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❑ Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV)
, the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services to those that cannot afford it in the seven counties of the lower and mid-Hudson Valley, was awarded a $1,200 grant by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Inc. The grant will support LSHV’s Housing Stability Program for Families in Westchester. 

Congratulations to WWBA member Carol Swidler, Esq. who on October 18, 2018, received the Joseph F. Gagliardi Award for Excellence. The award recognizes outstanding non-judicial employees in the Ninth Judicial District for their out-standing service to the public and dedication to the administra-tion of justice. Ms. Swidler, who serves as Supervising Court Attorney-Referee in the Matrimonial Part of the Westchester Su-preme and County Courts, was selected as one of two recipients for this year’s Award. The Honorable Kathie E. Davidson, Ad-ministrative Judge, Ninth Judicial District presided over the cer-emony. Ms. Swidler was introduced by the Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second De-partment. 


Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Carol Swidler, Esq. 

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

Q: You have been a loyal WWBA
member for many years.  How many is it now?

A: I lost count at 25 … I remember Hon. Joann Friia was the President at the time. 

Q: Why did you become a member and what has kept you involved?

A: Rae Ellen Vitiello was my mentor and encouraged me to join, and to go to the meetings.  We also traveled together to Montreal and New Orleans for a State Convention and to Washington, D.C. to be admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.  I remember meeting fascinating women and enjoying the camaraderie.

      The matrimonial lawyers reach out to me, periodically, for ideas on CLE topics and to coordinate efforts for events.

      My husband, Steven, has for many years been on the WWBA Judicial Screening Committee.  I fondly remember Steven and I volunteering to be among the “models” in a “dress for success” event program sponsored by the WWBA.

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President's Message

by Kim Berg, Esq.

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you a happy, healthy new year.

The start of a new year is typically marked by reflection on our past accomplishments, review of our current personal and professional goals, and efforts to prioritize our objectives for the year ahead.  Although I am most certainly doing that now, I will readily admit that I spent significant time in 2018 prior to being sworn in as President to reflect on the WWBA’s past, review our current goals, and prioritize objectives for the 2018-2019 year.   

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