Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association

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