Committee on Children and the Law

2014 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Award


The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Children and the Law each year presents the Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare to recognize individuals who have done outstanding work to improve New York's child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The Committee on Children and the Law created the award in 1986. It is named for retired Court of Appeals Judge Howard A. Levine (Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP), who was the first chair of what was then called the Special Committee on Juvenile Justice. He has been and continues to be a strong proponent and leader in the effort to improve New York ’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Hon. Monica Drinane (Supervising Judge, Bronx County Family Court) and Hon. Vincent J. Reilly, Jr. (New York State Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial District) are the recipients of the 2014 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Children and the Law. Awards were presented at a ceremony at the State Bar Center on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. 


2014 Award Recipients

Honorable Monica Drinane
Supervising Judge
Bronx County Family Court
City of New York

Honorable VIncent J. Reilly, Jr.
New York State Supreme Court
Fourth Judicial District
Schenectady County

Levine and Winners

Photos (left to right):

Honorable Howard A. Levine, Honorable Monica Drinane, Honorable Vincent J. Reilly, Jr., Karen Fisher Gutheil, Esq. (Committee Chair) and David P. Miranda, Esq. NYSBA President Elect, June 1st)

Drinane Podium

Honorable Monica Drinane

Reilly Podium

Honorable Vincent J. Reilly, Jr.

David P. Miranda, Esq. (Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.) President Elect (June 1st) of the New York State Bar Association gave welcoming remarks and introduced Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (Court of Appeals). Professor Merril Sobie (Pace University School of Law), provided a Legislative update. Karen Fisher Gutheil, Esq., Chair of the Committee, presented awards to Hon. Monica Drinane and Hon. Vincent J. Reilly, Jr.. The award ceremony concluded with a reception sponsored by the Committee on Children and the Law.