HOWARD A. LEVINE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JUVENILE JUSTICE AND CHILD WELFARE AWARD
The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Children and the Law each year presents the Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare to recognize individuals who have done outstanding work to improve New York's child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The Committee on Children and the Law created the award in 1986. It is named for retired Court of Appeals Judge Howard A. Levine (Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP), who was the first chair of what was then called the Special Committee on Juvenile Justice. He has been and continues to be a strong proponent and leader in the effort to improve New York ’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
James J. LeCain and Kathleen R. DeCataldo, Esq. have been honored with the 2016 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare. The award, presented on May 4, 2016 at the State Bar Center in Albany, recognized the vital services
of lawyers and non-lawyers who have done outstanding work to improve New York’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Mr. LeCain started the national program, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution in the Brookwood Secure Center high school program in 2008. After two successful years at the high school level, We the People was introduced in the
Brookwood College Program. He has also served as a judge for regional and state level competitions for six years. Ms. DeCataldo is the Executive Director of the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children where she is responsible
for developing and implementing the work of the Commission which aims to improve the lives and life chances of children involved in the court system. Responding to emerging child welfare, juvenile justice and related health, education and other wellbeing
issues, Ms. DeCataldo is responsible for the development of materials, training aids, trainings and conferences to enhance judicial and other professionals’ knowledge and understanding of the issues as a means to better serve children involved with the
Award winner Kathleen DeCataldo
Award winner James J. LeCain
Hon. Howard A. Levine, Kathleen DeCataldo, Children and the Law Committee Chair Betsy R. Ruslander, and James J. LeCain
You can find more pictures of the 2016 Levine Award Ceremony
Now Accepting 2017 Nominations!
Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Children and the Law. Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the State Bar Center in the spring in 2017.
Nomination Form Download.
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