CNYWBA Events and Announcements
Karen DeCrow, an ardent feminist, fought for women's full and equal participation in the world outside the home - from the courtroom to the boardroom to the halls of political influence. She actively sought a world where "the gender of a baby [would have] little or no relevance to future pursuits or pleasures - personal, political, economic, social and professional." She was an activist, lawyer, mentor, international lecturer and author. Karen was the founding member of the upstate chapter of the National Organization for Women and served as the organization's fourth national president. She was a founding member of the Central New York Women's Bar Association and remained an active member throughout her life. Her influence extended beyond feminism alone to challenging gender role stereotypes, solidifying men's parental rights and promoting social equality for all races, creeds, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Karen believed civil rights were human rights that should be extended to all, and she devoted her life to fighting for them through legal process, political activism, education and debate.  
The annual Karen DeCrow Award is presented to a member of the judiciary or legal profession who works to advance the principles that Karen promoted throughout her life. Candidates must meet geographic eligibility criteria for membership in the CNYWBA, but need not be a member of the CNYWBA. An awards subcommittee (convened and chaired by the Chair of the CNYWBA Standing Membership Committee) solicits nominations in February of each year. The subcommittee may solicit nominations from CNYWBA membership, local bar associations (OCBA, Federal, etc.), members of the judiciary or other community leaders as it sees fit.   The Membership Chair will submit an award recommendation on the subcommittee's behalf to the CNYWBA Board of Directors for a vote.
The CNYWBA presents the award to the winner at an upcoming event. The winner is invited to attend the event with his or her family, and is asked to select the person he or she would like to have introduce them. The winner is presented with a commemorative plaque. CNYWBA will also issue such member communications, press releases and statements as may be appropriate to honor the recipient in the legal community as well as the community at large.    
Please submit your nomination(s) by March 1, 2020 to CNYWBA Membership Chair, Leah A. Witmer, at . Thank you.

16th Annual Law & Medicine Dinner

Thursday, May 7th, 2020 
Other Events and Announcements
New York Courts Emergency Alert Portal

Effective January 30, 2020, the Court System has initiated a new system -- the New York Courts Emergency Alert Portal ("Portal") -- to send out notifications about court closures and other UCS emergencies. The new Portal is hosted by NYAlert, a state public notification platform with a well-established record of reliable performance, and will replace Twitter notifications. Among other new features, the Portal will allow users to receive information about specific counties of their choosing, and to select their preferred method of notification (text, phone and/or email). Attorneys who are currently registered for Twitter announcement will need to register for the Portal at

During a brief transition period, we will be sending out alerts through both Twitter and the Portal. We anticipate discontinuing use of Twitter for emergency alerts on or about  March 15, 2020.

Questions may be addressed to the Office of Court Administration.

League of Women Voters of Syracuse Metropolitan Area
Volunteers Needed for Voter Registration Events

Please volunteer for one of the many upcoming events!
Just Listed Events:
  • Voter Registration on February 24th
  • Distributing flyers an Educational Event that will  help people complete the 2020 Census in March & April. Help needed on 2/15, 2/16 and 2/21, 2/22.
To help organize Voter Registration and Census Educational Events we are using  SignUp.comHere is how SignUp works in 3 easy steps:
  1. Click this link to see our SignUp (event) at:
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) (dates & times) you like.
  3. Sign up!  It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on But using your email makes it much easier in case we need to contact you.  You will not get irrelevant emails, only ones applying to this event. If you have problems getting on the site or with signing up please email me at
Thanks for all you are doing!

Joan Durant (315) 345-5860
Leadership Team & Director of Voter Services
League of Women Voters of the Syracuse Metropolitan area.
Criminal Justice Act Panel, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

The Criminal Justice Act Committee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is accepting applications for service on the Court's Criminal Justice Act Panel. CJA Panel Members represent indigent criminal defendants and petitioners for habeas corpus.
The announcement and application have also been posted to the Court's website, .
Applications must be received by Monday, April 6, 2020.

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2019-20 CNYWBA Membership Registration

Our new membership year runs from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.

Download the application if you prefer to pay by check 

Invite your friends and colleagues to join! 
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Member Benefits 

Did you know that as a member of the Central New York Women's Bar Association, you are automatically a member of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York? Check out the WBASNY benefits available to you and your firm, such as discounts on shipping, car rentals, and pet insurance here!
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