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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.

 Prolific author and WWBA Archive & Historian Chair, Susan L. Pollet, has published a collection of poems in 2023, entitled “Susiku, And More.” Susan has been writing poems daily for the last three years, and her poems have appeared in various publications, but this is her first book of poetry. Its title is a play on words between haiku and her first name. The first part, “SEEKING CONNECTION, HOWEVER TENUOUS,” contains poems which examine struggles within relationships and in communications between people, as well as poems which explore internal dialogues. The second part, “REDEMPTION AND RENEWAL, ON OCCASION,” probes universal questions about existence, history, survival, violence, beauty, love and more. Looking forward to a warm coffee and inspiration in Susan’s poetry on a spring day. Please visit SusanPollet.com for more information. “Susiku, And More” is available on Amazon.com; Barnesandnoble.com; and other online and local retailers.

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Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Elizabeth Barnhard

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

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

A: I joined the WWBA in January 2013 after attending a WWBA program on how to network.  At that event, I met WWBA President Lonya Gilbert who encouraged me to join and subsequently asked me to be a Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee.  Since I was a teenager, I have been an activist for women’s rights.  Joining a professional organization with a mission that aligned with my values and the opportunity to collaborate with attorneys to support the WWBA’s mission persuaded me to become a member.

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

A: Since 2013, I have been a Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property (IP) Committee.  Over the years, the IP Committee has provided programs and written articles for the WWBA newsletter on patent, trademark and copyright cases and practice tips.  We also teamed up with Accelerate Westchester to provide members of a panel presenting IP Law for Entrepreneurs.

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President's Message

by Elizabeth Z. Marcus

For my final address as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, I cannot help but reflect on my goal this bar association year to continue the WWBA’s success by focusing on the value of our membership.  This goal is one that is near and dear to me because of how my involvement with the WWBA began.  At the urging of my then-colleague and our beloved Past President, Lisa M. Denig, I joined the WWBA.  I had just moved back home to Westchester County upon graduating from the University of Michigan Law School (Go Blue!) and was new to the practice of law.  Joining the WWBA was and remains one of the best decisions I ever made.  I am most fortunate that my career as an attorney has gone hand in hand with my membership and involvement with the WWBA.  To have that unparalleled support and encouragement, especially as a new lawyer, and to be part of such an amazing network and community of attorneys from all different backgrounds, has truly made all the difference.

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