Ithaca, NEW YORK, February 11, 2014
On January 25, the Women’s Bar Association of New York (WBASNY) voted to give the Stephanie E. Kupferman Juvenile Justice Award to Andrea Mooney ’92, clinical professor of law. The honor is awarded annually to a WBASNY member who has shown outstanding achievement in legal matters involving juveniles. It will be presented to Mooney at the WBASNY convention in June.
Mooney already had an extensive career in teaching and child advocacy under her belt when she began her studies at Cornell Law in 1989. After graduating, she worked in the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic as acting administrator, and then as an attorney in private practice in Ithaca. In 1994, she was appointed senior attorney in the Law Guardian Office of Citizens Concerned for Children, where she also supervised students participating in the Law School’s Externship Program. In 2001, she joined the Lawyering Program faculty. In addition to teaching first-year legal writing and research courses, Mooney continues to serve as project counsel for the Cayuga County Safe Schools/Healthy Students Partnership and as a law guardian in Family Court.
Mooney’s nomination for the Kupferman Award was submitted by the Finger Lakes Women’s Bar Association. FLWBA President and Co-Founder Deirdre Hay, who spoke with Mooney’s colleagues and references in preparing the nomination, says, “Professor Mooney has shown herself to be incredibly dedicated to the cause of juvenile justice. Not only has she helped many individual children and families, but she has done much to improve the system which delivers justice and therapies to juveniles. She has educated those working at therapeutic and support agencies and developed programs used on a wide scale, thus touching and improving the situation of many children and families not only in the USA but also across the globe.”
Hay adds, “[Professor Mooney’s] commitment to juvenile justice and sensitivity to the interests of vulnerable children is extraordinary. [We are] delighted that such a worthy candidate won this award.”
Says Mooney, “I am honored to receive this award, and grateful to the Finger Lakes Women’s Bar Association for nominating me. But mostly, I am honored to have learned so much from my clients over the years — children in the middle of high-conflict custody cases whose parents cannot see the damage they are inflicting, children who are left to raise themselves because of their parents’ substance abuse, children who act out the family drama and end up themselves in court. Each child has taught me how to be a better advocate for children.”