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Frances M. Pantaleo of Bleakley Platt & Schmidt in White Plains has been selected for inclusion in the publication “2018 Best Lawyers in America” in the field of elder law. Pantaleo is the head of the elder law practice group at Bleakley Platt. She is a past chair of the elder law and special needs section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the trusts and estates section. She also has chaired the elder law committees of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association. 

October 2017

❑ On October 11, 2017, Justice Mark C. Dillon of the Appellate Division, 2nd Dept., was “vouched in” to help hear a case at the Court of Appeals in Albany. Vouching in is a rarely-used procedure where the state’s Chief Judge, Hon. Janet DiFiore, selects Appellate Division justices to substitute for Court of Appeals judges that have recused off a case. The appeal here was Bransten v. State of New York. 

September 2017

This past spring, the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team Coached by Marcella Scalise and WWBA member Deborah Scalise competed and came in first place in the WCBA Mock Trial Competition, the final round was judged by the Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman. They also came in third place in the NYSBA Regional Mock Trial Com-petition. The Team also received coaching tips from the Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith, who graciously opened her courtroom to allow them to practice the trial, and also added the Team to the roster for Law Day 2017 in May.

❑ Georgia Kramer, of Kramer Kozek, LLP, and longtime member of the WWBA, was awarded the honor of Leading Matrimonial Attorney at the 2017 Above the Bar Awards. Ms. Kramer was introduced by her close friend former Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.

May 2017

Donna Frosco has been appointed to the Executive Committee of Entertainment Art & Sports Law (“EASL”) Section of the New York State Bar Association. Donna will Co-chair the Copyright & Trademark Committee for EASL. Donna is a WWBA Board Member and Past President of our parent association, WBASNY. She is a Partner with Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLC where she focuses on matters relating to protection, transfer and licensing of intellectual property; issues relating to technology, data and cyber-security; construction law; general business matters and litigation and dispute resolution. Donna can be reached at dfrosco@dunnington.com and www.dunnington.com.

February 2017

❑ Jacqueline Hattarwho is a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, and co-chair of the WWBA’s Diversity Committee, has been chosen as a Diversity Champion by the Westchester County and Fairfield County business journals. Ms. Hattar and 39 other business leaders in the Westchester and Fairfield County communities were honored for their extraordinary leadership qualities, ongoing commitment to personal and professional development, and outstanding accomplishments in their business sectors. Ms. Hattar was profiled in the December 19, 2016 edition of the Westchester/Fairfield County Business Journals and will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the publisher on April 4, 2017.

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