The Legal Aid Society Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of The Juvenile Rights Practice
Participating in the 50th anniversary celebration were (from left) Richard J. Davis, Legal Aid Board Chair; Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman; Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief; and Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of JRP. This photograph appeared in today's New York Law Journal.

The Legal Aid Society commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Juvenile Rights Practice, formerly known as the Juvenile Rights Division. The Juvenile Rights Practice was founded by Charles Schinitsky in 1962, as the first office of its kind dedicated to the legal representation of children. Fifty years later, the Juvenile Rights Practice has grown from three lawyers to an interdisciplinary staff of over 300.

At the event, JRP honored the memory of Charles Schinitsky and celebrated the difference that the Juvenile Rights Practice has made in the lives of hundreds of thousands of New York City children. The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, presented remarks at the event and a commemorative speech was given by Marty Guggenheim. The 2012 Charles Schinitsky Awards were presented to Ann Marie Scalia, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Manhattan JRP Office, and Sophia Shaw, the Paralegal Supervisor in the Brooklyn JRP Office, for their outstanding service on behalf of children.