Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children


Chair, Members & Staff


Hon. Karen K. Peters, former Presiding Justice of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department

Commission Members (as of 1/4/2019)

Hon. Michele Pirro Bailey, Family Court Judge, Onondaga County

Deborah Benson, Executive Director, NYS Council on Children and Families

Steven Blatt, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Upstate Medical University

Angela Burton, Esq., Director of Quality Enhancement for Parent Representation, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services

Zeinab Chahine, Managing Director, Strategic Consulting, Casey Family Programs

Michele Cortese, Esq., Executive Director, Center for Family Representation, Inc.

Hon. Kathie E. Davidson, Supervising Judge, Ninth Judicial District

Hon. Monica Drinane, Retired Supervising Judge, New York City Family Court, Bronx County

MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner, New York State Education Department; President of the University of the State of New York

Karen Freedman, Esq., Executive Director, Lawyers for Children

Judy Gerber, Esq., Chief Attorney, Attorneys for Children Unit, The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc

Lisa Gitelson, Esq., Associate Executive Director, Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies

Michael C. Green, Esq., Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services

Hon. Michael F. Griffith, Supervising Judge, Family Courts, Eighth Judicial District

David Hansell, Commissioner, New York City Administration for Children’s Services

Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Chair, Children and Families Committee, NYS Assembly

Hon. Anne-Marie Jolly, Deputy Administrative Judge, NYC Family Court

Mary F. Kelly, Esq., Kelly and Knaplund

Hon. Howard Levine, Former Associate Judge, NYS Court of Appeals; Senior Counsel, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP

Hon. Karen Lupuloff, Supervising Judge, New York City Family Court, New York County

Hon. Edwina Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives

Hon. Sondra Miller, Retired Associate Judge, Appellate Division, Second Department; Chief Counsel, McCarthy Fingar

Hon. Jane Pearl, Acting Justice, Supreme Court; Family Court Judge, New York County

Sheila Poole, Acting Commissioner, NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Hon. Diane T. Renwick. Associate Justice, New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department

Ronald Richter, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Child Care Association

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

Hon. Helene Sacco, Supervising Judge, New York City Family Court, Richmond County

Andrew Schepard, Esq., Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law and Director of Hofstra University Center for Children, Families, and the Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

Hon. Leslie Stein, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals

Hon. Madeline Singas, District Attorney, Nassau County

Jane Spinak, J.D., Professor, Columbia Law School

Hon. Carol Stokinger, Supervising Judge, New York City Family Court, Queens County

Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health

Hon. Margaret Walsh, Family Court Judge, Albany County

Harriet Weinberger, Esq., Director, Attorney for the Child Program, Appellate Division Second Department

Hon. Amanda White, Supervising Judge, New York City Family Court, Kings County

Howard Zucker, MD Commissioner, NYS Department of Health

Commission Staff

Executive Director
Kristen Anne Conklin, Esq.

Deputy Director
Brooke Van Genderen, LMSW