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OCTOBER President's message


Wendy Marie Weathers, Esq.

 

Inaugural Address

 
                                   
For many of us, the first things that typically come to mind as we approach October are fall harvest festivals, hayrides, apple picking, and Halloween. Yet this year is different from others in so many ways.
 
Get Out and Vote!
We all have the right to vote - “Several constitutional amendments (the Fifteenth, Nineteenth, and Twenty-sixth specifically) require that voting rights of U.S. citizens cannot be abridged on account of race, color, previous condition of servitude, sex, or age for those above 18.”1 Unfortunately, many of us do not exercise this right, as evidenced by the less than 56% age-eligible voter turnout for the 2016 general election, the lowest turn-out since the 1996 elections.2

I recently received a mailer from the Westchester County Board of Elections with information about early voting for the 2020 election. There are three different options to vote this year: Early Voting, Absentee Voting, and Election Day voting. Early voting begins October 24th through November 1st at designated areas.3 Given all of these options and time windows available to us for voting in this election, the barriers to voting are few. As my predecessor in this Presidency and good friend, Richard Vecchio, stated in his October 2018 President’s Message, “How many times have we heard the phrase, “This is the most important election of our lifetime? Probably too many to count. All elections are important, and with the hindsight of history, some become more important than others.” It is with this in mind during these days of political division and rancor that I am reminded of one of my favorite Teddy Roosevelt, Jr. quotes: “Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining.”4

I usually equate voting with the month of November; however, this year the right to vote has been discussed among my family for the past few months. Not surprisingly, the political perspectives held by my 18 year-old daughter and her Vietnam veteran paternal grandfather differ greatly. Yet both agree that it is everyone’s responsibility to vote, and that “Complaining about things does not help. We already live in a highly reactive world. Making this world better is not about someone else’s responsibility, it’s everyone’s.”5 So get out and vote!
 
Our First Virtual Meet the Judges October 19-20
The Westchester County Bar Association will host its first virtual Meet the Judges event over a two day period on October 19 and 20. This is an excellent opportunity for all attorneys, but especially new attorneys and law students, to meet and get to know participating Judges from the Ninth Judicial District through several virtual sessions to network and chat on set topics. If there are new attorneys in your firms, please encourage their attendance. This should be an amazing event.
 
Real Men Wear Pink
Last year, the following WCBA members participated in this important campaign: Jack Geoghegan, P. Daniel Hollis, James Hyer, and Andrew Schriever. And this year, through the Public Service Committee, chaired by James Hyer and Kelly Welch, WCBA again will be participating in the 2020 Real Men Wear Pink campaign. WCBA members Robert Hertman, Paul Millman, Saad Siddiqui and Richard Vecchio are 2020’s Real Men in Pink.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women aged 20 to 59 (only lung cancer kills more women each year). According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that over 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in 2020 and that over 48,530 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is noninvasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer) will be diagnosed among women in 2020. About 42,170 women will die from breast cancer this year. Breast cancer does not just affect women. More than 2,600 men in the US are expected to be diagnosed this year and an estimated 440 are expected to die from the disease.6

I know that each and every one of us has been affected by this disease in some way. We need to eradicate this disease! So please join us in this fight.
 
WCBA Membership Month
Please renew your membership and reach out to others to join. Membership has many benefits, including professional support, education, camaraderie and so much more! Thank you all to those who have participated and remained active in the WCBA over the past 6 months—during the pandemic. Please check out our first story from the WCBA Membership Project co-chaired by Jessica Thaler Parker and Daniel Lust.
 
Mentoring Circles: Zoom Meeting October 8 at 2 PM
We have had a tremendous response to our announcement of the inaugural meeting of Mentoring Circles. Thank you! With Mentoring Circles, each participant serves as both a mentee and a mentor, so everyone’s professional development and net- working skills are enhanced. The program provides members with a confidential forum, enabling the groups to focus on law practice development and management skills, building professional relationships, expanding referral networks, and engaging in substantive discussions.

Please join us for the informational Zoom meeting Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 2 PM. Should you have any questions, please email Michael Reed at michael@yankwitt.com.
 
As always, should any of you like to reach me with comments, suggestions or concerns, I am always available at wweathers@cabanillaslaw.com, president@wcbany.org, or by calling 914.573.6213.

Be well and be safe.
 
 
Endnotes
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_rights_ in_the_United_States#Background
2.  https://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/politics/ popular-vote-turnout-2016/index.html
3. https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com
4.  Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
5.  https://rocreguant.com/complaining-about- a-problem-without-posing-a-solution-is- called-whining/1551 Aug 14, 2019.
6.  https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/CRC/ PDF/Public/8577.00.pdf

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