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Hartsdale, NY 10530

Welcome to the official website for the Westchester Women's Bar Association, a professional organization of male and female lawyers and judges who live or work in Westchester County,
and one of the largest chapters of the
Women's Bar Association of the State of New York ("WBASNY")

Please note our new mailing address: 
PO Box 926, Hartsdale, NY 10530

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                             WWBA Membership Year runs from June 1 to May 31.  

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The Westchester Women's Bar Association will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in June 2015.

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News and Awards

Judge Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. has announced that after 14 years as WestchesterCounty Surrogate he is stepping down from the bench effective January 31st, 2015.

Adrienne Arkontaky of Cuddy Law Firm, P.C. has been recognized by SuperLawyers as both a 2014 New York Metro Rising Star and 2015 Top Female Attorney inNew York. Adrienne has also been recognized by Legal Services NYC’s Pro BonoHonor Roll for 2014.

Stuart A. Rosenthal announces that he has established the Law Offices of Stuart A. Rosenthal at 399 Knollwood Road, Suite 107, White Plains, New York 10603.  He will concentrate in Automotive Dealership Law and Compliance and closely related fields, including government relations.  He has also announced his affiliation as Of Counsel to Bass Sox Mercer, a well-respected, nationally-known law firm based in Tallahassee, FL and Raleigh, NC, that provides services in all aspects of dealership representation. 

Bernard A. Krooks was elected into the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils 2014 Hall of Fame. He has been honored with the designation of Accredited Estate Planner.

Stefanie Shabman was named the Legal Director at Student Advocacy, Inc. in Elmsford, New York. Student Advocacy, Inc. is a nonprofit legally based advocacy agency that represents approximately 1, 000 students and their families a year in school related matters, including at Superintendent’s Hearings, MDRs and CSE Meetings.

Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP is excited to announce that they have moved their offices to 399 Knollwood Road, Suite 107, White Plains, NY 10603. Their phone, fax and email addresses remain the same: phone: 914.347.1292; fax: 914.347.1293

 

A very positive review of the September General Membership Meeting: Appellate Practice Seminar and Demonstrations - "Arthur, Treachers, Fish & Chips, P.C., v. Dan Arby" by the Counsel Press: 

Westchester Women’s Bar Association Appellate CLE Event on September 9, 2014 – a Complete Success

 

 

 

 

Sustaining Members
Thank you to our 2014-2015 Sustaining Members.
February 2015 President's Message

President's Message
by Lucia Chiocchio, Esq.

0016MFoxJune2014-Edit.jpgFor the sixth year in a row, our newsletter “Goes Red” in recognition of Heart Health Awareness Month.  I must admit, it’s an effective educational campaign.  Over the past few years, I attended various heart health awareness programs, including several WWBA programs.  And, after every program, I am terrified into making heart healthy lifestyle changes. I am confident that just a brief review of the warning signs and statistics regarding heart disease will cause you to make a least one beneficial change:

-Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer.

-The most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely than men to experience the other common symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.  And, unfortunately many will typically attribute these other common symptoms to the flu, a bad cold or too much physical exertion.   

-Birth control and pregnancy can both impact your heart health, particularly if you personally have a history of cardiovascular disease or if cardiovascular disease runs in your family.

-Studies have shown an increase in heart attacks among women about 10 years after experiencing menopause.

While the statistics are sobering, there is good news.  The heart health awareness campaign includes several informative steps you can take to prevent heart disease:

  • Become and stay active 
  • Control Cholesterol
  • Eat Healthy
  • Manage Blood Pressure
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight
  • Reduce Blood Sugar
  • Stop Smoking

Many of these lifestyle changes are just good common sense things to do to stay healthy overall.  And, I realize that many of us are too busy taking care of others and managing our hectic work-life balance to focus on and implement all of them.  However, if we don’t take care of ourselves, we will not be healthy enough to continue living our lives. Just ask someone who has experienced a heart attack or has cardiovascular disease. So, if you are like me and are a little terrified by the consequences of heart disease, don’t miss the February 2nd Hearth Healthy Awareness program with Dr. Robert E. Michler, Surgeon-in-Chief, Professor and Chairman Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care.    

Speaking of being terrified, our January General Membership Meeting did just that – scared us into taking steps to secure confidential and proprietary information. WWBA Past President Deborah Scalise and WBASNY Past President Donna Frosco presented a CLE program on “Hacking – It Could Happen to You”. This program was presented in conjunction with the White Plains Bar Association. Attendees learned that unfortunately, hacking or breaching of confidential information is not a matter of if it will happen, but when it will happen. Deborah and Donna also advised using a hypothetical, news headlines and case studies, on what to do if your information is hacked and steps one can take to minimize the chances of information breaches.  Needless to say, it was a very effective and informative program.  Many thanks to Deborah and Donna for scaring us into protecting our data and to the Program Committee Co-chairs, Lonya A. Gilbert and Susan Edwards, for coordinating the CLE program.  And, a special thanks to BNY/Mellon, a WWBA Emerald Sponsor, for use of their well-appointed facility.    

Last month, the Matrimonial Committee also presented an informative and useful program where Rick Jackson of the Mass Mutual Financial Group presented at “Show Me the Money: Tips for Divorcing Couples on Navigating the College Financial Aid Process”.   Thanks to the Matrimonial Committee Co-chairs, Dolores Gebhardt and Lonya A. Gilbert for organizing yet another instructive WWBA program.

Educational WWBA programs are the focus of the Trusts and Estates and New Lawyers Committees this year with their members-only brown bag lunch seminars.  Last month was their third program on The Basics of Life Insurance Trusts presented by Karen J. Walsh, Esq. (Trusts & Estates Committee Co-chair) and James A. Thompson, CLU.   This program, like the other two before it, provided practical information for all practitioners.  Thanks to both committees for highlighting one of the many benefits of membership - useful information that will make you a better lawyer.

As many of you know, the WWBA is revamping its website.  Our dedicated Executive Director, Silvia Galgano, is working tirelessly on the new and vastly improved WWBA website.  Be on the lookout for the roll out of the new website and be prepared to be “wowed” by Silvia’s magic.  In the meantime, visit our current website to learn about the WWBA’s upcoming programs that will surely enhance your practice.


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Upcoming  Events 6 of 6
Events occurring within the next 90 days.
Time zone shifted 04/01/2015 3:30PM WWBA Board Meeting
Time zone shifted 04/30/2015 10:30AM Meet Our New Family Court Judges
Time zone shifted 05/06/2015 3:30PM WWBA Board Meeting
05/14/2015 All Day WBASNY Convention
Time zone shifted 05/14/2015 3:00PM US Southern District of New York 225th Anniversary Event
Time zone shifted 06/03/2015 3:30PM WWBA Board Meeting
Legal News & Resources

New Rule in Commercial Division for Depositions (12-22-14)

 

WWBA's Ratings of 2014 Judicial Candidates

 

For the 2014 general election, the New York State Unified Court System has launched an upgraded non-partisan Judicial Voter Guide at www.nycourts.gov/vote allowing users to sort and filter the list of candidates in each county. The Voter Guide features information about judicial candidates on the ballot based on information provided by the state and county board of elections. Visit the non-partisan Judicial Candidate Voter Guide which is designed to help you make a more informed decision on Election Day. It includes descriptions of elective judicial offices throughout the state. The Guide also provides a list of judicial candidates on the ballot in each county based on information provided by the state and county boards of election.

 

New rules regarding assignment to the Commercial Division and using Interrogatories in Supreme Court actions.

Administrative Order: Commercial Division

Administrative Order: Commercial Division Assignments

Administrative Order: Interrogatories

 

Mandatory Pro Bono Requirements

 

NY Courts Filing

New Transfer Tax Procedures for Selected Communities

Ninth Judicial District 2014 Telephone Directory

From Westchester County Clerk: E-filing is Expanding  in Westchester -New Index No. Application (Attached)

New York State Court's Programs & Initiatives (www.nycourts.gov/ip)
An all-access online guide to court resources.

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