P.O. Box 926
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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2014 Annual Dinner
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To pay online for the dinner and/or for journal ads, please click HERE.
The deadline for Journal Ad copy is May 12. 

Keynote Speaker: Honorable Jenny Rivera

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2014 - 2015 Officers & Directors

President: Lucia Chiocchio

Vice Presidents:         Kim Berg
          Joelle M. Burton
          Ann M. McNulty

Treasurer: Robin D. Carton

Recording Secretary: Lisa Denig

Corresponding 
Secretary:         Jennifer L. Gray 

State Directors: Kathleen Donelli
          Dolores Gebhardt
        Angela Morcone Giannini
                                        Lonya A. Gilbert
         Jacqueline Hattar
        Joy S. Joseph
        Stephanie Melowsky
        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 

 

April 2014 President's Message

President's Message
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 going.

 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!

The 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 23.

As 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!

Sustaining Members
Thank you to our Sustaining Members.

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Upcoming  Events 7 of 7
Events occurring within the next 90 days.
Time zone shifted 04/29/2014 4:00PM Get The Most Bang For Your Buck
Time zone shifted 04/30/2014 10:00AM Ethics Update
Time zone shifted 05/01/2014 3:30PM Online Business Presence - Ethical Guidelines & Finding Your Voice
Time zone shifted 05/07/2014 3:30PM WWBA Board Meeting
Time zone shifted 05/20/2014 6:15AM Right of Election: Integrating T&E and Medicaid Considerations
06/05/2014 All Day WBASNY Convention 2014
Time zone shifted 06/11/2014 3:30PM WWBA Annual Dinner 2014
Family Friendly Employer Award

The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Family Friendly Employer Award is Tuesday, April 28, 2014. Click here to access the nomination submission form.

WWBA Members in the News

Westchester County 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.