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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! In recognition, WBASNY’s Domestic Violence and Social Action Committees have planned a joint social action project in support of domestic violence awareness.  Campaigns such as this not only directly help those in need but also bring public awareness to the prevalence of abuse, encourage people to take action to promote social change, and alert survivors to the options and resources that are available to them.

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Abrams Fensterman, LLP is pleased to announce that Amanda K. Rieben has joined their firm as an Associate in the Family/Matrimonial division. Through her legal work in the non-profit and private sectors, Amanda has concentrated her practice in all facets of family/matrimonial law. Prior to joining the firm, Amanda served as Director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Walk-In Legal Clinic. She helped develop and launch the Clinic, which provides pro bono legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse, primarily in the areas of family and matrimonial law. Amanda is also a former associate of one of the largest family law firms in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Earlier on in her career, she worked as a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in the organization’s domestic violence unit. Additionally, she was a Staff Attorney at the Center for Family Representation, Inc., where she represented parents in child protective proceedings in New York County Family Court. Amanda brings to the firm a compassionate and deep understanding of the difficulties that the court process can pose. She recognizes the impact that a court order can have on a litigant’s emotional state and wellbeing, and on the litigant’s family. Amanda is empathetic toward each of her client’s needs and dedicated to providing each client with high-quality legal services and counsel.

In her newest collection of adult short stories, “Disappearing From View,” prolific author and Westchester Women’s Bar Association Archive & Historian Chair, Susan L. Pollet, explores the following: “No matter when you live your life, you will experience, amidst ephemeral periods of joy and harmony, that the world is constantly changing, and what you once thought was solid and stable, disappeared from view, sometimes for the better, and other times not. This collection of short stories describes that phenomenon in different contexts, whether it is in the form of a person who purposely

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Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Beth Levy

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

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

A:  As a domestic violence lawyer at My Sisters’ Place, I wanted to join the Domestic Violence Committee and spread awareness to other WWBA members of the urgency of domestic violence and trafficking in the County. As a feminist, I wanted to be a part of WWBA and be with like-minded strong, fierce, independent women lawyers.

Q: Which activities and positions of the WWBA have you participated in?

A: I have been co-chair of the Domestic Violence Committee for the past several years. We put on several important CLE’s, including providing ethics credit. One of our best, most informative CLE’s that I am proud of, was the intersection of LGBTQ issues and domestic violence. Also, I am involved informally with election and voting issues, urging members to register people and get out the vote, in a non-partisan way. I am enjoying being a mentor to a Pace Law School student.

Q: What would you like to see the WWBA accomplish in the future?

A: I would like to see WWBA become more diverse, and perhaps work more closely with the Westchester Black Bar Association.

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President's Message

by Elizabeth Z. Marcus

As many of us spent September getting back into the swing of things – back to school, back to routine, back to wearing jackets! – true to form, the WWBA was back at it. And back at it we were! The Westchester Women’s Bar Association hit the ground running and took September by storm.

      We held our monthly board meeting, kicked off the return of our Women in Professional Development Series (a special shout out to Sakeena Naqvi for bringing back this important and meaningful program!), and as usual, delivered with our lively and popular Book Club. Of note too, we welcomed 14 new board members! Welcome Stephanie Baehr, Judith Bachman, Michelle Calvi, Tracy Forrest, Theresa Girolamo, Annmary Ittan, Rebecka Levitt, Elise Mahover, Sakeena Naqvi, Diona Piazza, Joanne Romano, Wanda Steinmann, Michelle Tarson, and Joanna Tulman. I look forward to working with you, and thank you for the unique and fresh perspective each one of you brings to the WWBA. Welcome to the family!  

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