It is an honor and great privilege to serve as the President of the Staten Island Women’s Bar Association for the 2017-2018 membership year. Founded in 1980, the SIWBA promotes the advancement of the status of women in society and of women in the legal profession. It also promotes the fair administration of justice and gives voice to issues of importance to women and women attorneys on statewide and national levels.
I thank Brooke Skolnik, our immediate past president, for her leadership in 2015-2017. In the last two years, the SIWBA has raised money to donate to the American Cancer Society, 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. In addition, the SIWBA held a voter registration drive, collaborated with SI Outloud to discuss and celebrate literature and the law, sponsored a gender fairness program focused on teen dating violence, sponsored a Read Across America event in a local school, collected donations for Project Hospitality’s Dine out for Hunger, and sponsored six free CLEs and networking events for SIWBA members. For the first time, the SIWBA gave out its first annual scholarship to a current law student.
I am honored to start this year with an excellent executive board prepared to lead our chapter to another successful year. In the 2017-2018 year, I hope to provide more networking opportunities for our membership. I strongly believe that we are all stronger as attorneys when we stay connected to one another. By doing this, our members will be able to learn from one another, obtain information about employment opportunities, and learn ways to develop and strengthen their own careers and practices. In addition to the events we held last year, I plan on having more events that allow the membership to have a deep involvement with our local community in Staten Island. This includes doing charitable work and other community service activities. I believe that we all have an obligation to give back to those less fortunate in the community around us. In doing so, I hope to collaborate and work with local Staten Island organizations that share in WBASNY’s commitment to improve the lives of women and children.
As members of the Staten Island Women’s Bar Association, you are also members of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). WBASNY is the second largest state bar association in the State of New York. As a member, you have the ability to participate in the statewide organization’s activities. Whether your interest is participating in meetings focused on a particular area of law, lobbying for legislation, or writing amicus briefs on issues of statewide importance, this organization allows you to do it all.
I welcome your ideas and suggestions on events you would like to see or even help to organize. Before you leave this page, don’t forget to click on the Membership link above and join the Staten Island Women’s Bar Association. If you are interested in attending a meeting or meeting with me directly to discuss your involvement with the SIWBA, please contact me via the Contact page of our website.