President
Rebekah Nellis Kennedy, Esq.

 

Rebekah Nellis Kennedy is an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Colonie where she concentrates in municipal litigation, tort litigation, local law drafting, land use and planning law, and SEQRA. She has presented at various training sessions and CLEs on vehicle and traffic law, zoning and planning board procedures and ethics, and SEQRA.

Ms. Kennedy is a 2004 graduate of the University at Albany and a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of Albany Law School, with a concentration in criminal law. After graduation, she served as an Appellate Court Attorney for the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department. Following her clerkship, Ms. Kennedy joined D’Agostino, Krackeler, Maguire & Cardona, P.C., primarily handling motion and appellate practice in the areas of medical malpractice, insurance, and municipality defense.

In the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, Ms. Kennedy has served as a member of the Board and as an Officer, as well as Chair of several committees. She is also Chair of the Newsletter Committee for the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. Ms. Kennedy is a member of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department’s Committee for Character and Fitness, and previously served as mock trial coach for the Academy of the Holy Names.

Ms. Kennedy lives in the Town of Colonie with her husband, Edward C. Kennedy, Jr.

President-Elect
Dana L. Salazar, Esq.

 

Dana L. Salazar is the managing partner of the law firm of Salazar and Erikson LLP. Ms. Salazar represents clients in all types of litigation and dispute resolution, including general commercial, partnership and business association controversies, breach of contract and real estate disputes as well as personal injury and property damage cases.

After graduating from law school, Dana Salazar served as personal law clerk to the Hon. Susan Phillips Read of the New York Court of Appeals (2005-2007). Following her clerkship, Ms. Salazar joined the Trial Practice department at Jones Day in New York, New York, where she worked on a variety of complex commercial litigation cases, including many transnational litigation cases. In 2009, Ms. Salazar returned to the Albany area as an associate at Tabner, Ryan and Keniry, LLP. In January 2015, she was a founding partner of Salazar and Erikson LLP.

Dana was the recipient of the Albany Law School William McKinley Prize, a Founders’ Scholarship, a Dean Sponsler Honors Teaching Fellowship with Professor David Siegel, the Selma Mintz Memorial Prize for academic achievement while raising a family and the Joseph Rosch Prize for academic excellence in Administrative Law. Dana Salazar received the NYSBA Empire State Counsel Award for pro bono work in 2008 and 2009. She also received Jones Day New York’s 2008 Pro Bono Service Award, where she founded and led Jones Day New York’s Hague Convention International Parental Child Abduction pro bono project. In 2011, she received the CBWBA’s Outstanding New Lawyer Award.

She graduated from the University at Albany in 1990 and prior to practicing law enjoyed a successful career in business management. She graduated summa cum laude from Albany Law School in 2005 with a concentration in civil litigation.

First Vice President
Ricja Rice, Esq.

 

Queens native and the first lawyer in her family, Ricja Rice is currently senior attorney for Office of the Medicaid Inspector General. Previously she was the Legislative Director and Counsel for New York State Senator Kevin Parker of Brooklyn, NY. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Africana Studies with a minor is Sociology, from Union College in Schenectady, NY. She obtained her law degree from Albany Law School, Union University and she is also a 2004 Center for Women and Public Policy Fellow, of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

Like many successful attorneys, Ms. Rice’s humble beginnings started at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York where she represented clients in landlord/tenant, small claims, elder law and disability matters. Her love for helping those who need it most is evident in her representation of hundreds of indigent clients in the Capital District.

Ricja Rice has served as a co-chair of the Diversity and Gender Fairness Committee for the Capital District Women’s Bar Association for the past five years and currently sits as the CDWBA corresponding secretary. In her capacity as co-chair she had orchestrated and participated in the annual diversity program held at Albany Law School on increasing diversity on the bench and bar. Ricja is also the chair of the Judicial Task Force committee assigned to the task of encouraging diversity on the bench to delegates and party affiliates.

Practicing in the courts, meeting with many advocacy groups from around New York State, and participating in community service, Ricja tirelessly works on breaking barriers based on poverty, language, race, sex, gender and disability

2nd Vice President
Kathleen “Casey” Copps DiPaola, Esq.

 

Casey began her legal career as an associate attorney at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, Albany’s largest law firm, where she practiced primarily in the areas of Labor and Employment, Education and Litigation. In 2012, Casey decided to join her mother, Anne Reynolds Copps, in practice. In 2014, Anne and Casey became partners and created Copps DiPaola, PLLC, the first mother-daughter law firm in the Capital Region.

Casey focuses her practice in the Casey focuses her practice in all areas of adoption law. She has experience representing birth and adoptive parents in private adoptions, voluntary agency adoptions, foster care adoptions and step/second parent adoptions. Casey also has experience representing adoption agencies and handling adoption subsidy fair hearings. Casey also practices in the related area of assisted reproductive technology law and kinship guardianship.

Casey graduated summa cum laude and as the salutatorian from Albany Law School in 2009. Casey also completed internships with the Family Violence Litigation Clinic and the Warren County District Attorney’s Office, and judicial placements in Albany County Supreme Court, and the Appellate Division, Third Department.

Ms. DiPaola has been a member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association since her first year of law school and has served on its Board of Directors since 2011. Ms. DiPaola was awarded the CDWBA’s Outstanding New Lawyer Award in 2013.

Ms. DiPaola is also a past member of the Board of Directors of The Legal Project and continues to actively volunteer with The Legal Project.  In 2012, Ms. DiPaola was awarded The Legal Project’s Kurt Clobridge Memorial Award for Pro Bono Service. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association, the Rensselaer County Bar Association’s Courthouse Artwork Restoration Committee, the Appellate Division, Third Department’s Committee on Character and Fitness and the Albany Junior League.

Casey currently lives in Clifton Park with her husband Jeffrey, a high school teacher, and their sons Evan and Corey.

Treasurer
Karonne Jarrett Watson, Esq

 

Karonne Jarrett Watson is the Assistant Counsel for the New York State Education Department’s Charter School Office. Karonne is an active member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, where she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, co-chair of the Diversity and Gender Fairness Committee, delegate to the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, and co-chair of the WBASNY Diversity Committee.

Karonne was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Third Judicial District, and was the 2014 recipient of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association’s Outstanding New Attorney Award.

Recording Secretary
Stacey Metro, Esq.

 

Stacey is an Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Attorney General’s Office. She works in the Oil Spills Unit, which is part of the Civil Recoveries Bureau, and represents the State of New York in affirmative litigation to recover costs associated with investigating and remediating petroleum spills throughout the State.

Prior joining the Office of the Attorney General, Stacey was a member of the litigation team at the Albany firm of Deily & Glastetter LLP, and focused her practice in the areas of business litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and commercial real estate matters.

Ms. Metro is a 2004 graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts. After graduation, she practiced law in Boston as both plaintiff and defense counsel on a broad range of complex commercial cases.

Ms. Metro is admitted to practice law in New York State and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as all four U.S. District Courts for the State of New York, the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Stacey has been an active member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association since 2012 serving on several committees and as a member of the Board of Directors. She currently resides in Guilderland with her husband, Mark..

Corresponding Secretary
Sarah Gold, Esq.

 

Sarah Gold is the founder of Gold Law Firm in Albany, NY, where she works with small for-profit and not-for-profit businesses to help them with their issues. She is also a lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Business Law and Ethics. She attended the University at Albany and Albany Law School.

Sarah is involved with the New York State Bar Association, as well as the incoming Chair of the Business Law Section, Immediate Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Section, and involved with the Law, Youth, and Citizenship Committee, Committee on Leadership Development, and the Electronic Communications Committee.

Sarah is also a Co-Chair of the Small and Solo Committee of the Albany County Bar Association.

Administrative Director
Sharri Kinley