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❑ Congratulations to WWBA President Amanda K. Rieben on being elevated to Partner at Abrams Fensterman LLP! Amanda practices in the Family and Matrimonial Law department of the firm’s White Plains office. 

Congratulations to Lucia Chiocchio and Cindy Kanusher who were honored with the 2023 Women Innovators Award from Westfair Communications on October 26, 2023 at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle. The award is given to women who have been innovators in various fields, advocate for innovation in their organizations and break barriers by making significant contributions to science, technology, arts and other areas. 

Westchester County Executive George Latimer has appointed Lisa M. Denig, Esq., WWBA Board member and Past President, as Commissioner of Human Resources at the Westchester County Department of Human Resources. Lisa has previously served in senior positions within the Office of Court Administration and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, and as the Chief of Staff to the Putnam County Executive.

On March 2, 2023, the Society of Irish-American Lawyers (SOCIAL) honored Kathleen Donelli, Esq., WWBA Past President and Partner at Goldschmidt & Genovese, LLP, with a Distinguished Achievement Award at its annual GALA. The Hon. Sondra M. Miller gave eloquent and meaningful introductory remarks about her mentoring relationship and bond with Kathleen, and the Hon. Colleen D. Duffy, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, presented her with the award. Kathleen gave a rich speech, both educating the audience about Ireland’s history and sharing a personal history of her family and profession.

WWBA President Elizabeth Z. Marcus, and longtime WWBA members Mary F. Kelly, Esq., Past President of both WBASNY and the WWBA, and a founding member of Kelly & Knaplund, and Carla D. Glassman, Esq., a founding member and Of Counsel to Glassman & Brown, LLP, were among those present in support. The WWBA extends heartfelt congratulations to Kathleen on this honor.

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             SAVE THE DATE 


Wednesday, June 5, 2023
Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club

   Cocktails 5:30 PM
                              Dinner 7:00 PM


Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Tracy Forrest

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

Q: When and why did you become involved with the WWBA?

A: I have practiced real estate law for over 30 years, but until recently it was exclusively in New York City. I recently changed careers and am now the Deputy General Counsel in charge of business development and sales for a title insurance agency in White Plains. I joined the WWBA so that I could network, meet new people, socialize and share career experiences. I first became involved in the WWBA in May, 2022. My first in-person experience with the bar association was attending the annual dinner. I was curious, but at the same time, not sure what to expect. I was not even sure whether I could attend since I am male. Despite my reservations, I was presently surprised. I had a great time, met a lot of new people and got re-acquainted with some friends I had not seen in years.

Q: In what ways have you been active in the Westchester Women’s Bar Association?

A: Since my experience at the annual dinner was so positive, I applied to become one of the chairs of the Real Property Committee and I was selected. As one of the chairs, I have been very active in organizing Continuing Legal Education courses in conjunction with the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA). In my first year as co-chair, I organized and moderated a CLE entitled “The Emerging Legal Cannabis Industry in New York: What Real Estate Practitioners Need to Know” and organized, moderated and sponsored a CLE entitled “20 Commercial Leasing Practice Pointers in 60 Minutes or Less.” In addition, I helped organize a “Pop Up” social which allows practitioners to attend a networking event without any cost and without committing to the event in advance. It allows practitioners to just “pop up” at the very last minute if their schedule allows.

I also regularly attend the monthly board meetings and attend networking events like the holiday party. Lastly, at this year’s annual dinner, I was installed as a State Director.

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President's Message

by Amanda K. Rieben

Happy New Year! With a new year upon us, we often reflect on the past year and what we are thankful for, and as we so often do, we make new year’s resolutions for the year to come. This year, I want to express my gratitude to the WWBA, its membership, board, and officers and directors for your continued support. I also want to encourage our readership, as one of your new year’s resolutions to help the WWBA increase our membership.

Why? Because the WWBA is one of your local bar associations, comprised of lawyers and judges, who live and/or work in Westchester County that can help connect you with various resources and with other members in the legal community. The WWBA is also currently the second largest chapter of our parent organization, the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”), which is the largest statewide women’s bar association in the country. Through WBASNY, the WWBA provides its membership with the opportunity to have an influential voice regarding various legislative, judicial and public policy matters at the state level. The WWBA also offers several networking opportunities, legal seminars, Continuing Legal Education programs, social events, including but not limited to the WWBA Holiday Party and Annual Dinner, as well as a robust mentorship program. We also partner with many community providers, to help support the public in both a legal and non-legal capacity.

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Renew now and stay part of our dynamic network! Your WWBA membership is June 1 - May 31. 

WWBA Membership Renewal for 2023-24

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