Dawne Mitchell Appointed Head of Juvenile Rights Practice

Dawne Mitchell, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Bronx JRP office, has been selected to serve as the next Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice. In announcing the appointment, Seymour W. James, the Attorney-in-Chief, stated that "Dawne’s wealth of experience includes a stint as a staff attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group for 3 years, prior to joining JRP as a staff attorney in 1996. She became a supervising attorney in 2001, and the Deputy AIC of the Bronx JRP office in 2006. In 2011, she was promoted to the Attorney-in-Charge of the Bronx JRP office.

Dawne has been an integral part of the JRP staff and management team for over 20 years and has a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the Juvenile Practice. Dawne has utilized her expertise, critical thinking and passion for the work as an advocate for JRP and our clients with stakeholders, judges and other parent and children providers in forums across the city. These attributes, in addition to her commitment to justice for our clients, will serve her well as she assumes this new position and continues the tradition of excellence in JRP leadership."

In announcing the appointment to the JRP staff, Tami Steckler quoted from Dawne's cover letter, which, as Tami stated, "sums up why Dawne will be a tremendous addition to our leadership team. . . I believe her vision and talent will truly benefit all of you, as well as our amazing clients!”

In her cover letter, Dawne wrote: “This may sound super syrupy but I have had the most profound love affair with my job since day one and I am humbled by this opportunity to apply for the position of Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice of The Legal Aid Society. It is with passion, purpose and pride that I submit my resume for consideration….I count among my blessings the honor and privilege to serve children and families of New York City while working side by side the most conscientious, knowledgeable, sometimes outraged, fierce advocates for children.” She has, in her cover letter and interview process, outlined her commitment to “value and inspire staff, engage with stakeholders, challenge and demand systemic reform and enhance interdisciplinary teaming.”

Dawne will be working with Tami on the transition to her new role over the next few weeks and will officially start as the AIC on November 13th.