ALBANY-Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Stephanie Gendell of New York City were honored with the prestigious 2011 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Children and the Law.

The award, presented on May 4th at the State Bar Center in Albany, recognizes individuals who have done outstanding work protecting and promoting the rights of New York's children.

 "Through presenting the Levine Award, we recognize two of New York's finest advocates, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Stephanie Gendell. They are both working tirelessly to promote reforms that better serve and protect our children, while ensuring that our juvenile justice system lives up to its proud history" said Professor Merrill Sobie of White Plains (Pace University School of Law). "On behalf of the committee, I am so pleased to honor two champions for justice."

Judge Lippman was appointed chief judge by Governor Paterson on January 13, 2009 and confirmed by the New York State Senate on February 11, 2009. He has received wide acclaim for his concern for juvenile offenders and call to transform the juvenile justice system. He served as chief administrative judge from 1996-2007.

Gendell is the associate executive director of the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, Inc. She has practiced in the field of child welfare for nearly 15 years. She previously served as vice-chair of the New York City Bar's Council on Children and chaired its legislative subcommittee.

Past winners of the Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare include State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), chair of the Senate Committee on Children and the Families; Gladys Carrión, 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; and Hon. Judith S. Kaye, retired Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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