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On September 15, 2020, the Real Property Committee hosted its annual kick-off meeting via Zoom. Although Covid has presented many real estate challenges, hosting our committee meetings via Zoom allows busy practitioners the opportunity to connect with each other and learn practice tips with minimum time commitment. Our guest speaker was our own committee member, Jean Partridge, Chief Counsel and Managing Member of Benchmark Title Agency, LLC, and President of the New York State Land Title Association. Jean answered the committee’s questions regarding title issues ranging from benefits of obtaining a new survey, what should be shown on a survey, options when an encroachment or “out of possession” is shown on a survey, marketability of title, and what is (and is not) covered by standard title policies. The Real Property Committee welcomes new members, whether you practice real estate law full time or would just like a better understanding of the area of practice. It’s a great opportunity to learn, collaborate and problem solve. Please join us at our next Zoom meeting on November 11th at 1:00 pm. Contact Anne Aicher at aaicher@hollislaidlaw.com for a Zoom invitation.

Susan L. Pollet, former WWBA President, published her third novel, entitled “Women in Crisis: Stories From the Edge.” Each chapter is the story of a different woman, speaking with her psychiatrist, about important issues which impact upon all women and the men who care about them. It is available on Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/ 1952570492.

 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 wel-come escape from the turbulent times we are living in.


 Amanda Fried, Esq. has been awarded WBASNY's Emerging Leader award for the Westchester Chapter. Emerging Leader honorees exemplify the commitment and leadership of WBASNY’s mission of promoting the status of women and children in the courts and in society into the future. 

 Rebecca McCloskey, Esq. has recenty been appointed as a Co-chair of the Litigation Committee and Janeen Thomas, Esq has been appointed as a Co-chair to the Diversity & Inclusion Commitee.

Marian Genio, Esq. who serves as a State Director and Co-Chair of the Membership, Pro Bono and Sponsorship Committees, has joined Appellate Innovations in White Plains.

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.

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. 

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