††††††††††† The Award was created in 1986 and is named for Court of Appeals Judge Howard A. Levine, who in 1979 became the first chair of the then NYSBA Special Committee on Juvenile Justice.Judge Levine has been a strong proponent and leader in the effort to improve New Yorkís child welfare and juvenile justice systems.


Past recipients:


1987††††† Matilda Cuomo

††††††††††††††††† Honorary Chair, NYS Council on Children & Families

††††††††††††††††† Co-chair, NYS Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect

†††††††††††††† Philip C. Pinsky

††††††††††††††††† First Assistant Counsel to the Majority Leader, NYS Senate


1988††††† Hon. William B. Hoyt

††††††††††††††††† Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Children & Families

††††††††††††††††† Subcommittee on Child Abuse

†††††††††††††† Elizabeth T. Schack

††††††††††††††††† Staff Associate for Juvenile Justice Citizens Committee for Children of N.Y., Inc.


1989††††† Hon. Mary B. Goodhue

††††††††††††††††† Chair, NYS Senate Committee on Child Care

†††††††††††††† Robert P. Patterson, Jr.

††††††††††††††††† Former NYSBA President

†††††††††††††† Hon. Albert Vann

††††††††††††††††† Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Children & Families


1990††††† Hon. Sol Wachtler

††††††††††††††††† Chief Judge of the State of New York

†††††††††††††† Charles Schinitsky

††††††††††††††††† Founder & First Attorney-in-Charge, The Legal Aid Society of New York


1991††††† Eve Block Brooks

††††††††††††††††† Executive Director, Statewide Youth Advocacy, Inc.

†††††††††††††† Shirley Mitgang

††††††††††††††††† Former Deputy Counsel, Office of Court Administration


1992††††† Hon. Kathryn A. McDonald

††††††††††††††††† Administrator for New York City Family Court


1993††††† Hon. G. Oliver Koppell

††††††††††††††††† Chair, NYS Assembly Judiciary Committee

†††††††††††††† Sister Mary Paul

††††††††††††††††† Center for Family Life in Sunset Park


1994††††† Hon. Judith S. Kaye

††††††††††††††††† Chief Judge of the State of New York

†††††††††††††† Prof. Ellen Schall

††††††††††††††††† Former Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Juvenile Justice

1995††††† Lenore Gittis

††††††††††††††††† Attorney-in-Charge, The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division (1981-1995)

†††††††††††††† Hon. Helene Weinstein

††††††††††††††††† Chair, NYS Assembly Judiciary Committee


1996††††† Barbara Blum

††††††††††††††††† President, Foundation for Child Development

†††††††††††††† Jules Kerness

††††††††††††††††† Legislative Director, New York State Senate Committee on Children & Families


1997††††† Hon. Anthony V. Cardona

††††††††††††††††† Presiding Justice, App. Div., Third Depít

†††††††††††††† Hon. Sondra Miller

††††††††††††††††† Justice, App. Div., Second Depít


1998      †††Kay C. Murray

General Counsel, Department of Juvenile Justice, NYC

††††††††††† †† Lucia B. Whisenand

††††††††††††††††††††††† Solo Practitioner, Syracuse


1999††††† Hon Michael Corriero

††††††††††††††††††††††† Acting Justice, Supreme Court, First Department

††††††††††† †† Carol R. Sherman, Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Executive Director, Childrenís Law Center, Brooklyn


2000†† †† Hon. Nicolette Pach

††††††††††††††††††††††† Justice, Suffolk County Family Court

††††††††††† †† Hon. Gloria Sosa-Litner

††††††††††††††††††††††† Justice, New York City Family Court

††††††††††† †† Professor Merril R. Sobie

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pace University School of Law


2001†† †† Patricia Countryman, Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Law Guardian, Schenectady County

††††††††††† †† James S. Hinman, Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Law Guardian, Monroe County

††††††††††† †† Jayne Ann McPartlin, Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Law Guardian, Suffolk County

††††††††††† †† David I. Waldman, Esq,
††††††††††††††††††††††† Law Guardian, Richmond County


2002†† †† Joan T. Byalin

††††††††††††††††††††††† Counsel to Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein

††††††††††† †† Hon. Edward O. Spain

††††††††††††††††††††††† Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department


2003†† †† Founderís Award

††††††††††† †† Hon. Howard A. Levine

††††††††††††††††††††††† (Retired) Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals and

††††††††††††††††††††††† Senior Counsel to Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP


2003-    †††Hon. Joan O. Cooney

††††††††††††††††††††††† Supervising Judge of the Family Courts, Ninth Judicial District

††††††††††† †† Gary S. Solomon, Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Director, Legal Support for the Juvenile Rights Division, The Legal Aid Society


2004      †††John E. Carter, Jr., Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Director of the Law Guardian Program, Appellate Division, Third Department

††††††††††† †† Hon. Elizabeth W. Pine

††††††††††††††††††††††† Associate Justice, Appellate Division Fourth Department


2005†† †† Janet R. Fink, Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Deputy Counsel, New York State Office of Court Administration

††††††††††† †† Hon. Eugene F. Pigott, Jr.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Fourth Department


2006†† †† Hon. Joseph M. Lauria

††††††††††††††††††††††† Administrative Judge, New York City Family Court

††††††††††† †† Hon. Sharon S. Townsend

††††††††††††††††††††††† Administrative Judge, Eighth Judicial District


2007†† †† Mishi Faruqee

††††††††††††††††††††††† Director, Juvenile Justice Project,

††††††††††††††††††††††† Correctional Association of New York

††††††††††† †† Professor Sarah H. Ramsey

††††††††††††††††††††††† Syracuse University College of Law


2008†† †† Margaret A. Burt, Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pittsford

††††††††††† †† Professor Jane M. Spinak

††††††††††††††††††††††† Columbia University School of Law


2009†† †† Gladys Carrion, Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Commissioner, New York State Office of Children and Family Services

††††††††††† †† Karen J. Freedman, Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Director, Lawyers for Children, New York City


2010†† †† Hon. Velmanette Montgomery

††††††††††††††††††††††† Chair, NYS Senate Committee on Children and Families

††††††††††† †† George E. Reed, Jr., Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Attorney, White Plains


2011†† †† Hon. Jonathan Lippman

††††††††††††††††††††††† Chief Judge of the State of New York

††††††††††† †† Stephanie Gendell, Esq.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Attorney, New York City






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