Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson and Jacquelyn D. Greene have been honored with
the 2015 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child
Welfare, given by the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Children
and the Law.
presented on May 7 at the State Bar Center in Albany, recognize the vital
services of lawyers and non-lawyers who have done outstanding work to improve
New York’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
amazing women have devoted themselves to our state’s long-standing commitment
to the legal representation of children,” said Betsy R. Ruslander, chair of the
Committee on Children and the Law. “Each of them
inspires those around them to re-dedicate themselves each and every day to
helping the children and families of New York.“
is the administrative judge of the New York City Family Court, a position she
has held since 2009. She was appointed to the Family Court bench in 2003 and
appointed supervising judge of Queens County Family Court in 2008.
Greene is a
senior project associate at the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile
Justice in Delmar (Albany County), where she oversees technical assistance
supporting improvements for youth with behavioral health needs. An attorney,
she was previously the executive director of the Governor’s Commission on
Youth, Public Safety and Justice.
A. Levine Award is named for retired Court of Appeals Judge Howard A. Levine
(Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP), who was the first chair of the Special
Committee on Juvenile Justice, now the Committee on Children and the Law. He is
an advocate and leader in the effort to improve New York’s child welfare and
juvenile justice systems.
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