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Melissa Friedman

Melissa Friedman

Melissa Friedman is the Director of Child Welfare Training at The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice in New York. She joined the Juvenile Rights Practice as a Skadden Fellow working on child welfare cases following her graduation from Harvard Law School.  After her fellowship, Melissa represented children in juvenile delinquency cases while continuing her child welfare work.  Melissa then joined the law firm WilmerHale as a Senior Associate before transitioning to her current position. In her current role, she focuses on legal strategy and handles child welfare staff training. She also works extensively with the New York City Bar Association, where she previously chaired the Children and the Law Committee.

Guest Appearances
June 13, 2023

Pandemic Creates Opportunity to Assess NYC Child Removals   

The authors of the article “Reducing Family Separations in New York City: The Covid-19 Experiment and a Call for Change” join Talk Justice Co-host Molly McDonough to discuss reducing child removals in...