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  • Upcoming Events
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      UPCOMING EVENTS

      TIME | Raise The Age: The Kalief Browder Story 
      Monday, March 13, 2017 
      Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
      Welcome, Screening & Panel Discussion: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

      The New York State Bar Association 
      One Elk Street | Albany, NY
      www.nysba.org/RaiseTheAgeKaliefBrowderStory  

      Raise the Age

      A discussion panel will begin promptly after the screening and will include: 
      Akeem Browder | Brother of Kalief Browder  
      Stephanie Gendell, Esq. | Citizens Committee for Children & Raise the Age NY Campaign 
      Hon. Margaret T. Walsh | Albany County Family Court 
      Paul Prestia | Browder Family Attorney  
      A Representative from Spike TV Filmmakers  

      Opening Remarks 
      Claire P. Gutekunst, Esq. | President, New York State Bar Association 

      Moderator 
      Prof. Vincent M. Boneventre  | Justice Robert H. Jackson Distinguished Professor of Law, Albany Law School

      TIME: The Kalief Browder Story is a six-part documentary series about a 16-year-old student from the Bronx who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime.

      Join us for The Raise the Age-NY Campaign, a film screening of the Kalief Browder documentary with the New York State Bar Association and the Committee on Children and the Law on the evening of March 13, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m..  The documentary will be airing on Spike for six weeks in March. The documentary was first released at a recent film festival.  You can see a clip of the film here:  http://www.spike.com/shows/time-the-kalief-browder-story

  • About the Committee

    The Committee on Children and the Law is renders information and guidance to the Executive Committee, the legal community and the public on the effect of existing laws and pending legislation impacting children, and the administration of juvenile justice and child welfare. 

    In furthering its mission, the Committee examines, studies and provides comment and reports on legal issues related to the rights and interests of children, in particular those involved in court proceedings; formulates and, with the approval of the Executive Committee, publishes practice standards for attorneys representing children in New York and periodically revises these standards so as to keep them current with the development of the law; drafts and promotes original legislation which it believes is necessary or useful to the rights and interests of children; develops, coordinates and conducts continuing educational programs; and recognizes contributions to the areas of juvenile justice and child welfare.

    Ruslander Photo 2015
    Committee Chair:
     Betsy R. Ruslander  

    Committee Mission Statement

  • Howard A. Levine Award

    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.    

    View pictures from the 2016 Levine Award Ceremony here


    Now Accepting 2017 Nominations!

    Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 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 will be presented at a ceremony at the State Bar Center in the spring in 2017. 

    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.

    Deadline: February 1, 2017 | Nomination Form Download
    For more information about the Howard A. Levine Award and nomination information,  click here. 


    Save the Date!

    Save the Date for the  2017 Howard A. Levine Award Ceremony on June 1, 2017. Details to Follow!

  • Representing Children

    STANDARDS FOR ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING CHILDREN IN NEW YORK

    Standards for representing children were initially developed for a New York State Bar Association Law Guardian Study in 1984 (Law Guardians in New York State: A Study of the Legal Representation of Children). Subsequently, the Committee on Children and the Law (formerly known as the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Committee) concluded that Bar Association adoption and distribution of the standards would prove beneficial to the bench and bar. The preparation of standards and commentaries represent an important aspect in improving representation, and in assisting the large number of attorneys who appear before the Family Court. 

    Links to the revised and updated standards are listed below:
    Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in New York Combined File (2015) (170 pages)
    Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Adoption Proceedings (2015) (29 pages)
    Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Child Protective, Foster Care, Destitute Child and Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings (2015) (35 pages)
    Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Custody, Visitation and Guardianship Proceedings  (2015) (31 pages)
    Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings (2015) (44 pages)
    Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Person in Need of Supervision Proceedings (2015) (23 pages)