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GRAWA president: Many opportunities this month for GRAWA members


5 Pam Reynolds 060916GRAWA has been busy over the summer, but September starts the active portion of the GRAWA year, which runs from June 2016 to May 2017. So, I thought that I would take this opportunity to highlight some of the events that our members have been planning for this month.

  • On Sept. 15, GRAWA’s Women’s Connections Committee has partnered with Wilson Commencement Park to offer a discussion on parenting, featuring parenting expert Notoya Green. This will be the conclusion to what has been a summer filled with mentoring and educational programming as part of the Summer 2016 WCP-GRAWA Mentoring Boot Camp. The evening starts at 5:30 m., with a half hour of social gathering at WCP on 251 Joseph Ave., following by Green’s presentation at 6 p.m.  I will conclude with a graduation ceremony for the members of the WCP-GRAWA Mentoring Boot Camp.
  • In August, several GRAWA members met to discuss the increase in violence in police/civilian encounters and overarching concerns of racial and social issues – both nationally and locally. GRAWA will hold a follow-up to this meeting on Sept. 20 at 12:15 p.m. at the offices of Nixon Peabody. All members are invited to join this important discussion.
  • On Sept. 21, GRAWA will hold its annual new member reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the offices of Nixon Peabody. At this event, we will welcome our new members and celebrate those who have reached 25 years as an admitted attorney.
  • GRAWA has partnered with the Monroe County Public Defenders Office and the University of Rochester for a CLE on September 30th as part of the UofR’s 30th Charles E. Steinberg Lecture in Psychiatry and the Law. J. Richard Ciccone, MD, will be presenting on “The Asylum and Involuntary Hospitalization: Vanishing Parts of the Continuum of Care.” Ciccone is professor of psychiatry and founding director of the Psychiatry and Law Program at the UofR School of Medicine.  Richard Keenan, retired Monroe County Court judge and adjunct professor at the UofR, will moderate the CLE. The program will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304), and admission is free.

Whether you are a long-time member, a new member, or are considering GRAWA membership, we have many opportunities to offer and would be happy to have you at one of our events. There are many more to come after September, too.  We hope to see you soon!

Pamela Reynolds is an associate attorney in the Rochester office of Littler Mendelson and president of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys.