As attorneys we have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of others. As members of the Staten Island Women’s Bar Association (the “SIWBA”), a founding chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”), we take great pride in advocating for the advancement of the status of women and promoting the fair and equal administration of justice. In today’s society where differences are celebrated there is no greater cause than that of the equal treatment of all people. Through its efforts, the SIWBA seeks to increase the integrity of the legal community as a whole. The SIWBA is comprised of a diverse group of women and men who work together to support the organization’s mission. Our members are pioneers who recognize the great strides that have already been taken by the SIWBA and who continue to work towards elevating the status of women.
The SIWBA engages its members on a local level by sponsoring programs focused on issues significant to women, organizing community outreach events, and making charitable contributions. Specifically, the SIWBA has raised money to donate to the American Cancer Society to fund research and provide free information and support to those affected by breast cancer, collaborated with the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert to provide free mammography screenings, held toy drives to contribute to the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots Drive, and donated proceeds from its Annual Judicial Dinner and its family fundraiser to local organizations. In addition, the SIWBA held a voter registration drive, collaborated with SI Outlloud to discuss and celebrate literature and the law, sponsored free programs for students and members of the community to raise awareness and educate individuals about violence in relationships and how to prevent it, sponsored a Read Across American event in a local school, collected donations for Project Hospitality’s Dine Out For Hunger, and sponsored free CLE’s and networking events for SIWBA members. Members of the SIWBA are active in the screening of judicial candidates, participate in CLARO, and assist with the Uncontested Divorce Clinic, which began as a project of WBASNY’s Access to Justice Issues Committee. As a chapter of WBASNY, the second largest bar association in the state, members also have the opportunity to impact statewide legislation.
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I am honored and privileged to serve as President of the SIWBA and I am grateful to the SIWBA members and supporters who continually strive to assist the organization achieve its goals. It is the talent and diligence of the members that make this organization a success.
Brooke Tiffany Skolnik