Meridith Sopher is the Director of Child Welfare Training at the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, where she has practiced as an attorney handling both child welfare and juvenile delinquency cases since 1997. As the Director of Child Welfare Training, Ms. Sopher is responsible for training JRP’s staff at all levels of practice. She has created an initial training core curriculum for attorneys representing children in child welfare cases that is available on the New York Court System’s website for use state-wide. Ms. Sopher also participates in the development of initiatives, model documents, and training materials for staff, and oversees JRP’s Adolescent Practice Team, which focuses on assisting youth ages 18-21 to prepare for life after foster care. She has spoken at conferences sponsored by organizations such as the National Association of Counsel for Children, the Practising Law Institute, the Child Welfare Court Improvement Project, and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, and she has been an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s program, “Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Family.”
Ms. Sopher has served as chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Committee, and she has also been a member of the Bar’s Council on Children and the Children and the Law Committee. Ms. Sopher was certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist, and she received her J.D. from Fordham University and her B.A. from Dartmouth College.