Thank you.

I am so grateful to those of you who attended or supported Brooklyn Defender Services' Family Defense Practice's 10th Anniversary Celebration. I hope you agree that the evening was a meaningful and inspiring acknowledgment of our ten years of keeping families together. It was a beautiful night and a great chance to meet new people and reconnect with old friends. I am very thankful that you are a part of our family defense community. 

Congratulations again to our honorees, Child Welfare Organizing ProjectPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and Chris Gottlieb. Thank you to our sponsors for making the night possible. We are immensely grateful for these partnerships.

We couldn’t do this work without your support. Please stay in touch and get involved. 

For information on our Associates Advisory Board, pro bono opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to get involved, please e-mail Lauren Shapiro at or Daniel Ball at

The fight continues and we are ready to keep up the work with your support in our second decade.

With much gratitude,

Lauren Shapiro
Director, Family Defense Practice
Brooklyn Defender Services



Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP


Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Peggy Farber

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP



Morrison & Foerster Foundation

Proskauer Rose LLP

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

Host Committee

Julia Alonzo • Afua Atta-Mensah
Elizabeth Beer & Brian Janusiak
Cathy Bowman & David Grubbs • Jade Burns
Natalie Chin •  Elizabeth Cooper • Jenny Crawford
 Paula Y. Fendall, LMSW • Marty and Denise Guggenheim
Tiya S. Habachy • Tarek Ismail • Thalia Julme
Shiju and Katy Kadree • Tanya Krupat • Madeleine Kurtz
Sara Lefkovitz • Jen Light • Lucy McMillan • Amy Mulzer
Martha Raimon • Nancy Rosenbloom
 Amy Rosenthal & Davis Van Taylor •  Samantha Rubin
Lisa Sangoi • Michael Young