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 The matrimonial and family law firm of Goldschmidt & Genovese, LLP is delighted to announce the expansion of its firm to include three past presidents of the WWBA: partners Kathleen Donelli and Dolores Gebhardt and Chief Counsel, the Hon. Sondra Miller (ret.)

The Cuddy Law Firm is pleased to announce that Westchester Women’s Bar Association member and Co-Chair of the Education Committee, Alison Morris, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Disability Rights Committee of the New York State Bar Association. Alison focuses her practice on special education advocacy, litigation, assisting families in navigating the Office with Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) system, and representing families at OPWDD and other administrative hearings. Ms. Morris is a frequent lecturer on topics of interest to both professionals and families on special education law. 

WWBA is pleased to announce that Allyson Lanahan has agreed to continue her service as committee Chairperson of the Real Property Committee. Joining her as Co-Chairs are Anne R. Aicher, partner of Hollis Laidlaw & Simon, and Robbin E. Sweeney, associate of Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP.

 Past WWBA President, Susan L. Pollet’s second novel, entitled “Through Walter’s Lens,” has been published and is available on Amazon. It is an immigrant’s story of a pre and post World War II street photographer who had relationships of the mind, spirit, and sometimes body with some of the most famous photographers of his day. Reading this book is a welcome escape from the turbulent times we are living in.


Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Angela Morcone Giannini

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

Q: Your Presidency occurred during a difficult, challenging year.  What impact did the coronavirus pandemic have upon the usual workings of the WWBA, and how did you deal with it?

A:  There is no doubt that COVID-19 had an impact upon the WWBA as it did on other bar associations and the entire world.  Our Association was built on the strong foundation set in place by our founding mothers and has continued to remain strong and dedicated to our mission because of the fellowship, comradery and friendships of our many members.  I am very proud of how quickly we were able to adapt to a virtual platform and serve the needs of our members and community.    We were one of the first Chapters in WBASNY to hold virtual board meetings including our GMM meeting and voting for our incoming President and officers.  It was clear to me from the attendance at the virtual board meetings that members were eager to continue the business of the association and were so happy to “see each other” and engage in thoughtful discussion and share creative ideas and suggestions about how to best represent our clients and practice law during the pandemic.  We learned quickly that we do not have to be in the same room to promote our mission. 

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President's Message

by Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith

Wow.  Until the last five or six months none of us could have imagined that our 2020 Annual Dinner in June would be held remotely, complete with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner (thank you to Jennifer Brett and her accompanist, Silverio Mazzella), a terrific speech from outgoing President Angela Morcone Giannini, an amazing introduction and oath administration for me as WWBA President by the Honorable Colleen McMahon, Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York, and an equally amazing swearing-in by our very own foremother, the Honorable Sondra Miller, of our other Officers and Directors.  There were traditional gifts given to Angela and to our amazing Executive Director, Elisabeth Campos; bouquets were delivered (mostly as a surprise for the recipients, and arranging that was a challenge of its own, thank you to Jen Netrosio); and it was all delivered to our virtual audience with panache by our fabulous Mistress of Ceremonies, President-Elect Amanda Fried.  What an amazing night we had, despite the challenges of stay-at-home orders resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and I extend my sincerest thanks to all those who participated.  There are photographs in this issue in celebration of the wonderful occasion!

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