Parent Representation Standards

Standards for Parental Representation in State Intervention Matters were approved by the ILS Board on November 6, 2015, with an effective date of December 1, 2015.

The workgroup drafting standards and best practices for attorneys representing parents in child welfare proceedings, convened by Angela Olivia Burton, first met on June 27, 2013. Following is a current list of its members:

Robert H. Ballan, Assistant Public Defender, Family Law, St. Lawrence County Public Defenders, Canton, New York
Michelle Burrell, Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services, Brooklyn, New York
Michele Cortese, Deputy Director, The Center For Family Representation, New York, New York
Mardi Crawford, Staff Attorney, New York State Defenders Association Public Backup Center, Albany, New York
Mary Davison, Attorney at Law, Canandaigua, New York
Alice Decker, Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc., Binghamton, New York
Kaela Economos, Social Worker/Policy Specialist, Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services, Brooklyn, New York
Cynthia Feathers, Attorney at Law, Glens Falls, New York
Adele Fine, Family Court Supervisor, Monroe County Public Defenders, Rochester, New York
Frank Furno, Oneida County Public Defenders, Civil Division, Utica, New York
Martha Garcia, Social Work Supervisor, Main Street Legal Services, CUNY Law School, Long Island City, New York
Linda Gehron, Interim Supervising Attorney, Family Court Program, Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York
Martin Guggenheim, Professor of Law and Director, Family Defense Clinic, New York University School of Law, New York, New York
Hollis Hite, Family Court Trainer, Erie County Assigned Counsel Program, Buffalo, New York
Susan Jacobs, Executive Director, The Center For Family Representation, New York, New York
Emma Ketteringham, Managing Attorney, Family Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders, Bronx, New York
Sandra Killett, Executive Director, Child Welfare Organizing Project, New York, New York
Cynthia Lee, Attorney at Law, Staten Island, New York
Sofia Nivar, Social Work Supervisor, The Bronx Defenders, Bronx, New York
Elizabeth Posse, Attorney at Law, Bronx, New York
Lauren Shapiro, Attorney-In-Charge, Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services, Brooklyn, New York
Jane Schreiber, Director, Office of Attorneys for Children and Assigned Counsel Plan, First Department, New York, New York
Harriet Weinberger, Director, Office of Attorneys for Children and Assigned Counsel Plan, Second Department, Brooklyn, New York
Rhonda Weir, Attorney at Law, Brooklyn, New York