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GRAWA members’ generosity part of good holiday vibe

Halfway through the GRAWA holiday party, Amanda Dreher poses with the generous contribution of diapers GRAWA colleagues donated to the JLR Diaper Bank. (Nora Jones)

Amanda Dreher has been an active member of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA) for many years, and she has been involved with the Junior League of Rochester (JLR) at least as long, so it was not surprising ...

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MCBA Holiday Party celebrates the local judiciary

Too many judges to fit in one picture: sitting, from left, Hon. Theresa Johnson, Hon. Joseph Valentino, elected judge Michael Dollinger, Hon. Thomas Morse, Hon. Scott Odorisi. Back row, from left: Hon. Karen Morris, Hon. Stephen Lindsley, Hon. Christopher Ciaccio, Hon. William Fletcher, Hon. Richard Wesley talking to partly hidden Hon. William Taylor, Hon. Michael Lopez, Hon. Douglas Randall, Hon. Vincent Dinolfo, Hon. Daniel Doyle, Hon. Charles Schiano, Hon. Renee Minarik, Hon. Marion Payson, Hon. Craig Doran, Hon. Frank Geraci Jr., Hon. Gerald Whalen, Hon. Elizabeth Wolford. (Liz Novak)

The Memorial Art Gallery was the location of this year’s Bench and Bar Holiday Party for the Monroe County Bar Association held on Thursday, Dec. 5. The short program mid-evening was primarily to recognize the many local judges in attendance. ...

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Eastman student musicians create social atmosphere at Jazz for Justice

Foundation President David Ross watches as Jazz for Justice Committee Chair Elaine Cole looks for the raffle winner in the audience and MCBA Executive Director Kevin Ryan looks on. (Nora A. Jones)

For the ninth year in a row, the Eastman School of Music partnered with the Foundation for the Monroe County Bar to create a unique atmosphere for one of the most casual fundraisers in the legal community: Jazz for Justice, ...

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2019 Campaign for Justice is counting on your support

Robert Hooks and James McElheny, both partners at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLC, are pictured here with VLSP Executive Director Tina Foster as the 2019 Campaign for Justice gets underway on November 5. Both Hooks and McElheny also provide pro bono services to VLSP clients. (Nora A. Jones)

Volunteer Legal Services Project Inc. of Monroe County (VLSP), Legal Aid Society of Rochester (LAS), and Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY) kicked off the 2019 Campaign for Justice on Nov. 5, announcing this year’s goal of $251,000 for ...

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GRAWA open house spotlights new members and committees

GRAWA new members, from left to right: Jennifer Taylor, Leah Cintineo, Nastasha Burdick, GRAWA President Carey Ann Denefrio, new members Taylor Henry, Kamela Caschette, and Erin Elmouji.  Missing from the photo:  Lisa Granite and Cuevas Senovia

For many attending the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorney’s Open House on Sept. 24, it was also their first visit to the Woods, Oviatt, Gilman LLP offices on the 19th floor of the Bausch and Lomb building. The view ...

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VLSP fundraiser to feature attorneys’ artistic works


Retired Livingston County Court Judge Jerry Alonzo created a series of wooden art pieces called “Justice Is…” in 2015, using more than 150 responses collected through the New York State Bar Association. The full series was on display at the ...

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Michael Schnittman Award announced at Justice Society reception

Campaign for Justice Co-Chairs Jonathan Falk and Sharon Stiller pause for a photo with Michael Burger and Rob Brucato at the Justice Society reception held March 14 at the Memorial Art Gallery.

To celebrate the successful conclusion of the 2018 Campaign for Justice — an annual campaign to support access to legal services in civil cases — CFJ Co-Chairs Sharon Stiller, Tom Durkin, and Jonathan Falk each spoke briefly at the March ...

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GRAWA holiday gathering includes charitable theme


The Dec. 12 holiday party for members of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys brought a revolving door of guests to the home of past GRAWA President Denine Carr, and many of the members came bearing gifts of pillows ...

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Campaign for Justice co-chairs focus on community needs

The 2018 Campaign for Justice was just shy of 50% of its goal on Dec. 7 — one month into this year’s campaign to support Volunteer Legal Services Inc. of Monroe County (VLSP), Legal Aid Society of Rochester (LAS) and ...

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MCBA holiday party honors local judiciary

Local judges gathered for recognition at the annual MCBA Bench and Bar Holiday Party.  From left: the Honorable Francis Affronti, Stephen Lindley, James Piampiano, Richard Dollinger (face hidden), Robert Shaddock, Craig Doran, Joanne Winslow (mostly hidden), Thomas Stander, Vincent Dinolfo, Elizabeth Wolford, David Larimer, Renee Minarik, Cara Briggs, Dandrea Ruhlmann, Frank Geraci, Joan Kohout, Thomas Morse, Doug Randall,  Debra Martin, Karen Morris, Evelyn Frazee, and Thomas Klonick. The two heads behind Judge Frazee belong to William Taylor and John DeMarco. (Nora A. Jones)

The Wintergarden at Legacy Tower was once again the setting for the Monroe County Bar Association’s Bench and Bar celebration Thursday night.  MCBA Executive Director Kevin Ryan and his staff greeted guests as they arrived. Ryan later introduced MCBA President ...

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2018 Campaign for Justice kicks off to support three legal service providers

A friendly competition among many loyal volunteers who have worked on the Campaign for Justice year after year created an energetic launch to the 2018 fundraising campaign that supports Volunteer Legal Services Inc. of Monroe County (VLSP), Legal Aid Society ...

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