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Finger Lakes – Annual Installation Dinner
June 14, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
You are cordially invited to
Finger Lakes Women’s Bar Association
and Installation of Officers
Silent Auction and Cocktail Hour begins at 5:30,
followed by the Installation of Officers
by Hon. Elizabeth A. Garry
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Leslie Danks Burke, Esq.
Please contact Sujata S. Gibson to RSVP and for more information
Keynote Speaker, Leslie Danks Burke, Esq.
Leslie Danks Burke is a lawyer and a regional public advocate for health care, education, and rural economic development. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Leslie practiced international litigation with Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City before moving to Ithaca twelve years ago. Leslie has twice been honored by the New York Legal Aid Society for outstanding community service and an active pro bono practice in civil rights litigation maintained throughout her career. Bringing women’s voices to the table has been a recurring theme for Leslie. During her undergraduate study at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the early 1990s, Leslie helped co-found the Women’s Resource Center that continues to serve students today. Her law practice included serving as a lead attorney on the Amador v. Andrews class action litigation challenging rampant sexual assault of women inmates in New York State correctional facilities. She is an immediate past board member of the statewide board of Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York, and was founding chair of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes Action, the regional political advocacy network for women’s health care in the Southern Tier. She has been an active member of the Finger Lakes Women’s Bar Association (FLWBA) and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). A Girl Scout herself throughout her childhood, Leslie has led Girl Scouts troops for the past six years. A daughter of farmers, Leslie sees advocacy for women as a part of the larger advocacy for economic empowerment of rural working families. She serves on the Agriculture and Infrastructure subgroups of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, as well as on the Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation board and the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation board. In 2012, Leslie ran for U.S. Representative in New York’s 23rd Congressional district. She came in second. Leslie used that experience to spearhead a new 14-county networking group throughout rural upstate New York to overcome geographic and information boundaries that often separate women qualified to run for local office from each other and from the people who want to help elect them. That organization, Democratic Women of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, has become the preeminent training and networking group for elected women in our region. Leslie is now reentering the political arena herself. She was affiliated with the Pinnisi and Anderson law firm for the past eight years, and has now taken leave in order to dedicate herself full-time to her candidacy for New York State Senate in the five-county 58th district. Leslie and her husband, Cody, are the parents of two young daughters, and her greatest joy is spending time outdoors with her family.