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The Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York. She sits in the Charles L. Brieant Federal Building and United States Courthouse in White Plains. She was originally appointed in 1995 and is currently serving her fourth term as a Magistrate Judge. From 2006-2008 Judge Smith served as Chief Magistrate Judge for the SDNY.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (1987-1995). Before becoming an AUSA she served as a Kings County (NY) Assistant District Attorney from 1980-1985, rising to Supervising Senior ADA in the Appeals Bureau, following service in several other bureaus. From 1985-1986 Judge Smith was an Assistant Attorney General in the Appeals and Opinions Division of the New York State Department of Law, located in Albany. She represented the State of New York on appeals in state and federal courts throughout New York, and she co-authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the National Association of State Attorneys General filed in the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1986 Judge Smith re-joined the Kings County Dis-trict Attorney’s Office as a Supervising Senior ADA. She remained there until 1987, when she became an AUSA for the Southern District of New York.

Judge Smith earned her BA degree, with honors in political science, from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1977, and her JD degree from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina in 1980, where she was a member of the Moot Court Board. She is a member of the Boards of Editors of the Federal Courts Law Review, an on-line and print journal of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, and of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly. Judge Smith has served in various positions on the Board of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and currently serves as a Vice President and member of the Executive Committee. She is active in the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Association, for which she has served as a Circuit Vice Presi-dent, and JALBCA. In 2014 Judge Smith was honored to receive the Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award from the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. In 2018 Judge Smith was also honored to receive the Kay Crawford Murray Award from the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Women in the Law.

Judge Smith has been an Adjunct Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (formerly Pace Law School) since 2006, where she has taught Evidence and Federal Courts, and co-teaches Civil Procedure with Professor Michael B. Mushlin. Judge Smith frequently lectures at CLE and Bar Association programs, with a particular focus on e-discovery and evidence. She is a regular participant in events which educate children about the courts, including Take Your Children To Work Day, an annual program of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, as well as visits to the Courthouse by school and scout groups, and she advises the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team.

Judge Smith published an article, co-authored with Professor Mushlin, entitled “The Professor and the Judge: Introducing First-Year Students to the Law in Context.” The article appears in the Journal of Legal Education, Volume 63, number 3 (February 2014). Judge Smith also wrote an article entitled “Top Ten Things You Probably Never Knew About Magistrate Judges,” published in The Federal Lawyer in May, 2014. She has also contributed numerous articles to the Federal Bar Council Quarterly.


Amanda C. Fried is an attorney at Carton & Rosoff PC in White Plains, NY, a law firm focusing on matrimonial law, family law, adoption, and guardianship.   Prior to joining Carton & Rosoff PC, she was an associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, where her practice focused primarily on representing large financial institutions in multi-billion dollar debt offerings and exchange offerings.  She earned her degree in 2005 from Fordham University School of Law and was the Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 2000.  

Amanda previously served multiple terms as Treasurer and Vice-President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and continues to be the proud co-chair of the Programs Committee. She was the chair of the Annual Dinner Souvenir Journal for four consecutive years and she has loved every minute of being a part of this organization. In addition to her roles with the WWBA, she is also an Elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association's Family Law Section. 

Amanda sings weekly with the Greenwich Choral Society, and spends any free time she has training dogs.  She is the proud parent of a Havanese, Zoe, who will gladly show off her many tricks in exchange for cheerios.     

Natanya L. Briendel
Vice President

Natanya Briendel is a Staff Attorney at the Pace Women’s Justice Center where she manages the Uncontested Divorce Program.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at Mercy College teaching courses in Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice and Family Violence. 

Prior to joining PWJC, Ms. Briendel had been a prosecutor with the New York City Human Rights Administration and New York City Law Department and had started the Pro Bono Domestic Violence initiative at the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. Ms. Briendel is a graduate of Brandeis University and received her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law.


Vice President

Jennifer L. Gray is a partner at Keane & Beane, P.C. where her practice is devoted to the areas of planning and zoning, and litigation pertaining to land use, municipal and real estate matters.  Jennifer regularly appears before municipal boards throughout the Hudson Valley on behalf of developers, businesses, franchises, religious institutions and individuals.  She also serves as counsel to local planning and zoning boards.  Her litigation experience includes matters related to compliance with the New  York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), challenges to local planning and zoning board decisions, disputes concerning real property, as well as both prosecution and defense of zoning and building code violations.  Jennifer is a lecturer on issues related to land development and zoning for the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, New York Planning Federation and local bar associations.

Jennifer received her juris doctor, cum laude, from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2006, with a Certificate in Environmental Law, and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 2002.  Jennifer has served as Vice-President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Co-Chair of the WWBA’s Environmental & Land Use Committee, Annual Dinner Committee and the Lawyering & Parenting Committee, Co-Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association, and an elected member of the Alumni Board of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where she recently concluded two terms on its Executive Committee.  Jennifer was selected as a “SuperLawyer” Rising Star and one of the New York Metro Region Top Women “SuperLawyers” in the field of land use and zoning.  She was also selected by the Business Council of Westchester as one of the County’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. 

Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and adventure-loving twin boys. 

Vice President


Jacqueline Hattar is a partner in the New York Metro offices of Wilson Elser, and a member of thefirm’s Complex Torts & General Casualty practice group. She has practiced law for more than 27 years, almost 18 of them as an attorney at Wilson Elser. Jackie is an experienced and accomplished litigator, who focuses her practice on general tort liability matters and the defense of complex litigation. She has extensive trial experience in all courts throughout the state of New York and has a strong background in alternative dispute resolution/mediations and appellate work.

Jackie is currently a member of Wilson Elser’s national Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is also one of five women partners, who helped to establish Wilson Elser’s Women Attorneys Valued & Empowered (WAVE) Initiative, which exemplifies the firm’s enlightened approach to advancing the professional and personal well-being of its women attorneys. She has served as a mentor in the WAVE’s Mentorship program since its inception. Jackie is also a member of Wilson Elser’s National Attorney Training program, which provides in-house legal training for new attorneys. Earlier in her career, Jackie served for six years as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx County, New York, District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted major high-profile offenses from grand jury through trial.

Jackie is a long-time, involved member of the WWBA, who has served in various positions, including four-terms as a WBASNY state director and a local director, current co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Litigation Committee. Jackie co-founded the WWBA’s Continuing Lecture Series on Diversity in the Legal Profession. For over a decade, Jackie has organized the WWBA’s participation as volunteer readers in the National Education Association’s Read Across America program in the Yonkers Public Schools. This also led to the WWBA including Yonkers Public School 23 in its annual Law Day program at the Federal Courthouse in White Plains.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Fordham University in 1988, Jackie obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Pace University School of Law in 1991. She is admitted to practice law in the state of New York, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Elizabeth Marcus

Elizabeth Z. Marcus is an Assistant District Attorney at the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (Go Blue!).  While at Michigan, Elizabeth was an Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law.  She also served as a Student-Attorney with Michigan’s Juvenile Justice Clinic and Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic.  Additionally, she interned for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. 

Prior to law school, Elizabeth earned a Master’s degree in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University.  Her research focused on the intersection of disability and aging with her final thesis titled, “The Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability: Opportunities for the World’s Aging Society.”  While pursuing her Master’s degree, Elizabeth interned at the United Nations Headquarters for the UN’s focal point on disability rights.  She is also a graduate of New York University, having earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in history and politics. 

Elizabeth previously served as Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary as well as Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Committee.  

She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. 

Corresponding Secretary

Julie Passman
Recording Secretary

Julie P. Passman, Attorney at Law, has a private practice devoted to special education advocacy.  Building on a passion developed in law school, Ms. Passman is committed to ensuring that children with special needs receive a free appropriate public education.   Ms. Passman provides legal counsel to parents of children with special needs, representing clients at special education meetings and proceedings.  She also provides support and guidance to college students applying for accommodations and to those seeking accommodations on standardized entrance exams, including the SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE and MCAT.  Ms. Passman is a New York State impartial hearing officer for special education matters.

Ms. Passman graduated from Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in 1990 and was a member of the Cardozo Law Review.  She is the author of “Retroactive Reimbursement: The Standard of Review for a Parent’s Unilateral Placement Under the Education For All Handicapped Children Act”.   Ms. Passman is admitted to practice law in states of New York and Connecticut and in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. 

Ms. Passman began her law career as a member of the Litigation Department at Weil, Gotshal and Manges.  In addition to her current legal practice representing clients in special education matters, Ms. Passman lectures to parent groups, professional groups and practices and at Continuing Legal Education programs focusing on special education issues. 

Ms. Passman is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA).  She is a co-chairperson of the Lower Hudson Special Education Task Force, a regional affiliate of the New York Special Education Task Force, which strives to improve educational access and outcomes for students with disabilities by collaborating with all stakeholders in special education.  Ms. Passman is a co-chairperson of the Education Committee of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (WWBA), and she has developed an active committee, regularly hosting programs on current issues in Education Law. 

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