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APRIL President's message

Hon. Linda S. Jamieson


Coronavirus: Meeting the Challenge

This issue of Westchester Lawyer headed to our printer on March 15, 2020. By the time we were ready to finish the printing process, COVID-19 had gone from a distant problem to our hometown crisis.

The WCBA is working hard to reschedule as many of our events as
possible whether that means waiting until later this year for an in-person CLE or moving to an online platform to present events now. Our
Annual Banquet is now rescheduled to September 30, 2020, but stay tuned online for more information on the swearing-in of our new officers and directors; we are planning for a livestream event.

In the coming weeks, we plan to offer live and recorded CLEs. We have  added a news feature to the website (Resources/The Latest News) where we are housing any procedural updates from the court as well as other information we hope is helpful to our members.

Please visit our website at www.wcbany.org and follow us on social media for updates. Thank you for continuing to be a part of the WCBA.

Now, more than ever, our members are our strength!


Our Trip Together Around the Sun

366 days… 52 weeks… 12 months... that will be the measure of our trip around the sun, with me as President of this great bar association.

Indeed, this particular year will always be of great significance to me, as I have had the wonderful honor and privilege to serve as your president. I met many of you I had not known before, renewed and strengthened existing relationships and was presented with the opportunity to have our Association recalibrate its path as we move deeper into the 21st Century.

Before extending my thanks to many who have made this year so special, and space does not permit me to list them all, I’d like to start by thanking my family for being so understanding of the additional time away from them this past year required.

Next I want to thank my fellow members of the judiciary, especially Administrative Judge Kathie Davidson, for their individual and collective support of me during this year.

Of course, I would not have been able to perform the duties as president without the incredible and ever-present support of the amazing staff of the Westchester County Bar Association. Executive Director Isabel Dichiara, Fern Richter, Brittney Moore, Roni Brumberger and Mary Ellen McCourt, your collective talent and dedication make our everyday operations move smoothly and efficiently. Thank you all!

Our Board of Directors provided me with the strength and support to put into place the initiatives we've been able to start as well as those that will come to be under future presidential administrations. Thank you all for your dedication, intelligence and compassion.

I am happy to note that this year we have partnered with the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, expanding our CLE programming and providing a student member to our Board of Directors. Through our partnership we have learned writings from the law school and its faculty, in the new “Pace Page,” featured in our monthly magazine. I thank Dean Anderson for his commitment to having students engage early on with our association, allowing soon to be admitted attorneys to be better equipped to enter the workplace.

We have also expanded our social and charitable ventures. I’d like to thank Jim Hyer, Vice President and Kelly Welch, Past President, Co-Chairs of our Public Service Committee, for the formation of the “Battling Barristers” and for bringing the issue of breast cancer awareness to the forefront of our association’s concerns. Additionally, I would like to thank our Treasurer, Andrew Schriever and Mark Sheridan, ADR Committee Chair, for all their support during this year. Particularly, aiding the Westchester County Bar Association and the Court with the creation, updating and implementation of ADR (Presumptive Mediation) within the Commercial Division. Also, Stephanie Burns, our Past President, thank you for all the precise editing of our publications. Your dedication and talent are unsurpassed.

Rest assured that our Bar Association will continue to thrive under the new leadership of Incoming President Wendy Marie Weathers and Incoming President Elect Jim Hyer. I extend thanks to Richard S. Vecchio, our Immediate Past President, and Wendy, whose judgment and advice helped me with decisions I made throughout this past year. I look forward to supporting and working with Wendy during her presidency.

The end of a President's term in our Association does not mark the end of involvement and, of course, I will remain a resource for the officers and directors that follow me.

I can’t help but continue to remind you all, as the 2020 presidential election nears, the role of our profession could not be more in the spotlight. The rule of law is the principal upon which our country has thrived for the 244 years since thirteen colonies banded together and strove towards a more perfect union, and that rule of law, as followed by each and all of you as attorneys and judges alike, must be protected at all costs so that our children and their children will have the protections that the rule of law is meant to provide.

NEW DATE! Annual Banquet: September 30, 2020

I look forward to seeing all of you at our Annual Banquet now scheduled for September 30, 2020, at Brae Burn Country Club, when Wendy Marie Weathers will be formally sworn in and I will join the illustrious ranks of our Past Presidents and of course, receive the President’s Medal. I always love jewelry! We will also honor our members who have served our profession for 50 years: Jessica Bacal, Jay Carlisle, John Cullen, Richard G. Fontana, Hon. David Klein, Hon. Gerald M. Klein, Robert L. Rattet, Michael Rickman and Stephen J. Schwartz. We will also present the award for Outstanding Mentor to Sherry Levin Wallach, and Outstanding New Lawyer to Lauren Enea and Nicholas Palisades.

Thank you for this most wonderful orbit around the sun. As always, I can be reached for concerns and suggestions by email at President@wcbany.org.