Nonprofits get financial lift from Westchester Bar

The Westchester County Bar Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Bar Association, is hosting its first cocktail reception and silent auction to raise money for its fellowship program, which helps young lawyers work for nonprofit organization that offer legal services to the poor.

The benefit will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coveleigh Club 459 Stuyvesant Ave. on the Sound in Rye. Tickets are $75 per person.

Since 2007, young lawyers interested in public service have given free legal representation to hundreds of Westchester residents who would not otherwise have received it by becoming fellows of the Bar. The first fellow, Karen Tenenbaum, was a graduate of Harvard Law School. She was placed at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) and was offered a full-time position there when she completed her fellowship two years later.

When asked to describe her experience at LSHV, Karen said, “The WCBF fellowship launched my career in poverty law and has given me a lifelong commitment to civil legal services work. Not only did it create a job for me that otherwise would not have been available, the fellowship provided me access to experienced mentors and advisors within the WCBA to whom I still turn to for knowledge, advice and support. … This fellowship has enabled me to assist hundreds of clients … Your continued support of the fellow program is crucial to its survival.”

Virginia Foulkrod was the Foundation’s second fellow. A graduate of Pace, she began her work in September 2009 at My Sisters’ Place, a White Plains-based organization that provided victims of domestic violence with access to legal protections for their survival and safety.

“I take great personal pride in the people I represent,” Virginia says. “This fellowship allows me to help those in need and, perhaps more importantly, to develop the skills I’ll need to be a public service attorney for the rest of my career.”

The WCBF’s newest fellow is Darren Guild, a 2011 Pace graduate who was selected this past May. A special education teacher in Crown Heights, Brooklyn prior to attending law school, the Foundation matched Darren with Student Advocacy of Elmsford, a non-profit helping parents in Westchester and Putnam counties whose children are having behavioral, emotional, physical or family-related problems in school.

At the event, the Foundation will recognize P. Daniel Hollis III, past president of the WCBF and the driving force behind the public interest fellowship program.

Those who cannot attend can be a sponsor or donate an item for the silent auction.

For more information, contact WCBA Executive Director Bill Egan at 914-761-3707 ext. 16; Donna Drumm, director of communications, at ext. 19; or send an email to sponsor@wcbany.org.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.