Committee on Children and the Law

2016 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.

2016 Award Recipients

James J. LeCain
College Program Director
Brookwood Secure Center
Claverack, New York

Kathleen R. DeCataldo, Esq.
Executive Director
New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children
Albany, New York


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Award winner Kathleen DeCataldo


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Award winner James J. LeCain


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Hon. Howard A. Levine, Kathleen DeCataldo, Children and the
Law Committee Chair Betsy R. Ruslander, and James J. LeCain


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Children and the Law Committee Chair Betsy R. Ruslander

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Professor Merril Sobie giving the legislative update

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Children and the Law Committee Chair Betsy R. Ruslander, Hon.
Karen Peters, Presiding Justice of the Third Department, and
Hon. Jenny Rivera

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Last year's award recipient Hon. Edwina Mendelson and Hon.
Sheila Abdus-Salaam

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Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo R. Nadine
Fontaine and Hon. Richard Rivera


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Remarks by Hon. Janet M. DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of
Appeals and the State of New York


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NYSBA President David P. Miranda welcoming guests


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