STATE BAR ASSOCIATION AND NEW YORK STATE COURT SYSTEM
TO MARK 50th ANNIVERSARY OF FAMILY COURT
The New York State Bar Association and the New York State Unified Court
System will mark the 50th anniversary of New York’s Family Courts
on Friday, September 14, with events at the Court of Appeals and the
State Bar Center.
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
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
Ceremony and Panel Discussion on New York State Family
Court, Past and Present
Where: New York State Court of Appeals, 20 Eagle Street, Albany.
When: 10:30 a.m., September 14
Speakers: New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Administrative
Judge Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson (Family Court of the City of New
York), Judge Carol R. Sherman (Family Court of the City of New York),
former Court of Appeals Judge Howard Levine (Whiteman Osterman &
Hanna) and Chief Clerk Frank J. Boccio (Family Court of Erie
Afternoon Discussion on the Future of New York State
Where: New York State Bar Center, One Elk Street, Albany.
When: 12:30 p.m., Sept. 14
Speakers: New York State Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti,
former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &
Flom) and State Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr.
The New York State Bar Association, with
77,000 members, is the largest voluntary state bar association in the
country. It was founded in 1876.
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, ONE ELK STREET, ALBANY, NY 12207 PH: (518) 463-3200 SECURE FX: (518) 463-5993