Assistance Committee

(In partnership with MCBA’s Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee.) Provides advice and support for colleagues struggling with substance abuse or addiction problems.
Liaison: TBD

Book Club

Meets several times per year to discuss latest book selections.
Chair: Elaine Cole

Continuing Legal Education Committee

Organizes and conducts accredited CLE programs for attorneys in Monroe County, works with WBASNY for credit approval and issuance of certificates. CLE programs constitute a GRAWA fundraising opportunity.
Co-Chairs: Hon. Connor Jane O'Brien and Lori O'Brien

Dinner Club

Plans occasional social gatherings at local restaurants of interest.
Co-Chairs: Maura McGuire and Rayza Santiago

Diversity Committee

Considers issues of diversity as an inclusive concept, encompassing gender, race, color, ethnic and national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability.
Chair: Destini Bowman

Domestic Violence Committee

Meets four times a year to provide insight on domestic violence issues. Target members include those who practice in this area or who are interested in steering policy and legislation regarding DV.
Co-Chairs: Amy Schwartz and Shaina Kovalsky

Family & Careers Committee

Meets monthly to provide members with social and emotional support with respect to the challenges of balancing home life and careers. Hosts substantive discussions on issues facing working parents. Also responsible for awarding the winner of GRAWA's annual Family Friendly Employer Award.
Co-Chairs: Mary Lou Philbin and Kate Martinez 

Judicial Evaluation Committee

Compiles information about judicial candidates to inform community about qualifications.
Co-Chairs: Erin Heintz and Carol McKenna  

Legislative Committee

Examines bills introduced in Congress, the State Legislature and local government, and makes suggestions or proposals about such bills to GRAWA and WBASNY and serves as ex-officio delegate to WBASNY.
Chair: Carey Ann Denefrio  

Media Committee

Handles GRAWA’s public relations, including drafting press releases. Shares member news for website inclusion; produces newsletter; and takes photos at events to share on website, Facebook and WBASNY newsletter.
Chair: Heather Neu  

Membership Committee

Recruits new GRAWA members and ensures renewal by existing members. As a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY), GRAWA pays $55 per member, and receives one delegate position for each 50 members.
Chair: Randi Nicole Proukou 

Newly Admitted Women Attorneys (NAWA) Committee

Builds relationships to enhance GRAWA experience through professional development, community service, networking, etc. Members must be 32 years of age or younger OR have less than five years of experience.
Co-Chairs: Lauren Fritz and Victoria Munian 


Proposes nominations of GRAWA board positions and helps promote GRAWA and its members through nominations for civic and bar association awards.
Chair: Heidi Schult Gregory 

Program Committee

Plans, advertises and conducts substantive programs, social events (e.g. holiday event, spa night) and annual functions (installation dinner, judicial candidates lunch).
Co-Chairs: Stacey Trien and Laura Myers

Social & racial justice Committee

Chair: Jill Paperno 

Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) Committee

Provides support, information and networking opportunities for GRAWA members engaged in solo practice or small firms. Assists with issues such as office management, finding qualified assistants, technology, etc.
Chair: Sarah Wesley 

Trusts and Estates Committee

A substantive law committee providing legal updates and informal “how to” discussions.
Chair: Sarah Brownlow 

WBASNY Delegates

Attends periodic WBASNY meetings, representing the Rochester Chapter.
Delegates: Katherine CourtneyWende J. Knapp and Hinna Upal 

Welcoming Committee

Ensures opportunities for new members to meet Board and learn about committee opportunities.

Wine Club

Provides wine-tasting events for members in the form of casual wine tasting and educational experiences with local sommeliers and wine venues.
Co-Chairs: Laurie Giordano-Vahey and Jackie Polito 

Women's Connections Committee

This group combines the dedication and experience of more senior attorneys with those seeking mentors in their job search, early career, or career transition.  In conjunction with Newly Admitted Women Attorneys Committee, specific mentoring opportunities are developed and scheduled.
Co-Chairs: Noreen Connolly and Connie Walker 

Women’s Health Committee

Focuses on the recognition, prevention, and education of issues related to women's health and wellness.
Co-Chairs: Kimberly Duguay and Christin Cornetta