The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association officially inducted its new president, Holly Peck, as well as its new officers and directors at an event at the Brooklyn Bar Association on Thursday night.
“It really is an honor to serve as president to the Brooklyn Women’s Bar,” Peck said. “I will do the best I can for the organization to live up to those that came before me, and I hope to grow it and get more people active.”
In addition to Peck, new officers include Hon. Marsha Steinhardt as the President-Elect, Helene Blank, John F. K. Coffey, and Sue Novick Wasko as Vice Presidents, BB Liu as Treasurer, Natoya L. McGhie as Recording Secretary, and Hon. Ellen Spodek as Corresponding Secretary.
Peck will be replacing immediate Past President Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix – a task she does not take lightly. “When Thomas Jefferson was appointed U.S. Ambassador to France after Ben Franklin, he said, ‘I can't replace Franklin, I can only hope to follow him.’ That's how I feel following Judge Hynes Radux. What big high heels to follow.”
Peck outlined some of the existing programs that she will continue to organize, such as Judiciary Night, the breast cancer walk, Women's History Month programs and the annual dinner, but she also outlined some new programs she hopes to start as president.
Among the new ideas Peck proposed is a program called “Say hello to someone you don’t know,” which is designed to expand the association. Peck also mentioned trying to organize events with U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and/or Chuck Schumer to discuss recent legislation and how it affects Brooklyn. She also wants to have a book signing party with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, as well as programs on how to be a judge, among others.
Peck currently works as the Principal Court Attorney to Hon. Dawn Jimenez Salta in the Brooklyn Supreme Court. Before that, she was a Court Attorney for Hon. Alice Fisher Rubin and an appellate insurance defense litigator.
Before Peck was officially sworn in there were remarks by Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan, Hon. Alice Fisher Rubin, and Hon. Hinds-Radix. All three think very highly of Peck and expect that she will have a large positive impact on the organization.
“When a woman like Holly walks in the door, you grab her and don’t let her go,” Judge Kaplan said. “And then you make her president.”
After Judge Hinds-Radix gave her remarks, she was presented with a statue as a token of the group’s appreciation for her time as president. Betty Matondo John, who helped assist Judge Hinds-Radix during her term as president, was also presented with a gift.
The new directors to the BWBA include Hon. Sylvia G. Ash, Carrie Anne Cavallo, Hon. Margaret Chan, Joanne Minsky Cohen, Jeannie Costello, Hon. Genine D. Edwards, Sara J. Gozo, Barbara H. Grcevic, Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix, Deborah Johnson, Derefim Neckles, Herriet Polinsky, Lisa Schreibersdorf, Joy A. Thompson, and Hon. Lillian Wan.
The new Women’s Bar Association for the State of New York Delegates includes Elaine N. Avery, Hon. Nancy M. Bannon, Theresa Ciccotto, Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan, and Hon. Joanne Quinones.