Hartford, CT - Child abuse and neglect has risen to epidemic proportions in the country. But many attorneys in Connecticut devote time, skill and money both to combating the problem and protecting the rights of the victims. Several of them are being honored on October 3rd at a banquet being held by Lawyers for Children America, a leading child advocacy organization with national headquarters in Hartford. The organization is also celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The awards dinner, Thursday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Hartford’s Bond Ballroom, will recognize Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Chase Rogers, DCF Commissioner Joette Katz, Connecticut State Representative Diana Urban, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation, and Bingham McCutchen, all of whom have worked with the organization to accomplish its continuing goals on behalf of abused and neglected children. The awards dinner’s premiere sponsors are Day Pitney and Aetna. Todd Piro of NBC Connecticut will serve as the evening’s emcee.
“Lawyers for Children America has worked for two decades now to provide pro bono legal representation on behalf of children who suffer from abuse, abandonment and neglect,” says the organization’s Executive Director, Priscilla Pappadia. “Ask anyone if it’s difficult to bring together state and local bar associations, law firms, corporate legal departments, social, charitable and educational institutions and others to help meet our high objectives and they’ll give you a resounding ‘Yes.’ But people like Chief Justice Rogers, Commissioner Katz, Representative Urban, and Aetna prove year after year that when it comes to protecting the rights of children, legal and otherwise, the word ‘no’ just isn’t in their vocabulary.”
Lawyers for Children America, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, provides legal representation to abused and neglected children and collaborates with others to make systematic changes in an effort to improve the lives of children in Connecticut.