It is my pleasure to serve this year as the President of this esteemed organization. As we usher in this new year, we cannot help but reflect on all that we have endured as we adapted to the pandemic and the challenges that were placed at our feet. We demonstrated to the world that we are strong, resilient, and able to adapt to adversity. We came together as a community, caring for each other, and respectfully acknowledging the challenges faced by our neighbors and adversaries. We pivoted and adjusted to virtual court appearances, virtual trials and virtual depositions, Alas, we made it through the storm and changed the practice of law. Some would say for the better.

The 4,000+ attorneys, judges and law students who compose the membership of WBASNY continued to carry forth the mission of this great organization. We continued to promote the advancement of the status of women in society and of women in the legal profession; to promote 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 significance to women generally and to women attorneys in particular.

We spoke out tirelessly regarding social and racial injustice and its effects on our communities. We believe that our voices were heard. Now, we must move forward. This year our theme is Empowered Women, Empowering Women. As we move forward, we must use our power to promote those around us to focus on their dreams and enable them to reach new heights of excellence. We will. Use our power to promote the advancement of the status of women in society and of women in the legal profession. Our thematic programming will encourage, inspire, and uplift our members.

I implore you to join us this year as we focus on empowerment for all of our members.

Dawn Reid-Green, Esq., WBASNY President

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