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President: Lucia Chiocchio
Vice Presidents: Kim Berg
Joelle M. Burton
Ann M. McNulty
Treasurer: Robin D. Carton
Recording Secretary: Lisa Denig
Secretary: Jennifer L. Gray
State Directors: Kathleen Donelli
Angela Morcone Giannini
Lonya A. Gilbert
Joy S. Joseph
Jennifer N. Netrosio
Adrienne J. Orbach
Susan Mills Richmond
Elected Directors: Gail M. Boggio
Shari R. Gordon
Erin N. Guven
Daniel M. Kolko
Julie P. Passman
by Lisa M. Bluestein, Esq.
Thank you! These simple
words mean so much, and I want to say thank you to all of our members who
renewed for the 2013-2014 membership year. The strength and growth of the WWBA
is because of members’ on-going commitment to the WWBA mission statement and to
each other. As we are all volunteers, it
is even more rewarding to be the President of an association of attorneys and
jurists who want to be involved in the betterment of our profession and society
in general, and devote a lot of time and effort in order to do so. The world, the legal community, and this
organization are continually evolving, and it is exciting to see where we are
In that vein, I am very pleased to announce the slate of WWBA Officers
and Directors for 2014-2015. Members vote on this slate at our General
Membership Meeting on April 10. Notice
of the WWBA slate can be found on page 8 of this newsletter. The 2014-2015 year
will be a fantastic one with all of these wonderful Officers and Directors.
WWBA members will also be voting for the slate of WBASNY Officers at the
General Membership Meeting.
However, we will not just be voting on slates at the General Membership
Meeting. Our April General Membership Meeting is one not to be missed. It has been a few years and it is time once
again for our program featuring the local Federal Judges. This year’s program
entitled “View from the Federal Bench: Meet the White Plains Judges,” will
start with a social at noon, followed by a luncheon program. The event will
take place at Graziellas’s Restaurant in White Plains. See the calendar in this
newsletter or the WWBA website for further details. This event is a great
networking opportunity and is always sold out, so make sure you sign up early!
WWBA and the WWBA Foundation once again participated in the rewarding “Read
Across America” at School 23 in Yonkers on February 28. National “Read Across America” day is an
initiative to celebrate and promote reading that was originally developed by
the National Education Association in 1998.
It is celebrated on or around March 2, which is Dr. Seuss author Theodor
Geisel’s birthday. This year I had the
pleasure of reading to Ms. Schmidt’s third grade class and I read a portion of
Beverly Cleary’s book “Ramona Quimby, Age 8,” a story about a girl starting
third grade. Other WWBA members who
attended and read to the children were Hon. Janet DiFiore, Susan D. Edwards,
Jacqueline Hattar, Stephanie Melowsky, Julie P. Passman, Kim Berg, Lonya A.
Gilbert and Lucia Chiocchio. We all had
a great time with the kids, and the always gracious faculty and staff of School
a reminder, the WWBA membership year runs from June 1 to May 31. Although it seems that we just finished the
renewal process, you will be receiving your first renewal notice in June. Please help the WWBA keep its mailing and
overall costs low by renewing after receipt of the first renewal notice. You should also consider becoming a
sustaining member. Your commitment to
the WWBA as a sustaining member is recognized in our Annual Dinner Journal,
Directory, and on our website. Your
membership in the WWBA automatically makes you a member of our parent
organization, WBASNY, and eligible for all of the statewide and local benefits
of both of these organizations.
Once again, thank you for being a
member of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association!
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District Attorney Janet DiFiore
received the 2014 Frank S. Hogan Award from the District Attorneys Association
of the State of New York. Named for the legendary New York County District
Attorney Frank Hogan, the award is given to recognize a District Attorney for
the qualities Hogan exemplified: prosecution of the
guilty without fear or favor, non-partisan staffing, insistence on the highest
ethical standards among assistant district attorneys and pursuit of excellence
in the practice of law.
Donna Frosco is pleased to announce the opening of
the Law Office of Donna Frosco, Esq.
with offices at 670 White Plains Road,
Suite 325, Scarsdale. Donna represents clients in commercial matters involving
licensing, trademark, copyright, protection of trade secrets, internet law,
construction law and general business.
Adam J. Krim, co-chair of the WWBA Career and
Professional Development Committee and founder of DRiVE Consulting, is pleased
to announce the launch of his new promotional video. In this video, Adam talks about
his methodology interspersed with scenes from a seminar he delivered on topic.
To watch the video and learn more, see www.driveconsulting.net.
Samantha A. Lyons has joined the law firm
of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, with offices in Somers and White Plains,
N.Y., as an associate attorney. Ms. Lyons’ practice areas include elder law,
Medicaid planning, and home health care.
Amy Gewirtz is pleased to announce that the Pace
Law School New Directions Program was discussed in a March 18, 2014 New York
Times article, “Helping Women Get Back in the Game.”
Gary E. Bashian has been selected for
inclusion in New York Magazine (year-end double issue; December 23-30, 2013) and Legal
Leaders – New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2013, in the category of Trusts,
Estates & Business Planning and Litigation, Guardianship Litigation.