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Proud of its Age: Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association Nears 100 With Verve, Hope and an Agenda Any Barrister Would Enjoy

Justice Ash Keynoted Oct. 17 BWBA Membership Reception at Borough Hall

Why would a male lawyer want to join the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA)?

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Well, probably because BWBA is clearly infused with hope, professionalism and enthusiasm as its members bask in the well-deserved glory of approaching its 100th anniversary of service, which began way back when women were struggling to win the right to vote!

And, by the way, though many men may not know, BWBA welcomes members of all genders.

President Michele Mirman and spokeswoman Jennifer Fiorentino put the advantages of membership this way: “Because we provide uncommon networking opportunities that you will never get in another bar. The Brooklyn Women’s Bar, over 400 strong, will give you personal and business connections that will support you your entire life.

“We are an eclectic group of women and men made up in equal measure of members of the judiciary and attorneys from all practice areas — public, nonprofit, private, plaintiff and defense, negligence and medical malpractice, matrimonial, real estate, criminal, workers’ compensation.

“Our bar features our famous Lunch with a Judge series and Lunch with the Appellate Division, which is only open to our members and which enables our members to better understand the judges who make the decisions on our cases.

“Our CLE is always free to our members, and we have networking events other bars do not dream of offering: private tours of the Tenement Museum, Brooklyn Museum and Coney Island; partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society; Judiciary Night to celebrate the newly elected and re-elected judges of Kings County; and young lawyer events that bring new lawyers and the most current ideas to us.”


Justice Sylvia Ash Was BWBA Keynote Speaker

Presiding Justice of the Commercial Division, Supreme Court Kings County Justice Sylvia Ash, served as the keynote speaker.

In view of its upcoming 100th anniversary celebration, the occasion featured special honors to “Our Living Presidents,” including Hon. Phoebe K. Greenbaum, Hon. Gloria Cohen Aronin, Miriam G. Newman, Clara Gonzalez Schwabe, Hon. Nancy Mottola Schacher, Sheila Feldman, Hon. Muriel G. Hubsher, Hon. Miriam Cyrulnik, Hon. Ferne J. Goldstein, Barbara H. Grcevic, Hon. Sarah L. Krauss, Hon. Esther M. Morgenstern, Barbara S. Odwak, Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan, Linda A. Goldman, Marcia Margolin, Elaine N. Avery, Andrea K. Umlas, Hon. Nancy M. Bannon, Hon. Theresa M. Ciccotto, Meredith A. Lusthaus, Pamela A. Elisofon, Hemalee J. Patel, Hon Joanne D. Quinones, Lisa Schreibersdorf, Hon. Sylvia O. Hinds Radix, Holly E. Peck, Hon. Marsha Steinhardt, Helene Blank, Esq., Sara J. Gozo and Michele S. Mirman.

Those posthumously honored includes Hon. Jeanette Goodman Brill and Vivian Agress.

RSVPs should go to [email protected] Fiorentino notes that members may renew now by going to the BWBA website at


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