Contact: Mark Mahoney
September 11, 2012
STATE BAR ASSOCIATION AND NEW YORK STATE COURT SYSTEM TO MARK 50th ANNIVERSARY OF FAMILY COURT
A ceremony and panel discussions will examine the impact of the 1962 restructuring of the court system that created a statewide Family Court to deal specifically with issues related to children and families. Among the matters assigned to the then-new Family Court were cases of child abuse and neglect, family violence and abuse, paternity, custody and visitation, foster care and child delinquency.
“For the past half century, Family Court has played a vital role in resolving issues that so deeply affect children, parents and caregivers,” said New York State Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. (The Legal Aid Society in New York City). “It’s important to recognize its positive impact over the years and to continue to take steps to improve the services it provides.”
The first portion of the program begins with a ceremony at the Court of Appeals in Albany. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will make opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion entitled, “New York State Family Court Past and Present.” The discussion will be moderated by Hon. Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson, administrative judge of the Family Court of the City of New York. The program then moves to the State Bar Center on Elk Street where former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye will discuss the future of the Family Court.
Ceremony and Panel Discussion on New York State Family
Court, Past and Present
Afternoon Discussion on the Future of New York State