President's Message

CNYWBA Celebrates its Members' Participation
 in this Year's  Historic Election

Much of the recent political discourse has concerned women- women undeniably played a significant role in last Tuesday's election. As an electorate, women have been politically active for decades with the women's turnout rate exceeding men's in every presidential election since 1980 and in every midterm election since 1986 (See Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University). While women have historically run for public office much less frequently than men, the 2018 election has been described as historic given the record number of women who ran for federal, state and local political office.

The Central New York Women's Bar Association, a chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, proudly counts among its members several women who have achieved governmental, judicial and leadership positions. By happenstance, CNYWBA hosted a reception on the eve of the election to honor Second Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler. Judge Pooler provided timely remarks about her own political experience, which includes historic firsts such as being the first woman elected to the New York State Supreme Court, Fifth Judicial District and the first woman to serve as a federal district court judge in the Northern District of New York.

CNYWBA celebrates its members' participation in this year's historic election and congratulates those members who were elected to public office, including the Honorable Donald Greenwood, Ann Magnarelli, Esq., the Honorable James Murphy and Gerald Neri, Esq. CNYWBA also extends its congratulations to members of other WBASNY chapters who were elected to public office last week, including WBASNY officer Lourdes Ventura, Esq. By seeking these elected positions, our members demonstrate their commitment to serving the legal profession, as well as the public and the justice system. We wish them well in these leadership positions.

Nicole Marlow-Jones, President, CNYWBA
CNYWBA Events & Announcements
WBASNY Central New York Dinner

CNYWBA is pleased WBASNY will be holding its November meeting in Syracuse on Saturday, November 17th. Please join members of CNYWBA and our guests from other WBASNY chapters at dinner at 

Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge
900 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13244

Friday, November 16th 
starting at 6 p.m. - cash bar
Buffet dinner to follow at 7 p.m. 

Cost to attend: $40/pp. 

RSVP to Maureen Maney, Esq.  (315) 492-2222
CNYWBA Members are encouraged to attend the

Board of Directors Meeting

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Syracuse University College of Law, 950 Irving Avenue
Lewin Commons, Stadium entrance, ground level

All Officers, Chapter Presidents, Directors, Committee Chairs and Past Presidents should plan to attend.

All attendees including committee members must confirm their attendance.

RSVP by November 12th

Tentative Schedule
9:30 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Convention 2019 Committee
Executive Committee
Legislation Committee
Nominations Task Force
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Awards Committee
Chapter 3 Committee
Environmental Law Committee
Equal Opportunity in the Profession Committee
International Women's Rights Committee
Labor & Employment Law Committee
LGBT Committee
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Advisory Committee
Chapters-Membership Committee
Criminal Law Committee
Domestic Violence Committee
Health Issues & Reproductive Rights Committee
Liaison to Women Judges
Nominations Committee
Press and Public Relations Committee
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
1:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting

Please join us for the fourth 

Bench & Bar Buffet with Syracuse City Court Judges


Hon. Mary Anne Doherty &  Hon. Ted Limpert 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018,  12:00 to 1:15 p.m.
C NY Philanthropy Center
2nd Floor Ballroom, 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

 This free event, at which lunch will be provided, is co-sponsored by CNYWBA and the Onondaga County Bar Association 

Sara Lowengard, Esq., one of CNYWBA's Board members, will moderate.

Please register at
Save the date for the 

Retirement Celebration for the Honorable Karen M. Uplinger
a CNYWBA Past President

Thursday, December 6, 2018 
7 p.m. 
Chop House on Waring
200 Waring Rd, Syracuse, NY 13224

Details and RSVP to follow!
Save the date!
CNYWBA Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

122 E. Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13202 

Members Free / Non-Members $25

We invite you to make a donation to "Blessings in a Backpack"

Register by Friday, November 30
Save the date for our second 

Judge's Choice Dinner 
With The Honorable Deborah Karalunas

January 10th  at 6 p.m. 

The Honorable Deborah Karalunas, a past president and current Board member of CNYWBA, will host a Judge's Choice Dinner at Joey's Italian Restaurant, 6594 Thompson Rd, Syracuse, NY 13206. 
Danielle Fogel, Esq., a past president of CNYWBA, will host the event. Details and RSVP to follow.

WBASNY has formed a new Intellectual Property Committee. Co-chairs Anne Marie Bowler and Janet Cord are looking for people to join the committee who have an interest in intellectual property (e.g. trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, internet, etc.) and who are interested in sharing this interest with WBASNY's membership. It is expected that most of the committee's meetings will take place via conference call and/or web conferences. People who are interested or have questions can contact Annie Marie at and/or Janet at
WBASNY Celebrates Members' Participation in Historic Election

The Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) extends a hearty congratulations to the members of chapters throughout the state who were elected to public office this week - including WBASNY Corresponding Secretary Lourdes M. Ventura, who won the contest for Civil Court Judge in Queens.  WBASNY also extends its sincere gratitude to all of the members who had the courage and conviction to go through the daunting process of getting their names on the ballot and campaigning. Nationally, this past midterm election was a historic one in terms of the record number of women who ran for office. WBASNY is proud to count you among those making progress toward the mission of promoting the advancement of the status of women in society. 
Continue to Inspire, Promote and Succeed!

Membership Renewal for the 2018-19 Membership Year


If you have not already done so, please renew your membership in CNYWBA for the 2018-19 year: Invite your friends and colleagues to join! 

Member Directory

Did you know that you can view our members in a member list on our website? Reach out to your fellow members to connect and refer business. Please visit .
Member Benefits: Did you know that as a member of the Central New York Women's Bar Association, you are automatically a member of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York? Check out the WBASNY benefits available to you and your firm, such as discounts on shipping, car rentals, and pet insurance here!

Other Events and Announcements
Scholarship Opportunity for Women and Minority Lawyers to attend the ABA Forum on Construction Law 
Midwinter Meeting

The ABA Forum on Construction Law is holding its midwinter meeting at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles January 31-February 1. There are six diversity scholarships for the cost of registration for women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities and construction lawyers from the LGBT community. Applications for the scholarship are due no later than December 14. For more information, please see the attached documents.
Job Opportunities

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