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❑ Cassin & Cassin LLP, a law firm specializing in real estate, real estate finance and trusts and estates, announced the hiring of Michele A. Luzio as Counsel effective immediately. Ms. Luzio serves as Co-Chair of the WWBA’s Real Property Committee. She is based in the firm’s Purchase, New York office. 

❑ Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV), the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services to those that cannot afford it in the seven counties of the lower and mid-Hudson Valley, was awarded a $1,200 grant by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Inc. The grant will support LSHV’s Housing Stability Program for Families in Westchester. 

Congratulations to WWBA member Carol Swidler, Esq. who on October 18, 2018, received the Joseph F. Gagliardi Award for Excellence. The award recognizes outstanding non-judicial employees in the Ninth Judicial District for their out-standing service to the public and dedication to the administra-tion of justice. Ms. Swidler, who serves as Supervising Court Attorney-Referee in the Matrimonial Part of the Westchester Su-preme and County Courts, was selected as one of two recipients for this year’s Award. The Honorable Kathie E. Davidson, Ad-ministrative Judge, Ninth Judicial District presided over the cer-emony. Ms. Swidler was introduced by the Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second De-partment. 


Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Jennifer Robinson, Esq. 

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

Q: Why did you become a member of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association?

A: I became a member of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association for several reasons. 1) As a newly admitted attorney, I wanted to be a part of an organization that fosters professional growth and development for women in this profession; 2) I wanted to meet like-minded people to share my experiences with, have fun with, and likewise, learn from; 3) I wanted to get to know more people and step outside of my “comfort zone.”

Q: In which ways have you participated in the activities of the organization?

A: This year I was chosen to serve as a State Director for the WWBA and Co-Chair the Networking Committee. I have participated in past CLEs through the WWBA and am very much looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

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President's Message

by Kim Berg, Esq.

Every February our monthly Newsletter goes “red” for American Heart Month.   As you may recall, this year I formed a Wellness Committee the focus of which is to provide access to educational information, seminars and events aimed at keeping us focused on starting and maintaining healthy habits, as well as promoting our mental and physical well-being. 

      I saw a post on social media a few days ago pertaining to mothers and the endless responsibilities they have – both in and out of the home.  The message was clear:  when a mother asks for help, says she is tired, looks to take a “break,” or wants a few minutes for herself, this does not mean that she is a selfish or no good mother incapable of child rearing or balancing her responsibilities. The expectations placed upon mothers are similar to the expectations placed on us as lawyers.  I still find in 2019 that societal opinions can often lead to unfair judgments about our efforts to achieve work-life balance and even more so can lead us toward placing undue pressure on ourselves because we feel like if we cannot “do it all” we are failures.

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