CNYWBA Events & 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 its Annual Meeting in April.  The winner is invited to attend the Annual Meeting 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, 2019 to CNYWBA Membership Chair, Brittany L. Hannah .  Thank you.  
OnVLP and CNY Women Bar Association 
Pro Bono Family Law Clinic

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Noon to 2 p.m.

George H. Lowe Center for Justice
1st Floor Education Room, 221 S. Warren St., Syracuse, NY 

MCLE: 2.0 Skills
COST: $40 Member, $60 Non-Member, $20 Paralegal
FREE to Lifetime/Agency/Student

Under NYS rules this CLE has been APPROVED for both Newly Admitted and Experienced Attorneys. 
A copy of the OCBA Tuition Waiver may be reviewed  here.

in the OnVLP Family Law Clinic 
or the Vera House Monday Night Legal Clinic.

If volunteering with the OnVLP Family Law Clinic or the Vera House Monday Night Legal Clinic isn't your plan, and you aren't a Lifetime OCBA member or an employee of any of Syracuse's four legal aid societies, you may pay using PayPal, mail us a check, or arrive at the seminar with check, cash, or credit card. Thank you!
This CLE covers the following:
  • A basic overview on the law regarding custody, child support, divorce, and including such things as when to choose filing in Supreme Court for a divorce versus starting in Family Court with custody and child support.
  • An introduction to Vera House services to help in your family court or divorce matter. A rundown of the agency's services, but from the perspective of the practitioner, and exactly how these services help your client surmount a variety of obstacles.
CNYWBA Past President Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell is among the presenters.

Save the date:

CNYWBA will celebrate 

Read Across America

on March 1, 2019

Membership Renewal for the 2018-19 Membership Year


If you have not already done so, please renew your membership in CNYWBA for the 2018-19 year: Invite your friends and colleagues to join! 

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