Karen P. Simmons, executive director of the
Children’s Law Center (CLCNY) in Brooklyn and an adjunct professor at Brooklyn
Law School, is the 2015 recipient of the Kay Crawford Murray Award, presented
by the Committee on Women in the Law of the New York State Bar Association.
The award, which Simmons will receive on May
5 during the Association’s eleventh annual Edith I. Spivack Symposium in New
York City, recognizes an attorney who enhances diversity in the profession and
advances the professional development of women attorneys.
“We are delighted and privileged to have
the opportunity to acknowledge Ms. Simmons’ many contributions
to diversity in the legal profession,” said Ferve E. Ozturk (Baker &
Hostetler), co-chair of the Committee on Women in the Law. “Ms. Simmons
exemplifies the spirit of service and inclusion we aspire to promote at the
Committee on Women in the Law.”
Simmons seeks to give children a strong and effective voice
in court. A crucial element of her work with the CLCNY is mentoring students,
interns and volunteers, whom she considers to be the next generation of
advocates. CLCNY is a nonprofit law firm founded on the belief that children
deserve skilled zealous advocates in the court system. Simmons’ work is at the
forefront of many initiatives to develop better measurements and standards for
representing children in court.
Simmons is a graduate of the City
University School of Law, has a master’s degree in public administration from
City University (John Jay College) and a bachelor’s degree from Duke
Kay Crawford Murray, for whom the award is
named, is former general counsel for the New York City Department of Juvenile
Justice. As chair of the Committee on Women in the Law, she directed a report
that proposed a model sexual harassment policy for law firms.
74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar
association in the nation. It was
founded in 1876.
Contact: Christina Couto
Senior Media Writer