Savina P. Playter

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Savina holds the distinction of being the "First" President of East Indian and Indo-Caribbean descent of the Bronx Women's Bar Association. She is the 2022 Bollywood in the Bronx "Woman of the Year." Born in Guyana, Savina emigrated to Bronx County at age 15. She credits being on the law team at Harry S. Truman
High School, a Bronx public institution, with inspiring her to pursue becoming a lawyer.

 

Savina currently has a general litigation law practice, is a certified matrimonial Mediator, and a member of the assigned counsel panel. She is trained in Article 81 Guardianships, as a Housing and Surrogates Court Guardian Ad Litem, in the CLARO consumer debt program, as a Family Court volunteer lawyer, and, as an
Arbitrator in Small Claims Court. She has acquired proficiency in the areas of abuse, trauma, LGBTQ bias and inclusion, and cultural competency.

 

Savina worked in the federal court arena doing motion practice. She was the Associate Court Attorney to the Honorable La Tia Martin in the Bronx Supreme Court, Matrimonial Part, and became the Managing Attorney at Rodriguez and Fuentes, P.C., where she supervised the Family Law Unit and litigated civil cases.

 

Savina has drafted appellate briefs and argued interlocutory appeals. She has presented CLEs on "How to Litigate a Matrimonial Case” and “Motion Practice in Matrimonial Cases." As an Adjunct Professor, she taught legal courses at Marymount and Hunter Colleges. Savina has published, "Navigating the Matrimonial Part in Supreme Court," and “Changing Gears in Economic Downturn." Savina was a panelist on, "Judicial Screening Panels", “and on “Rebellious Lawyering in the Service of Human Needs," and she has moderated numerous CLE programs.


Savina coached juniors and judged law students in mock trial competitions. She planned an essay competition, a toy drive, and a back-to-school drive for girls. Savina mentored young ladies in law school and high school and provided advice in “virtual” and “in-person” legal clinics. Savina represented victims of domestic violence and coordinated a domestic violence supplies drive and a domestic violence walk.


Savina has organized a Lunch with a Judge, Bronx Women’s Lead, and reproductive rights CLE, COVID-19 Pandemic Food Giveaway, a Breast Cancer Walk, a Thanksgiving Food Giveaway, and a community Wellness Fair. To meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic order of protection court filings,
Savina, in her role as President of the Bronx Family Court Bar Association, developed a trial CLE series on how to litigate assault, strangulation, harassment, menacing, and disorderly conduct order of protection matters.


CBS Broadcasting Television Network highlighted Savina's recent work with the indigent legal representation crisis. On the forefront of this issue, Savina has organized the attorney "protest" and "walkout." She has worked on legislation and lawsuit pleadings and lobbied politicians in the fight for litigants to have legal
representation in family and criminal court.

President, Bronx Women's Bar Association