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❑ Congratulations to Joy Joseph on being awarded the WBASNY Stephanie E. Kupferman Juvenile Justice Award. This Award is given to a WBASNY member who has shown outstanding achievement in legal matters involving juveniles over a period of three or more years, as a prosecutor, defense counsel, or law guardian or judge.

❑ Susan L. Pollet, Past President of the WWBA and Archive and Historian Chair, published a second poetry collection entitled “Palpable Ponderings,” as an ebook on Amazon Kindle.  It is free for those with Kindle Unlimited.

❑ Lisa M. Denig, Commissioner of Human Resources at Westchester County and former President of the WWBA, has published her first

novel, Trial and Error. The novel follows Katie Richter, a divorced mom of two teenage girls, who works full time during the day and attends

law school at night, all while fighting to keep her younger daughter from spiraling into a life of endless partying and drug use. When Katie finally graduates from law school and begins working as an Assistant District Attorney, one of her daughters is murdered. She is forced to reckon with her failings as a mom as well as the ethical dilemma she faces when she realizes her remaining child might commit perjury to secure the killer’s conviction. The book is available for purchase on Amazon. ◗

Cindy Kanusher, Executive Director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC), has been selected to receive the Visionary of Justice Award at the Elizabeth Haub School of Law, Law Leadership Award Dinner at the Westchester Country Club on March 14, 2024. The PWJC is a not-for-profit legal services provider for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse. After becoming the Executive Director in

2015, Cindy spearheaded fundraising efforts that lead to $3 million dollars for the construction of a new walk-in clinic and office space for free legal services. The new clinic resulted in an increase in services by 20%. The PWJC serves over 3,000 victims and survivors of interpersonal violence each year.

Congratulations to WWBA President Amanda K. Rieben on being elevated to Partner at Abrams Fensterman LLP! Amanda practices in the Family and Matrimonial Law department of the firm’s White Plains office. 

Congratulations to Lucia Chiocchio and Cindy Kanusher who were honored with the 2023 Women Innovators Award from Westfair Communications on October 26, 2023 at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle. The award is given to women who have been innovators in various fields, advocate for innovation in their organizations and break barriers by making significant contributions to science, technology, arts and other areas. 

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Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Hon. Jodi J. Kimmel

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

 

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

A: I became involved in the WWBA in 2019, because I was starting to think about running to be Bedford’s first female judge.  For the first time in my legal career, I felt singled out as a woman.  My law school class was predominantly female; my first jobs had strong female mentors - I never felt the need to seek out support of other female lawyers beyond my co-workers and law school friends.

Q:  In what ways have you been active in the WWBA?

A: My initial involvement in the WWBA was with the book club which Lisa Denig does a fantastic job of leading.  During the pandemic we came together virtually to offer each other companionship and insight into the books we read.  This year I became the chair of the Judiciary Committee, and I am really enjoying this new role...

President's Message

by Sherry A. Bishko

I cannot help but reflect on how lucky I am for having reaped the many benefits of all the Westchester Women’s Bar Association has had to offer for nearly two decades.  In 2006, I walked into the law firm of Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP for a job interview with Past WWBA Presidents Linda Markowitz, Esq. and Kathy N. Rosenthal, Esq.  Their first question was, “Are you a member of the WWBA?”  They immediately signed me up as a new member, then hired me, in that order!

            I have had the opportunity to serve the WWBA as Recording Secretary, Vice President, and, most recently, as President-Elect.  For me, however, the most rewarding roles with the WWBA have been serving as co-chair of both the Membership and Mentorship Committees.  In these capacities, I am able to speak with individual WWBA members, work with our attorney mentors and law student mentees, and get to know them as individuals.  Each of our 550 members brings a unique set of incredible skills and accomplishments to the WWBA.  The WWBA’s membership is our value, strength, and power. 

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