Mentoring Luncheon: 
Chamber Chat with Women of the Federal Bench
Friday, September 8
12:00 -1:30 pm
Federal Building, 100 South Clinton Street
7th Floor Jury Room

Judicial Reception 
Thursday, September 28
Dinosaur BBQ
Save the Date! 

Fall Mentoring Luncheon: 

Chamber Chat with Women of the Federal Bench

Hosted by

Hon. Rosemary S. Pooler
US Circuit Court Judge, US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Hon. Brenda K. Sannes
US District Court Judge, District Court, Northern District of New York

Hon. Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz
US Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of New York

Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks
US Magistrate Judge, District Court, Northern District of New York

Friday, September 8 
12:00 - 1:30 pm - program starts at 12:15 pm

Please allow for 10 minutes to get through security. 
Bring court-issued ID, student ID or other photo ID

7th Floor Jury Room, Federal Building
entrance on Franklin Street

Lunch will be provided. 
Free for members; $10 for non-members

Sponsored by Bond Women's Initiative

Register by Tuesday, September 5

CNYWBA Announcements
CNYWBA Member Survey

We want to hear from you! Please complete our Member Survey.

Strategic planning is vital to the success of any organization. The Central New York Women's Bar Association is interested in knowing how to better meet your needs.  The survey will take approximately 10 minutes of your time, and will help guide the future direction of this organization. If you would prefer a paper copy of this survey, please email Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell.

Please be assured that your responses will remain confidential and tallied by Sánchez & Associates, an independent research consulting firm.

Please respond no later than August 15, 2017.

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 .


It's time to renew your

CNYWBA membership!


Please take a moment to renew your Central New York Women's Bar Association (CNYWBA) membership for the 2017-2018 membership year with this application and become part of a group of esteemed attorneys and judges who advance our mission: to promote justice for all, regardless of sex; to advance the social, economic and legal status of women through the law; to expand opportunities for women and to raise the level of competence and integrity in the legal profession. 


You can pay online HERE.

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!

Award Nominations
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! 

Find summary descriptions below, then review the complete  Award Descriptions, Criteria and Nomination Requirements:

American Inns of Court Professionalism Award in the Second Circuit - US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

This award honors an attorney who is the quintessential mentor - and as such, embodies fundamental values of the profession to which the American Inns of Court is dedicated. The honoree is a senior lawyer who for a generation or more has guided younger practitioners by word and by example. He or she is a "lawyer's lawyer" - a master of the craft - whose life and work reflect civility, competence and ethical behavior.

Governor's Justice, Freedom & Courage Awards to End Domestic Violence - NYSOPDV

The Haywood Burns Memorial Award - NYSBA 

The Haywood Burns Memorial Award will be given to an individual, not necessarily a lawyer, who has contributed to New York State in a manner which reflects Dean Burns' commitment to the struggle for justice and the qualities that made him an outstanding advocate for civil rights and the empowerment of the powerless. 

Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award - ABA 

This award honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. The award will be presented to five women lawyers who excel in a variety of professional settings and who personify excellence in either the national, regional of local level. 

Public Service Award - NCWBA

One or more women's bar associations will be honored for innovative programs involving a large percentage of its local members. Traditionally, projects are recognized which utilize knowledge of the legal system to benefit women and children. 

Root/Stimson Award - NYSBA

This award honors a lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to community and volunteer service and to the improvement of the justice system. The award is presented to a lawyer admitted to practice in New York State who is actively involved in volunteer community service work. The award recognizes members of legal profession who have given unstintingly of their time through their community service activities.

Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial Award - NYSBA

This award honors a female or male member of the Association who has made a noteworthy contribution to addressing the concerns of women. 

Betty Weinberg Ellerin Mentor Award - WBASNY

This award was established in honor of one of our founding members, the Honorable Betty Weinberg Ellerin, former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department. Through the years, Justice Ellerin has served as a mentor, teacher, guide and trusted counselor to hundreds of attorneys and judges, including WBASNY officers and members. The inaugural award was given to Justice Ellerin in honor of her generous spirit and willingness to provide creative ideas and supportive solutions. 

Doris S. Hoffman Medal - WBASNY

This medal is given to a WBASNY member who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to women lawyers in New York State. The Executive Board, rather than the Awards Committee, awards this medal on such occasions as it determines that there is a member who qualifies. For five years, the donor will make a contribution in the name of Doris S. Hoffman to a charity selected by the medal recipient. Thereafter, WBASNY may choose to fund the contribution or seek other donors. 

Doris S. Hoffman Outstanding New Lawyer Award - WBASNY

This award is given to a WBASNY member who, as of the December 31st prior to the convention at which the award will be presented, has been a member of the bar for not more than five (5) years, and who has made outstanding achievements within the profession, outstanding contributions within the WBASNY member's community, or both. The award is named in honor of WBASNY's 1994-1995 President, who encouraged new lawyers to become active contributors to their profession and community and showed them how to do so. 

Hanna S. Cohn Pro Bono Award - WBASNY

This award is given to a WBASNY member for contributions to the provision of pro bono legal services to the community in which the member practices, beyond the recipient's employment responsibilities. 

Joan L. Ellenbogen Founder's Award - WBASNY

This award is given to a distinguished member of the bar whose acts exemplify the essence of justice, thereby demonstrating a harmony with the founding principles of WBASNY, for a singular outstanding achievement, longstanding significant involvement, of a lifetime of constancy of purpose in advancing the status of women in society and the law. 

Marilyn R. Menge Award - WBASNY

This award is given to an outstanding member of WBASNY who has made valuable and significant contributions to a chapter or the statewide organization. The award is named in honor of a member whose work, wherever she was needed in WBASNY, ensured its early success and who was a founding member of the Capital District Chapter. 

Stephanie E. Kupferman Juvenile Justice Award - WBASNY

Established and endowed by the Honorable Theodore R. Kupferman in 1999, and named in honor of WBASNY member, Stephanie E. Kupferman, this award is given to a WBASNY member who has shown outstanding achievement in legal matters involving juveniles over a period of three or more years, as a prosecutor, defense counsel or law guardian or judge. 

Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award - WBASNY

This award honors a member who demonstrates the core values to which former Court of Appeals Chief Judge Kaye steadfastly adhered in order to ensure that there would be equal access to justice and that justice was carried out, in part, through service, good will and professionalism. 

Job Opportunities

Public Benefits Attorney - Empire Justice Center, Albany 
The work will primarily focus on identifying and addressing systemic barriers to the receipt of government benefits (cash assistance, food stamps and child care) and child support issues affecting low- income New Yorkers. 
Position details - Deadline August 7
Federal Habeas Clerkship - October 2017 - October 2018
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York is hiring a court law clerk to specialize in state habeas cases, for a one-year term commencing in early October 2017. Training will take place the last week of September. This position is part of a pilot program aimed at reducing case backlogs, particularly impacting habeas petitions. The Court seeks law school graduates with at least two years of work experience.
Position details  - Deadline extended to August 15

Immigration Supervising Attorney, VLP, Batavia
The Immigration Program of the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is seeking a full time Supervising Attorney for our Batavia, NY office to supervise our work under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) contract at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, and some WNY county jails which hold immigrant women. 
The ideal candidates will have at least three years' experience in immigration removal proceedings, have some supervisory experience, and want a career in litigation defending low-income immigrants detained at the Batavia Federal Detention Facility who are subject to removal for a variety of reasons including criminal convictions, unlawful entry and visa overstays. This position will be filled fairly quickly so please apply ASAP. 
For information on VLP, see

Immigration Staff Attorneys - VLP, Batavia
We are seeking to fill several full-time positions based in the Batavia, NY office of the Immigration Program of the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) to handle our work under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) contract at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, and some WNY county jails which hold immigrant women. There is an immediate need. Please apply ASAP.
For information on VLP, see

Executive Deputy Attorney General - New York City
The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking an outstanding, experienced attorney to lead the Division of Criminal Justice as its Executive Deputy Attorney General (EDAG).   
Job Postings   - New York State Office of the Attorney General

Real Estate Attorney - LF Solutions, LLC
LF Solutions, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barclay Damon LLP, is seeking a full-time Staff Associate with experience in commercial real estate for its Syracuse office.  Position details
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