Sections & Committees

Women in Law Section

Women in Law Networking Reception
Monday, October 15, 2018
Bar Center, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Get to know the members of the Women in Law Section at this inaugural section reception.  Meet the Chair, Susan Harper along with other leaders of NYSBA. Light snacks and wine and soda will be served at this complimentary event open to all.

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For more information about the Women in Law Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

Women on the Move 2018:
Attorney as Advocate - for Self, Business and Community

Sponsored by the Women in Law Section, the Committee on Lawyers in Transition, the Law Practice Management Committee, and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Larchmont Shore Club
1 Oak Bluff Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538

4.0 MCLE Credits: 3.0 Skills, 1.0 Ethics

NYSBA Member: $150 ($125 before 9/25) | Co-Sponsoring Section Member: $120 | Non-Member: $250

Learn More About the 2018 Women on the Move Program:
Program Brochure | Faculty Biographies

Program Chair
Kim Wolf Price, Esq. | Bottar Law, PLLC

Agenda Topics
- Adovocating for Yourself and Others
- In-House Counsel Perspective of Impacts on Legal Practice
- Ethics - Activism and Your Career
- Advice to My Younger Self

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For more information about the Women in Law Section, or to join, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

Thursday, November 29, 2018

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207

1.0 MCLE Credit: 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

Free for NYSBA Members | Non-Member: $125

Sponsored by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the Women in Law Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

11:30 a.m. | Registration
12:00 p.m. - 12:05 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions
12:05 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  | Moving the Culture Forward: #MeToo and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace CLE Program
1:00 p.m. | Adjournment

Program Faculty

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Recorded: May 31, 2018
Total Credits: 1.0 Professional Practice


Member: $50.00 | Non-Member: $150.00

The program will objectively address what is sexual harassment and what happens in real time when employees and employers are faced with actual or alleged sexual harassment in the work place. These issues will be addressed from the perspectives of a victim, a human resource professional, an investigator, attorneys for the employees and management, a mediator and a crisis communications consultant. 

Panelists will cover current standards in employment law, policies and procedures, practice skills, and trends in investigations. Additionally, the panel will address counseling victims and clients when facing sexual harassment issues (even if you are not an employment attorney and get “that” call), including a client’s options. 

Finally, panelists will address how they would counsel their clients on best practices to prevent and address harassment, negotiate and problem-solve these issues, and avoid retaliation and potential damage to reputations. 

Ellen S. Davis, Esq. | Sard Verbinnen & Co.
Cara E. Greene, Esq. | Partner, Outten & Golden LLP | Incoming Chair, NYSBA Labor & Employment Law Section
Loren Gesinsky, Esq. | Partner, Labor & Employment Law Department, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Elizabeth J. Shampnoi Esq. |  Mediator/Director, Office of Mediation and Conflict Resolution, NYC Commission on Human Rights
Dr. Victoria Berger-Gross | Retired Chief Human Resources Officer, Tiffany & Co.
Michael Putetti | Labor and Employment Consultant and Expert, Bates Group LLC
Deborah Kaye, Esq. | Member, NYSBA Committee on Women in the Law  

The Committee on Women in the Law is now the Women in Law Section! Joining the section is free for all NYSBA members until October 15, 2018

NEW! Check out the Q &A with Section Chair Susan Harper.

The section has presented educational forums on gender concerns; sexual harassment in the profession; balancing professional and family responsibilities; career development beyond partnerships; women in politics; seeking service on the bench; and breast cancer. Additionally, the section presents forums for women law students on career issues and opportunities.  

To provide recognition for exemplary achievement by a male or female member of the Association in addressing the concerns of women, an Association award was established in honor of the Committee on Women in the Law's first Chair, Ruth G. Schapiro. The annual award was proposed and is administered by the Women in Law Section. The first recipient of this award in 1992 was The Honorable Judith S. Kaye. For more information about the Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial Award, click here.

To honor women in the profession who recognize the value of diversity in the legal profession and have dedicated their time to advancing the professional development of women attorneys, the section has established the Kay Crawford Murray Award. Future recipients will posses the following characteristics: A distinguished legal career or a rising star in the profession; An active member of bar associations for the purpose of advancing the professional and personal development of women attorneys; An active mentor to women attorneys. For more information about the Kay Crawford Murray Award, click here.

New York State has a rich history of amazing trailblazing women attorneys who broke through many barriers and blatant discrimination to make major contributions in the legal profession.  Their stories are ones of fierce determination, passion for the law, keen intelligence, and inspiring achievement.  

From the late 19th Century, when the first women gained admission to state bars, through the 1960s, women attorneys faced closed doors and discrimination.  Women have made tremendous strides in the past 40 years - in large part due to the efforts of women attorneys who overcame obstacles and blazed a path for other women attorneys to follow.  

The Women in Law Section (formerly the Committee on Women in the Law) - whose first chair, Ruth Schapiro, was one of the women trailblazers at New York State Bar Association - is delighted to spotlight the lives and careers of 10 women lawyers who fought discrimination and gained a foothold in a range of legal careers. These women have paved the way for other women attorneys, serving as role models and, often, as mentors.

We hope that you will draw inspiration from the stories of these 10 remarkable New York attorneys. Read the brochure here.

SuffragetteSizedSuffragette Commemoration on Display at the Bar Center
Check out our "A Centennial Commemoration of Women's Suffrage and the Achievement of Legal Rights" that premiered in November 2017. View the slides here

bernicecomfedNYSBA House of Delegates Adopts Report of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section 11/4/17 
The House of Delegates approved the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section's report, "If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR" on November 4, 2017. The Women in Law Section supported this report and continues to promote and advocate for it. Read the press release here. Watch the video here.

JSK0829Judge Judith Kaye Portrait Unveiled
On November 3, 2017, the New York State Bar Association unveiled a new painting of Hon. Judith S. Kaye, former chief judge of the state of New York, on display in our Great Hall. Jugee Kaye was the first female appointed to the New York State Court of Appeals in 1983. She was chief judge of the state of New York from 1993 until 2008. She was the inaugural recipient of the Ruth G. Schapiro Award.