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AUGUST President's message


Wendy Marie Weathers, Esq.

 

Inaugural Address

 
Greetings! The WCBA has had a very busy summer so far including hosting a number of successful webinars and CLEs.  Thank you to all the panelists and presenters as well as to the WCBA staff for an amazing multi-disciplinary list of programs!  And thank you to all the Annual Sponsors for you continued support!  If you missed any of these programs, please check out the WCBA website online CLE programs.  Members have been recognized, celebrated and remembered.  In addition, our task forces are in full swing and the Courts have reopened.
 
Welcome Newly Appointed Co-chairs of the WCBA!
During the month of July, I met and talked with so many inspiring and thoughtful members of WCBA.  As a member, you have the opportunity to shape the future of the legal profession; educate your peers through CLE programs and webinars; elevate standards for the legal community and of course expand your network.  A great way to make an impact is to join WCBA Sections and Committees.   Through these forums, one has the opportunity to impact the legal profession.  As the current President of WCBA, I am honored to recognize the hard work and dedication of my fellow members by appointing them as co-chairs.  I look forward to working alongside you over the next year as your President.  
 
The Westchester County Bar Association is committed to remaining a strong resource to bench, bar, and students as we continue to aid both our community and each other. 
 
WCBA Memorial Ceremony
On July 15th, P. Daniel Hollis III hosted a virtual memorial service to celebrate the memories of members of the bar that we have lost this past year: Peter K. Bertine, Sr., Robert P. Dohn, Raymond J. Keegan, Henry G. Miller, Honorable Steven I. Milligram, Honorable James F. Reitz, John N. Romano, and Joseph Anthony Sena, Jr.  Each will always be remembered for their integrity, fairness and wisdom.  And on behalf of the Westchester County Bar Association, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family members and colleagues of the attorneys and the judges who we lost this year.  Thank you, Dan for a beautiful ceremony.
 
Planning Committee: Court Re-Openings
WCBA is proud to have both James Hyer, Esq, President-Elect and Nelida Lara, Esq., Board member to represent WCBA’s members’ concerns relating to the 9th Judicial District’s Return to In-Person Operations Plan (RIOP) for Phase III and IV.  We are very grateful to the Honorable Chief Administrative Judge Kathie E. Davidson and the entire bench and court staff for their unwavering commitment to provide justice to all.  Among those who attended the video-conference were representatives of various bar associations, legal services and legal aid organizations, as well as public defenders and district attorney offices.  
 
WCBA congratulates Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni on being named to the Honorable Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s Commission to Reimagine the New York Courts.  The commission will take an in-depth look at all aspects of how the court system runs and how any technological, structural, and regulatory changes or any other innovations might be helpful. Both short and long-term changes will be recommended. Congratulations Hon. Idoni!
 
WCBA Community Recovery Task Force
I am proud to report that WCBA Community Recovery Task Force held its inaugural First Responder’s Day at the Armonk Fire Department on July 13th!  A comprehensive presentation, by the Co-Chairs of the Subcommittee for First Responders, James Hyer and Paul Millman,  provided free information about and preparation of advance directives including: (1) Health Care Proxies; (2) Living Wills; (3) Powers of Attorney; and (4) Appointments of Agent for Disposition of Remains. We are extremely grateful for the volunteers who accompanied us to this inaugural event, especially Stephen Flynn, Esq. for putting us in touch with the Armonk F.D.  Our teamwork in offering guidance and solutions to the current legal challenges facing first responders, the business & legal community, and the citizens of Westchester County as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to amaze me.  To join this great cause, please contact us at CRTaskForce@wcbany.org.
 
WCBA Social Injustice Task Force
Over the past few weeks, I have met with Karen Beltran and Keri Fiore, co-chairs of the Diversity Committee, Brian Cohen, WCBA Board Member and Isabel Dichiara, our Executive Director to brainstorm and create an impactful program addressing experiences and challenges faced based on racism.  Be sure to read your WCBA emails for emerging details.
 
Take Time to Pause and Enjoy
If you did not take time for yourself in July, I hope you will be doing so in August. Our profession is a stressful and demanding one, especially in this technological age when clients often expect access and responses 24/7. I urge each of you to pause and take a well-deserved break to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather that the summer offers – we all need to take time to rejuvenate ourselves and enjoy the blessings of our friends and family!
 
Annual Golf Outing Sept. 22, 2020
Our friends at GlenArbor Golf Club are open and ready to welcome us for our Annual Golf Outing! The club is following all requirements for cleanliness and social distancing including outdoor dining. We hope you will team up with bar members, judicial members, clients, friends, and colleagues for an enjoyable day of golf and lunch on the course.
 
If you have questions or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please see pages 1 and 2 or contact Isabel Dichiara at isabel@wcbany.org or 914-761-3707, x 50. 
 
As always, should any of you like to reach me with comments, suggestions or concerns, I am always available at president@wcbany.org, wweathers@cabanillaslaw.com or by calling 914.573.6213.
 
Be well and be safe.
 
 
Welcome to Our Newly Appointed Co-Chairs
Please join me in welcoming and congratulating the newly appointed co-chairs of the following WCBA Committees:
 
Diversity Committee:  Keri A. Fiore, Esq., Support Magistrate of NYS Unified Court System; co-chair with Karen Beltran, Esq., of the Westchester County Attorney’s Office.
Ethics Committee: Charles L. Rosenzweig, Esq., DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP.
Grievance Committee: John P. Frucco, Esq., Bodnar Milone, LLP; and Christopher L. Mangold, Esq., Christopher L. Mangold PLLC, both currently transitioning (with Paul Millman, Esq. and Marilyn “Mike” Faust, Esq.).
Immigration Committee: Sarah Borsody, Esq., Make the Road New York; co-chair (with Hon. Lissette G. Fernandez, Peekskill City Court).
Paralegal Committee: Marisa E. Warshaw, DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP; and Shannon R. Fulmer, Yankwitt LLP.
 
Thank You to Our Outgoing Co-Chairs
I also want to express my thanks and gratitude to those co-chairs who volunteered many years of service and for all your cooperation in the transition of leadership. I am very proud of each of your accomplishments:
 
Diversity Committee:  Evelyn Miller, Esq., The Law Office of David S. Klausner, PLLC.
Ethics Committee: Hon. Edward R. Mevec, Administrative Law Judge, NYS Dept of Corrections and Hon. Gilbert Rabin, JHO, NYS Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District.
Grievance Committee: Paul Millman, Esq., Millman Law Firm and Marilyn “Mike” Faust, Esq., Law Offices of Marilyn S. Faust.
Paralegal Committee: Lenny Amodeo, Keane & Beane, P.C. and Deirdra McCoy, Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP.

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