2012 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 to recognize individuals who have
done outstanding work protecting and promoting the rights of New
York’s children. 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.
Awards were presented to Honorable Judith
S. Claire (Chautauqua County Family Court) and
Tamara A. Steckler,
Esq. (Attorney-in-Charge, Juvenile Rights Practice
- Legal Aid Society) on May 2, 2012 at a ceremony
held at the State Bar Center in Albany.
Vincent E. Doyle III, Esq. (Connors & Vilardo, LLP, Buffalo)
President of the New York State Bar Association gave welcoming remarks
and introducted Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (Court of Appeals).Professor Merril Sobie (Pace University School of Law), chair of the
Committee on Children and the Law presented the awards to Honorable
Judith S. Claire and Tamara A. Steckler, Esq. and provided a legislative
update. The award ceremony concluded with a reception sponsored by the
Committee on Children and the Law.
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