Legal Aid Celebrates the Accomplishments of Women During Women’s History Month
Participating in Legal Aid Women's History Month celebration are (from left) Dawn Ryan, Karen Simmons, Brooklyn City Council Member Darlene Mealy, Diane Lutwak, Brooklyn City Council Member Diana Reyna, Emily Ruben, Adriene Holder and Tamara Steckler.

Brooklyn City Council members and judges joined Legal Aid staff and Board members to celebrate Women's History during a reception March 21. Council Members Diana Reyna and Darlene Mealy addressed the audience of 150 and spoke of the importance of the comprehensive services provided by The Legal Aid Society's Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices to the residents of Brooklyn. More than 80,000 residents are served each year. The Honorable L. Priscilla Hall, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, also addressed the gathering and discussed the difficulties women have encountered to achieve their goals.

Also participating in the reception at Legal Aid's Brooklyn offices at 111 Livingston Street were the Honorable Jane Pearl, Supervising Judge of the Family Court in Kings and Richmond Counties and Brooklyn Council Member David Yassky. Other speakers included Theodore A. Levine, Legal Aid President; Patricia M. Hynes, a Director and former Chair of the Society; Steven Banks, the Attorney-in-Chief; Ruth Atkins, a former Vice Chair of the Society whose service to the Society spans four decades; Tamara Steckler, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice, and Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice; and Latania Parham, a staff attorney, who discussed the importance of the Society's newly announced loan forgiveness program called the Archibald R. Murray Memorial Fund for Law Student Loan Forgiveness.

Brooklyn was chosen as the site for the Society's Women's History Month observance because all four heads of Legal Aid offices in the borough are women. They are Emily Ruben, Attorney-in-Charge of the Brooklyn Civil Neighborhood Office; Dawn Ryan, Attorney-in-Charge of the King County Criminal Office, Karen Simmons, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Brooklyn Office; and Diane Lutwak, Attorney-in-Charge of the Brooklyn Office for the Aging.