Jay McManus of CLCM to be Honored with Brooks Award

Jay McManus, Executive Director of the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, has been named the recipient of Boston Bar Association’s 2013 John G. Brooks Award for his selfless work on behalf of children. The award will be presented at the BBA Annual Meeting Luncheon on September 27 at the Boston Convention Center. 

Under Jay’s leadership, the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts expanded its services to Boston, developed education advocacy initiatives by working with community partners like the Youth Advocacy Project of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and supplemented its direct services with a policy/systems reform component that has helped to ensure the equitable and effective treatment of children by the state agencies charged with their care. Jay is highly regarded for his skills as an advocate and a leader, and dedicates much of his time to mentoring and helping other attorneys in representing children. In addition, he frequently takes the lead in various legislative initiatives supporting forms of alternative education for high-risk youth, various benefits for low-income children, assistance to parentless immigrant children, and efforts to ensure that high-risk youth receive an education.

Jay was an integral member of the BBA Task Force on Expanding the Right to Counsel, particularly as a member of the Juvenile Subcommittee. Jay also was instrumental in developing the third edition of the Parents' How-To Guide to Children's Mental Health Services in Massachusetts.

The John G.  Brooks Award was established to recognize professional legal services attorneys for their outstanding work on behalf of indigent clients in greater Boston. To learn more about this award or the Annual Meeting Luncheon click here.