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On May 5, 2022, Dolores Gebhardt, Esq., a Partner at Goldschmidt & Genovese, LLP, was inducted as President of the Westchester County Bar Association at its 122nd Annual Banquet. Dolores is the first person ever to have served as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, President of the White Plains Bar Association, and now President of the Westchester County Bar Association. Dolores gave a vibrant speech outlining her motivation for the year ahead, centered around a theme of unification among attorneys, who are no doubt “stronger together.” She also took time to recognize her family and three mentors, all of whom were present, and one of whom, our revered WWBA founding member, the Honorable Sondra M. Miller, administered the oath of office. The WWBA extends our heartfelt congratulations to Dolores, as well as our confidence in her leadership, as she takes the helm of the WCBA.

 At the same event, the WCBA recognized Mary F. Kelly, Esq.with a certificate for her 50 years in the practice of law. Mary is a former President of both WBASNY and WWBA. She continues to practice matrimonial law and trusts and estates law at her firm of 
Kelly & Knaplund in White Plains.

Kurzman, Eisenberg, Corbin & Lever LLP is pleased to announce that Robbin E. Sweeney has joined their firm as Senior Attorney in the Real Estate division. Robbin has concentrated on real estate law since the beginning of her career as a real estate agent, then working for Merrill Lynch Mortgage Corporation while attending law school, before transitioning into in private practice. She brings to our firm a distinct style combining her law degree with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, creating calm, organized, solution-focused transactions. Her certification as a Professional Coach prepared her to develop and provide engaging and informative trainings, seminars and webinars, for the NYSBA, WBASNY, NYS Office of the Governor, private entities and the public on a variety of topics including Preparing Your Home for Sale, Strategies for Reducing Stress in Your Law Practice, The Importance of Estate Planning, Families in Transition, and Caring for Aging Loved Ones.

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Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Susan Simon

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

Q: When and why did you become involved in the WWBA?

A: My involvement in the WWBA started around 1994.  At the time, a respected female lawyer questioned why I thought about joining the WWBA.  She did not believe in the merits of a female oriented organization.  After getting to know some of the WWBA members I decided to join and am glad that I did.  The collegiality and support of the other members has been invaluable.  The diversity of the membership has enriched my legal and personal experience.

Q: Which activities and positions of the WWBA have you participated in?

A: I co-chaired the CLE Committee.  We got the WWBA certified as an accredited New York CLE provider. I still remember the large amount of paperwork that was involved. It also required the efforts of many of our members to conceive of and implement the programs.  It is rewarding to see the large and varied CLE offerings that the WWBA offers its members.

      Over the years I have enjoyed the many meetings and CLEs that I participated in.  The Zoom meetings during COVID have been a good way to stay in touch with others in the profession, to continue to develop knowledge, and to stay current with the changing environment.

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President's Message

by Amanda C. Fried

My obsession with Hamilton should be no secret by now, nor should my tendency toward insomnia.  So, one night as I lie awake obsessing about the atrocities in the Ukraine, and the Bucha massacre in particular, the line from Act II “who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” kept replaying in my head. 

      As my WWBA presidency draws to a close, friends and colleagues have asked me whether the work of the past year has been worth it. The answer is always a resounding yes. I love the WWBA – its people, its purpose, its future – and all I have wanted, to borrow from Eliza Hamilton, is to be a part of the narrative.  And, as our WBASNY liaison recently said, making a contribution and feeling a sense of belonging to a mission brought me joy. 

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