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.

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Annual Installation Award Honorees 

On November 16, 2021, we will hold our Annual Installation of Officers and Directors and Awards Ceremony. Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID, the event is not open to our general membership. 

It is our honor to recognize this year’s awardees:

M. Dolores Denman Lady Justice Award to Past-President, Melinda Saran, Esq., Vice Dean for Social Justice Initiatives at the University at Buffalo School of Law

President’s Award, posthumously, to Professor Teresa “Teri” Miller, former SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer at the University at Buffalo

Carol A. Condon Outstanding New Lawyer Award to Marissa Hill Washington, Esq., Principal Attorney at Hill Law PPLC


Judicial Candidate Ratings 2021

The WBASNY WNY Judiciary Committee has released our 2021 Judicial Candidate ratings.

Find additional information on the Judiciary Committee page.

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.

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


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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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