Sandra W. Jacobson


Sandra W. Jacobson earned her LLB from Yale and was admitted in 1955. She was a matrimonial and family law practitioner and litigator, and an early and zealous advocate for the passage of no-fault  divorce in New York State. She served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Director, and WBASNY Delegate. She chaired the Matrimonial & Family Law, Ethics, and Judiciary Committees. She was also active in the Westchester County Women’s Bar Association. At WBASNY, she chaired the Amicus, Judiciary, CLE, and By-Laws Committees, and cochaired the Family & Matrimonial Law Committee. She wrote WBASNY’s amicus application and appellate brief in the Hartog equitable distribution case (85 N.Y.2d 36 (1995)), raising unique and critical issues that only WBASNY addressed. She also led the effort to establish WBASNY as an accredited CLE provider. She organized and spoke at numerous NYWBA events, CLE programs and WBASNY Conventions. She was a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a founder of the Interdisciplinary Forum of Mental Health & Family Law. She passed away in 2017, several years after retiring to North Carolina to be with family.