Attorney of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Lawyer on the Fast Track Awards
Keynote Address of Frank P. Cervone, Executive Director, Support Center for Child Advocates
Thank you Hank. We congratulate Legal Editor Hank Grezlak for his recent promotion, announced today in The Legal. His reach has grown tremendously, clearly a sign that SOMEONE in American Lawyer Media likes him! As reported today, “Hank Grezlak’s role with ALM as Regional Editor-in-Chief for the Northeast—including The Legal Intelligencer—has been expanded to include oversight of all regional ALM brands including the New York Law Journal, The Recorder, Texas Lawyer, Daily Report and the Daily Business Review … and Sesame Street, The National Enquirer, Saturday Night Live and All Twitter feeds everywhere.” Talk about Fast Track!!
Seriously, The Legal has been a tremendous partner of the public interest law community, and a friend of Child Advocates, promoting our events and helping us to invite others to the work. More importantly The Legal Intelligencer remains a vital element of Pennsylvania’s Fourth Estate, speaking truth to power, pressing for and creating accountability in our legal institutions. All of the journalists and leaders involved in ALM and The Legal Intelligencer – please let’s recognize these fine colleagues!
Thousands of children in Philadelphia are living lives ravaged by abuse, violence and neglect. Last year, Support Center for Child Advocates’ teams of volunteer lawyers and staff social workers served more than 925 children by providing legal representation and social services advocacy. Each year, we are called upon to represent even more at-risk children who need our help. This is why Child Advocates is coming to you now.
You don’t have to be an expert in child welfare law to help a child. What you do need is a desire to add meaning to your life, to grow in your profession, to leave a permanent imprint on society.
As a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney, you can change the story.
THE FIRST STEP IS SO SIMPLE.
Attendour Volunteer Training Workshop.
“How to Handle a Child Abuse Case”
Thursday, April 7, 2016 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
CLE Conference Center
(Wanamaker Bldg., 10th FL, Ste. 1010 Philadelphia PA 19107)
Continuing Legal Education Credit: 6.5 (4.5 Substantive, 2.0 Ethics)
Did you know that Americans spend nearly $2 billion on holiday cards each year? Wouldn’t you like your annual greeting to friends and colleagues be meaningful for them while making the difference in the life of a child?
This year, the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) is offering a new way to show your colleagues and associates that you care, about them and about the work of Child Advocates.
Through the Child Advocates Charity Card Campaign we are offering to personalize holiday greeting cards for you or your company. You make a charitable donation to Child Advocates and we will provide a quantity of holiday cards printed with your name or business, announcing that a gift has been made. Click HERE to learn more about donation levels and to order your cards today!
For many of the kids we serve, the holidays are difficult. Some children may be separated from their parents, others from their siblings. At least 90% come from families living below the federal poverty level. All have experienced significant trauma that taints the warm holiday season.
We invite you to make the holidays brighter for these boys and girls.
Join our Holiday Toy Drive! We offer many ways to participate. Please read each volunteer opportunity carefully, as some changes have been made this year.
Coordinate a Child Advocates Toy Drive at work, among friends and family, at your child’s school, or at your church, synagogue or mosque. We will send you the names and ages of children – you tell us how many – on adhesive labels that can be distributed to your donors. We suggest a minimum of 10 children. When you’re done, deliver the toys to us or we’ll pick them up.
Buy gifts for our children (Birth to 21).We especially need gifts for teenagers. Gift cards are an easy way to give to this age group and our teens love them! (Ideas: CVS, Target, Wal-Mart, movie theaters, Blockbuster, Foot Locker, Bath & Body Works, sports stores, Five Below, etc.).
Volunteer at our Toy Drive headquarters (1880 JFK Blvd, 19th Floor) tohelp sort and bag toys during the weeks preceding Delivery Day.
Help deliver toys on December 21st – Delivery Day. Unfortunately, because of the time it takes to process each background check, the last day to register to deliver toys was the afternoon of Tuesday, December 17th. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about other volunteer opportunities. Thank you!
Sponsor a needy family or teen on a larger scale. Many of our clients’ families are impoverished with large sibling groups or special needs children, and may require more than toys.
Sorters, Donors and Toy Drive Coordinators, click HERE to fill out our volunteer interest form.
**Things to remember: The deadline to delivery toys to our Toy Drive headquarters is Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Please do not wrap gifts, give candy, or weapon-themed toys.
Pick up toys at various Center City and suburban locations.
Come help us sort and bag toys in preparation for delivery.
Deliver toys to our kids. It’s a heartwarming activity and lots of fun! Delivery day begins at 8:00am on Saturday, December 21, 2013.
SUPPORT CENTER FOR CHILD ADVOCATES ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD SLATE
AUGUST 12, 2013 Philadelphia, PA – Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) announces the addition of five new Board Members: Dena Goldberg, Stroud Hellebusch, Susan Rubinovitz, Erica Rae Cline and Scott Lempert will join the other 26 members of the Board as passionate and enthusiastic advocates of the nation’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency serving abused and neglected children.
As part of its 170th anniversary, The Legal for the first time awarded some of Pennsylvania’s most influential attorneys with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Each honoree was asked to provide a brief quote or anecdote about what the law has meant to them. These are their responses, paired with a few sentences from The Legal’s staff about each winner’s career accomplishments.
For more information on the other honorees, please visit HERE.