Welcome to the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association

The mission of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association is to eliminate gender bias in the court, to acknowledge and advance the skills and status of women lawyers in the profession, and to promote, protect and further the rights of all women.  The Brooklyn Women's Bar Association is a Chapter of WBASNY, the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York.

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President's Message

The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association extends a grateful thank you to Governor Andrew Cuomo for making Lavern's Law the law of New York. Our mission and the mission of WBASNY, the largest bar association in the State of New York devoted to women’s issues, of which we are a chapter, is to advocate for legislation that promotes equal access to justice and gender equality. Passage of this law ensures equal access to justice for victims of a failure or a delay in diagnosing cancer. The failure or the delay in diagnosing cancer disproportionately affects women, as women are more vulnerable and at a higher risk for being a victim of this type of medical error in that women routinely undergo annual mammograms and other annual gynecological testing. Lavern's Law, which is also known as the "date of discovery" rule, allows the statute of limitations to start to run from the date the victims learn or should have learned they have cancer. WE appreciate Governor Cuomo's pledge to look towards the future and thank him for his leadership. Governor Cuomo's commitment to protecting cancer patients and their families confirms his promise of a progressive agenda and demonstrates its delivery.

Member Highlight

Shelly Werbel
of White Werbel & Fino, LLP

Shelly Werbel, along with her partner Paul Fino, have founded the law firm of White Werbel & Fino, LLP, as a successor firm to White Fleischner & Fino, LLP, where she was “of counsel” from 2013 to January 2018. Prior to joining them, Shelly was a partner and senior managing attorney of her own firm, Werbel, Werbel & Verchick, LLP which was based in Brooklyn. Shelly has almost 30 years of litigation experience and a number of those years were spent as a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney before she went to the defense side. Having practiced on both sides, so she brings with her a unique perspective that often allows her to anticipate an opposing counsel’s arguments or strategy.

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Thank you!

The Sponsors & Donors of the 2017 BWBA Fundraiser for the Safe Homes Project of Brooklyn, providing shelter and services for the victims of domestic violence.

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Income Inequality

There is no question that there is inequality between the wages men and women receive: women earn 89 cents for every $1 a man gets. The question is, "How can we change wage inequality?"

New York State Governor Cuomo is scheduling hearings [one was already held in New York City] to discuss strategies to overcome the wage disparity women suffer. Read More

Do you have ideas? Is something working at your job, so that women and men earn comparative salaries?

Help by sharing strategies that you see are working. Send your ideas to the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association at

Our parent organization, the Women's Bar Association of New York State (WBASNY) will be presenting testimony on this tremendously important issue.

Let's make a difference.

Upcoming Events:

Young Lawyers Committee Speed Networking Event: Part II

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Brooklyn Bar Association
123 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY 110201

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BWBA Centennial Event

Monday, April 16, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Brooklyn Law School - Feil Hall
205 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Brooklyn Bar Association
123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

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100th BWBA Annual Dinner

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The Liberty Warehouse

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