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 (ED@nywba.org 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 President@nywba.org.

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

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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 Suzanne Peters
Judiciary
(Screening of Candidates for Judicial Office)
Magnolia Levy Virginia A. LoPreto
Sabrina E. Morrissey n/a
Legislation Dawn M. Cardi
Membership Michael W. Appelbaum Deborah G. Rosenthal
Professional Ethics and Discipline Nicole I. Hyland Allison Ageyeva
Programs, Events and Arrangements Diana G. Browne Kay Marmorek
Magnolia D. Levy (Membership
& Judiciary Receptions)
Jo Ann Douglas (Annual Dinner)
Publicity/Press Julie Hyman n/a

NYWBA Special Committee Chairs

Advance the Status of
Women in the Profession
Ilana J. Marcus Kathleen C. Waterman
Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Leona Beane Lisa Courtney
Michele Kern-Rappy n/a
Archives and History Elizabeth A. Bryson Melissa Glassman
Awards n/a n/a
Children’s Rights and Issues Jo Ann Douglas Danielle M. Rodriguez
Civil Courts Melissa G. Ephron-Mandel Meryl H. Waxman
Hon. Anne Katz n/a
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Amy B. Goldsmith Ariel D. Chesler
Criminal Law Fran Hoffinger Olivia Sohmer
Jessica Horani n/a
Diversity Morgan Fraser Mouchette Kristen Ramos
Ernestine Mings n/a
Domestic Violence Amanda B. Norejko Laura A. Russell
Elder Law and Disabilities Antonia J. Martinez Kim F. Trigoboff
Sabrina E. Morrissey  n/a
Federal Practice (including Business Law, Securities & Investment Law, Intellectual Property, Tax & Bankruptcy) Vivian Drohan n/a
International Women’s Rights Nicole Trivlis Irina Zamyatin
LGBT Virginia A. LoPreto Peggy Brady
Litigation Francesca A. Sabbatino Sara Crasson
Long Range Planning / Finance Elizabeth A. Bryson Myra L. Freed
Matrimonial and Family Law Judith E. White Jennifer H. Sundt
Jeffrey Helewitz n/a
Mentoring & Mentoring Circles Randy Shapiro Jessica A. Dahan
Elisheva Ackerman
Newsletter Jessica Cygler Wagner Alexandra Campbell
Reproductive Rights & Women’s Health Meaghan Carey Vicky Poumpouridis
Amanda Creegan Brittany Lazzaro
Solo and Small Firm Practice Jocelyn L. Jacobson Susan Dennehy
Students and New Lawyers Melissa Glassman Gulsun Turkmenogullari
Summer Program Cassandra M. Porter Victoria A. Turchetti
Technology and the Internet / Website Elizabeth A. Bryson Yacine Barry-Wun
Trusts and Estates Leona Beane Angelica Kontoroff
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 M. 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)
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International Women’s Rights Farah Y. Zaman
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 G. Rosenthal Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann
Press and Public Relations Julie Hyman Madalyn M. Miller
Professional Ethics Nicole I. Hyland Allison Ageyeva
Reproductive Rights & Women’s Health Meaghan Carey
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 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