(In partnership with MCBA’s Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee.) Provides advice and support for colleagues struggling with substance abuse or addiction problems.
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: Josie Sheppard and Christin Cornetta
Dinner & Wine Club
Provides dinner and wine-tasting events for members at local restaurants, wine venues or member homes. Discover a variety of wines and wine regions throughout the world through social gatherings. This is a great way to learn about wine and food pairings.
Considers issues of diversity as an inclusive concept, encompassing gender, race, color, ethnic and national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability.
Chair: Tina Foster
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.
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.
Chair: Randi Proukou
Judicial Evaluation 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: Adele Fine
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: Amanda Dreher
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: Diane M. Cecero
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: Stephanie Lapple and Angilee DiMartino
Proposes nominations of GRAWA board positions and helps promote GRAWA and its members through nominations for civic and bar association awards.
Chair: Denine Carr
Plans, advertises and conducts substantive programs, social events (e.g. holiday event, spa night) and annual functions (installation dinner, judicial candidates lunch).
Co-Chairs: Destini K. Bowman and Sarah Lobe
LAWYERS' COALITION ON RACIAL & Social justice Committee
Formed last year, this combined committee of the three bars (GRAWA, MCBA and RBBA) addresses issues of racial justice in Rochester’s legal community and beyond. We are planning several important events for next year and welcome your participation.
Chair: Jill Paperno
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.