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       2016 WWBA Awards

  Diversity Achievement Award

The Diversity Committee of the Westchester Women's Bar Association is pleased to announce that Legal Services of The Hudson Valley (LSHV) has been selected as the 2016 winner of the WWBA Diversity Achievement Award!  LSHV is the largest provider in the lower Hudson Valley of free civil legal services for the indigent and plays a prominent role in the representation of the region's diverse communities.  We extend our sincere congratulations to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley on this well-deserved award.  The award will be presented to LSHV at the WWBA's Annual Dinner on June 8, 2016 at Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club.  We hope you can join us for a wonderful evening.  

Pace Setter Award 

Dolores Gebhardt, Past President and long-standing active member of the Westchester Women's Bar Association, has been named the winner of the Pace Setter Award!  This prestigious honor is the highest award granted in the annual Above the Bar Awards, which are co-sponsored by Westchester County Business Journal and Citrin Cooperman.  The Pace Setter Award is awarded to an attorney who exemplifies overall excellence in professional and community work and prominence in the Westchester legal profession.  Dolores Gebhardt is a dedicated advocate who is well respected by peers and community, and we couldn't be more proud of her significant achievement. Please remember to send in your response card for the WWBA Annual Dinner on June 8th at Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club - see you then!


 Family Friendly Employer Award

The Lawyering and Parenting Committee of the Westchester Women's Bar Association is pleased to announce that Yankwitt LLP has been selected as the 2016 winner of the WWBA Family Friendly Employer Award!  Yankwitt LLP is a sophisticated boutique commercial litigation firm in White Plains.  The firm has demonstrated a strong commitment to balancing work and family, resulting in high employee morale and the ability to attract and maintain high-quality lawyers and staff.

We extend our sincere congratulations to Yankwitt LLP on this well-deserved award.  The award will be presented to Yankwitt LLP at the WWBA's Annual Dinner on June 8, 2016 at Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club.  We hope you can join us for a wonderful evening. 

                Karen Z. Bell 
   Moderate Means Panel Award

The WWBA is pleased to announce that Meryl Fishbone has been selected as the 2016 winner of the Karen Z. Bell Moderate Means Panel Award.  She was chosen in recognition of her selfless efforts to provide legal services in matrimonial and family law cases to clients with limited financial resources.




Member NEWS

❑ WWBA member Patricia Lenard Angley, Fordham Law School Class of 1987, was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on March 7, 2016 as part of the Fordham University School of Law group admission ceremony. Ms. Angley’s mother, Mary S. Lenard, a member of the Fordham Law School Class of 1955, was also admitted. Mrs. Lenard celebrated the 60th anniversary of her admission to the New York Bar and was one of three women who graduated from her law school class. Mrs. Lenard commented on how inspiring it was to see three women justices on the bench of the Supreme Court. The Fordham group was privileged to personally meet Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas after the ceremony.

 

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Interview of the Month

An Interview with Hon. Rachel Hahn

Susan L. Pollet
Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

Q: You were recently elected to the Westchester County Family Court.  Please tell us about your career, and what led you to this current position.

A:  After graduating law school, I practiced criminal law in New York City. In 1988, I began legal work in the area of Family Law, working as an Attorney for the Child (formerly known as Law Guardian) with the New York City Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice.  As it happened, Judge Davidson and I were in the same training class at Legal Aid.  I recognized shortly thereafter, that I could make a positive difference in the lives of children and families, and have since dedicated my career to working in Family Law.

I worked in the New York City Family Court for many years.  Initially, I was a trial court Court Attorney, and spent eight years working with Family Court judges.  In 1998, I went from working inside the courtroom to working on administration and operations of the Family Court.


President's Message

There’s no need to reveal your age, but can you identify these catchy slogans from advertising campaigns?

1. Just do it!
2. Melts in your mouth, not in your hands.
3. Betcha can’t eat just one!
4. Because you’re worth it.
5. Have it your way!

      Political campaigns use slogans, too, to convey a candidate’s message en masse, and Barack Obama’s “Change We Can Believe In” was effective in galvanizing the nation in 2008.  Lately, we’ve been inundated with political slogans in the presidential race.  Some of the slogans offer promises, like “A Political Revolution is Coming” and “A New American Century.” Others, such as “New Possibilities. Real Leadership.” and  “Tanned. Rested. Ready.”  tell us a lot about the candidate the slogan represents. Still others have a religious tone – “From Hope to Higher Ground” – or an aggressive approach – “Defeat the Washington Machine. Unleash the American Dream.”

      There are clear guidelines for creating a proper slogan. It must not be generic or redundant.  It must be simple and honest, but not too long. It must have action and energy.

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