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2019

On April 1, 2019, WWBA past president Dawn Kirby, Erica Aisner and Julie Curley proudly opened the doors to their new offices at Kirby Aisner & Curley LLP (www.kacllp.com) located in Scarsdale, New York. Dawn, Erica and Julie will continue to practice bankruptcy, real estate and commercial transactional law. 

The first novel of WWBA Past President, Susan L. Pollet, entitled, “Lessons in Survival: All About Amos,” has been published by Adelaide Publishing and is avail-able on Amazon. It is an inspirational work of creative non-fiction. A book reading is scheduled for May 30, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Poets House located in Tribeca, NY. Free admission.

❑ Kimberly C. Sheehan, Esq., WWBA Board Member and Co-Chair of both the Litigation and Judicial Screening Committees, has joined Fullerton Beck, LLP in their White Plains office as Of Counsel. Fullerton Beck, LLP specializes in insurance defense litigation with a focus on Labor Law.

❑ Justice Mark C. Dillon of the Appellate Division, Second Department, and member of the WWBA, has been selected by Thomson-Reuters Publishers to be an author of the CPLR Practice Commentaries in future volumes and supplements of McKinney's. Dillon will write the Practice Commentaries in addition to Prof. Patrick Connors of Albany Law School and retired Prof. Vincent Alexander of St. John's Law School, who will collectively divide all articles of the CPLR for comments and observations.

Donna Frosco, WWBA Board Member and Past President of WBASNY, was recently honored with an award and had an article published. Donna has been named 2018 Lawyer of The Year in the field of Complex Litigation (U.S.A) by Lawyer Monthly magazine. Lawyer Monthly is a global publication of news, analyses and features for the legal profession. It also hosts Lawyer-Monthly.com, a daily on-line legal news site. The awards edition is available online at: https://legalawards.lawyer-monthly.com/winners-edition/

Donna's article, “Honey Badger May Not Care, But You Should: A 1930’s Film Star, A 30 Year Old Legal Test, & Trademark in the Age of Digital Content” was selected for publication in the NYSBA Entertainment, Art & Sports Law (EASL) Section’s 30th Anniversary Magazine. The article, written with her associate, L. Elizabeth Dale, Esq., examines a recent ruling relating to YouTube.com video content, the opportunity for content authors to protect and monetize viral their works and com-mercial appropriation of trademarks that enter the American lexicon via social media and digital platforms. If you are interested in a 30 year-old 2nd Circuit trademark case, Federico Fellini, Ginger Rodgers and how they relate to viral social media – this is a link to the published article: http://www.nysba.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=87633

Donna is a partner at Dunnington, Bartholow and Miller, LLP. She can be reached at dfrosco@dunnington.com.

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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. 


2018

❑ 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. 

Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, Esq., PhD, MPH, past chair of the WWBA Elder, Health and Reproductive Rights Committee, has become president of the American Psychological Association Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. She’s the first scholar of law and the 10th woman to hold this national office since the APA Society’s founding in 1963. On September 10th, Mary Beth’s career milestone was recognized on social media by Fordham Law School (’82) as part of the opening of its 100-years of Women celebrations. Mary Beth’s interdisciplinary scholarship and policy advocacy are located at the intersection of health law and policy, health research and ethics.


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.








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