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: Christin Cornetta and Linda Kostin

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: Nicole Ladner

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: Victoria Gleason and Catherine Nearpass

Judicial Evaluation Committee

Compiles information about judicial candidates to inform community about qualifications.
Co-Chairs: Jennifer Schauerman and Leigh Ann Chute

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: Laura Myers

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: Amanda Dreher

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: Lauren Whiting

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 Meghan Emes


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

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: Sarah Lobe and Katerina Kramarchyk

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  

WBASNY Delegates

Attends periodic WBASNY meetings, representing the Rochester Chapter.
Delegates: Maritza Buitrago and Alison Moyer


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: Wende Knapp and Cassandra Rich

Women’s Health Committee

Focuses on the recognition, prevention, and education of issues related to women's health and wellness.
Co-Chairs: Taylor Henry and Kristin Merrick