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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 was the proud co-chair of the Programs Committee for the past few years. She was also 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.

Pre-pandemic, Amanda sang 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.


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. 

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


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 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. 


Corresponding Secretary

Recording Secretary

Amanda K. Rieben is the Director of the Walk-In Legal Clinic at the Pace Women’s Justice Center. As Director, Ms. Rieben manages the day-to-day operation of the Clinic, a program that provides free legal consultations and guidance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. She also provides legal trainings to PWJC Clinic volunteers, as well as informational trainings to clients and outside social service providers to help educate them on domestic violence and the legal resources available to victims.

Prior to joining the Pace Women’s Justice Center, Ms. Rieben was an Associate at Broder & Orland LLC (now known as Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC), one of the largest family law firms in Connecticut. As an as Associate, she assisted clients in high net worth divorces, as well as related matters, including custody, child support and maintenance. She also worked as a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in their domestic violence unit, primarily litigating family offense and custody matters. Prior to her employment with LSHV, she was a Staff Attorney at the Center for Family Representation, Inc., where she defended parents in numerous child protective proceedings in New York County Family Court.

Ms. Rieben graduated from Colby College, Magna Cum Laude, and received her law degree from New York Law School. She is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and Connecticut. She is the Co-Chair of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association’s Families Children and the Courts Committee. In addition to her roles with the WWBA, she will also serve on the 2021-2022 Management Board of the Saint Luke’s Parish School, where one of her daughters attends.

In her free time, Ms. Rieben enjoys spending time with her husband and their three daughters hiking, skiing and doing other outdoor activities.

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