The Legal Aid Society Will Commemorate The 50th Anniversary Of The Society's Juvenile Rights Practice On October 22

On October 22nd, The Legal Aid Society will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Society's Juvenile Rights Practice, formerly known as the Juvenile Rights Division. The Juvenile Rights Practice was founded by Charles Schinitsky in 1962, as the first law office of its kind dedicated to the legal representation of children. Fifty years later, the Juvenile Rights Practice has grown from 3 lawyers to an interdisciplinary staff of over three hundred. At the October 22nd event, JRP will honor the memory of Charles Schinitsky and celebrate the difference that the Juvenile Rights Practice has made in the lives of hundreds of thousands of New York City children.

The invitation-only event will take place at Battery Gardens and is already filled to capacity. The program, which begins at 7:00 PM, will include remarks by New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, a commemorative speech by New York University School of Law Professor Martin Guggenheim, and the presentation of the annual Charles Schinitsky Awards to two Juvenile Rights Practice staff members, Ann Marie Scalia and Sophia Shaw, for their outstanding service on behalf of children.