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2021

❑ On October 22nd from 9pm – 11pm, 20/20 on ABC is airing a 2-hour documentary on the tragic death of Gail Katz Bierenbaum, the sister of long-time WWBA member Alayne Katz.  The special will include information on the 15-year journey that resulted in the conviction of Gail’s then-husband in 2001 and his 20-year to life sentence.  Please contact Alayne (alayne10533@gmail.com) if you wish to write a letter opposing parole. 

WWBA Member Earns Community Praise – In the July 31, 2021 issue of “The Record Review,” the local paper for Bedford, Pound Ridge, and Lewisboro, the author of Bedford’s Talk of the Town led his column with kudos for Katonah resident, and WWBA member, Rebecka Levitt, along with her son Michael. Rebecka and Michael worked together to plant a small garden between the sidewalk and the road in front of their house. Rebecka got permission from the town to plant the area, which technically is part of the town’s curtilage. The plot attracted birds, bees, and even rabbits, as well as approving words from neighbors. WWBA commends Rebecka and Michael for contributing to the beauty of their community. 

If you haven’t done so already, please visit the WWBA Foundation’s website to learn more about the good work of the Foundation and to make a donation to support our mission! https://www.wwbany.org/Scholarships-and-Grants. Thank you for your consideration!

Prolific author Susan L. Pollet, former WWBA President, has published a work of fiction, available on Amazon, entitled Grey Divorce Support Group: From Pain to Peace. As noted by the editor, “Grey divorce, defined as a divorce for people over fifty years old, is a big issue right now as the rates of it are climbing. In this novel, the author reveals the main issues and causes of grey divorce through the vehicle of a fictional support group.” Best wishes to Susan for connecting with readers with this publication. Other titles available on Amazon by Susan L. Pollet include: Women in Crisis: Stories From The Edge; Through Walter’s Lens; Lessons in Survival: All About

WWBA State Director and Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair Janeen M. Thomas has recently been added as a Partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, a national law firm with more than 40 specialties and a multitude of sub-specialties. She is based out of their New York office, where her practice focuses on insurance coverage litigation and miscellaneous professional liability matters. 

Our very own Jennifer Robinson, Corresponding Secretary, delivered Juliet Celine Guzman on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 7:31 a.m. Baby Juliet weighed in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and is 19.5 inches long. Warm congratulations to Jen, Jason, and the newest WWBA member-in-waiting.

❑ Wendy Marie Weathers, Esq. has recently been added as partner at Clair Gjertsen & Weathers PLLC, a defense firm headquartered in White Plains. Practice areas include real estate, bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, landlord-tenant disputes, wills & estates, and civil litigation. The firm represents individuals and businesses in the New York metro area, Long Island, Hudson Valley, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. Wendy brings to the firm more than 20 years of experience representing both institutional lenders and borrowers in all aspects of the mortgage banking industry and residential foreclosures. She also currently serves as the President of the Westchester County Bar Association. WWBA congratulates Wendy on this partnership position and her enthusiastic welcome at Clair Gjertsen & Weathers PLLC, and we wish her well. 

Kathy Marks has become General Counsel to the New York State Department of Health. WWBA congratulates Kathy on this terrific appointment, and we wish her well.

Lisa Margaret Smith was awarded the Woman of the Year honor by the Mite Society of the South Salem Presbyterian Church, which is believed to be the oldest continually operating women’s church society in the United States. The Mite Society was founded as the “Female Charitable Society of South Salem New York” on November 14, 1815. The Society’s name is based on the story of the widow’s mite (Luke 21:1-4), reflecting the fact that its early members set aside pennies from their household allowances to pay their dues. Even now, in 2020, dues are a minimum of one penny per week, and all are invited to be members, regardless of gender.

In anticipation of the holiday season, Susan L. Pollet, former WWBA President, published her first illustrated children’s book, entitled “Juliette Rose’s Dream of Becoming,” which is available on Amazon. The book is for children of all ages and the adults who love them. It provides a wish list of human traits-embodied by famous women in different fields – which make for exemplary human beings. Juliette strives to grow up to have these qualities, but, ultimately, she wants to accept herself as she becomes, with self-love, and love for her family and the world community. The illustrations show each of these women with visual representations of the corresponding traits.


2020

❑ 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. 

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.


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