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

NYSBA Committee on Children and the Law
Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Award


Nomination Information

Nomination Form

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 is seeking nominations for the 2014 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare.

The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Children and the Law created the Howard A. Levine 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.

The award recognizes the vital services of lawyers and non-lawyers who have done outstanding work to improve New York’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The winners are honored by the Association at an annual Spring reception at the New York State Bar Association State Bar Center in Albany. Nominees should be individuals who have a career history of distinguished and longstanding service in the field of juvenile justice and child welfare. Potential nominees can include lawyers, social workers, government officials, community advocates and New York State court personnel.

Past recipients include Senator Velmanette Montgomery (NYS Senate District 18), George E. Reed, Jr., Esq., Hon. Edward O. Spain (Appellate Division, Third Department), Prof. Meril Sobie, Margaret Burt, Prof. Jane Spinak, Mishi Faruqee, Prof. Sarah H. Ramsey Hon. Joseph M. Lauria (New York City Family Court), Hon. Sharon S. Townsend (Erie County Supreme Court), Hon. Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., NYS Court of Appeals, Hon. Judith S. Kaye, retired Chief Judge, NYS Court of Appeals, and Matilda Cuomo, former First Lady of New York State.

Nominees must have worked in the area of juvenile justice and child welfare. The Nomination Form is posted below. Nominations should include a narrative describing the individual’s efforts to improve New York’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Supporting materials, such as letters in support or letters of reference, should be sent to the attention of the Committee on Children and the Law, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207. References listed on the nomination form should be advised that their names have been submitted as all references should be willing to speak with the nominating committee. There is no limit to the number of nominations any one person may submit, and multiple individuals can nominate the same person for this award.

Completed nomination forms may be emailed to Katherine Suchocki, Staff Liaison, Committee on Children and the Law at ksuchocki@nysba.org or mailed to the following address:

New York State Bar Association
Committee on Children and the Law
One Elk Street
Albany, New York 12207

Download the Nomination Form


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

View photos from the 2013 Ceremony and Reception.

If you have questions about the Committee on Children and the Law, please contact Katherine Suchocki, Staff Liaison to the Committee on Children and the Law at ksuchocki@nysba.org or (518) 487-5590.