Cynthia Godsoe Denounces New York’s Failure to Raise Panel Attorney Salaries

Cynthia Godsoe (’99), Brooklyn Law School Professor of Law, was quoted in The New York Times discussing New York’s failure to raise its fees for panel attorneys since 2004, impacting effective assistance of counsel for children and adults in family court (“Family Court Lawyers Flee Low-Paying Jobs. Parents and Children Suffer.” Apr. 29). “Family court, where these court cases happen, is a poor people’s court, by definition. Not paying these attorneys remotely close to what they need to be able to do a good job, reflects either ignorance about or disdain for those people’s fundamental rights as parents and their lives as families.”