On May 13, Kim Susser, Director of NYLAG’s Family Law Unit (FLU), was awarded the New York City Bar Association’s Kathryn A. McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to Family Court. She was nominated for the award by Evan Davis, a partner at Cleary Gottlieb.

Ms. Susser has advocated for the rights of domestic violence victims since 1996, and is currently the Director of FLU. In addition to representing clients in domestic violence cases and supervising the nine other lawyers in the Unit, Ms. Susser also serves as adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law where she directs the Domestic Violence Clinical Center with FLU’s Associate Director, Lisa Rivera.

Training future domestic violence advocates has long been one of Ms. Susser’s passions, and many of her students at the Clinical Center have gone on to advocate for victims at NYLAG, the Legal Aid Society, and other public interest practices. Ms. Susser also frequently speaks and trains practicing lawyers on domestic violence issues. She has contributed articles to the Lawyer’s Manual on Domestic Violence and is a longtime member of the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence and the Domestic Violence Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

The McDonald award is given annually to two attorneys, nominated by their peers, and is meant to “recognize the vital services of attorneys who work in the Family Court in New York City.” The award was established in honor of Kathryn McDonald, a former Supervising Judge of the New York City Family Court.

Also honored with the McDonald award this year was Emily Kitay, a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice. The award was presented by the Honorable Judy Harris Kluger, Chief of Policy and Planning for New York State’s Unified Court System.