Nassau County Women's Bar Association

As a chapter of the only New York statewide bar association dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in society and in the legal profession, the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association (NCWBA) addresses difficult legal issues, advocating change and promoting the fair and equal administration of justice. 

The Committees of the NCWBA offer members a chance to work with other professionals on a wide range of cutting edge issues in local, state, national and international arenas.  In addition to these committees at the local level, each of our members has the opportunity to participate in one of the 30 active practice committees of Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. Committee participation provides opportunities to work with other legal professionals on important issues, to network with colleagues, and to perform public interest services.



Some members belonging to the NCWBA have been longtime supporters of the work being done at The Safe Center LI as either participants in its Pro Bono Project or contributors to the agency’s fundraising efforts.   The NCWBA’s Annual Mittens Drive raises necessary funds that support legal and direct services provided by The Safe Center LI to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.   In 2015, The Safe Center LI received over $14,000 in funding from this successful fundraiser.

Each year, the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association selects one of its exceptional members to receive one of the following awards:

Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. Memorial Award: Presented annually to a recently admitted attorney. The recipient possesses a demonstrated interest in improving the justice system, the professionalism of the bar and serving the community at large. These are the ideals and goals to which Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. dedicated her pioneering sixty-year career.

Virginia C. Duncombe, Esq. Scholarship Award: Presented annually to foster and enhance ongoing legal education. Mrs. Duncombe began her career in 1939 in the fields of securities and energy law, unique affiliations for a woman of that era. Later, her diverse legal interests led her to positions in private practice and with the Legal Aid Society. Her intellectual curiosity and pursuit of knowledge are the foundation of this award.

Rona Seider, Esq. Award: Presented at the discretion of the Board of Directors for exemplary service to women and the law. This award was renamed for a prior recipient, Rona Seider, Esq., in recognition of her scholarship and insightful leadership. Ms. Seider's work continues to set a standard of excellence for the bar.

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