A Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY)
2016 WWBA Awards
Diversity Achievement Award
The Diversity Committee of the Westchester Women's Bar Association is pleased to announce that Legal Services of The Hudson Valley (LSHV) has been selected as the 2016 winner of the WWBA Diversity Achievement Award! LSHV is the largest provider in the lower Hudson Valley of free civil legal services for the indigent and plays a prominent role in the representation of the region's diverse communities. We extend our sincere congratulations to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley on this well-deserved award. The award will be presented to LSHV at the WWBA's Annual Dinner on June 8, 2016 at Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club. We hope you can join us for a wonderful evening.
Pace Setter Award
Dolores Gebhardt, Past President and long-standing active member of the Westchester Women's Bar Association, has been named the winner of the Pace Setter Award! This prestigious honor is the highest award granted in the annual Above the Bar Awards, which are co-sponsored by Westchester County Business Journal and Citrin Cooperman. The Pace Setter Award is awarded to an attorney who exemplifies overall excellence in professional and community work and prominence in the Westchester legal profession. Dolores Gebhardt is a dedicated advocate who is well respected by peers and community, and we couldn't be more proud of her significant achievement. Please remember to send in your response card for the WWBA Annual Dinner on June 8th at Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club - see you then!
Family Friendly Employer Award
The Lawyering and Parenting Committee of the Westchester Women's Bar Association is pleased to announce that Yankwitt LLP has been selected as the 2016 winner of the WWBA Family Friendly Employer Award! Yankwitt LLP is a sophisticated boutique commercial litigation firm in White Plains. The firm has demonstrated a strong commitment to balancing work and family, resulting in high employee morale and the ability to attract and maintain high-quality lawyers and staff.
We extend our sincere congratulations to Yankwitt LLP on this well-deserved award. The award will be presented to Yankwitt LLP at the WWBA's Annual Dinner on June 8, 2016 at Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club. We hope you can join us for a wonderful evening.
❑ WWBA member Patricia Lenard Angley, Fordham Law School Class of 1987, was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on March 7, 2016 as part of the Fordham University School of Law group admission ceremony. Ms. Angley’s mother, Mary S. Lenard, a member of the Fordham Law School Class of 1955, was also admitted. Mrs. Lenard celebrated the 60th anniversary of her admission to the New York Bar and was one of three women who graduated from her law school class. Mrs. Lenard commented on how inspiring it was to see three women justices on the bench of the Supreme Court. The Fordham group was privileged to personally meet Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas after the ceremony.
Interview of the Month
An Interview with Hon. Susan Kettner
Q: Tell us about your career path to the judiciary, and why you wanted to become a judge.
A: My career path has been aimed towards the legal needs of children and families-from pro bono work at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City with the then newly created Coalition for the Homeless through my current work at Mayerson & Associates, representing parents of children with disabilities in securing the educational rights of their children. Between these experiences, I was a Legal Aid Society attorney in New York City, first in Brooklyn Housing Court working with families to avoid evictions and then in the Appeals Division writing briefs for and arguing appeals of Family Court cases. Then I served as a Hearing Officer in special education proceedings, mainly in New York City, involving challenges to special education programs and services offered by school districts to students with disabilities. This was my first experience as an adjudicator.
April is one month away from the end of my term as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and this month’s WWBA Newsletter column is my penultimate President’s Message. Reflecting on those “soon-to-be, but not yet“ facts made me realize how often our sights are elsewhere. We all seem to be fixated on counting down the hours and minutes, whether in gleeful anticipation or in anxious dread. One month until my birthday. One week until my motion is returnable. Only six days until my vacation. Only six days left of my vacation. Three days until my surgery. How many more weeks in this cast?