Thank You To Our Judicial Reception Sponsors!

We were able to host our Judicial Reception for the first time in years! It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces. To those of you who were new to the event, it was great to meet you! We would like to thank all the Court of Appeals, Third Department, Appellate,...

Cape Cod Beach Vacation Raffle!

Enter to win a WEEK vacation at this two-story cozy beachfront condo on Cape Cod! This residence is perfect if you are looking to relax and take in the beautiful views of the bay.  The raffle drawing will take place at our annual Judicial Reception event in March...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg – 1933-2020

The Capital District Women's Bar Association joins the nation in mourning the passing of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsberg, aka "Notorious RBG," a fierce advocate for gender equality, Justice Ginsberg was a trailblazer, a role model and icon. Justice Ginsberg, the...

Introducing the e-Mentorship Program

Mentors are important for attorneys in any stage of their career- and for newly admitted attorneys and student members, they are even more so.  The CDWBA e-Mentorship Program will be focused on creating professional relationships with CDWBA attorneys who can...

President’s Message – Fall Membership Drive

Is it fall yet?!  It sure is in my house, evidenced by the Modern Harvest & Pumpkin Chai candles burning regularly.  This fall brings a new season with a new normal, as well as a new CDWBA year filled with new virtual programs and...

Presidents Message

Dear Members,   Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce myself as the new president of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association’s for the year of 2020-21! I have been a part of this organization for many years now and have served in many positions...


Brief History: The Capital District Women’s Bar Association Legal Project, Inc. (“The Legal Project”) is a private, not-for-profit agency that was founded by the Capital District Women’s Bar Association in 1995. Beginning as an off shoot of the CDWBA’s Pro Bono Committee, the Committee’s members, Meredith Savitt, Amy Schallop, Elizabeth Lott, Justine Spada, Rachel Kretser, and Camille Siano Enders, served as its first Board of Directors.

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The Legal Project believes that all people, regardless of income, gender, disability, race, religion, age, sexual orientation or ethnicity should have access to legal services. This belief reflects a deep commitment to fairness and equal justice under the law. Based upon these beliefs, the mission of The Legal Project is to make the law more accessible to those in need; to increase the legal community’s involvement in pro bono work; and to serve as a resource on legal issues and pro bono. We feel a special commitment to women and others who may have difficulty in obtaining legal services.


The Legal Project is unique in that it addresses the civil legal needs of the working poor – those who “on paper” make too much money to qualify for programs for the indigent, but who do not earn enough to pay the fees of private attorneys.

The Legal Project addresses the need for non-criminal legal assistance by providing innovative, cost effective services that are collaborative in nature and that focus on well-defined, but unmet needs in the community. The Legal Project has over 200 attorneys who participate in its programs and serves approximately 1,500 clients annually. Following is a brief description of The Legal Project’s creative approaches to meeting the need for legal assistance:

Legal Representation:

  • The Domestic Violence Legal Connection provides pro bono and reduced fee civil legal representation and free legal consultations at domestic violence shelters;


  • Affordable Housing Attorney Assistance (AHAA) provides free and low cost legal representation to low income home purchasers.

Legal Advice and Information:

  • The Legal Clinic Program offers free, private, and confidential consultations with experienced attorneys at local community agencies;
  • Small Business Legal Network provides free legal consultations with attorneys and educational programs on small business legal issues for those interested in starting or expanding a small business.
  • Legally Speaking Workshops offer free, custom designed education programs to community groups and organizations about any legal topic.
  • Legal Project Helpline brings legal information to listeners of WAMC Northeast Public Radio
  • Ask The Legal Project column answers legal questions on the WNYT (Channel 13) website.

    Attorney Training:

    • Professional Training of local attorneys in exchange for pro bono work increases the availability of legal assistance with domestic violence and affordable housing.

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      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.

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