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Stacey Whiteley, ACBA Executive Director


(From the May 2014 Newsletter)

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. - Seneca

This time of year is always a time of renewal and change, growth and transition. We here at the Albany County Bar are not immune. As we move into the spring season, we too are experiencing a lot of growth and change. Our long time administrative assistant, Rosemary Elacqua-Simmons, has left the Bar to pursue a career with the State. To say we are missing her smile, her knowledge, and her overall ability to keep the ACBA running, is an understatement. This happened very quickly, but we were lucky to be able to find a great replacement in short order. Graham Molho recently joined our staff, and brings a background of educational depth and experience that will benefit the ACBA tremendously. We sure are missing Rosie, but we are looking forward to working with Graham!

And as everyone knows, the other HUGE change we are adjusting to, is Barb’s upcoming retirement.  Her party is scheduled for June 12 at Schuyler Meadows Club, and tickets can be purchased through our office. We are looking forward to a fantastic evening filled with laughter, memories, and well wishes! Please plan on attending.

Although change can be daunting and difficult, it also presents unique opportunities for growth and positive change. I am counting on the membership to help us celebrate the ACBA’s past, while assisting us as we move into a new and exciting future.  Thank you for your continued membership and support! 

(From the April 2014 Newsletter)

Spring is here and with that comes the promise of warm weather, baseball, graduations and a lot of exciting offerings from the ACBA.

There are several CLEs being held throughout the months of April and May. Be sure to take a look at the listing in this month’s newsletter or on our website for dates and times. There’s a variety of offerings, settings (one being a bus trip to a vineyard!), and as expected, excellent instructors. Sign up online or by calling the office, where we’d be happy to get you all squared away.

Also coming up is the 20th Annual Law Day Run to benefit victims of domestic violence. The run kicks off at 6:30 PM on May 1st at the Crossings in Colonie. With more vendors, sponsors, and prizes than ever before, it is sure to be the best run yet.
We also are excited to be a lead partner in the Albany Family Help Center project. Along with the Legal Aid Society and the Albany Law School, our staff and volunteer attorneys will be assisting the public in navigating the sometimes daunting Family Court forms and procedures. The ACBA has had a presence at Family Court for several years now with our Family Court Help Desk and has provided help to hundreds of people and their families. With the additional services and support provided by our partnering agencies, we at the ACBA are thrilled to expand the service and reach to more people in need of assistance. If you’re interested in learning more about this project, plan on attending the April 23rd CLE being held at Albany Law School.
Mock Trials are coming down to the final rounds. Four teams remain and will square off on April 3rd to determine who will go to the Albany County Finals on April 10th. The students, teachers, and attorney mentors all have worked extremely hard to get to this point, and I am looking forward to watching how the final rounds unfold. The Albany County winning team will move on to regionals, hosted by Warren County, on April 23rd. Winning regionals guarantees a spot at States taking place in May.

Wishing our Albany County team, whoever it may be, the best of luck at the end of the month.

And finally, membership renewal dues are due. Be sure to get yours in if you haven’t already. Again, you can renew online or just give us a call. Our association is only as strong as its members!

Keep thinking warm thoughts!

(From the March 2014 Newsletter)

As we enter March, there’s plenty going on here at the Albany County Bar Association. We are in full swing planning the 20th Law Day Run, which will take place on May 1 at the Crossings in Colonie. Registration will be open shortly and with some new corporate sponsorship and great local partnerships, this will prove to be a truly memorable event. All proceeds will benefit local agencies that work with victims of domestic violence. Run, walk, or volunteer! We want to see you there!

We strive to provide timely and useful CLEs at reasonable prices for our members and to that end, there are several CLEs coming up. On March 13th, the ACBA is co-sponsoring with Saratoga County Bar Association a two credit (one skills/one ethics) CLE, “Meet the Judges Luncheon- A View From the Bench: Professionalism and Ethics” taking place at Longfellows Rest in Saratoga Springs from 12-2:30 PM.  On March 14, the Attorneys in Public Service Committee are co-hosting a CLE event worth 2 ethics credits at the NYSBA which will address ethical issues surrounding social media in the public and private sector. We are also holding a Lunch and Learn CLE on April 4 entitled “Permissible Trickery or Constitutional Violation? How Far Can the Police Go in Obtaining a Confession?” With the Court of Appeals’ recent decision, this should be a great session. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any other topics for CLEs that you feel would be beneficial to the membership. I welcome your suggestions.

And of course, Mock Trials, which are near and dear to my heart, have begun and will continue into the second week of April. If you’d like to come and watch some great future attorneys honing their skills, we would love to have you attend a round. Observing the teenagers working hard and doing good work is definitely a real eye opener that helps combat all the negative stories reported about the apathy and disconnect of teenagers “these days.” Contact the office for the upcoming Mock Trial schedule.

And don’t forget, a great way to keep in touch with the ACBA and to see what we are up to is to follow us on twitter, @albanycountybar and to “like” us on Facebook! Find us at www.facebook.com/albanycountybar. You’ll find daily updates, plenty of pictures, and links of interest to explore and comment on.

Happy New Year! As I am wrapping up my first month here at the Albany County Bar Association, I couldn’t be more excited about 2014. I’m looking forward to continuing to settle in and learn all I can about the ACBA and its work here in the Capital District.

The Board and the staff at the ACBA have been so welcoming and patient as I attempt to fill the very large shoes of Barb Davis. Thankfully Barb will be on board until the end of June, assisting me in the transition and teaching me the ropes. I’m so grateful for her willingness to guide me as I assume my duties. Her energy and dedication to the ACBA is unparalleled and I will work hard to adopt that as my standard.
I come from a background of working with attorneys and the judiciary here in Albany County. I began my professional career as an Albany County Probation Officer, working primarily in the juvenile unit, supervising adjudicated youth living in the city of Albany. I moved on to become the Director of the Bethlehem Youth Court, a peer driven alternative sentencing program. And just prior to coming to the ACBA, I worked as the state-wide Mock Trial coordinator at the New York State Bar Association. Each of my past positions has provided me with the opportunity to work with many wonderful members of the ACBA. I’m looking forward to expanding these professional relationships and applying my knowledge of working with non-profits and associations in forwarding the mission of the ACBA.

In my personal life, I’m married to Michael, a detective at the Bethlehem Police Department. We have three children;  MacKenzie, a junior at Bethlehem High School, Ethan, a sixth grader at the Bethlehem Middle School, and the youngest, Lucy, a third grader at Eagle Elementary. In my free time I enjoy running, practicing yoga, attending concerts and gardening.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you and hope to see you at one of the upcoming events! And stop by Facebook or twitter (@albanycountybar) and start a conversation.  Here’s to a great 2014!


November 2014 NEWSLETTER

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