Winners of Juvenile Rights Practice's Charles Schinitsky Award Named - Ann Marie Scalia, Attorney-in-Charge of the Manhattan Juvenile Rights Office, and Sophia Shaw, Paralegal Supervisor in the Brooklyn Juvenile Rights Office
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2012

The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice has selected two recipients for the 14th Annual Charles Schinitsky Award for Outstanding Service on behalf of Children represented by the Practice: Ann Marie Scalia, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Manhattan Juvenile Rights office, and Sophia Shaw, a Paralegal Supervisor in the Brooklyn Juvenile Rights office.

Ms. Scalia has worked in the Society's Juvenile Rights Practice for more than 17 years. She began her career in the Practice as a staff attorney in the Bronx and then worked in Brooklyn as a Supervisor before eventually becoming the head of the Manhattan office. She has been described as "an epic source of energy and optimism" who is a "fantastic teacher" and "excellent manager." Ms. Shaw has worked in the Practice for six years, starting as a paralegal in Brooklyn, and now working as a Paralegal Supervisor in that office while she also studies for her MSW at night. She has been described as "the consummate professional" and an "invaluable mentor" who is filled with "positive energy" and whose commitment to clients and the office is "unrivaled."

The award is named for Charles Schinitsky who was the founder and first Attorney-in-Charge of the Society's Juvenile Rights Practice 50 years ago. The Schinitsky Award will be presented at a celebration of the Juvenile Rights Practice's 50th anniversary that is being planned for the coming year.