❑ 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
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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