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On the Town: GRAWA celebrates Judge Wolford

GRAWA President Tiffany Lee and the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford.

GRAWA President Tiffany Lee and the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford.

Members of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys came out in full force Tuesday evening to honor one of its own.

The association hosted a reception for U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford at The Grill at One. Judge Wolford, who received her commission on Dec. 17, is the first women to serve on the federal bench in Western New York. She is also a former GRAWA president.

Judge Wolford said at first she was reluctant to have her name on the flier for the event, noting it was not a celebration of one, but of all to achieve greater diversity.

GRAWA President Tiffany Lee said the association was “so pleased and so thrilled” to have one of its own become the first women to serve on the District Court for the Western District of New York.

“We just want to wish you the best of success,” Lee said to Judge Wolford, noting GRAWA was probably cheering the loudest in the state when it heard the announcement of Judge Wolford’s confirmation.

Judge Wolford thanked Lee and GRAWA members, saying she appreciated the turnout, which neared 100.

-Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk

 

U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford thanks GRAWA members for hosting a reception in her honor Tuesday. With her is GRAWA President Tiffany Lee.

U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford thanks GRAWA members for hosting a reception in her honor Tuesday. With her is GRAWA President Tiffany Lee.

Kimberly Rowles, Caitlin Loughran, Brian Jacek, Brittany Simon, Colleen Holland, Josie Sheppard and Meghan McGuire.

Kimberly Rowles, Caitlin Loughran, Brian Jacek, Brittany Simon, Colleen Holland, Josie Sheppard and Meghan McGuire.

Carolyn Nussbaum, the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford and Josie Sheppard.

Carolyn Nussbaum, the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford and Josie Sheppard.

Monroe County Bar Association President Steve Modica, Maureen Polen, Ashley Strandjord and Louren Fritz.

Monroe County Bar Association President Steve Modica, Maureen Polen, Ashley Strandjord and Louren Fritz.

Mary Loewenguth, Jeremy Wolk and Margaret Sanchez.

Mary Loewenguth, Jeremy Wolk and Margaret Sanchez.

Jennifer Noto, the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford, Caitlin Loughran and Kimberly Rowles.

Jennifer Noto, the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford, Caitlin Loughran and Kimberly Rowles.

Natalia Reinstein, Jessica Witenko and Jen Meldrum.

Natalia Reinstein, Jessica Witenko and Jen Meldrum.

Margaret Sanchez, Maritza Buitrago and Kim Duguay.

Margaret Sanchez, Maritza Buitrago and Kim Duguay.

The Hon. Ellen Yacknin, Sharon Kelly Sayers and Sandra Williams.

The Hon. Ellen Yacknin, Sharon Kelly Sayers and Sandra Williams.

GRAWA President Tiffany Lee, at right, takes a picture of the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford and Carolyn Nussbaum.

GRAWA President Tiffany Lee, at right, takes a picture of the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford and Carolyn Nussbaum.

Brittany Simon, Meghan Schubmehl, Noreen Connolly and Josie Sheppard.

Brittany Simon, Meghan Schubmehl, Noreen Connolly and Josie Sheppard.

Susan Schultz Laluk, Denise Shukoff and Noreen Connolly.

Susan Schultz Laluk, Denise Shukoff and Noreen Connolly.

Denine Carr, Meghan McGuire and Brian Jacek.

Denine Carr, Meghan McGuire and Brian Jacek.

Lora Reinhardt, Meghan Schubmehl, Brittany Simon and Robert Brucato.

Lora Reinhardt, Meghan Schubmehl, Brittany Simon and Robert Brucato.

Katie Courtney, Wende Knapp, Molly Shepard and Melanie Wolk.

Katie Courtney, Wende Knapp, Molly Shepard and Melanie Wolk.

Tiffany Lee, Hadley Matarazzo and Julie Jordan.

Tiffany Lee, Hadley Matarazzo and Julie Jordan.

Sandra Williams, Linda Kostin and Jeanne Bowman.

Sandra Williams, Linda Kostin and Jeanne Bowman.