President’s Message

March 2023

As I write this message, we have just finished up our annual membership drive and I am tremendously proud to report that we have not only met our goal but exceeded it.  Thank you to our new and renewing members; there more than 716 of you!  We know there are many options for those who want to become more involved in bar associations.  That you have chosen the NYWBA is humbling and wonderful and we will work hard to meet your expectations.  A special thank you to the dedicated members of the NYWBA Board and Advisory Board and our Membership Committee for their tireless work along with the herculean efforts of our Executive Director Karen Lu—it takes a village.

To our new members, welcome!  I hope you will find your membership in the NYWBA to be rewarding and meaningful.  To make the most of your membership, please consider joining a committee and attending one of our numerous events and CLEs which are plentiful.

On February 7, 2023 the Students & New Lawyers Committee together with the Brooklyn Bar Association Diversity Committee held a virtual CLE Program entitled Student Loans: What Lawyers Need to Know. 

The Pro Bono Committee presented a CLE program on The Ethical Issues of Pro Bono Practice moderated by member Alea K. Roberts on February 15, 2023.

The NYWBA has also started a Bereavement Group, a monthly meeting open to all members who have lost a spouse or a partner.  The group meets each month with the date posted on the NYWBA website calendar.  For more information email bereavement@nywba.org.

There is more to come in March.  On March 1st, the Civil Courts Committee is holding a CLE program on Cannabis Dispensaries.  We also look forward to seeing all of you at the NYWBA’s Annual Judges Reception honoring the newly elected, re-elected and newly appointed judges in New York County which will be held at the Yale Club on March 9, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.  As one of our larger events it promises to be a great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and friends and honor our esteemed judiciary.

In April be sure to attend the Students and New Lawyers Committee webinar: EFT for Lawyers: How to use EFT or Tapping, a Simple But Powerful Technique to Reduce Stress Under Pressure, led by Michelle Johnson, Ph.D., JD.  The offerings of the Association remain plentiful and the benefits of membership compelling.

As many of you know, March is Women’s History Month and I want to join WBASNY in commending the New York State Legislature on the second passage of the New York State Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”).  The NYWBA joins WBASNY in its support for adding protections to the New York State Constitution for sex, sexual orientation, and reproductive rights.  While these protections are also needed at a Federal level, the passage of ERA helps to ensure that all New Yorkers will have their rights protected. The NYWBA stands with WBASNY at the ready to do what is necessary in order to insure the ERA is on the ballot and enshrined in the New York State Constitution.

Thank you for your continued support of this Association that works to advance the status of women in society, educate women lawyers and assist them in professional development and advancement, and promote the fair and equal administration of justice.  We could not do it without your help.

Magnolia