The Kathryn A. McDonald Education Advocacy Project (EAP) provides early intervention, special education, and general education advocacy for children in New York City’s child welfare, delinquency and persons-in-need-of-supervision systems.  An overwhelming number of these children suffer from developmental delay or disability.  Without an advocate, their educational needs often go unmet.  Since 2001, EAP has provided direct advocacy to over 3,860 abused, neglected and disadvantaged children.  EAP has also trained thousands of parents, foster parents and child welfare professionals and has engaged in systemic reform to protect and define the special education rights of children who are involved in Family Court cases.  EAP relies on the generous support of foundations and individual donors to continue its work. 

For more information about EAP, please contact Cara Chambers, Director, at 212-577-3342 or cachambers@legal-aid.org.

2015 Honorees

Peter G. Sloane and David G. Januszewski of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP for their pro bono work on behalf of EAP.


Honorary Chairs

Ann McDonald, Partner, Robinson McDonald & Canna LLP

Susan Butler Plum, Founding Director, The Skadden Fellowship Foundation


Fall Benefit Committee

Tamara Steckler   Cara Chambers
Emily Murphy   Christy Ely
Deborah Frankel   Jason Gottlieb
Stephanie Hazelkorn   Alison Holstein
Astri Kimball   Lisa Kociubes Lavitt
Katherine Locker Scharlatt   Blake Lowry
Maggie Maurone   Dacia Read
Elizabeth and Robert Sheehan







Our Mission

The Legal Aid Society is dedicated to the belief that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty. Since 1876, we have consistently committed our efforts to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers.