Welcome to the Western New York Chapter

The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) is the largest statewide bar association dedicated to the advancement of women in both the legal profession and society as a whole.  


More than 400 women and men represent WBASNY’s Western New York Chapter.

Join us in the pursuit of justice and equality for all.



Judicial Candidate Ratings 2020 - WBASNY WNY’s Judiciary Committee is preparing to rate judicial candidates for the 2020 election.

Find more information on the Judiciary Committee page

Download the Judicial Candidate Questionnaire

Coronavirus Updates - find information on our page here.


WBASNY WNY Celebrates 35 Years - This anniversary video featuring our Past Presidents was filmed and edited by Anna and Anastasia McCarthy as part of WBASNY WNY's ongoing oral history project.  Full-length videos of the interviews with our Past Presidents will be posted soon.  Interested in contributing to our oral history project?  Contact us at contact@wbasny.org.

WBASNY WNY Seeking Members to Serve on our Nominations Committee 

The WBASNY WNY Board is seeking current members interested in serving on the Nominations Committee.  The Nominations Committee meets in February to nominate candidates for the positions of Chapter officers, directors, and state representatives to be considered for election at our annual meeting in April.  

If you are interested in serving on the Committee, or if you would like to nominate someone to serve on the Committee, please contact Nominations Committee Chair Kara Addelman no later than February 15, 2020.  


WBASNY United States Supreme Court Admission

The officers recently received confirmation that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be greeting WBASNY members who attend the U.S. Supreme Court Admission on May 4, 2020!

The application deadline is Dec. 11, 2019; space is limited. Find details here.


A Conversation with Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A full recording of the August 26, 2019 event at Kleinhans Music Hall is now available online! https://youtu.be/ObhOI7hovl4

Judicial Candidate Ratings 2019 

The Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York announces its ratings for this year’s candidates for New York State Supreme Court and Buffalo City Court.

Press Release

Judiciary Committee

Happy New Year!  

Thank you to Immediate Past President Kara Addelman on a fantastic year, and congratulations and best of luck to our new President Elizabeth Fox-Solomon and to everyone on the 2019-2020 Board of Directors!

On August 10, 2016, WBASNY WNY adopted a Diversity Plan with the goal of eliminating bias and enhancing diversity and inclusion in the Chapter, the legal profession, and the justice system by all persons. Click here to read the Diversity Plan in full.  

The Working Parents Committee has compiled a list of Lactation Locations available in various courts across Western New York.  You can view the list here.


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To support women in the legal profession throughout Western New York and the rest of the state.  Together with 19 sister WBASNY Chapters, we are part of a statewide organization of over 4,400 attorneys.  Click here for more reasons to join.


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