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Children and the Law Committee

The Children and the Law Committee addresses legal issues that impact upon the quality of life for children and families. In furtherance of this mission, the Committee sponsors informational programming at the New York City Bar that highlights child welfare issues, reviews proposed legislation at both the state and federal levels, and discusses and supports innovative initiatives that advance children’s rights. The committee is also dedicated to lending support to other New York City Bar committees whose work impact upon our mission.

Recent Reports

Report on the Pet and Women Safety Act (H.R. 5267 (2014)) which would extend protection to the pets of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence (February 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Companion Animals/Pets

Age of Criminal Responsibility (October 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Statement on Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

Report on A.2484 which would require every school district to be notified of the existing requirement that elementary schools provide instruction in the humane treatment of animals, their importance in the environment, and the importance of spaying and neutering programs for the certification or licensing of classroom teachers, teaching assistants, pupil personnel service professionals, school administrators or supervisors or superintendents of schools (March 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Humane Education

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

Link Between Animal Cruelty and Family Violence: A PowerPoint

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor

Video: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the New York State Family Court