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June 3, 2010

GEORGE E. REED, JR. RECEIVES STATE BAR ASSOCIATION'S 2010 HOWARD A. LEVINE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JUVENILE JUSTICE AND CHILD WELFARE

White Plains Attorney Has Dedicated More Than 30 Years to Making a Difference in the Lives of Children

ALBANY-George E. Reed, Jr. of White Plains (Law Offices of George E. Reed, Jr.), a decades-long leader in the juvenile justice field, was honored with the prestigious 2010 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare by the New York State Bar Association. Sponsored by the Committee on Children and the Law, the award recognizes individuals who have done outstanding work protecting and promoting the rights of New York's children. The award was presented on June 2 in a ceremony at the State Bar Center in Albany.

The committee recognized Reed for his 30 years of unwavering commitment to improving the juvenile justice system. An active member of the State Bar's Committee on Children and the Law for more than a decade, he has also been a member of the New York City Bar's Juvenile Justice Committee, the Family Court and Family Law Committee, and the Children and the Law Committee. Reed's private practice focuses on family law, appeals and commercial litigation.

"In the spirit of Howard A. Levine, George Reed is a true champion for children, protecting the welfare of our most vulnerable and fragile New Yorkers," said State Bar President Stephen P. Younger of New York (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP). "The New York State Bar Association is proud to honor him for a lifetime of leadership in the areas of juvenile justice and family law."

"In his more than 30 years as an attorney, George Reed has dedicated himself to providing effective legal representation and fighting for the rights of New York's children," said Committee Chair Professor Merrill Sobie of White Plains (Pace University School of Law). "On behalf of the committee, we are proud to honor George for his considerable efforts in helping ensure that these vulnerable New Yorkers are protected by our courts and that they get the justice they deserve."

Also receiving the 2010 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile justice and Child Welfare was State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), chair of the Senate Committee on Children and the Family. The Committee on Children and the Law recognized Senator Montgomery for her outstanding work in improving the lives of young people in crisis through reform of the state's juvenile justice, foster care and adoptive care systems.

The award is named for retired Court of Appeals Judge Howard A. Levine (Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP), a strong proponent and leader in the effort to improve New York's child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Past winners of the Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare include Gladys CarriĆ³n, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Children & Family Services; Hon. Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals; Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein; Hon. Judith S. Kaye, retired Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals; and Matilda Cuomo, the former First Lady of New York.

Founded in 1876, the 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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