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On the Town: GRAWA holds annual meeting

Ann Corriveau, left, enjoys a conversation with Judge Joan Kohout.

Election of officers for the 2013-2014 fiscal year was the core agenda item for the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys’ annual meeting April 16, but it also provided an opportunity for current GRAWA President Kimberly Duguay to recap the events and accomplishments of the past 12 months.

The newly elected slate of officers and board members will be sworn in on May 15 at the annual installation dinner. The new board is: Melanie Wolk, president; Kimberly Duguay, past president; Tiffany Lee, president-elect; Julie Bielecki, secretary; Pam Reynolds, treasurer; Meghan Lynch and Josie Sheppard, program co-chairs; Alison Rich and Jodie Ryan, Judicial Evaluation Committee co-chairs; Heather Neu, membership chair; Jill Paperno, legislative chair; Taren Greenidge, diversity chair; Elaine Cole and Cara Waldman, CLE chairs; Greta Kolcon, nominating chair; Anita Pelletier, media chair; and Denine Carr and Meghan McGuire, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York delegates.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to vote on the slate of officers for WBASNY. GRAWA is the fifth largest of 18 WBASNY chapters, ending the 2012-2013 year with 292 members. The statewide organization has nearly 4,000 members, with the largest chapters downstate.

Judge Dandrea Ruhlmann, finishing her two year term as nominating chair, shared a list of award nominees and recipients from among GRAWA’s members. Some recent honorees include: Carolyn Nussbaum, The Daily Record’s Top Women in Law; Amanda Dreher, The Daily Record’s Up and Coming Attorneys; Mary Beth Conway, The Daily Record’s Unsung Legal Hero Award; Marlene Attardo, 2013 WBASNY Stephanie Kupferman Juvenile Justice Award; Judge Francis Affronti, MCBA 2013 Outstanding Jurist Award; Debra Martin, 2013 Rochester Business Alliance Women Council’s Athena Award; and Jimmy Paulino, New York State Bar Association’s 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

GRAWA program co-chairs, Cole and Lynch, were instrumental in planning the annual meeting and several other events throughout the year, including a “Guys for GRAWA” social hour, a Women’s Connections program on today’s job market; a holiday fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy; and a “day of service” on Martin Luther King Day.

Numerous programs and events are being planned for GRAWA’s new membership year, which begins June 1.

— Photos by Nora A. Jones

JoAnne Leegant and Eileen Buholtz, former GRAWA president.

Tiffany Lee, left, GRAWA 2013-14 president-elect, with Katie Courtney and Julie Bielecki, GRAWA secretary, currently and for 2013-2014.

Judge Dandrea Ruhlmann, left, poses with Melanie Wolk, incoming GRAWA president.

Jennifer Meldrum, Woods Oviatt, left, joins Allison Bosworth, Harris Beach, for the dinner provided for the event.

From left, Wende Knapp, Christin Cornetta, Carey Ann Denefrio and Jeremy Wolk were among the attendees.

Tara Thomas, left, and Jayla Burton were among the newer GRAWA members in attendance.


Elaine Cole, left, and Amy Varel.