Professor Melissa Breger Appointed to the New York Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children

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Albany Law School Professor Melissa L. Breger has been appointed to the New York Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children. Prof. Breger will serve an important role in improving the lives of children within the New York State court system. Prof. Breger was appointed to the Committee by the Honorable Rowan D. Wilson, Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

The Commission, which is chaired by former Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division Third Department Karen K. Peters, was established in 1988. Originally, the Commission focused on helping the youngest children going through the court system by “securing early intervention, establishing a statewide system of Children’s Centers in the Courts, improving court proceedings, promoting the healthy development of children in foster care and focusing on the needs of infants involved in child welfare proceedings.”

Over the years, the Commission expanded its efforts through federally funded projects to improve foster care and adoption proceedings as well as help older children in the New York State court system.

“I have long been inspired by the Commission, as Judge Kaye so passionately spoke of its impact and importance,” Prof. Breger said. “I am deeply honored to join this outstanding roster of individuals, each of whom is truly dedicated to improving the lives of children in New York.”

Prof. Breger joins 33 esteemed advocates, doctors, lawyers, and justices, including Hon. Anne-Marie Jolly ’90, Administrative Judge of Family Court of the City of New York, Hon. Howard Levine Former Associate Judge for the New York State Court of Appeals, Dawne Mitchell, Esq., Chief Attorney of Juvenile Rights Practice at The Legal Aid Society,  Hon. Edwina G. Richardson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge of New York State Unified Court System Office for Justice, and Tehra Coles '09, Executive Director, Center for Family Representation