Staten Island Women’s
Bar Association

SIWBA is a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, which was formed in 1980 to promote the advancement of women in society and of women in the legal profession, promote the fair administration of justice, and give voice to issues of particular importance to women attorneys on a statewide and national level.

SIWBA was one of the first chapters to join WBASNY and support its mission.

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Rosa Pannitto


It is truly an honor and pleasure to serve as the President of the Staten Island Women’s Bar Association for 2019-2020. The SIWBA is a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York that was founded in 1980. The SIWBA is dedicated to promoting the advancement of women, the fair administration of justice, and gives a voice to the issues impacting women in the law and society.

I would like to thank the 2018-2019 board for all their hard work last year as well as all the past presidents who have guided us and have paved the way for me to serve as the President of our chapter.

I am very excited about our upcoming year and would also like to thank my incoming board for joining me on this journey. As President, I will continue with our past programs and events including CLE programs, Judge’s night, wine and wellness and our annual breast cancer breakfast and walk. Additionally, I am looking forward to launching our new mentor program with the Legal Studies Department of the College of Staten Island. This program will help bridge the gap between students and professionals. Giving back to the next generation is one of the most important contributions we, as professionals can make to students who wish to enter the legal profession. There will be opportunities for members to join the mentorship program from hosting students as interns, to speaking with small groups of students, networking events with students, and fundraising events to cover costs of students while they are participating in the program.

Over the next year, I plan to work with the other Women’s Bar Associations such as Brooklyn Women’s Bar. I also look forward to continuing to work with the Richmond County Bar Association, Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association and the Bay Ridge Lawyers as we have in the past. I would also like the SIWBA to be more involved in the community and with other organizations that promote our mission.

I look forward to the upcoming year and welcome your suggestions and input. Please feel free to contact me or my board using the ‘Contact Us’ section of our website. I hope to see more of the members get involved and join us for an exciting upcoming year.

Rosa Pannitto

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