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Website Sponsorship: $1,500.00

This Sponsorship Level includes:

Company logo and contact information on the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association website for one-year.

Company logo and contact information on all meeting notices/flyers with notation: Thank you to our Website sponsor

Honorable mention at all events. Opportunity to network with members and guests.


General Event Sponsorship: $250.00

This Sponsorship Level includes:

Company logo and contact information on the event meeting flyer.  A designated table for your marketing materials at event. Sufficient time to address the attendees about your business. Opportunity to network with members and guests.

Lunch Sponsorship: $250.00

This Sponsorship Level includes:

Company logo and contact information on Lunch meeting flyer.  A designated table for your marketing materials at event. Sufficient time to address the attendees about your business. Opportunity to network with members and guests. 


Special Event Sponsorship: $350.00

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For events where 50 or more persons are expected to be in attendance, such as the March Women’s History Month Event and the June Installation Dinner and Judiciary Night.  This level includes Company logo and contact information on the marketing flyer; Opportunity to network with members and guests.  A designated table for your marketing materials at event. Special recognition at the event.

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Proposed Slate of Candidates & April Voting Meeting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association will conduct its Annual Membership Meeting via conference call so that members can participate remotely.


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A Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. via Conference Call (EST)

The Dial In number is 425.436.6378.  The Access Code is 135732

Please be sure to call in promptly at 4:00 p.m. as we will be conducting a roll call at the beginning of the meeting.

To download a PDF of this agenda, please click here.

President: Brette Haefeli, Esq.

VI Membership: Hon. Victoria Gums-Moore

VP Programs: Rose Dias, Esq.

Corresponding Secretary: Amy Hsu, Esq.

Treasurer:  Ann Ball, Esq.

Recording Secretary: Christine Scheibler, Esq.


Isabel Buse, Esq. (2021)

Scott McBride, Esq. (2022)

Ashley Valla, Esq. (2023)

Heidi Sorkin, Esq. (2023)

Jodi Donato, Esq. (2023)

WBASNY Delegates:

Barbara Neiroda, Eq.
Jodi Donato, Esq


Dawn Lott, Esq.
Robin Abramowitz, Esq

Under WBASNY’s By-Laws, President-Elect Joy A. Thompson (Brooklyn) will automatically become WBASNY President for 2020-2021.

The following WBASNY slate for the 2020-2021 term will be presented to the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association at the Annual Meeting conducted on April 22, 2020:

President Elect Dawn Reid-Green (Staten Island)

Vice President Melissa H. Nickson (Western New York)

Vice President Deborah G. Rosenthal (New York)

Vice President Marea Wachsman (Brooklyn)

Treasurer Simone Freeman (Nassau)

Corresponding Secretary Dawn A. Lott (Suffolk)

Recording Secretary Madison Porzio (Queens)

Please be advised that only members in good standing of the SCWBA are eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting.

SCWBA Docket

In September we kicked off the year our with annual membership cocktail party at Ciro’s in Hauppauge. Our guest of honor was Elena Langan, the new Dean of Students Touro at Law School.

Group shot at the cocktail party
September membership cocktail party honoring Dean Langan of Touro Law
Prior to the Domestic Violence program

The Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association & The Suffolk County Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts partnered to coordinate four programs for Domestic Violence Month Awareness in October 2019.These programs focused on the impact domestic violence has on the lives of survivors and the resources available. The topics included a case study, family offenses vs. criminal complaints, beyond what you think is domestic violence and assessing and treating children affected by domestic violence.

The SCWBA Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breakfast was held on October 15, 2019 at the Suffolk County Bar Association. The guest speaker was Dr, Joyce T. Au, a Breast Surgeon at Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Hunting Breast Surgery Associates. Dr. Au spoke on topics including Genetic Testing and Risk Assessment. 

On November 2, 2019 the Suffolk County, Nassau County, and Queens County Women’s Bar Associations held our annual networking at the wineries. We even had a few members from Staten Island and Brooklyn! The first stop was Ospreys’ Dominion Vineyards, then lunch and wine at Jason’s Vineyard. Next was a trip to Long Island Vodka with a final stop at Bruno’s Farm Stand.

The start of our yearly winery tour
and later...
Attendees at the Leslie Tayne program

Leslie H. Tayne, Esq. taught our members how to bring in more business and grow the business they have on November 19, 2019. Ms. Tayne is the author of Life and Debt.

The Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association held an interactive class at Exo’tiques on how to de-stress the chaos of everyday life on December 19, 2019.

Strategies to Maximize Retirement was the topic of the presentation held on February 4, 2020. This was sponsored by New York Life.

We will be holding our Annual Voting meeting on April 22, 2020 at 4:00-4:15 p.m. (or until a quorum is obtained) telephonically. Instructions will be sent to you on how and when to dial in.

This year’s Installation Dinner and Judiciary Night has been postponed and will be held in conjunction with our Annual SCWBA Membership Cocktail Party on September 22, 2020 at The Watermill in Smithtown.

Congratulations to Christine M. Rosa on her election to the position of Chairwoman of the Nassau Suffolk Law Services Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Maria Dosso on her retirement from Nassau Suffolk Law Services after more than 30 years of service. Maria recently received an award for her leadership in pro bono programs.

Congratulations to Shari Lee Sugarman for being nominated for the Hofstra Outstanding Women in Law Award.

Congratulations to Margery Weinroth for being awarded the WBASNY Marilyn Menge award.

Condolences to Dawn Lott, our past president and current WBASNY Corresponding Secretary, and her family on the passing of her father Albert Lott, Sr.

Condolences to Isabel Buse, past president of the SCWBA, and her family on the passing of her father-in-law Harry Abdirki.

We have also been having terrific Networking Luncheons every month at the Irish Coffee Pub in Central Islip. Our Co-Chairs Lisa Pomerantz and Pam Greene worked very hard to give us great topics and speakers, and the programs were very well attended.

Margery Weinroth and Irene Vilacci, recipients of the WBASNY. Marilyn R. Menge Award. Photobomb courtesy of Linda Marrone!

Congratulations to Linda Morrone, past president of the SCWBA, on her retirement. A party was held in Linda’s honor on January 30, 2020 at the Hotel Indigo, East End in Riverhead. All who attended had a great time. Best wishes to Linda in her future endeavors.

Linda Marrone (standing, second from right) and fans

2019 Holiday Party

Holiday Party
Ann Ball, our VP of programs at the holiday party at the Bonwitt Inn
SCWBA president Shari Sugarman and Nassau County DBA president Irene Angelakis

To our members.

As you know, we have suspended all Association programming until further notice due to this extraordinary pandemic.  There is not a single one of us who has not been impacted.  But we have so much to look forward to.

Unfortunately our Installation Dinner and Judiciary Night has been postponed until Sept. 22nd, 2020. But before we can get to that point, we must vote on our proposed candidates. Instead of an April “in-person” meeting, we will be holding this meeting telephonically. We will provide you with a telephone number and code for you to call in on April 22nd, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. until 4:15 (or until we get a quorum), so you can cast your vote for SCWBA candidates and WBASNY candidates. Please be on the look-out for the instructions in your in-box.

Our March 26th Women’s History Month Program with Attorney General Leticia James has been postponed until sometime in October. We’re waiting for a date from the AG’s office and will keep you posted.  This 6 Bar Association + Touro Law School event is going to be amazing.  I just look at it as we have more time to focus on the details and make it perfect.  I encourage you all to attend and sponsor.

Remember, we are a very close organization.  We can rely on each other in times of need.  If you know someone struggling, reach out to the community and we will do our best to help that person.  We will get through this just like we got through Superstorm Sandy and 9-11.  Business as usual will change for the better and we will all show how we can adapt.

And thank you for the opportunity for me to be your President once again.  It has been my honor serving you.

On to the original message…

Thank you for being a member of the SCWBA this year.

For those who couldn’t attend this year’s installation dinner in June, I spoke about this Association’s “why”- why do we exist as an organization; why do we exist.  What is our purpose?

As you know we are a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (a/k/a WBASNY).  WBASNY’s mission is to “promote the advancement of women in society and of women in the legal profession; to promise the fair and equal administration of justice; and to act as a unified voice for its members with respect to issues of statewide, national and international significant to women generally and to women attorneys in particular.

Yes, this is our mission, but we often lose sight of that when we’re dealing with our day-to-day activities and our clients, and managing our businesses. So I ask you, what does the SCWBA mean to you? How can we be important to you as an organization? I would like you to think about that and let us know

what you want as part of your membership.

Speaking of WBASNY, most people don’t realize that as part of your membership to the SCWBA, you are also a member of WBASNY. I believe that one of the most important functions of WBASNY is our ability to affect legislation in NYS. As individual chapters, we wonder if our voice matters. But as members of an organization that is almost 5000 members strong, WBASNY gives us a state-wide voice to promote. We cannot make our voice heard if we don’t participate.  So I implore to get involved as much as you can. One

of my biggest challenges this year has been to respond to the Legislative Committee’s call for comments on pending legislation.  For example, I do not practice in the matrimonial arena but have been asked to comment on legislation affecting that area of practice.  If you are interested in helping out or attending a WBASNY meeting, please give me a call.  There is nothing more empowering than 150+ powerful and intelligent women meeting together to discuss issues that impact us all.  You can also go to the

WBASNY website ( and discover the various resources WBASNY has to offer.  Need an attorney upstate for a particular matter?  Why not do a search of WBASNY members.

On the local level, we have had many great programs this year which this newsletter highlights. Thank you to those who have attended. We are trying to provide networking opportunities as well as good information to help our members in their practices.

Finally, look for us on social media – I’ve been working hard on the Facebook page, and we just started up our Instagram (SCWBA_LI) and Twitter (@scwba_li) accounts.  Please follow and like our pages.

I want to thank you for choosing me and the members of this years’ board to lead this organization this year.  We hope we are fulfilling your expectations and look forward to seeing you soon.

Shari Lee Sugarman, Esq.

Sugarman Law, PC

(631) 406-7600

Election 2017: Honorable Theresa A. Whelan

Theresa Whelan has been a Suffolk Family Court Judge since 2008. For almost ten years she has been working hard to protect children and rebuild families. Judge Whelan is assigned primarily to child abuse and neglect matters and she presides over Family Treatment Court where she helps parents with substance abuse issues so they can safely parent their children.

Theresa is committed to reducing the number of children in foster care and reducing the amount of time foster children remain in care. She is the Lead Judge of the Suffolk County Court Improvement Project which is a collaborative of judges, lawyers, child welfare specialists and mental health professionals. Under Judge Whelan’s leadership, the collaborative is responsible for creating innovating court practices designed to help troubled parents safely care for their own children. In recognition of her leadership and commitment, she was appointed Supervising Judge of the Suffolk County Family Court in February 2016.

Judge Whelan is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and is past chair of the Family Court Committee. She is a member and past president of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association.

Judge Whelan has lectured for the Suffolk Academy of Law as well as the New York State Judicial Institute.

She was awarded the New York State Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 1998 and more recently she received the Suffolk County Bar Association’s President’s Award, together with other members of the Attorney for the Child Task Force in recognition of their work on important issues facing attorneys representing children. The Hon. A. Gail Prudenti, former Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York and Dean of Hofstra Law School recently recognized Judge Whelan and the Supervising Judges of Family Court and Matrimonial Parts in Nassau and Suffolk.

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Election 2017: Judge Patricia Romeo

I graduated Touro Law Center in 1995, Magna cum laude, 3rd in my evening class. I worked for two private firms before opening my own firm in 2000. Since then I have been in Patchogue where my practice focuses on matrimonial and family law issues, real estate transactions, estate planning and probate and adoptions. 

Since January, 2014 I have also been the Justice for the Village of Patchogue. I was appointed to fill an unexpired term in January and elected for a full term in March, 2014. I am now running for re-election which election will be held in March, 2018. 

As the Village Justice I hear a variety of matters, including vehicle and traffic matters, building and housing code violations, village ordinance violations and parking tickets. I also officiate many weddings, both in the courtroom and off-site as well. 

Prior to becoming an attorney I was a medical center director and a counselor. I have a BA in psychology from SUNY Oswego and a Masters degree in psychology from C.W. Post Center. 

I also volunteered briefly for the NYS Assembly where I reviewed and drafted legislation regarding children and families. 

I am a long-time member of the Patchogue Rotary club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

I joined the Suffolk County Women’s Bar association while a law student and have continued that membership to date. I served as a Board member for three years and as Secretary. 

I have been a member of the Suffolk boat Club for 32 years and served as the Financial chair for 15 years. I was appointed to the Advisory Council to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital and still sit on that Board. 

I have been married for 32 years to my wonderful husband Jim and we have one daughter who is to be married in June, 2018. I believe that my diverse background and experience benefit me on the bench. I look forward to the challenges ahead and to serving Patchogue Village for four more years. 

I thank you for your support.

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Election 2017: Justice William Rebolini

Supreme Court Justice William B. Rebolini is currently the presiding justice of a civil litigation trial part which serves as a court of law and equity. He is also a former adjunct professor, at Dowling College, teaching Business Law and Ethics, Labor and Employment Law and related topics. He was formerly an adjunct professor of Business Law at the New York Institute of Technology. Justice Rebolini also served as Deputy Supervisor/Councilman, Town of Huntington, partially responsible for the policy and operations of local municipal government. 

As an attorney in private practice, Justice Rebolini represented various individuals, business entities, charitable organizations and an insurance company in civil litigation and other matters. As an associate for a New York City law firm in securities litigation, under the supervision of a senior partner, he authored a petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the case being accepted for appeal and received the honor of appearing before the U.S.

Supreme Court as co-counsel at the age of 27. He has served as an officer and board member of many charitable and professional organizations including the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, Rotary, the Guide Dog Foundation, Moonjumpers Charitable Foundation, the Long Island Development Corporation, and others. He has been a judge since 36 years of age and has been on the bench for almost 24 years.

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Election 2017: Judge Linda Kevins

Judge Linda Kevins is a judge of the Suffolk County District Court in New York. She was elected on November 4, 2014, and is now a candidate for the 10th Judicial District Supreme Court in New York. 

As a District Court Judge Linda Kevins has presided over cases in District Court for almost three years.   Currently, she is assigned to preside over criminal cases exclusively. 

Resolving approximately ten thousand cases per year, Judge Kevins conducts conferences, hearings, and both bench and jury trials.  Prior to her current assignment, she was assigned to preside over both civil and criminal cases where she conducted many trials each week. 

Judge Kevins is a long time resident of Long Island – living in her Mount Sinai home for 37 years with her husband of 40 years. 

While raising her family, Judge Kevins went back to school and obtained her undergraduate degree from Empire State College, and her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law.  Among her many accomplishments, she co-founded Hofstra Law Women, served as its President for three years, and assisted in the successful litigation of a landmark case decided by the United States Supreme Court. 

Judge Kevins served in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney for over seven years, prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor cases, as well as litigating appellate issues. While a prosecutor, she assisted in the development and structure of the first Suffolk County Domestic Violence part – one of the busiest courts in Suffolk County. 

Judge Kevins left the District Attorney’s Office to become the Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert Ross, Supervising Judge of all the Matrimonial Courts in Nassau County Supreme Court, and the New York State Chair of the Court Operations Committee.  As the Judge’s primary adviser, she drafted cutting edge decisions and assisted the Judge in administrative matters and decisions affecting eight matrimonial parts and the supervision of more than 70 judicial and non-judicial personnel.  She also managed the case assignments for seven Judicial Hearing Officers and four Special Referees.  Judge Kevins facilitated the development and operation of many initiatives, such as the Model Custody Part/Children Come First Initiative, and the Matrimonial Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. 

Judge Kevins taught Family Law at St. John’s Law School, has conducted training for Judges across New York State presenting at the Judicial Institute, and has lectured for numerous organizations. 

Upon the untimely passing of the Honorable Robert Ross, Judge Kevins served in the capacity of Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Hope Schwartz Zimmerman,the new Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial Parts in Nassau County Supreme Court. Thereafter, she served as Principal Court Attorney assigned to the Honorable Marion McNulty, Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial Parts in Suffolk County Supreme Court. Back in Suffolk County, Judge Kevins counseled Suffolk County Supreme Court Judges assigned to Matrimonial parts and Guardianship parts.  Judge Kevins also served as the Principal Court Attorney to the Honorable Marlene Budd, Acting Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice, where she worked to resolve matrimonial matters, foreclosures, and proceedings brought under the Mental Hygiene Law.

Judge Kevins was admitted to practice law in New York State, the United States District Court for the Eastern District, and the United States Supreme Court.  She is a member of numerous organizations and is serving and has served on many committees, including both the Suffolk County and Nassau County Bar Associations.  She was elected and served as Vice-President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and as Director of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association.  She was appointed and served on both the Suffolk County and the Nassau County Women in the Courts Committee, the Advisory Committee for the Attorneys for Children Panel, and the PEACE Steering Committee.  Judge Kevins served on the Judiciary/Courts and Matrimonial/Family Law Committees, and is a member of the National Association of Women Judges, and ZONTA – a global organization of business executives and professionals.

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Suffolk County Woman’s Bar Association 2017 Journal


As I write this, the 2016 presidential election has concluded. While the campaign was certainly divisive, as it does every four years, the country now moves on to the business of governing. Whatever your political leanings, it was still a thrill to see a woman’s name on the ballot for the highest office in this land. My hope is that one day, we will have the opportunity to cheer a woman as she takes the oath of office and gives the inaugural address prior to taking up her post as president of this great country.

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