Legal Information for Families Today hosted its 2015 gala “A Benefit for Families” on Tuesday, June 23rd at THREE SIXTYo in Tribeca. Maya Wiley, Counsel to the Mayor, was honored with the Ruth Ainslie Schlesinger Memorial Champion of Children and Families Award.
Sharon Myrie, Executive Director, and Maya Wiley, Counsel to the Mayor, at the 2015 Gala
Citi, KPMG LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP were also honored at the event.
All four honorees were recognized for their demonstrated commitment to justice for children as well as making New York City a better place for families. Judge Judith Kaye, formerly Chief Judge of the State of New York and of the New York Court of Appeal, now Of Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP accepted the award on behalf of the firm. Skadden Arps received LIFT’s first annual award given to a law firm for their dedication to pro bono work, specifically in NYS Family Courts, and their support of LIFT and its mission.
Sven Erik Holmes, Vice Chairman Legal Risk & Regulatory, accepted on behalf of KPMG LLP and Suni Harford, Managing Director, Head of Markets, North America accepted the award bestowed on Citi.
The event raised three-hundred and thirty-five thousand dollars with all proceeds going to support LIFT’s programming to provide legal information and guidance to the vulnerable families struggling to make their way through the complex New York Family Court system without an attorney.
Special guests included New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Stacey Cumberbatch, Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Deputy Commissioner Eric Brettschneider, City of New York Family Court Administrative Judge, Honorable Edwina Richardson-Mendelson, Deputy Administrative Judge Honorable Jeanette Ruiz, Family Court Supervising Judges White, Sherman, and Stokinger, New York City’s former ACS Commissioner Honorable Ronald E. Richter, former Senior Associate Judge of the NYS Court of Appeals, Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and Kathryn Wylde, Chief Executive & President of Partnership for New York.
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