President
Dana L. Salazar, Esq.

Dana L. Salazar is the managing partner of Salazar and Erikson LLP. Dana represents clients in complex commercial litigation, real estate disputes as well as personal injury and property damage cases. She practices in federal and state court at both the trial and appellate levels and represents and supports clients in transnational cases.

After graduating from law school, Dana served as personal law clerk to the Hon. Susan Phillips Read of the New York Court of Appeals (2005-2007). Following her clerkship, she joined the Trial Practice department at Jones Day in New York City. In 2009, she 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 has been named a Capital District Super Lawyer every year since 2013. She graduated summa cum laude from Albany Law School in 2005 with a concentration in civil litigation and was the recipient of the William McKinley Prize, a Founders’ Scholarship, an Honors Teaching Fellowship with Professor David Siegel. Dana received th NYSBA Empire State Counsel Award for pro bono work in 2008 and 2009 and the Jones Day 2008 Pro Bono Service Award, for founding its Hague Convention International Parental Child Abduction pro bono project. In 2011, she received the CBWBA’s Outstanding New Lawyer Award. Dana is a member of the ABA, the NDNY Federal Court Bar Association, the NYSBA, as well as the CDBHBA, and the Rensselaer, Columbia and Albany County Bar Associations. She has been an Officer and Board Member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association for many years, has served on the Program, Membership, Gender Fairness and Diversity Committees as well as the CLE Committee.

 
 
 
 
President-Elect
Ricja Rice, Esq.

Queens native and the first lawyer in her family, Ricja Rice is currently a 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 began her career at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.

Ricja graduated from Union College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Africana Studies with a minor in Sociology.  She obtained her law degree from Albany Law School and she is also a class of 2004 Center for Women in Government Public Policy Fellow.

As co-chair of the Diversity and Gender Fairness Committee and Judicial Task Force, Ricja helped develop several programs on increasing diversity in the legal profession.

 

First Vice President
Casey Copps DiPaola, Esq.
 

 Casey began her legal career at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, where she practiced primarily in the areas of Labor and Employment, Education and Litigation.  In 2012, Casey joined her mother, Anne Reynolds Copps in practice.  In 2014, Anne and Casey created Copps DiPaola, PLLC, the first mother-daughter law firm in the Capital Region.

Casey focuses her practice in all areas of adoption law, including private, voluntary agency, foster care and step/second parent adoptions and representing adoption agencies.  Casey also practices ART law (egg/sperm/embryo donation and surrogacy).  Casey also practices in the areas of matrimonial law, family law, not-for-profit/for-profit/religious corporation formation and operations, estate planning, probate, real estate, landlord/tenant, employment law, education law and name changes.

Casey graduated summa cum laude and as the salutatorian from Albany Law School in 2009.  During law school she was a senior editor of the Albany Law Review, the secretary of the Pro Bono Society, and a constitutional law research assistant.  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.

Casey has been a member of the CDWBA since 2006 and had served on its Board of Directors since 2011.  Ms. DiPaola was awarded the CDWBA’s Outstanding New Lawyer Award in 2013.  Casey is also a past member of the Board of Directors of The Legal Project, continues to actively volunteer and, in 2012, was awarded its Kurt Clobridge Memorial Award for Pro Bono Service.

Casey is admitted to practice in New York, Vermont, the N.D.N.Y, W.D.N.Y, Second Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Casey currently lives in Clifton Park with her husband Jeffrey, a high school special education teacher, and their sons Evan and Corey.

Second Vice President
Alyssa D. Snyder, Esq.

Mrs. Snyder is currently employed by Park Strategies, LLC in their Albany office.  She practices in the Risk management and Insurance Law Practice Group, and also assists on the firm’s expert insurance opinion practice.

Additionally, Mrs. Snyder is the founder of the Law Office of Alyssa D. Snyder, PLLC and services clients in areas of traffic matters, real estate and workers’ compensation.

Mrs. Snyder is a graduate of the Albany Law School of Union University.  While attending Albany Law, she completed the joint JD/MBA degree program in December 2011, receiving her Juris Doctor while simultaneously receiving a Masters in Business Administration from Union Graduate College.

Mrs. Snyder is admitted to practice law before the Courts in both the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, earning admission in 2012.  Prior to post-graduate studies, Mrs. Snyder attended and graduated from Siena College in Loudonville, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in May 2008.  In addition, she spent six months living in Siena, Italy studying Italian heritage and politics.

A member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association since her first year of law school, Mrs. Snyder has been the Chair of numerous committees and on the Board of Directors since 2013.  In 2015, Mrs. Snyder received the CDWBA’s Outstanding New Lawyer Award.

Mrs. Snyder is an active participant and member of the support system for Maddie’s Mark Foundation, Inc., a foundation providing support for people add families with children suffering from major illnesses and encouraging child enrichment through scholarships and grants.

Mrs. Snyder resides in East Greenbush with her husband, Brian, and son Axel.

 
Treasurer
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.  Sarah has her B.A. from University at Albany and her J.D. from Albany Law School.

She is extensively involved with the New York State Bar Association.  Sarah is Immediate Past Chair of the Business Law Section, 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 as well as a member of NYSBA’s Executive Committee and House of Delegates.  She is also co-chair of the Small and Solo Committee of the Albany County Bar Association.

 

Recording Secretary
Cathy Drobny, Esq.

Cathy Drobny practices law with E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy LLP where her primary concentration is in the area of Real Property Tax Litigation and Municipal Law.  In addition, she is the Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Halfmoon.  She is a 1978 graduate of Boston University and enjoyed a diverse work history prior to entering Albany Law School where she graduated in 1999.  Cathy has served on the Board of Directors of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association since 2014.

 
 
 
 
Corresponding Secretary
Madalyn R. DeThomasis, Esq.

Madalyn R. DeThomasis, Esq. is an Assistant Public Defender for Albany County.  She is a general felony attorney and specializes in DWI defense.  Madalyn previously served as a board member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association.  In 2016, she received the Outstanding New Lawyer Award from the Capital District Women’s Bar Association.  Madalyn DeThomasis received her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 2014 and was admitted to the New York State Bar Third Department in June of 2015.  She also attended Fordham Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a Minor in Women’s Studies from the College of Saint Rose and graduated summa cum laude in 2012.  Madalyn is an advocate for social justice and women’s issues.

Administrative Director
Sharri Kinley