Committees & Chairs

NYWBA’s committees are a key component in our success. Our Judiciary Committee actively reviews the qualifications of candidates for judicial office in New York County. Through our affiliation with the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY), NYWBA’s Legislation Committee comments on proposed legislation and policy at state, federal, and international levels. Our substantive law committees and practice area committees provide a forum for members to network among their peers and gain expertise in their fields to better handle real legal issues.

If you are a member and would like to join a committee, click here to access our online form to submit your committee choices. If you have any questions about our Committees, contact the Committee Chair(s) or NYWBA’s Executive Director ( or 212-490-8202). If you would like to be considered to chair a committee, send a note with your qualifications and contact info to

Members can also click here to see contact info for the below Committee Chairs and Delegates (member password required).


NYWBA Standing Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs
By-Laws & Amendments Elizabeth A. Bryson Amy B. Goldsmith
Cooperation with Other Bar Associations Hon. Kelly O’Neill Levy Yacine Barry-Wun
Employment and Equal
Opportunity for Women
Megan S. Goddard Diana Sen
Judiciary(Screening of Candidates for Judicial Office) Magnolia Levy Michael Appelbaum
Angela DiGiglio n/a
Legislation Peggy Brady Robyn Enes
Membership Jacqueline I. Meyer Meaghan E. Carey
Professional Ethics and Discipline Nicole I. Hyland
Programs, Events and Arrangements Diana G. Browne Kay Marmorek
Magnolia D. Levy (Membership Judiciary & Dinner Receptions) Jo Ann Douglas (Annual Dinner)
Publicity/Press Julie Hyman n/a
NYWBA Special Committee Chairs
Advance the Status of
Women in the Profession
Seng Yan Sin Kelechi Acholonu
Diana Boyar n/a
Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Leona Beane Lisa Courtney
Michele Kern-Rappy n/a
Archives and History Elizabeth A. Bryson Melissa Glassman
Awards Jennifer Branca Judith Rifkin
Elyssa Kates Olivia Sohmer
Children’s Rights and Issues Jo Ann Douglas Danielle M. Rodriguez
Tara Diamond
Civil Courts Melissa G. Ephron-Mandel Judith Rifkin
John Wang n/a
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Amy B. Goldsmith Tara Diamond
Elizabeth J. Shampnoi
Criminal Law Fran Hoffinger Olivia Sohmer
Jessica Horani
Diversity Morgan Fraser Mouchette Yasmin Dwedar
Ernestine Mings
Domestic Violence Amanda B. Norejko Laura A. Russell
Shani Adess n/a
Elder Law and Disabilities Lissette Ferreira Kim F. Trigoboff
Sabrina E. Morrissey
Federal Practice (including Business Law, Securities & Investment Law, Intellectual Property, Tax & Bankruptcy) Vivian Drohan
Immigration TBD
International Women’s Rights Nicole Trivlis Irina Zamyatin
LGBT Dawn Cardi Michael Schreiber
Litigation Sara J. Crasson Nidhi Shetye
Long Range Planning / Finance Elizabeth A. Bryson Myra L. Freed
Matrimonial and Family Law Judith E. White Jennifer H. Sundt
Linda M. Capitti n/a
Mentoring & Mentoring Circles Randy Shapiro Jessica A. Dahan
Elisheva Ackerman n/a
Newsletter Dana Heitz Alexandra Campbell
Gabriella Formosa
Reproductive Rights & Women’s Health Meaghan Carey Brittany Lazzaro
Lydia Devine
Solo and Small Firm Practice Gail I. Bader Susan Dennehy
Vanessa Kaster
Students and New Lawyers Melissa Glassman Gulsun Turkmenogullari
Summer Program Hon. Lisa A. Sokoloff Victoria A. Turchetti
Technology and the Internet / Website Elizabeth A. Bryson Yacine Barry-Wun
Trusts and Estates Leona Beane Matthew Goodwin
Loretta A. Ippolito n/a
Working Parents Gretchen Beall Schumann Melanie A. Chieu
NYWBA Delegates to WBASNY Committees
Amicus Curiae Elizabeth A. Bryson (Co-Chair) n/a
Awards n/a n/a
By-Laws Elizabeth A. Bryson (Co-Chair) n/a
Chapters – Membership Michael W. Appelbaum Deborah G. Rosenthal
Children’s Rights Jo Ann Douglas Danielle Rodriguez
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Amy B. Goldsmith
Criminal Law Fran Hoffinger Diane Ferrone
Diversity Amrita (Ami) Prabhu Morgan Fraser Mouchette
Domestic Violence Amanda B. Norejko Laura A. Russell
Elder Law and Disabilities Antonia J. Martinez Kim F. Trigoboff
Sabrina E. Morrissey n/a
Equal Opportunity in the Profession Debra S. Cohen n/a
Family and Matrimonial Law Virginia A. LoPreto Susan M. Moss
Finance Janet I. Cord (Co-Chair) n/a
Health Issues (see “Reproductive Rights,” below) n/a n/a
International Women’s Rights Farah Y. Zaman n/a
Judges & Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann n/a
Judiciary/Courts Deborah Rosenthal (delegate) Jocelyn Jacobson (alt)
Legislation Dawn M. Cardi n/a
Liaison to Women Judges Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin n/a
Long-Range Planning Janet I. Cord (Co-Chair) n/a
Newsletter Jessica Cygler Wagner Alexandra Campbell
Nominations Deborah Rosenthal Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann
Press and Public Relations Julie Hyman Maria Matos
Professional Ethics Nicole I. Hyland Allison Ageyeva
Reproductive Rights & Women’s Health Meaghan Carey n/a
Trusts and Estates Leona Beane Angelica Kontoroff
Loretta A. Ippolito n/a
Working Parents Gretchen Beall Schumann Melanie A. Chieu
NYWBA Members on WBASNY Advisory Council
WBASNY Advisory Council(Only NYWBA Members Who Are Past Presidents of WBASNY) Susan L. Bender Myrna Felder
Martha E. Gifford Irene A. Sullivan
NYWBA Liaisons to Other Bar Associations & Committees
Cooperation with Other Bar Associations (Chairs of NYWBA Standing Committee) Hon. Kelly O’Neill Levy Morgan Fraser Mouchette
Network of Bar Leaders Leona Beane Yacine Barry-Wun
National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations Elizabeth A. Bryson (Co-Chair) n/a
“Bar None” – Women’s Bar Association Leaders Gretchen Beall Schumann Julie Hyman
New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Women’s Rights Deborah Rosenthal n/a
New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Committee on Women in the Law Jennifer P. Brown Yacine Barry-Wun
New York Women’s Agenda (NYWA) Andrea Vacca n/a
ABA Women Rainmakers Amy Goldsmith n/a