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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. 

Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, Esq., PhD, MPH, past chair of the WWBA Elder, Health and Reproductive Rights Committee, has become president of the American Psychological Association Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. She’s the first scholar of law and the 10th woman to hold this national office since the APA Society’s founding in 1963. On September 10th, Mary Beth’s career milestone was recognized on social media by Fordham Law School (’82) as part of the opening of its 100-years of Women celebrations. Mary Beth’s interdisciplinary scholarship and policy advocacy are located at the intersection of health law and policy, health research and ethics.

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. 

October 2017

❑ On October 11, 2017, Justice Mark C. Dillon of the Appellate Division, 2nd Dept., was “vouched in” to help hear a case at the Court of Appeals in Albany. Vouching in is a rarely-used procedure where the state’s Chief Judge, Hon. Janet DiFiore, selects Appellate Division justices to substitute for Court of Appeals judges that have recused off a case. The appeal here was Bransten v. State of New York. 

September 2017

This past spring, the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team Coached by Marcella Scalise and WWBA member Deborah Scalise competed and came in first place in the WCBA Mock Trial Competition, the final round was judged by the Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman. They also came in third place in the NYSBA Regional Mock Trial Com-petition. The Team also received coaching tips from the Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith, who graciously opened her courtroom to allow them to practice the trial, and also added the Team to the roster for Law Day 2017 in May.

❑ Georgia Kramer, of Kramer Kozek, LLP, and longtime member of the WWBA, was awarded the honor of Leading Matrimonial Attorney at the 2017 Above the Bar Awards. Ms. Kramer was introduced by her close friend former Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.

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