17th Annual Charles Schinitsky Award for Outstanding Service on Behalf of Children
FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016
Lori Landowne surrounded by colleagues at the Schinitsky Award ceremony.

Two members of The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice were honored Thursday for their years of distinguished child advocacy work.

Lori Landowne, a Staff Attorney in JRP's Staten Island office, and Rochelle Williams, a Forensic Social Worker in the Brooklyn office who passed away in February, were awarded the 17th annual Charles Schinitsky Award for Outstanding Service on behalf of Children.

Ms. Landowne, working in the Staten Island office for 24 years, told the audience she had the “best job in the world” and was “happy to come to work every day.” Daniel Greenbaum, Attorney-in-Charge of the Staten Island office, said, “we are all in awe of her humanity.”

Ms. Williams, who worked for Legal Aid for more than 19 years, was remembered by colleagues as a dedicated, zealous advocate who was well-regarded in the courts and beloved by those who worked with her. Ms. Williams’ sister, Gloria, and daughter, Nicole, attended the ceremony. “As much as you loved Rochelle, she loved you,” said Gloria Williams, adding that her sister would “really go to the ends of the earth for her clients.” Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice, said Williams’ “work was extraordinary. We miss her every single day.”

The award is named after Charles Schinitsky who was the founder and first Attorney-in-Charge of what was then known as the Juvenile Rights Division. Mr. Schinitsky's 1960 study, performed under the auspices of a New York City Bar Association grant, was instrumental in the enactment of laws creating the Family Court, as well as Legal Aid's creation of the Juvenile Rights Division.