Rita Horvath to Receive City Bar Award

Rita Horvath, Director of the Juvenile Rights Practice's PEAK Project (Providing Educational Assistance to Kids), has been selected as one of the recipients of the Kathryn A. McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to Family Court. The awards will be presented by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman on May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., at a special ceremony at the City Bar Association.

She is the recipient of many awards throughout the years, including the 2000 Marden Award for outstanding service and dedication to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. A tireless advocate for children, Rita has worked in JRP for over 35 years. She has also devoted a substantial amount of time to children outside of the workplace. For many years, Rita entertained children as a delightful clown. She donned her clown costume and was a favorite at The Legal Aid Society's annual Holiday Party for Homeless and Other Vulnerable Children for many years. She also participated in setting up for the party since it began in the 1980s.