Committee on Children and the Law
Committee Chair: Betsy R. Ruslander, Esq.
Established in 1979, the Committee on
Children and the Law is charged with the responsibility of rendering 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
• 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
• develops, coordinates and conducts
continuing educational programs; and
• recognizes, at least annually,
contributions to the areas of juvenile justice and child welfare.