Deborah Wolf Miller, Treasurer

Danielle Bernard was born in Brooklyn, NY but she grew up in several locations across  the  United  States,  including Englewood, NJ; San Jose, CA; Goshen, NY  and Raleigh, NC. Ultimately, she graduated high school from the North Carolina School  of  Science  and  Mathematics  in  1988.  She  graduated  from  the  United  States Air Force Academy in 1992 and received her commission. She retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel where she primarily worked as a program manager.  After  the  Air  Force,  she  attended  UNC  School  of  Law.  After  graduation,  she  was  an  Equal  Justice  Works  AmeriCorps  Intern  and  is  now  a Fellow  where  she  assists  low-income  veterans  with  civil  legal  issues  at  Legal  Assistance  of  Western  New  York, Inc. ® She loves serving veterans, working on  many  different  types  of  legal  issues  and  working  with  great people at LawNY, Inc. ® .  

Iska Ziver, Membership Chair

Deborah Wolf Miller  is  a  solo  practitioner  in  Ithaca,  NY,  and  continues  to  practice  in NJ.  Deborah  graduated  from  Rutgers  University  School  of  Law  in  Camden, NJ in 1989,  and  was  a  pupil  of  the  American  Inn  of  Court  #111-The Camden Inn,  from  1990  to  1992.  Upon  graduation  from  law  school,  Deborah  served  as  a judicial  law  clerk  to  the  Honorable  Donald  A.  Smith,  Jr.,  as well as a teaching  assistant  for  a  tax  course  at  the  University  of  International  Business  and Economics  in  Beijing,  China.  Prior  to  moving  to  NY  in  1996,  she  was  an  associate  with  Garrigle  and  Palm,  an  insurance  defense  firm  in  NJ.  She  was previously a partner with the firm of Miller and Miller in Chenango County, staff counsel  for  the  Chenango  County  Department  of  Social Services, an associate  with Shaw & Murphy, and an editor for Gann Law Books. Her practice focuses on  estate  administration  and  estate  planning,  estate  administration  and  accounting disputes, and real property transfers. 

Zulaikha  (“Zelo”)  Safi  is  an  Associate Attorney at True, Walsh & Sokoni, LLP  where she focuses primarily on employment-based and family-based immigration matters, as well as estate administration. Previously she was working at a boutique immigration  law  firm  in  NYC  focused  exclusively  on  business  immigration  matters involving artists and creative professionals from around the world. As an Afghan-American woman, her own family immigration history motivated her to pursue  a  career  in  immigration  law  so  that  she  can  help  others  navigate  the  complex  U.S.  immigration  system.  She received a J.D. from Catholic University, Columbus  School  of  Law  in  Washington,  DC  and  a  B.A.  in  Government  &  International Politics from George Mason University with a minor in Art History. 

Zelo Safi, Vice President


Iska  Ziver is  a  solo  practitioner,  specializing  in  family  law,  focusing  on  Collaborative  Law,  mediation  and  representing  children  in  litigated custody matters. She received her JD from Cornell Law School in 1994, and  her  undergraduate  degree  in  Business  Administration  from  the  University  at  Albany.  Prior  to  practicing  law,  she  worked  for  IBM  as  a computer  programmer,  owned  and  managed  Courtside  Racquet  and  Fitness Club in Ithaca, and was part of the management team as Director of  Marketing  and  Development  at  the  Hangar  Theatre  in  the  late  nineties.  When  Iska  started  practicing  law  in  2001,  she  wanted  to  be a peacemaker and sought out additional training in mediation, volunteering as a mediator at the Community Dispute Resolution Center for a number of  years.  She  also  received  training  in Collaborative Law and joined the  Ithaca Area Collaborative Law Professionals in 2006, serving as president in  2011  and  2012.  She  is  a  member  of  the  Finger  Lakes  Women’s  Bar  Association,  New  York  State  Bar  Association,  Tompkins  County  Bar Association,  Ithaca  Area  Collaborative Professionals and Association of  Family and Conciliation Courts. 

Natanya DeWeese is an Associate Attorney with Shaw & Murphy, PLLC. Her  practice  areas  include  family  law  and  matrimonial,  criminal  and  campus  disciplinary  proceeding  defense,  estate  planning  and administration,  civil  litigation,  appeals,  and  real  estate.  Before  joining  Shaw & Murphy, she served as an Appellate Court Attorney for the New York  Supreme  Court  Appellate  Division,  Fourth  Department  in  Rochester,  New  York,  where  she  worked  on  criminal,  civil,  and  family court  appeals,  and  engaged  in private practice in Rochester, specializing  in  personal  injury  and  insurance  defense.  She  graduated  from  Cornell University  in  2009  with  a degree in Policy Analysis & Management and  received her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2012. She was also active in the  Ithaca  legal  community  through the Tompkins County Department  of  Social Services and the Ithaca City Prosecutor’s Office.  Natanya is a member of the New York State and Tompkins County Bar Associations. 

Natanya DeWeese, Secretary

Michaela K. R. Azemi, Immediate Past President

& Delegate to WBASNY

Danielle Bernard , President

Michaela  K. R. Azemi currently  serves  as  the  Associate  Director  for  Judicial  Engagement and Professional Development at Cornell Law School. She previously  worked as the Regional Pro Bono Coordinator for LawNY's  private  attorney  involvement  and  law student internship programs. She was a Staff Attorney for LawNY from September 2013 to August 2016, handling  Family  Law  and  Disability  Advocacy  cases.  Michaela received  her  B.A.  in  Sociology  and  Women's  Studies  from  the  University  of Delaware  in  2009,  her  J.D.  from  Case Western Reserve University Law  School  in  2012,  and  was  admitted  to  practice  in  NY  in  2013.  In  the summer  of  2013,  she  volunteered  as a Pro Bono Attorney for LawNY  where she developed a model for LawNY's pro se divorce clinic and was honored to receive the NYSBA Empire State Counsel Award in the Fall of  2013.  Michaela  serves  on  the  President's  Committee  on  Access  to  Justice  for  the  NYSBA,  the  Pro  Bono  Coordinators  Network  of  the NYSBA,  New  York  State  Chief  Judge's  Attorney  Emeritus  Advisory  Council,  and  is  currently  the President  of  the  Steuben  County  Bar Association.