Bar News - February 9, 2007
Bruce Friedman Campaign Supports Children’s Alliance
The recently launched Bruce Friedman Child Advocacy Campaign is a fundraiser in honor of the late Bruce Friedman. A New Hampshire attorney and child advocate, Friedman was a founding board member of the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire. Thanks to his vision and perseverance, the Alliance provides a non-partisan voice for abused and neglected children and their families.
In 1991, Friedman filed a class action lawsuit against the State of New Hampshire on behalf of abused and neglected children. His work resulted in the Eric L. settlement agreement, approved by US District Court Judge Steven McAuliffe in July 1997. The agreement required changes and improvements in the practice, services and programs of the Division for Children Youth and Families (DCYF). Following Friedman’s sudden death of a heart attack at age 50 in 1997, lawyers from the New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore agreed to join the local legal team. The parties reached a final settlement on Eric L. in December 2005. The settlement empowered the plaintiffs to access otherwise inaccessible data and also awarded attorney fees to plaintiffs’ counsel. Cravath, Swaine & Moore donated its portion of the fees to the Alliance.
The Bruce Friedman Child Advocacy Campaign was initiated in December 2006 to raise funds to allow the Alliance to continue its role over the next four years as head of the Child Protection Task Force, established as part of the Eric L. settlement agreement.
For more information, contact Debbie Walsh at dwalsh@ChildrenNH.org.