The Capital District Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York is an organization of approximately 300 members that has grown steadily over the past 30 years. What began as an informal structure (there were no presidents) became an association when the group was approached by the New York Women’s Bar Association, an organization that had existed in New York City for several decades. This association already had one chapter, the Westchester County Women’s Bar Association, and they actively sought to include the Northeastern New York Women Lawyers Association as their second chapter. From this network grew a statewide bar association, The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, with Albany as one of the five founding chapters. The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York now has 17 chapters and more than 3500 members from Suffolk County to Buffalo. It is a statewide network of women attorneys that maintains a host of active committees including legislative, matrimonial practice, criminal law, gender bias, real property, and tax law. The state Association has been visible on the federal level as amicus in Supreme Court cases, and in national networking with other state women’s bar associations. The building has begun – we are all a part of it.
President: Katelyn Primomo-Millwood, Esq. President Elect: Rebecca Harp, Esq. 1st Vice President: Renee Behrens, Esq. 2nd Vice President: Rachael Ouimet, Esq. Recording Secretary: Julia Kosineski, Esq. Corresponding Secretary: Bonnie Weikel, Esq. Treasurer: Erin Lynch, Esq. Administrative Director: Alexis Kimball
1978-1980 Jane Williams 1980-1981 Anne Mead 1981-1982 Thea Hoeth 1982-1983 Hon. Victoria Graffeo 1983-1984 Madonna Stahl 1984-1985 Nancy Jones 1985-1986 Mary Bisantz 1986-1987 Ingrid Hansen 1987-1988 Ilene Bergman 1988-1989 Anita Thayer 1989-1990 Roberta Moseley Nero 1990-1991 Cheryl A. Mungo 1991-1992 Hon. Rachel Kretser 1992-1993 Lois Goland 1993-1994 Hon. Leslie E. Stein 1994-1995 Joan Leary Matthews 1995-1996 Gloria Arroyo Copland 1996-1997 Anne Reynolds Copps 1997-1998 Anne F. Curtin 1998-1999 Meredith Savitt 1999-2000 Margaret C. Tabak 2000-2001 Jo M. Katz 2001-2002Janet Kaplan 2002-2003 Diane Davis 2003-2004 Jill A. Dunn 2004-2005 Cynthia A. Platt 2005-2006 Margaret Surowka Rossi 2006-2007 Eileen M. Stack 2007-2008 Linda Clark 2008-2009 Michelle Haskin 2009-2010 Susan Taylor 2010-2011 Joann Sternheimer 2011-2012 Susanne H. Dolin 2012-2013 Cara J. Brousseau 2013-2014 Jennifer Corona 2014-2015 April M. Dalbec 2015-2016 Linda B. Johnson 2016-2017 Rebekah Nellis Kennedy 2017-2018 Dana L. Salazar 2018-2019 Ricja Rice-Ghyll 2019-2020 Leyla Kiosse 2020-2021 Madalyn R. DeThomasis 2021-2022 Kasey K. Hildonen 2022-2023 Andreanna Diliberto
WELCOME TO cdwba
Welcome to the website for the Capital District Women's Bar Association (CDWBA), a Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. Founded in 1978, the CDWBA is more than 350 members strong. Private practitioners, judges, government attorneys, court officials, in-house counsel, and law students are welcome. Friends of the Association include non-attorneys in law-related professions, including paralegals.