A: I joined the WWBA in

2019 after my managing

partner, Moira Laidlaw, suggested

it, and I’m so glad I

did. The first year I joined as

a member of the Real Property

Committee, and in 2020

I became a Co-Chair of the

Real Property Committee

along with Allyson Lanahan

and Robbin Sweeney. We decided

early on that we wanted

to work together to educate

ourselves and each other, so

we have held several lunchand-learn

sessions for

WWBA members to learn

some of the intricacies of real

property law.

“Too often as attorneys we are

isolated from our fellow lawyers,

but the WWBA has enabled us to

bridge that gap, learn from each

other and support each other.”

neys, and for that reason it has

been invaluable. I’ve enjoyed

bouncing issues off my Co-

Chairs and other members. Too

often as attorneys we are isolated

from our fellow lawyers,

but the WWBA has enabled us

to bridge that gap, learn from

each other and support each

other.

Q: Please describe your legal

background and practice.

A: I began practicing law in

1996 at a maritime law firm,

but my true interest was real

estate law. When I eventually

found a firm with a real estate

position, I mainly represented

builders in new construction

sales. In 1998 I joined my current

firm, now known as Hollis

Laidlaw & Simon. At HLS I’ve

represented buyers and sellers

Q: Why is your membership

in the WWBA important to

you?

A: My involvement in the

WWBA has enabled me to

collaborate with other attorof

residential and commercial

real estate, as well as landlords

and tenants in connection with

lease negotiations, purchases,

sales and refinances.

Q: What has been different

for you about practicing during

this pandemic year?

A: First and foremost, working

from home was a new challenge.

I’ve grown to appreciate

it as I have two sons who,

for much of the time, were attending

high school and college

virtually. The closings never

slowed down. Attorneys and

title companies adapted to

manage various forms of closings.

Some fully in escrow,

some requiring attorneys or title

closers to drive around dropping

off checks and picking up

documents. One closing was

Anne Aicher

outside at a picnic table on

a hot summer day, and it was

wonderful. I’m hopeful that

we can continue to operate

with more flexibility when the

world gets back to normal.

Q: How have you balanced

work and home life over the

years?

A: To be honest, I recognized

my limitations outside

of the workplace. I was able

to get involved in my sons’

schools and activities, but

certainly had to balance my

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GIVING BACK: WWBAF Scholarships Awarded to

Two Outstanding Law Students

The WWBA proudly congratulates

Gabriela Tavarez and Megan Farrell,

graduating law students in the Class of

2021 at the Elisabeth Haub School of

Law at Pace University, who were selected

as WWBAF scholarship recipients this

year.

The Justice Sondra M. Miller Scholarship,

in honor of WWBA founding

member and past President Honorable

Sondra M. Miller, was awarded to

Gabriela Tavarez. As provided on the

Westchester Women’s Bar Association

Foundation website, numerous factors

are considered when choosing a recipient,

including “the applicant's history of

community service, clinic involvement,

ability to balance family and job-related

responsibilities, academic record, ability to

overcome personal adversity in pursuit of

a legal career,” and a demonstrated commitment

to the Westchester County community.

The WWBAF observed that

Gabriela was clearly the most highly qualified

as she exemplified the qualities and

values espoused by Judge Sondra Miller.

This year a second scholarship, the

Westchester Women’s Bar Association

Foundation Board Scholarship, funded

by the WWBAF, was awarded to Megan

Farrell. “Megan's application was

uniquely compelling and highly deserving

of our financial support and recognition

as the winner of the WWBA Foundation

Board Scholarship,” observed

WWBAF President Susan S. Brown, Esq.

Megan has previously continued served on page as a 9 volunteer

with the WWBA.


Please join us for the Virtual Annual

Installation program on June 9 to

celebrate these promising scholarship

recipients. ◗

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

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Chapter News and Announcements

Announcements & Notes on Members

❑ An Invitation for Submissions – After this June edition of the WWBA Newsletter there

will be no edition until September. Please continue to write about WWBA events and

send them to the soon-to-be-sworn in Corresponding Secretary, Jill Oziemblewski, at

jill_oziemblewski@yahoo.com, for publication in the September edition. Submissions

will be due no later than August 10 for the September edition. ◗

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President’s Message

from page 4

nity and to our world. We have done an amazing job to meet that objective,

and we will continue to do so. These efforts have included volunteering at

Hillside Food Pantry, shelving donated food that will be distributed to those

without enough to eat; making donations of pet food and other supplies to an

animal shelter; working to increase voter registration in Westchester, and also

around the country, in a non-partisan way; and providing wellness programs

for the members and friends of WWBA. WWBA members supported the American

Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk in October, not by walking in a group of

hundreds, as we usually do, but by walking singly, or in very small groups, to protect

our own health while raising funds to contribute to this extraordinarily worthy cause.

Every year for more than 20 years WWBA has sponsored a Law Day/Take Your

Children to Work Day event in May, providing civics education in a fun way to young

students. Last year we did this virtually, reaching far more students than when it was

in person, and we did so in May of this year as well. Additionally, the WWBA Foundation,

which is the charitable arm of WWBA, has raised funds to provide scholarships

to students at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, and to

provide grants to many worthy organizations. Last spring, in the worst of COVID, the

Foundation donated food to emergency room departments at eight different hospitals.

I feel confident that even after my Presidential year comes to an end, WWBA will

continue to give back to the community in these and many other ways.

WWBA also provides an extraordinary array of programs, both CLE and non-

CLE, for our members and friends. These programs are an extremely important reason

to renew your WWBA membership, or to become a member. Our programs this

year, though virtual, having included multiple programs on diversity and inclusiveness;

multiple programs on family law and domestic violence; multiple programs on

real estate law; and the list goes on-data security, contracts, effects of COVID in the

law, ethics, immigration law, employment law, and an amazing luncheon series in

celebration of WWBA’s 45 anniversary, featuring a number of our members under

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An Interview with Anne Aicher

from page 7

time well. I know so many women who are able to work and be class mother and

team mother and I give them so much credit. In the end, I think my boys are proud

to have a working mother. I still made it to all of the school concerts and plays,

and most of the baseball and football games, so I consider that a success.

Q: What advice would you give to women in the legal profession?

A: Keep at it. Always stay involved. It will be tempting to take a break when you

have young children, but you never know what life will bring. I’m so glad I continued

to work when my children were young because now I am able to support them

fully on my own. ◗

Become a New

Member Today

RENEW YOUR

WWBA MEMBERSHIP TODAY

FOR THE PERIOD

JUNE 1, 2021 TO MAY 31, 2022.

RENEW NOW! DON’T WAIT!

WWBA Membership includes

membership to the Women’s Bar

Association of the State of New York

(WBASNY).

January 31, 2021 is the closing date in

order to count the WWBA members

towards our certification to WBASNY and

assure our number of delegates.

Renewing before this date will allow our

Westchester Chapter (WWBA) to continue

to be a strong presence in our statewide

organization (WBASNY) while you will

enjoy its many benefits, events,

newsletter and CLE programming.

Hélène Côté, Sherry A. Bishko,

Elisabeth Campos

It is easy to renew by going to the

WWBA Website at www.WWBANY.org.

You can use a credit card or

PayPal to make payment.

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Westchester Women’s Bar Association New Members

The Westchester Women’s Bar Association proudly welcomes our newest members:

TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF OUR MEMBERS,

THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS OF THE WWBA ONLY.

President’s Message

from page 8

the heading “Learned Ladies in

the Law.” Additionally, membership

in WWBA automatically includes

membership in our parent

organization, the Women’s

Bar Association of the State of

New York (“WBASNY”), which

gives our members access to

many additional CLE and non-

CLE programs and social events

around the State. It is my hope

that the use of virtual platforms

will continue at the WBASNY

level, even as we are no longer

quarantined, to broaden the

available resources for our members.

Also, the strength of being

part of a statewide organization

allows us to be heard on relevant

legislation at the state and

federal level.

These are just some of the

reasons why membership in the

WWBA is an important step for

you to take. We also offer amazing

levels of collegiality, both

personal and professional advice,

mentorship of one another,

and the opportunity to become

a leader, and, perhaps best of

all, real friendship.

Please join or rejoin WWBA

today. Renew your membership,

or become a member, by going

to our website, wwbany.org, and

click on “Membership” on the

banner near the top, and “Join

WWBA” in the dropdown menu.

Finally, this is my last

President’s Message, as we do

not typically have a newsletter

in July or August, and incoming

President Amanda Fried will

kick off the year with her message

in the September newsletter.

It has been my honor and

my privilege, and a true joy, to

have helped to lead the WWBA

this past year. I offer special

gratitude to the Executive Committee-Immediate

Past President

Angela Morcone Giannini,

President-Elect Amanda Fried,

Vice Presidents Natanya

Briendel, Jennifer Gray, and

Jacqueline Hattar, Corresponding

Secretary Jennifer Robinson,

and Recording Secretary Julie

Passman, along with Past Presidents

Lisa Bluestein and Lisa

Denig. I am also appreciative

of our Elected Directors, Kim

Berg, Lisa Denig, Carla

Glassman, Annette Hasapidis,

and Jill Oziemblewski, and of

our State Directors, Lucia

Chiocchio, Deborah Farber-

Kaiser, Shari Gordon, Ann

McNulty, Angela Morcone

Giannini, Adrienne Orbach,

Susan Mills Richmond, and

Janeen Thomas. I am grateful

to the entire Board of WWBA,

consisting of the officers and directors

listed above, and all the

chairs and co-chairs of the various

committees.

I do have three special notes

of appreciation. First, because

of Corresponding Secretary Jen

Robinson’s pregnancy and the

birth of her first child she became

unable to edit the newsletter,

and I asked Elected Director

Jill Oziemblewski to help

out. Jill graciously agreed to do

so, and this coming year she will

continue that task as she has

been formally elected Corresponding

Secretary for the year

ahead. Jill’s willingness to step

in warmed my heart, and the

excellent work she has done on

the newsletter made my job as

President easier. Thank you, Jill.

Second, our Past President

Dolores Gebhardt has been an

amazing co-chair of the Matrimonial

Committee for many

years, including preparing and

presenting CLE programs on a

regular basis; she has practically

single-handedly kept the Holiday

Party and Boutique going,

including organizing a virtual

Holiday Boutique in 2020,

along with undertaking many

other tasks that do not come with

a title. Dolores has advised the

Board that she will soon be

sworn in as President-Elect of the

Westchester County Bar Association

(“WCBA”), and her

commitment there will not leave

time for her to also hold responsible

positions in the WWBA, at

least not until her three year

commitment is complete (President-Elect,

President, and Immediate

Past President). We are

very sad to lose Dolores from

the Board, and from her Committee

positions. We thank her

for all she has done for WWBA

over the years, we offer best

wishes in her WCBA positions,

and we look forward to having

her return to the WWBA fold in

2024. Thank you, Dolores, your

participation in WWBA has been

outstanding, and we will truly

miss you. (This leaves some

leadership opportunities for

members who are ready to step

up-we will especially need

someone to lead us in the Holiday

Party and Boutique for

2021, please let me or Amanda

Fried know if YOU are the one

for that task-or two people could

share the responsibility.) My

third special thank you is to

Elisabeth Campos, the WWBA

Executive Director. Many of you

have never seen Elisabeth,

though she does attend the

Annual Dinner when it is in

person, in fact, many of our

members may not be aware of

Elisabeth’s existence, but I assure

you that WWBA would not

function without the competent,

timely, and ever pleasant assistance

of Elisabeth Campos.

With rare exception Elisabeth

responds to my emails within

minutes, and always accomplishes

the tasks at hand. She

is also adept at politely reminding

me of tasks that I have left

undone! Thank you, Elisabeth,

from the bottom of my heart for

all you do for WWBA, and for

your support of me personally.

Although this newsletter

message is my swan song as

President, I am not going anywhere,

and in my new position

as Immediate Past President I

hope to serve President

Amanda Fried in any way that I

can, and to continue to support

the WWBA in every way

that I can. Best wishes to one

and all. ◗

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

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WWBA Schedule of Upcoming Events

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

WCBA, WBBA, WWBA,

and HVHBA co-host a

“Multi-Bar Virtual Summer

Social”

WWBA and WCBA

Employment Law Peer

Group Meeting

6/3/21

5:30 pm to

7:00 pm

6/4/21

12:30 pm to

1:30 pm

Wellness Committee 6/6/21

1:00 pm

Zoom

Zoom

Rockefeller State Park

Preserve

Networking

Opportunities! Choose

your own breakout

rooms hosted by

different leaders in our

Bar community.

Hon. Bruce E. Tolbert

will be honored.

A collaborative

discussion on

“Navigating

Employment Law

Matters in the COVID-

19 Era and Beyond”

Walk with Guided

Meditation

Registration via WCBANY.org

$5 – Event Only

$35 – Event with Goodie Bag of

featured cheese & crudité, a sweet

treat, and wine

RSVP to Kim Berg to receive the

Zoom link at

kberg@gouldberglaw.com

WWBA Virtual Annual

Installation of Officers and

Directors

Paint Night with the WWBA

President

6/09/21

7 pm to 8:30 pm

6/17/21

6:00 pm

WWBA Virtual Book Club 7/19/21

6:00 pm

Zoom Webcast Event

Zoom

In-person Patio

Gathering with Zoom

option

Featuring Our

Distinguished Keynote

Speaker, Justice

Alexandra D. Murphy,

Supreme Court Justice,

9th Judicial District

Book Selection:

“Hamnet” by Maggie

O’Farrell

Invitation Online at

www.wwbany.org

$20 plus cost of paint kit.

Registration by 5/27/21 Online at

www.wwbany.org or email

executivedirector@wwbany.orgto

receive paint kit.

Email Lisa Denig for all relevant

information at

lisadenig@yahoo.com

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

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

the program. All requests are strictly confidential. All programs are for transitional credit unless the program states otherwise.

Unless otherwise indicated, events are for WWBA members and invited guests only.

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

the official position of the WWBA.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN FIND THE WBASNY WEB PAGE

AT WWW.WBASNY.ORG.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO RECYCLE

Connect

with

us

THE WWBA MEMBERSHIP PERIOD FOR

2021-2022 BEGINS ON JUNE 1, 2021.

PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TOD

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