President's Message
Focus on the Well-Being of CNYWBA Members

As with other service professionals, lawyers can fall prey to stress and burnout and, in some cases, those stressors can lead to the impairment of a lawyer's professional judgment and duties. Last summer the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being issued a comprehensive report titled The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change. Citing recent studies showing that many in the legal profession are languishing, the report encourages all stakeholders, including bar associations, to focus on lawyers' well-being, which is defined as a continuous process whereby lawyers seek to thrive in various areas, including emotional and physical health, occupational pursuits, creative or intellectual endeavors and social connections with others.

Part of the mission of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York ("WBASNY") is to promote the well-being of women. WBASNY recently created a Wellness Committee that will focus on the well-being of its members. Please take advantage of the resources that will be offered through WBASNY once the Wellness Committee's work is established.

The Central New York Women's Bar Association ("CNYWBA"), a chapter of WBASNY, is equally committed to the well-being of its members. Towards that mission, CNYWBA holds various events each year that promote its members' professional growth, quality of life and quality in the profession. CNYWBA will endeavor to continue the tradition this upcoming year by offering programs promoting the well-being of our members, including continuing legal education on professionalism (which encompasses ethics and civility) and mentoring. Finally, CNYWBA will incorporate some best practices in connection with its activities and meetings by offering well-being-related activities at certain events, organizing some functions that are family-friendly and, when possible, scheduling programming during times that generally do not interfere with lawyers' personal and/or family time.

As we lay the groundwork for this effort, CNYWBA President Nicole Marlow-Jones welcomes your thoughts and suggestions regarding well-being topics you would like to see addressed at upcoming CNYWBA events and programs. Please feel free to contact CNYWBA via e-mail at

Call for Nominations for Non-WBASNY Awards

Please consider nominating a member of the Central New York Women's Bar Association for a statewide or national award. If you know a worthy candidate, please  contact us . We would love to help nominate our members for awards! 

Please submit any nominations to CNYWBA by August 24, 2018.

Introducing the CNYWBA Judge's Choice Dinner

CNYWBA is pleased to introduce the Judge's Choice Dinner in which a member of the judiciary will host members of our association at a restaurant of her choice. Attendees are responsible for covering the costs of their own meals and drinks.

The Hon. James C. Tormey III has graciously agreed to host our first Judge's Choice Dinner on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The dinner will be held at the Strada Mia Restaurant in Syracuse, starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Space is limited to five attendees for this event. If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell, Esq. by Friday, September 7, 2018.

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! 

Scholarship Opportunities
Diversity Scholarship: ABA Forum on Construction Law

The American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, the largest organization of construction lawyers in the world, is conducting its Fall Meeting and CLE program titled "It's Lonely at the Top - Building a Successful Team with the Owner" in Montréal, Québec, Canada on October 4-5, 2018.  It is pleased to announce the availability of six (6) Diversity Scholarships for the cost of registration for this program to women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities, and construction lawyers from the LGBT community.  The attached letter describes the scholarships, and the attached brochure describes the program.  
The deadline for applications is August 24, 2018. 

Girls in Politics Initiative

Camp Congress for Girls Syracuse 2018 by the Girls in Politics Initiative is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 10 to 15 to politics:  It will be held September 8, 2018.  CNYWBA is pleased to announce it has sponsored two participants this year.  We encourage those interested in participating in Camp Congress for Girls Syracuse 2018 to contact the organization via email at .
Upcoming Dates to Remember

August 28 - Syracuse University College of Law's annual Fall Kickoff Welcome Reception
5:30-8 p.m. Reception and Networking
Levy Atrium, Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244
RSVP by August 23 

September 5 - CNYWBA Board of Directors Meeting
12-1 p.m.  Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, 221 S. Warren St., Suite 200, Syracuse, NY 13202

September 11, 2018 - Judge's Choice Dinner hosted by Hon. James C. Tormey, III
5:30 p.m.,  Strada Mia,  313 North Geddes Street, Syracuse 13204

September 22, 2018 - WBASNY Board of Directors Meeting
10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th St., New York, NY 10027

October 4, 2018 - CNYWBA 37th Annual Judicial Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m., Upstairs at the Dino, 246 West Willow St., Syracuse, NY 13202

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

Registration is Now Open
October 2-4, 2018

NYSBA's Partnership Conference is the premier civil legal services educational and networking conference in New York State.  The Partnership Conference is attended by leaders of civil legal service organizations and private law firms from across New York State. 
The conference will provide over thirty programs, covering a diverse range of subjects, including program innovation and management, technology and substantive legal topics, such as immigration, foreclosure, domestic violence, government benefits, and housing, among others.
The New York State Bar Association's Committee on Legal Aid is pleased to call for nominations for the 2018 Denison Ray Civil Awards and the Phil Dailey Award.  These awards will be presented at the Denison Ray Awards Dinner on October 3, 2018.  Please see this nomination form for more details.
For more information: please contact Eunice Bencke, Pro Bono Assistant at (518)487-5641 or Kristen Wagner, Director of Pro Bono Services (518) 487-5640.
Sponsorship opportunities: If you or your company are interested in sponsorship and marketing opportunities with the 2018 Partnership Conference, CLICK HERE for details.

Job Opportunities

I-81 Project Manager
The NYCLU seeks to employ a highly qualified individual to manage and execute our work related to the replacement of the I-81 viaduct in Syracuse, New York. This position is based in Syracuse and reports to the Advocacy Director in the New York City office, and the Chapter Director in Syracuse.
The NYCLU seeks to influence the I-81 viaduct project to protect and expand the civil rights and liberties of people in Syracuse who will be most heavily impacted. This project implicates many areas of our work including racial and economic justice, due process of law, government transparency, democratic participation, and school and housing segregation.

NYS OAG - Antitrust Bureau
The New York State Office of the Attorney General is seeking an attorney to join its  Antitrust Bureau in New York City as an Assistant Attorney General (AAG). The Antitrust Bureau's mission is to enforce federal and state antitrust laws on behalf of New York and its citizens, and to promote and protect the competitive process and the New York economy.

For more information about the OAG:
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