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Westchester Women’s Bar Association

NOVEMBER 2021

MAKING STRIDES OF

WESTCHESTER 2021

Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith

F

or many years the team of Orbach and Friends,

led by the indefatigable Adrienne Orbach, has

walked in the annual walk to raise money for

breast cancer research, sponsored by the American Cancer

Society. The team is made up of WWBA members, along

with friends and relatives of WWBA members. In 2020

our team walked, but instead of gathering with thousands

of people on the Manhattanville College campus and

taking a five mile walk through the neighborhood, many

of us walked either alone or in very small groups, in light

of the social restrictions caused by the pandemic. We

were therefore delighted when it was announced that this

year’s Making Strides Of Westchester would take place,

still at the Manhattanville Campus, but with a shortened

walk (just 1.4 miles), within the campus itself rather than

going around the neighborhood. Large gatherings of

WWBA

teams were discouraged (thus, no team picture this year), but the walk went forward on

Sunday, October 17, 2021, a beautiful sunny day, although it was chilly and windy.

Teams were scheduled to set off at times set by the organizers, with the first groups

walking from 9-10, others, including Team Orbach, from 10-11, and final teams

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

NOVEMBER 2021

Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith’s

Portrait Unveiled

(page 4)

An Interview with

Stacey Neumann

(page 5)

WWBA Holiday Party

Announcement

(page 7 )

Upcoming Events

(page 10)

SAVE THE DATE

WWBA

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

AND GENERAL

MEMBERSHIP MEETING

November 3, 2021

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

WWBA Walkers Lucia

Chiocchio, Jen Netrosio

Johnson, Lisa Bluestein, and

Deb Scalise

continued on page 6 ➥

WBASNY BOARD OF

DIRECTORS MEETING

November 13, 2021

WWBA

BOOK CLUB

November 15, 2021

WWBA REAL PROPERTY

COMMITTEE MEETING

November 16, 2021

news

www.wwbany.org

PRESIDENT’S

MESSAGE

Although I can’t

fathom how it happened,

sources tell

me that November

is upon us-a month

of turkey, family

gatherings, and

warm sweaters. This

month brings us

Amanda C. Fried

World Kindness Day

on November 13th, World Peace Day

on November 27th, and National

Adoption Day on November 23rd, and

it reminds us of the many things for

which we are thankful.

I can remember that, during my

childhood, my mother always kept a

gratitude journal, and my blessings this

year are particularly bountiful.

I am grateful for our Executive

Committee: Kim Berg, who is a priceless

source of knowledge; Angela

Morcone Giannini, who believed in me

before I believed in myself and has always

been my champion; Judge Lisa

Margaret Smith, who graciously tolerated

my neuroses during my year as

President-Elect; Elizabeth Marcus, who

will make an incredible leader next year;

Tanya Briendel, who somehow endured

years as my co-chair for the Programs

Committee and has fantastic ideas; Jen

Gray, who is my absolute favorite Annual

Dinner door co-greeter and

handles everything with grace; Julie

Passman, who is more qualified and

skilled than she knows; Deborah

Farber-Kaiser, who makes sure I know

that I have a friend to fall back on; Jill

Oziemblewski, who is an absolute treacontinued

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WWBA Member Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2021

Published Monthly by the

Westchester Women’s

Bar Association, a Chapter of

the Women’s Bar Association

of the State of New York

~ 2021/2022 Officers and Directors ~

President AMANDA C. FRIED

President-Elect ELIZABETH Z. MARCUS

Vice Presidents

NATANYA L. BRIENDEL JENNIFER L. GRAY JULIE P. PASSMAN

Treasurer

DEBORAH FARBER-KAISER Recording Secretary AMANDA K. RIEBEN

Corresponding Secretary JILL OZIEMBLEWSKI

Immediate Past ast President

HON. LISA MARGARET SMITH

Elected Directors Westchester Board

KIM BERG ROBIN D. CARTON LISA M. DENIG

ANNETTE HASAPIDIS ALISON SLOTO

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

LUCIA CHIOCCHIO JACQUELINE HATTAR ANN M. McNULTY

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: Jill Oziemblewski • Designed and Printed by IPM Media Group, Inc. (516) 809-0501

2021-2022 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, Amy Puerto, Christine Paska

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, Andrea Friedman, Jennifer Jackman

Annual Dinner ............................................... Robin D. Carton, Amanda Fried

Jennifer L. Gray, Jennifer Johnson

Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal ....................................... Andrea B. Friedman

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 A. 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, Rachel Geraghty

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 ................................................................................ TBD

Holiday Party and Boutique .............. Jennifer Netrosio-Johnson, Jessica Piperis

Immigration ................... Karin Anderson, Elizabeth Mastropolo, Mayha Ghouri

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

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

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

Litigation .................... Angela Giannini, Jacqueline Hattar, Rebecca McCloskey

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

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

Mentor ............................................ Kim Berg, Sherry Bishko, Christine Paska

Past Presidents ...... Angela Giannini, Deborah Scalise, Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith

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

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

Membership ............................................ Sherry Bishko, Marian Genio

Networking ........................................ Jennifer Netrosio, Jessica Piperis

New Lawyers ............................................ Katie Wendle, Aisha Scholes

Professional Development .. Susan Edwards Colson, Stephanie Melowsky

Programs .......................................... Natanya L. Briendel, Amy Puerto

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

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

Sponsorship .............................. Susan Colson, Deborah Farber-Kaiser,

Meredith Kenyon

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

Trusts & Estates ........... Nancy J. Rudolph, Karen J. Walsh, Lonya Gilbert

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

Social Media ........................................................................................ TBD

Technology/Website .................................... Theresa Nugent, Janeen Thomas

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

Women in Leadership ........................................................................... TBD

WWBA

Representatives

Network of Bar Leaders ............................................ Angela Morcone Giannini, Robin Carton

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

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

WWBA Representative Director to the WCBA Board ........................................... Jennifer Gray

WBASNY Vice President .............................................................................. Shari R. Gordon

WBASNY Judiciary/Courts Committee ......................... Gail M. Boggio (Rep), Lisa Bluestein (Alt)

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

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

WBASNY Chapters-Membership Committee ..................................................... Sherry Bishko

WBASNY Family/Matrimonial Law Committee .............................................. Jennifer Jackman

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

WBASNY ERA/Women’s Civil Rights ........ Kim Berg (Co-Chair), Susan Mills Richmond (Member)

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

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

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

WBASNY Domestic Violence Committee ............ Susan Pollet (Co-Chair), Alayne Katz (Member)

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

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

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

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

WBASNY CLE Liason Committee ................................................................. Ann M. McNulty

WBASNY JALBCA Committee .................................................................... Sandra A. Forster

WBASNY Convention Committee ............................................................... Adrienne Orbach

WBASNY Equal Opportunity in the Profession Committee .......................................... Kim Berg

WBASNY Sex Traficking Committee ....................................................... Sarah Ross-Benjamin

WBASNY Access to Justice Committee .......................................................... Rachel Halperin

WBASNY Collaborative Law Committee ........................................................ Kathleen Donelli

WBASNY Education/Title IX Committee ......................................................... Sarah Richmond

WBASNY Health Issues & Reproductive Rights Committee ................................ Sara Hechtman

WBASNY Intellectual Property Committee .................................................. Elizabeth Barnhard

WBASNY Women’s Judges Committee .................................................... Lisa Margaret Smith

WBASNY Criminal Law Committee .................................................................. Sherlyn Pulver

9th Judicial District Representative .................................... Lisa Margaret Smith, Amanda Fried

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President’s Message

from page 1

“I can remember

that, during my

childhood, my

mother always

kept a gratitude

journal, and my

blessings this year

are particularly

bountiful.”

sure for her extraordinary work on this

newsletter; and Amanda Rieben, who is

unbelievably organized, thoughtful, and

helpful.

I am grateful for our Past Presidents,

who nurture me, guide me, and support

me as I take on the challenge of this Presidency.

I am grateful for our Executive Director,

Elisabeth Campos, who reminds me

at least daily that the sky is not, in fact,

falling, and without whom I would be perpetually

lost.

I am grateful for our Board of Directors,

who work diligently and endlessly to

better our organization and their community.

Their inventiveness and brilliance

astounds me each month.

I am grateful for WBASNY, who reminds

me that we are part of a larger family

and that each of us plays a crucial role.

I am grateful for our membership,

whose accomplishments, intelligence, and

desire to participate is unparalleled, and I

am so extremely honored to be in a position

to lead their organization this year.

I am grateful for our fellow bar associations,

whose, not just willingness, but

desire, to partner together is noticed and

appreciated.

I am grateful for my parents, who have

provided the blueprint for working hard

and working smart, and who have believed

in, protected, cherished, challenged, sup-

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Editor’s Note

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

”Remember the sky that you were born under, know each of the star’s stories. /

Remember the moon, know who she is. / Remember the sun’s birth at dawn,

that is the strongest point of time. Remember sundown and the giving away to

night . . .”

~ from “Remember,” by Joy Harjo

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 Jill Oziemblewski at jill_oziemblewski@yahoo.com to schedule a WWBA sponsored

or co-sponsored program, including committee meetings, CLE programs, etc.

❑ Once you have reserved the date with Jill Oziemblewski, 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 Jennifer Robinson, following the guidelines above.

Contacts

Jill Oziemblewski, Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor-in-Chief: jill_oziemblewski@yahoo.com

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

Amy Puerto, Programs Committee Co-Chair: amy.puerto@yahoo.com

Amanda C. Fried, 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.

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The Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith’s Portrait Unveiled

Jill Oziemblewski

Corresponding Secretary

The Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith’s

portrait was unveiled in a ceremony held in

the Charles L. Brieant Jr. Federal Building

and Courthouse on October 8, 2021. Longtime

judicial colleagues of Judge Smith, including

Chief District Judge Laura Taylor

Swain, Senior District Judge Colleen

McMahon, Chief Magistrate Judge Paul

Davison, and longtime friend Anthony J.

Siano, Esq., shared meaningful words in

her honor, speaking of their bonds rooted

in family, singing, office space, and-universally

recalled as remarkable-Judge

Smith’s delicious home-baked cookies.

During her 25 years on the bench Judge

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Smith was a unifying, devoted, graceful, brilliant

presence in the courthouse, as she has

been and continues to be in her leadership

roles with the WWBA, personally influencing

so many of us. The detailed and beautiful

portrait features a lace collar ornamented

with purple flowers, which Judge

Smith wore during her last year on the bench

in homage to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Judge Smith’s portrait is the first of a Magistrate

Judge to be displayed in any Southern

District of New York courthouse, and

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An Interview with Stacey Neumann

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and

Historian Committee

Q: When and why did you

become involved in the

WWBA?

A: I joined the WWBA for the

first time in January 2019. I

had worked up until that time

in New York City, and had

just started working as Director

of Legal Services at

Hope’s Door in Hawthorne.

I wanted to make connections

with the legal community in

Westchester and spread the

word about the life-saving

work that Hope’s Door was

doing for victims of domestic

violence.

Q: Which activities and positions

of the WWBA have

you participated in?

A: I have been Co-Chair of

the Domestic Violence subcommittee

since September

2020. In this role, I along

with my co-chairs Marian

Genio and Beth Levy, organized

a panel discussion that

focused on working with domestic

violence victims with

disabilities and the unique

challenges and barriers to

obtaining help which may be

exacerbated during the pandemic,

entitled “Representing

Domestic Violence Victims

with Disabilities in the Age of

Covid-19.” I presented along

with two other esteemed panelists,

Jennifer DeCarli, Esq.,

LMSW, Assistant Commissioner

for Family Justice Center

and Outreach in the NYC

Mayor’s Office to End Domestic

and Gender-Based

Violence (ENGBV), and

Kathryn Carroll, Esq., an attorney

whose practice focuses

on inclusion and accessibility

for people with dis-

“It may seem difficult to change

course once you start, but it is

not impossible. The beauty of

our field is there are so many

different roles you can have with

a law degree. Keep an open mind

and keep learning . . .”

abilities. This event was a Zoom

presentation held on December

10, 2020. On May 27,

2021, I hosted another panel

discussion, also sponsored by

the WWBA Domestic Violence

Committee, via Zoom.

This program focused on

the challenges presented in servicing

clients virtually and the

lessons learned during the

transition to remote services,

entitled “One Year Later- How

the Pandemic Changed our

Profession: Perspectives and

Tips from Practitioners and the

Court.” Sitting on the distinguished

panel for this presentation

was Karen L. Johansen,

Esq., Associate Court Attorney

to the Honorable Arlene E.

Katz, JFC, Westchester County

Family Court, and Jane

Silverman, Esq., an attorney in

the Family Law Unit at the Pace

Women’s Justice Center.

Q: What would you like to see

the WWBA accomplish in the

future?

A: I would like the WWBA to

continue to host programs virtually

and/or offer a virtual option

to in person programming.

I think virtual presentations are

sometimes easier to attend for

attorneys, especially those who

are solo practitioners or for

those who work in small offices.

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I feel personally that I have benefitted

immensely over the last

year and a half from the virtual

trainings and webinars that I

have watched, many of which

were sponsored by the WWBA.

I could never have attended as

many if I had to attend them in

person. The knowledge I have

gained has enhanced the legal

program I manage at

Hope’s Door and benefitted the

clients we serve.

Q: Please tell us about your Legal

Career.

A: I graduated from Brooklyn

Law School in 1996 and spent

the first 17 years of my legal

career as an Assistant District

Attorney at the Kings County

District Attorney’s Office. For

most of my tenure, I worked in

the Domestic Violence Bureau

prosecuting misdemeanors and

felonies, including assault,

criminal contempt, rape, and

homicide cases. After five

years, I was promoted to Deputy

Bureau Chief and was responsible

for supervising the

caseloads of new ADAs in

Criminal Court. In 2009, my

husband and I decided to move

to Pound Ridge with our two

young daughters. I commuted

to Brooklyn for several years,

and despite the two-hour trek

each way, I was not ready to

Stacey Neumann

leave the job I loved and colleagues

who had become

like family, to look for something

closer to home. After

six years, however, I decided

that the time spent traveling

to and from was too much to

continue. After I left the DA’s

office, I was lucky to get an

opportunity to start a legal

program at Hope’s Door, an

incredible nonprofit organization

in Westchester that has

been providing services to

victims of domestic violence

for over 40 years. In 2018,

CarlLa Horton, Hope’s Door

Executive Director, secured a

five-year federal VOCA (Victims

of Crime Act) grant

award administered by NYS

Office of Victim Services to

fund a legal program and

hired me to start Hope’s Door

Legal Center. My dedicated

staff, who were instrumental

in establishing the foundation

of the legal program,

include Mia Pergolizzi, an

attorney, and Brittany Miraldi,

a paralegal who also attends

Pace Law School. We are

also fortunate to have volunteer

attorneys and college

and law school students assist

us in our work. The

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MAKING STRIDES OF WESTCHESTER 2021

from page 1

from 11-12. All walkers wore masks,

and walkers were spread out over the

entire course, rather than walking in one

large group. Some walkers, including

some members of Team Orbach,

walked the route twice.

One of the members of Team

Orbach, when asked about the walk,

responded, “It was great, the best part

of it was that you get to see the people

you love!” Many of those who walk with

Team Orbach are breast cancer survivors,

or are currently battling the disease,

and the sense of camaraderie and

support among them is always palpable.

Among the walkers this year were

Adrienne’s two young nephews, Jack

and Matthew, who walked the route with

energy and joy. This writer interviewed

young Jack after the walk was done and

a few of us were having lunch together.

When asked, “Did you enjoy walking

with Aunt Adrienne?” Jack simply nodded

his head in a positive way. Then,

when asked, “How is your sandwich?”

he stopped chewing long enough to say

“Very good.”

According to the event organizers

about 5000 walkers participated in the

From left, Ilsa Klinghoffer, Lisa Smith, Deb

Scalise, Adrienne Orbach

Judge Smith interviewing Adrienne’s nephew,

Jack

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2021 event in Westchester. Between the

Westchester event and a sister event that

took place in Orange County, New York,

approximately 1.15 million dollars was

raised.

As of this writing Team Orbach has

raised $17,056, and is in a virtual threeway

tie with two other teams (we are all

within $700 of one another). Donations

will be accepted until December 31,

2021, and may be made by going to

https://mobileacs.org/rgtvnr to make an

online donation to the team. Team

Orbach implores you to make a timely

donation if you have not already done

so, and to make a second donation if

you have, so that we can move into sole

possession of second place in fundraising

this year (the first place team has more

than double the donations of each of the

next three teams, so we’re not aiming for

first).

Thanks to the support of so many,

including tens of thousands of walkers

across the country, the American Cancer

Society is there for everyone in every

community touched by breast cancer.

ACS provides support to those who

are currently dealing with a breast cancer

continued on page 9 ➥

An Interview with Stacey Neumann

from page 5

Covid-19 pandemic made

the need for legal services for

domestic violence victims

even more crucial, and I

hope to expand the program

in the near future by securing

additional funding to

help more clients in need of

our assistance. In addition

to legal services, Hope’s

Door provides residential and

community services for victims

of domestic violence and

anyone in need of assistance

should call our 24-Hour

Hotline Number at 888-438-

8700 or visit our website at

www.hopesdoorny.org.

Q: What advice do you have

for new lawyers entering the

profession?

A: I would tell new lawyers that

you should not be tied to one

plan. Many people go to law

school with a specific direction

or field that they want to work in

and that is exactly what they end

up doing. For others like myself,

I did not intend to do public

service while I was in school,

but through classes I took and

internships I had, I landed at the

DA’s office and have found a

passion in the work that I do. It

may seem difficult to change

course once you start, but it is

not impossible. The beauty of

our field is there are so many

different roles you can have with

a law degree. Keep an open

mind and keep learning and if

you really want to, you can find

a new door to open.

Q: How have you balanced

family responsibilities and your

legal career?

A: I became a Mom after I was

working at the DA’s Office for

seven years. I loved being a

Prosecutor but I also wanted to

be able to spend time at home

with my daughter. I will be forever

grateful to District Attorney

Charles Hynes who permitted

ADAs to work flexible schedules

that allowed me to be home with

my children and do the job I

loved.

Q: When you are not lawyering,

which community activities

and other interests do

you pursue?

A: When I am not working, I

can often be found on the softball

field cheering on my two

daughters who play on tournament

teams and are soon

to be in college. I am also a

Trustee on the Board at my

synagogue, Shir Shalom, in

Ridgefield, Connecticut. I

love reading, running, and

walking my dog Dallas with

my husband Jordan, who is

a huge Dallas Cowboy fan,

hence the name. ◗

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S A V E T H E D A T E

Westchester Women’s Bar Association News

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Chapter News and Announcements

Announcements & Notes on Members

❑ The Cuddy Law Firm is pleased to announce that Alison Morris

has been named a Senior Attorney in the Westchester Office, a direct

result of Alison’s hard work and dedication to those with special needs.

Six years ago, Alison began working for the Cuddy Law Firm. Through

the years, Alison has become such a crucial part of our team and the

fabric of what our law firm is all about. Alison’s dedication is unmatched

and we are proud to call her our own. Alison’s practice includes

special education advocacy, assisting families behind the scenes and participating

at their children’s individualized education program (IEP) and 504 Plan meetings,

and she also assists clients in navigating the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

(OPWDD) system, including helping with OPWDD applications and ensuring

appropriate services are provided. She also provides trainings, including CLEs, on topics

of interest to both professionals and families on special education law, and she Co-

Chairs both the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Disability Rights and the

Westchester Women’s Bar Association’s Education Committee. Alison is also the very

proud and dedicated older sister of an individual with special needs, which is where her

passion and dedication to her practice and clients stems from.

Alison is also an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School, teaching a course entitled

Law and Education. We congratulate Alison on her accomplishments and wish her

nothing but success.

❑ Prolific author Susan L. . Pollet

ollet, former WWBA President, has

published a book of short stories entitled, “Not So Surprise Endings,”

which is available on Amazon. This collection explores how, why, and

what happens when certain things end: What happens to the pastor

who speaks ill of his dead wife? What does paradise turn into when it

becomes something else? When do you know certain relationships

are over? What does an obsession with youth produce? What does

rudeness lead to? What happens when a Queen Bee misuses her

power and stings? Can a person obsessed with perfectionism overcome

it? Does your dog become a person to you, and how does that play out? Where

does being selfish lead to? Who can a spoiled child turn into as an adult? When

someone dies, do men and women grieve differently and does that matter in the end?

While these questions are not necessarily interrelated, the common bond is that

there are often consequences resulting from our behaviors and the actions of others,

which can lead to surprising, and not so surprising, endings.

Susan’s other titles, all available on Amazon, include: Grey Divorce: From Pain to

Peace; Women in Crisis: Stories From The Edge; Through Walter’s Lens; Lessons in

Survival: All About Amos (Available on Amazon #WritingCommunity); and Juliette

Rose’s Dream of Becoming. ◗

Employment Opportunity

The Valhalla office of the Cuddy Law Firm, PLLC is looking to grow our team with an

attorney to handle special education appeals in federal court including fee claims. The

candidate must have at least one year of litigation experience in federal court and have

experience drafting and filing federal court actions.

A strong candidate must possess quality writing and oral advocacy skills. The candidate

must have excellent organizational skills, be capable of navigating a fast-paced

environment, and managing a substantial caseload.

A demonstrated interest in and commitment to working with underserved families is

preferred.

There are also opportunities to work on administrative hearings and appeals focusing

on special education matters. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please email

resumes with a cover letter outlining experience to Adrienne Arkontaky, Esq. at

aarkontaky@cuddylawfirm.com. No calls please. ◗

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:

EMMA BUCHAN CASSIDY

Student

JACQUELINE GRAF

Student

THERESA MARIE PERSICO

Student

SHARON F. . COOPER, ESQ.

Cuddy & Feder LLP

445 Hamilton Avenue, 14th Floor

White Plains, NY 10601

scooper@cuddyfeder.com

RAQUEL COPPOLA

Student

BIANCA CUCCINELLO

Student

MARGARET CYR-OHNGEMACH

Student

IDALIS DAVIS

Student

KAITLYNN E. . DIXON

Student

STEPHANIE L. GONZALES

Student


VANESSA HARRISON

Student

GINA HERVEY

Student

ELLIE HOLLERAN

Student

RIANNA L. IORILLO

Student

MARY ELIZABETH KELLERMAN

Student

HAYLEY MARGULIS

Student

KATHR

THRYN YN MCBRYAN

AN

Student

HARRIET PALMER

Student

GABRIELLA PEREIRA

Student

SHELBIRE PIERRE PAUL

Student

MARIAM MAHMOOD

QURESHI, ESQ.

NICOLE RASCO

Student

COREY B. ROSEN

Student

SHEILA TAPIA

Student

KAITLYN YN TRANK

Student

MEKAELA E. . WALTERS

Student

GIANNA WEBER

Student


Making Strides of Westchester

from page 6

diagnosis, those who may face

diagnosis in the future, and

those who may avoid a diagnosis

altogether thanks to education

and risk reduction. Many

women have put off regular

exams and mammograms during

the pandemic, and as a result

cancers that could have

been detected early have been

allowed to grow and present a

greater health risk. If you are

among those who have refrained

from seeing your doctor,

please delay no longer. Protect

yourself by calling your

medical provider for an immediate

appointment. ◗

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President’s Message

from page 3

ported, and loved the stuffing out of me my entire life.

I am grateful for my grandmother who, although I can no

longer see her, is with me every day.

I am grateful for Zoe, who is my (constant) companion and

everything I never knew I needed.

I am grateful for my circle of friends, who taught me that

family isn’t always connected by blood.

I am grateful for my memories of childhood Thanksgivings,

where we gathered in Carmel, NY with old friends and extended

family, going on nature walks, driving the tractor, playing board

games, and working together on a mural to hang over the thismust-be-what-heaven-smells-like

fireplace.

I am grateful for traditions old and new, friends near and far,

and the joy that this month represents. Specifically, though, I am

grateful for each of you.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they

are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” –

Marcel Proust ◗

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WWBA Schedule of Upcoming Events

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

WWBA Board of Directors

and General Membership

Meeting

WBASNY Board of

Directors Meeting

11/03/21

5:30 p.m. to 7:30

p.m.

11/13/21

9:00 a.m. to 3:00

p.m.

WWBA Book Club 11/15/21

6:00 p.m

Real Property Meeting 11/16/21

12:30 p.m

Zoom

Zoom

Zoom or

In-Person (Linda

Markowitz’s residence)

Myth Busting the Trans

Sport Panic: The

Imagined Crisis at the

Top and the Ignored

Crisis at the Bottom

Presented by the

Federal Bar

Association, SDNY

Chapter, and Co-

Sponsored by the

WBBA, WCBA and

WWBA

1.5 CLE Credits in

Professional Practice

and Diversity (pending

approval)

Book: “Fahrenheit

451” by Ray Bradbury

See www.wwbany.org for details

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/myth

-busting-the-trans-sports-panictickets-194072605387

See www.wwbany.org for details

Email Lisa Denig to RSVP or for

Zoom link at

lisadenig@yahoo.com

See www.wwbany.org for details

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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.

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AT WWW.WBASNY.ORG.

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