The Committee on
Children and the Law is renders information
and guidance to the Executive Committee, the legal community and the public on
the effect of existing laws and pending legislation impacting children, and the
administration of juvenile justice and child welfare.
In furthering its mission, the
Committee examines, studies and provides
comment and reports on legal issues related to the rights and interests of
children, in particular those involved in court proceedings; formulates and, with the approval
of the Executive Committee, publishes practice standards for attorneys
representing children in New York and periodically revises these standards so as
to keep them current with the development of the law; drafts and promotes original
legislation which it believes is necessary or useful to the rights and interests
of children; develops, coordinates and conducts
continuing educational programs; and recognizes
contributions to the areas of juvenile justice and child welfare.
Register now for the Committee on Children and Law's 2014 Annual Meeting program!
ADVANCED CHILD PROTECTIVE LITIGATION
Friday, January 30, 2014 |
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | New York Hilton Midtown | Beekman Suite, Second
This program will explore recent developments in child protective
law and such difficult situations as when the attorney for the child must take
the initiative, managing the interconnection with family offense and custody
proceedings, complying and coping with Nicholson guidelines on removal of
children, involving non-respondent parents and other family resources and
pursuing alternatives to foster care placement.
3.5 MCLE Credits;
3.5 Areas of Professional Practice and /or Law Practice
Members of the Appellate Division Attorney for the
Child (“AFC”) Panels are eligible for a waiver of the registration fee for the
2014 Committee on Children and the Law
Annual Meeting program. A limited number of waivers are also available on a
first/come first serve basis for assigned counsel for adult Family Court or
Family Court appeals who are not currently on an AFC panel. Waivers for the program are limited to
twenty-five (25). Click here to download the waiver form.
Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in NEW YORK
Standards for representing children were initially developed for
a New York State Bar Association Law Guardian Study in 1984 (Law Guardians
York State: A Study of the
Legal Representation of Children). Subsequently, the Committee on Children and the Law
(formerly known as the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare
Committee) concluded that Bar Association adoption and distribution of the
standards would prove beneficial to the bench and bar. The preparation of
standards and commentaries represent an important aspect in improving
representation, and in assisting the large number of attorneys who appear before
the Family Court.
Links to the revised and updated standards are listed
Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in New York (2011) (130 pages)
Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings (June 2009)
Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Person in Need of Supervision Proceedings (June 2008)
Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Custody, Visitation and Guardianship Proceedings (June 2008)
Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in New York Child Protective, Foster Case, and Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings (June 2007)
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
Harriet R. Weinberger, Esq. (Director Office of Attorneys for
Children) and Glenn R. Metsch-Ampel, Esq. (Deputy Executive Director Lawyers for
Children) are the recipients of the 2013 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 were presented at a
ceremony at the State Bar Center on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. A Special
Recognition Award was also presented to Honorable Edward O. Spain.
2013 Award Recipients
Director, Office of Attorneys for Children, Appellate
Division, Second Judicial Department
Glenn R. Metsch-Ampel,
Director, Lawyers for
For more information about the Howard A. Levine Award and nomination information, click here.
NYSBA COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN AND THE LAW CHILD SUPPORT PAMPHLET
Download a free copy of the Child Support Pamphlet
To order copies of the NYSBA Child Support Pamphlet, click here.
For more information about the Committee on Children and the Law contact Katherine Suchocki, Staff Liaison to the Committee at email@example.com or 518-487-5590.