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.
New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children
Albany, New York
Award winner Kathleen DeCataldo
Award winner James J. LeCain
Hon. Howard A. Levine, Kathleen DeCataldo, Children and the
Law Committee Chair Betsy R. Ruslander, and James J. LeCain
Children and the Law Committee Chair Betsy R. Ruslander
Professor Merril Sobie giving the legislative update
Children and the Law Committee Chair Betsy R. Ruslander, Hon.
Karen Peters, Presiding Justice of the Third Department, and
Hon. Jenny Rivera
Last year's award recipient Hon. Edwina Mendelson and Hon.
Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo R. Nadine
Fontaine and Hon. Richard Rivera
Remarks by Hon. Janet M. DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of
Appeals and the State of New York
NYSBA President David P. Miranda welcoming guests