Tamara Steckler Receives State Bar's 2012 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare
WEDNESDAY, MAY 02, 2012
Tamara Steckler (right) with Chautauqua Family Court Judge Judith S. Claire and Howard A. Levine, retired judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

Tamara Steckler, Attorney in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice of The Legal Aid Society, received the 2012 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare. The award, given by the Committee on Children and the Law of the New York State Bar Association, recognizes individuals for their work protecting and promoting the rights of New York’s children. The Honorable Judith S. Claire,Chautauqua Family Court Judge, also received the Howard A. Levine Award.

Tamara Steckler has been the Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice of The Legal Aid Society since 2005. Her advocacy has led to caseload caps for attorneys for children to improve the quality of representation; policies that respect children with decision-making capability; and weekend and holiday arraignments so arrested children spend more time at home than in detention. She is a member of the Permanent Judicial Commission on Children and previously served on the Task Force on the Future of Probation in New York State.