Save the Date: CNYWBA New Member Reception on Thursday, October 29 and more news



President's Message

Go Red for Women 

Inaugural Karen DeCrow Lecture

Mark Your Calendars 

Renew Your Membership Today!


Job Opportunity 

TormeyPresident's Message

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that 2015 has drawn to a close. The past year was full of several significant milestones and events for CNYWBA, including our 35th Anniversary Celebration and the debut of a documentary memorializing our co-founder, Karen DeCrow. During the fall, the Judicial Screening Committee, led by Martin Lynn and Danielle Mikalajunas Fogel, did excellent work evaluating and rating judicial candidates. The results of their work were announced at the annual Judicial Reception on October 8.  Michelle Rudderow and Samantha Millier did a fantastic job planning the event. Later that month, we co-sponsored a CLE on "Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Judge" and celebrated the dedication of the George H. Lowe Center for Justice. We also toasted our members at the annual New Member Reception on October 29, thanks to the hard work of our Membership Chair, Briana Fundalinski. In December, Bryn Lovejoy Grinnell coordinated with VLP to offer a free CLE for volunteers at our Vera House clinic on Monday Nights, and Sally Curran planned a lovely holiday reception for our members. 
With the start of the new year, we are looking ahead to a lot of exciting events, including two perennial favorites: our Go Red for Women fundraiser on February 4 and the Law and Medicine Dinner with SUNY Upstate Women in Medicine and Science on March 31.  We are also thrilled about the upcoming inaugural Karen DeCrow Lecture on February 18, which will feature Sarah Feingold, Counsel at Etsy, Inc. We are also planning CLEs, a Chamber Chat, and a few new opportunities that will be free or at a reduced cost for members. 
Of course, the power behind CNYWBA is YOU, our members. If there's something you would like to see us do or some way that we can add value to your membership in CNYWBA, please let me know.  If you haven't already renewed your membership this year, we hope that you will consider renewing now. Membership in CNYWBA not only gives you all the benefits of our local organization, but you will also automatically become a member of the Women's Bar Association of New York (WBASNY), the second largest bar association in New York. If you have any questions about how to become a member, please contact me or check out our webpage (
Thanks for your ongoing support, and looking forward to a great 2016 with you!
Julia Martin
The Inaugural 
Karen D eCrow Lecture

Featuring Sarah Feingold, Counsel at Etsy, Inc.

February 18, 2016 at 
Dineen Hall, Syracuse University College of Law

The Central New York Women's Bar Association,  the National Women's Law Student Association Chapter at Syracuse University College of Law, and the Fifth Judicial District Women in the Courts Committee  are pleased to announce the first in a series of annual lectures in memory of Karen DeCrow.  The Karen DeCrow Lecture Series was created to promote the values that Karen strived to advance throughout her life, including gender equality, human rights, and social justice.  

We are excited to announce that the first speaker in the Karen DeCrow Lecture Series will be Sarah Feingold, Counsel at Etsy, Inc.   Etsy is an e-commerce website focusing on handmade and vintage items, including art, photography, clothing, and jewelry.   Sarah is a 2005 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and worked as a law clerk for Karen DeCrow during her time at the College of Law. In 2007, Sarah was hired as the first in-house attorney and the 17th employee at Etsy.  Just as Etsy has combined
 the high tech and the handmade, Sarah has found success at the junction of her diverse interests: making jewelry and practicing law.
As in-house attorney for Etsy, a company valued at over $1 billio n at the time of its April 2015 IPO, Sarah handles the company's legal matters while providing accessible legal information to the site's community of artists.  Sarah speaks regularly on issues  including social entrepreneurism, alternative legal careers, feminism, and intellectual property law.

For more information on Sarah Feingold, please visit her   website.  

The Tribute to Karen DeCrow produced by CNYWBA is available on YouTube.  

Thursday February 4, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM EST

Bittersweet Wine Bar and Desserts


Thursday February 18, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST

Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom, Dineen Hall


Thursday March 31, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Genesee Grande Hotel

MemberJoin or Renew Your Membership with CNYWBA Today

CNYWBA invites you to renew your membership for the 2015-2016 membership year. Last year, we reached the highest membership levels in CNYWBA's history. We hope you will join us again!

Why renew?
  • 2 for 1 - As always, renewal includes membership in our statewide organization, WBASNY, and our chapter, CNYWBA - you can enjoy the membership benefits of both!
  • Leadership Opportunity - You can truly shine by taking advantage of opportunities to assume leadership roles on both the local (CNY) and the state (WBASNY) level!
  • Professional Growth and Business Development - Take advantage of networking, mentoring and CLE (free) opportunities offered almost monthly!
  • Pay It Forward - Experience personal satisfaction by volunteering, participating in our pro bono programs, and mentoring others!
If you have any questions, please contact Briana K. Fundalinski, Membership Chair.

From the New York State Office of Court Administration
The state Office of Court Administration seeks comments  on the Proposed amendment of Commercial Division Rule (22 N.Y.C.R.R. ยง 202.70(g)), relating to settlement conferences before a justice other than the justice assigned to hear the case.

Job Opportunity

Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways
Cicero Headquarters

Position to be Filled February/March 2016:  Apply Now for Consideration
The CEO will act in partnership with the Board of Directors to enhance the outcomes of all council functions to be one of the nation's leaders in membership services and innovation. The CEO will direct the corporate strategic plan through the formulation and implementation of short to long range objectives and actions needed to achieve the council's goals.  In addition, the CEO will ensure that pluralism is a core value within the council's activities and functions, promoting opportunities for participation in every aspect of Girl Scouting. 

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