CNYWBA Events & Announcements
President's Message

"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

January marks not only the start of the new year, but also the holiday commemorating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through the many celebrations held earlier this week to honor the life of Dr. King, we were again reminded of Dr. King's legacy, including his role in changing the course of American society by promoting justice and equality under the law.

The Central New York Women's Bar Association is committed to the core values of diversity and inclusion that guided Dr. King's work. Under the leadership of immediate past president Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell, CNYWBA partnered with the Onondaga County Bar Association's Family Law Section to offer its members the first program providing Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credit in Onondaga County. CNYWBA is currently planning a program based on diversity and inclusion for this spring.

Programming may be one small thing that CNYWBA, as an organization, can do to help diversity and inclusion flourish in our own community. As a professional association comprised of law students, lawyers, judges and other legal professionals whose purpose is to promote justice for all, we are empowered to use our varied individual backgrounds, experiences and roles to accomplish this important goal.
Nicole Marlow-Jones, CNYWBA President
Join us on January 25
th for our first Mentoring Luncheon of 2019:

Pathways to Health

This year's theme is Pathways. Our first luncheon is Pathways to Health and will feature fitness, mental health and wellness resources, as well as a healthy (and tasty) lunch! CNYWBA's goal is to create conversations about how to successfully integrate wellness activities into a busy personal and professional lifestyle.

When: January 25, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Where: CNY Philanthropy Center's Ballroom
Cost: Free for CNYWBA members, $10.00 for non-members
RSVP: (registration also accepted at door)
CNYWBA Seeking Donations for 
Women United's Professional Clothing Drive

Help us contribute to the United Way of Central New York's Professional Clothing Drive to benefit the Women's Opportunity Center, Onondaga Community College and YWCA's My Sister's Closet.

Over the next two weeks, CNYWBA will be collecting donations of women's clothing in the form of new or gently used blazers, suits, dresses, dress slacks, socks, winter coats, scarves, jewelry, blouses and (new) undergarments.

How to Donate: Gather and drop off the above-listed items at our January 25th Mentoring Luncheon (CNY Philanthropy Center Ballroom 12:00 p.m. - 1:15pm). 

Can't make the luncheon? E-mail Annie Porter between January 22nd and January 30th to arrange for pick-up/drop-off.
The next WBASNY Board of Directors Meeting will take place Saturday,  January 26, 2019, 10 am - 3 pm, at Columbia Law School in New York City. Officers, Chapter Presidents, Directors, Committee Chairs, and Past Presidents should plan to attend. 
CLE and Training for CNYWBA Vera House Clinic
February 7, 2019Save the Date!
The Central New York Women's Bar Association was honored to join the Honorable Karen Uplinger's Syracuse City Court colleagues in hosting a reception to honor her on the occasion of her retirement.

The well-attended event took place on December 6, 2018 at the Chop House on Waring. Those in attendance heard warm remarks from Syracuse City Court Judge Theodore Limpert, CNYWBA's Immediate Past President Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell, Fifth District Administrative Judge James Tormey and the Honorable Rosemary Pooler, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Before being elected to the Syracuse City Court bench, Judge Uplinger was a successful solo practitioner, a Family Court Hearing Examiner and a Syracuse Common Counselor. She is well known for being one of the Onondaga Five, a group of attorneys who led the effort to allow women to receive felony case assignments, attend Onondaga County Bar Association meetings and serve on the OCBA Board of Directors. In 2003, Judge Uplinger and the Onondaga Five were awarded the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York's Founders Award.

The Central New York Women's Bar Association celebrates the trailblazing career of Judge Uplinger and thanks her for her continued commitment to the advancement of women in the legal profession.
Pictures from the event can be found here.

WBASNY Strongly Supports Governor Cuomo's  Call to Enact Into Law the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Coverage Act

The Women's Bar Association of the State of New York ("WBASNY" ) strongly supports Governor Cuomo's call to enact into law the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act - two of WBASNY' s most important legislative priorities for 2019.

WBASNY has longstanding support for legislation such as the ones outlined on Monday that acknowledges and enshrines into law the dignity and equality of every person.

We applaud the Governor's efforts to work with the New York State Legislature to bring issues that are critical to women and children in our state to the forefront of the legislative agenda and to protect the rights of the most vulnerable members of our populace.

WBASNY's more than 4,400 attorneys and judges in private practice, government, academia and the Courts are dedicated to making life better for all women by advocating for equality and fair treatment of all women and is dedicated to the advancement of women and children. Governor Cuomo's legislative agenda reflects our common goal to improve, promote and protect women in the work place and society.

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! 

Member Directory

Did you know that you can view our members in a member list on our website? Reach out to your fellow members to connect and refer business. Please visit .
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!

Job Opportunities

Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, SUNY Upstate Medical University 
Complete applications are due 1/14/19

Chief Deputy Attorney General for Financial Justice, State Attorney, and Director of Regional Offices 
The Transition Committee for NYS Attorney General-Elect Letitia James is seeking highly qualified candidates to fill several positions in the office. Detailed descriptions of each position are attached. 

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