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The Annual Presentation of the Kathryn A. McDonald Awards

The Annual Presentation of the Kathryn A. McDonald Awards 
Monday, June 21, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
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There is no fee for this program.

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The Kathryn A. McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to Family Court recognizes the vital services of attorneys who work in the Family Court in New York City. Judge McDonald’s legacy is one of excellence, compassion, determination, and dedication to the highest standards of the administration of justice. From her career at the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division, to the Family Court bench, she never wavered in her advocacy for children, families, and the NYC Family Courts. Judge McDonald served as Administrative Judge of the Family Court of New York City for almost 10 years. Every one of those years was devoted to providing dignity, equality, and the protection of the rule of law to every litigant. Judge McDonald did not suffer fools gladly and confronted every crisis from the AIDS epidemic to the crumbling family court infrastructure with a combination of grit and undaunted optimism.

Welcome Remarks:
Sheila S. Boston, President of the New York City Bar Association

Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge
, New York State Court of Appeals

Hon. Jeanette Ruiz, Administrative Judge, New York City Family Court

This year’s awardees are: 
Andree Tenemas Chavez, 
Resource Coordinator, Parent Support Program, CCI
Dara L. Sheinfeld, 
Pro Bono Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Jeanette Vega
, Assistant Director for Training and Policy, Rise Magazine

Closing Remarks:
Dawne Mitchell
, Council on Children, Chair

42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

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