It was with great pleasure that took over the position of President of the Central New York Women’s Bar Association (“CNYWBA”).  I would like to extend many thanks and my gratitude to our immediate past president, Mary C. King, for her outstanding leadership this past year as well as her continued support during my term.  She led our Board with enthusiasm and integrity and had many accomplishments throughout the year.

      We have had an exciting year thus far with a number of member events.  We began this year with our annual Officers and Directors Installation event on June 20, 2013 at Sugarman Law Firm, LLP.  We were honored to have Hon. Therese Wiley Dancks present to swear in our 2013-2014 Board.  This was a great event and offered our members an opportunity to network and discuss plans for the upcoming year.  We have an outstanding Board for 2013-2014 and I sincerely appreciate their willingness to donate their time and talent to promoting our organization’s mission.

      Since our installation, we have held events almost on a monthly basis to allow our members to network and enjoy the company of other members.  Our organization also invites non-members to events in an effort to join with other local professional s.  In fact, our premier event, the annual Judicial Reception, held at the Dinosaur BBQ (Upstairs) in October had an amazing attendance from members, non-members and the judiciary.  This event is always a success thanks to our planning committee, sponsors and candidates running for the open seats in the judiciary.   A complete list of our events, past and upcoming, are listed in this newsletter.  We hope to see you at our upcoming events.

      If you have not already done so, please renew your membership now so you can continue to enjoy the benefits that membership in the CNYWBA provides. We urge you to encourage your friends and colleagues to join as well! Our membership is diverse – it includes men and women, practicing attorneys, judges, legal educators, and law students from across the region.  We have once again set a goal to reach 150 members – you can help us reach this goal! We did it last year, so I know we can do it again this year!!

      I strongly encourage you to attend one of our upcoming social events, serve on a planning committee, attended a CLE, or volunteer for a pro bono program.  We continue to look for exciting new events and programs and I always welcome your comments and suggestions.

      Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to thank my colleagues at Sugarman Law Firm, LLP for supporting my involvement in the CNYWBA and, in particular, my role as President this year. 

      I am honored to serve as President of our Chapter and I look forward to another successful year!

Warm regards,
Danielle Mikalajunas Fogel