Women’s Bar Association to honor council member Avilés for Hispanic Heritage Month
Council Member Alexa Avilés will be the honoree at the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. Photo courtesy of Alexa Avilés’ office
The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Bar Association where it will honor Councilwoman Alexa Avilés.
This year’s theme for the event is “Unidos: Inclusiveness for a Stronger Nation” and it will include a bomba y plena dance performance and lesson by the Segunda Quimbamba Folklore Center.
Avilés was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and raised in eastern New York until moving to Sunset Park about two decades ago. A community activist and democratic socialist, Avilés defeated five candidates to win his council seat for District 38 in 2021. This district covers the neighborhoods of Red Hook, Sunset Park, Greenwood Heights and parts of Windsor Terrace.
Avilés is a graduate of Columbia University and earned her master’s degree at Baruch College. Although not a lawyer, she was a dedicated member of the legal community before becoming a politician and worked for the Justice, Equality, Human Dignity and Tolerance Foundation, which focuses on issues of mass incarceration and the juvenile incarceration. She also served as Program Officer and Program Director at the Scherman Foundation, which advocates for human rights, reproductive rights, and program strengthening for the arts.
Avilés served on the Racial Justice Advisory Council of the Brooklyn Community Foundation and is a member of Community Board 7.
The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association kicked off this fall with a Paint and Sip event scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20. This event is organized by the Young Lawyers and Mentorship Committees of the BWBA and it will take place at Fornino on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
On Sunday, October 9 at 8 a.m., the BWBA will continue its annual tradition by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Coney Island. This event was started years ago with a group of dedicated lawyers, and it has grown every year since. Any attorneys, judges or court staff wishing to join should meet on the Coney Island Boardwalk at Maimonides Park at 1904 Surf Avenue.
Finally, on October 18 at 1 p.m., the BWBA will host a virtual “Lunch with a Judge” event with Judge Lara Genovesi, of the Appellate Division, Second Department.
A lunch with a judge is another BWBA tradition. Almost monthly, with a summer break, the BWBA will invite a member of the judiciary to sit down and have lunch with them. It gives their members the opportunity to meet and talk with the judges in an intimate setting. It also gives judges the opportunity to talk about their courtrooms, their expectations of lawyers and their careers.