❑ 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
❑ Leason Ellis LLP is proud to announce that Elizabeth Barnhard, Esq. was selected for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 2022. Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetize them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ’go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise and leading expert witnesses in the U.S. The IAM Patent 1000 recommends Elizabeth as a ’go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class, private practice patent counsel for prosecution and transactions, and it has shared this client testimonial about her work. “Elizabeth is an excellent project manager and a great strategist when it comes to securing patent protection internationally and expanding portfolios.”
❑ Cuddy & Feder LLP is pleased to announce that Kristen Motel, Esq., Partner in the firm’s Land Use, Environmental, and Telecommunications practice groups, was recently appointed to serve as Chair of the Cannabis Law group. Kristen frequently appears before municipal land use boards and permitting agencies to secure approvals for clients in numerous controversial projects. She is uniquely suited to guide applicants through the state cannabis application process and represent clients in municipal forums to obtain land use approvals. In addition to being a WWBA member, Kristen is an active member of the Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association and the Westchester County Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee. She has presented as a panelist on local land use and municipal considerations related to New York’s adult-use cannabis legislation.
❑ In trying times, as so many try to contribute in their own ways, prolific author and WWBA Archive & Historian Chair, Susan L. Pollet, has contributed a new collection of adult short stories entitled “Watching And Letting It All Go,” available on Amazon. These fictional stories explore what the process of watching and “letting go” opened up for its characters as they struggled with what they could and could not control in their lives. “Letting go” is looked at in terms of people’s thoughts about their pasts and futures, their relationships, their work, their neighbors and neighborhoods, and their life plans and personal identities. By reading these stories, perhaps the readers will take comfort in knowing that we all get to the other side one way or another, but it is our attitude during the journey that counts.
❑ Congratulations to past president Kim Berg. The Board of Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) has selected Kim Berg to serve as Magistrate Judge, part time, for a term of four years. As part time Magistrate Judge, Ms. Berg will assist District Judges with criminal matters pertaining to several federal enclaves. She will assume the seat occupied by Magistrate Judge Martin R. Goldberg, who will retire in September 2022, after 30 years of service.
❑ On May 5, 2022, Dolores Gebhardt, Esq., a Partner at Goldschmidt & Genovese, LLP, was inducted as President of the Westchester County Bar Association at its 122nd Annual Banquet. Dolores is the first person ever to have served as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, President of the White Plains Bar Association, and now President of the Westchester County Bar Association. Dolores gave a vibrant speech outlining her motivation for the year ahead, centered around a theme of unification among attorneys, who are no doubt “stronger together.” She also took time to recognize her family and three mentors, all of whom were present, and one of whom, our revered WWBA founding member, the Honorable Sondra M. Miller, administered the oath of office. The WWBA extends our heartfelt congratulations to Dolores, as well as our confidence in her leadership, as she takes the helm of the WCBA.
❑ Kurzman, Eisenberg, Corbin & Lever LLP is pleased to announce that Robbin E. Sweeney has joined their firm as Senior Attorney in the Real Estate division. Robbin has concentrated on real estate law since the beginning of her career as a real estate agent, then working for Merrill Lynch Mortgage Corporation while attending law school, before transitioning into in private practice. She brings to our firm a distinct style combining her law degree with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, creating calm, organized, solution-focused transactions. Her certification as a Professional Coach prepared her to develop and provide engaging and informative trainings, seminars and webinars, for the NYSBA, WBASNY, NYS Office of the Governor, private entities and the public on a variety of topics including Preparing Your Home for Sale, Strategies for Reducing Stress in Your Law Practice, The Importance of Estate Planning, Families in Transition, and Caring for Aging Loved Ones. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association’s Real Estate Committee. Robbin has recently been selected to develop the curriculum for the real estate module of the new Pace University Paralegal Certification Program. Her passion is carrying a message of well-being to family, friends and colleagues and she is a proud and dedicated mother of three successful adults (and 3 grandchildren!).
❑ WWBA Past President Lisa Denig is participating in Hillside Food Outreach’s Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser. This event raises funds for Hillside, a local food pantry that specializes in delivering healthy food to homebound clients. The WWBA has volunteered on several occasions at Hillside’s warehouse, stocking shelves and packing bags. If you would like to support Lisa’s efforts, please visit her fundraising page at Fundraising for Hillside Food Outreach (https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/3678588)
❑ The Westchester Community Foundation welcomes WWBA member Moira S. Laidlaw, partner at Hollis Laidlaw & Simon, P.C., to the Foundation’s Advisory Board. Ms. Laidlaw’s private practice includes a broad range of trust and estate services. She is experienced in elder law, special needs planning, small business planning, and high net worth estate tax planning.
❑ Lisa M. Denig, Esq., has been appointed as Counsel to New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. Denig, a past president of the WWBA, was formerly the Special Counsel for ADR Initiatives for the Courts Inside NYC and also served 8 years in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
❑ Patricia L. Angley, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor for the Equal Justice America Disability Rights Clinic, under the auspices of John Jay Legal Services, Inc., at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University for the spring 2022 semester. Patricia is looking forward to working collaboratively with WWBA membership for the benefit of the law students participating in this clinic.
❑ The law firm of Cuddy & Feder LLP is pleased to announce that WWBA member Kristen M. Motel Esq. – an associate in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Development, Energy & Environmental, and Telecommunications and Cannabis Law groups – was honored with the 2021 Millennial & Gen Z Award, presented by Westfair Communications on November 18, 2021. Millennials represent half of the workforce, and it is predicted that by 2025, Gen Z will make up about 27 percent of the workforce in the world. The Millennial & Gen Z Award celebrates this new era in the workforce and recognizes those who are leaving their footprints in the technology and business communities of Westchester and Fairfield counties.
Kristen will be a featured speaker at the upcoming January 27, 2022 CLE program on Cannabis Law. She has previously served as a WWBA Vice President and State Director. Currently she is a member of the Environmental & Land Use and New Lawyers Committees, and she mentors Pace Law School students to positively impact the development of the legal profession. To read more about Kristen’s practice, experience, and deep involvement in leadership initiatives, please refer to: https://www.cuddyfeder.com/newsevent/ kristen-motel-to-receive-westfair-communications-millennial-gen-z-award/.
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