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GRAWA President's Message

Mar 24, 2020

GRAWA President’s Message: Staying mentally and physically healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic

The past few weeks have been strange and scary as the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed. It is a tense and uncertain time, and everyone’s anxiety has been growing as more positive cases are confirmed each day, the global death toll rises, and numerous state and local government leaders have issued work-from-home orders, vast state-wide shutdowns […]

Feb 26, 2020

GRAWA President’s Message: Honoring the spirit of the women suffragists

With the recent celebration this month of Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday, and the celebration this year of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, I’ve been thinking a lot about the strong women suffragists who fought so hard and suffered so much to guarantee women the right to vote. It wasn’t really all that […]

Jul 17, 2019

GRAWA President’s Message: Working toward well-being

On May 23, I was installed as the 37th president of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA). It is still hard for me to believe that I was installed as GRAWA’s president, as it does not seem that long ago that I moved to Rochester to begin my legal career. I remember attending […]

May 6, 2019

GRAWA President’s Message: Different strategies can help address ‘volunteer fatigue’

I have been president of GRAWA for almost a year now. I have served on its board in some capacity for at least nine years. I have been an active member of the organization since the fall of 2006. My participation is merely a blink to some of our long-standing members; however, I think it […]

Mar 7, 2019

GRAWA President’s Message: A bit of GRAWA ‘herstory’ for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. An entire month commemorating and encouraging the study, observance  and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Last year, GRAWA celebrated her 35th anniversary. As part of the celebration, a gala was held and we celebrated our own history. I wanted to share the “herstory” that I […]

Nov 8, 2018

GRAWA President’s Message: Nominations Committee works to promote women’s accomplishments

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice It is no secret ― we have an amazing legal […]

Sep 12, 2018

GRAWA President’s Message: Seasons change and so do we

As the weather is starting to change, think about how you want to be involved this year. Use the change in season as an excuse to make some changes. As my grandmother used to say, “There is magic in change.” Here at GRAWA, we have been undergoing a few changes. Change is inevitable with a […]

Aug 9, 2018

GRAWA President’s Message: Making the work-life fit work for you

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know some of the summer interns who are part of the Rochester Diversity Clerkship Program. GRAWA invited the students, who all are entering their second year of law school, aboard the Sam Patch for a cruise with their members. I always enjoy meeting and […]

Jul 11, 2018

GRAWA President’s Message: Fostering relationships in the age of loneliness

From the outside looking in, it’s hard to understand. From the inside looking out, it’s hard to explain. A month ago, we were all abuzz about the high-profile suicides of two individuals that appeared to have everything going for them. For a few weeks, the stigma around mental health and depression was broken. Society was […]

Jun 13, 2018

GRAWA President’s Message: Good stewardship is a personal journey for each of us

I cannot imagine there are many people who wake up and think, “Gosh, I would love to volunteer to lead an organization amidst turbulent political times, unpredictable economics, and an increasingly isolated and apathetic society!” Yet our local and state bar organizations have flourished and are fortunate to have leaders taking oaths to do just […]

Apr 11, 2018

GRAWA President’s Message: Women attorneys continue the conversation in upcoming series

On Feb. 14, GRAWA and MCBA cosponsored a CLE entitled “Female Success in the Legal Profession.” The program was moderated by Tiffany Lee, Esq., U.S. Attorneys Office, WDNY, and consisted of an exceptional panel of women who have achieved both personal and professional success in their respective careers. The talented panel included: Jill Cicero, Esq. […]

Mar 14, 2018

GRAWA President’s Message: GRAWA developing a new strategic plan

As some of you may know, GRAWA has embarked down the path of creating a new strategic plan that we hope to have in place in the near future. To assist in developing the plan, we have teamed up with Causewave Community Partners to work hand-in-hand with our very own Strategic Planning Committee. It is […]

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