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The Women in Transition Project will meet the first Friday of every month for an informal lunch.  The Project will help members make the most of their next transition by offering a space for members to share their goals, explore possibilities, and address the anxieties that often accompany change.  By partnering with other WWBA committees the Project will help forge supportive connections among members.  The networking and mentoring opportunities offered by the Women in Transition Project are intended to help women in transition harness the power of change to create their best professional life.  The next meeting is January 5th. Click here for more info

Meet the Officers of the WWBA:
A Night of Networking

On September 28, 2016, the New Lawyers, Networking, and Membership Committees presented, “Meet the Officers of the WWBA: A Night of Networking.”  A very big thank you to UBS, and in particular Cristina DeBrito, Michael Guild, and Eric Berger, who in participation with the WWBA, helped present the event.

Member NEWS

Frances M. Pantaleo of Bleakley Platt & Schmidt in White Plains has been selected for inclusion in the publication “2018 Best Lawyers in America” in the field of elder law. Pantaleo is the head of the elder law practice group at Bleakley Platt. She is a past chair of the elder law and special needs section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the trusts and estates section. She also has chaired the elder law committees of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association. 


Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Barry E. Warhit

by Susan L. Pollet
Chair of the Archive 
and Historian Committee

Q. Our membership wants to know more about you.  Please tell us about your legal career and what led you to become a judge. 

A. I commenced my legal career as an associate in a mid-size New York City law firm which specialized in commercial law and bankruptcy proceedings. Although I found the work intellectually stimulating, I left the firm to pursue my goal of becoming a courtroom litigator. I was elated when I was hired as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. While there, I had the unparalleled opportunity to learn from a number of supremely talented career prosecutors whom I credit with having taught me the art of effective courtroom advocacy. When I left the District Attorney’s Office, I had felony trial experience and the confidence to pursue a career in civil litigation. I spent a number of years at an insurance defense firm in New York City before coming to the realization that criminal law is my calling. In 1994, I opened a practice in Westchester County and became a member of the assigned counsel panel. During my tenure as a criminal defense attorney, I tried 62 cases to verdict, including 14 homicides. My familiarity with criminal matters and courtroom dynamics fueled my interest in becoming a judge. In 2006, I was given the opportunity to serve as the Acting Village Justice of Tarrytown. This experience deepened my interest in presiding over criminal matters. 

President's Message

by Lisa Denig, Esq.

It may be a bit cliché, but it is difficult not to focus on thankfulness during the month of November.  While we tend to “give thanks” a bit more this month than any other month, numerous research studies have found that having an “attitude of gratitude” can make one feel healthier, stave off depression, build self-esteem, and even result in better sleeping habits. 

      While I generally consider myself an extremely grateful person on a daily basis, quite often I fail to specifically name those people or entities in my life that I appreciate most.  So I am going to get quite personal in this column and thank specifically those people and groups that deserve a little “shout out.”  

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