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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 welcome escape from the turbulent times we are living in.


Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Virginia K. Trunkes

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

Q:  When did you join the WWBA, and why did you join it?

A: I joined the WWBA first in 2011, and then became involved again in 2017. Having resided in Westchester since 2008, I joined initially to be among like-minded/situated members with whom I identify: cosmopolitan and savvy, with just the right level of grit, yet slightly disconnected from the intensity and frenzy associated with a 24/7 NYC legal and residential lifestyle. Regrettably, in 2013, I felt it necessary to take a step back when it became problematic to depart early from my Manhattan office to make the 5:30 p.m. board meetings. In 2017, I rejoined after finally getting the opportunity to work in Westchester! I was excited to pick up where I left off and participate in CLE-planning and other events. While I have recently started working in Manhattan again, I maintain my involvement in the Westchester legal community. This time around, for my own personal and professional development, I plan to keep and strengthen my connection with the WWBA. 

Q:  Please tell our members about your legal career.

A: I have spent most of my career handling litigation, first from behind the scenes at the Appellate Division (First Department), and then in private practice. Much of the disputes I’ve litigated have involved business-related matters, which over the past several years have narrowed to those involving real property and construction. Currently, I spend more time negotiating neighboring access, construction and design services agreements versus merely arguing on a daily basis (much better for the psyche!). 

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President's Message

by Angela Morcone Giannini, Esq.

Little did any of us know last June when I was sworn in as President and I challenged us to “see far and go far” that we would be facing this new world thrown upon us.   Social distancing went from being a buzzword to a way of life.  In the words of Maya Angelou, we were called upon “to stand up straight, realize who we are and that we can tower over our circumstances.” And we did just that. 

      The WWBA remained constant in our lives as did our dedication to our members and our community.  Through the leadership of our WWBA officers, and the support of the membership, in the spirit of togetherness, we at the WWBA proudly “saw far and went far”.  We faced the invisible adversary COVID19 head on.  We were one of the first chapters in WBASNY to convert to virtual meetings and programs. 

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