The New York Times called America’s Children at Risk a “landmark” report. Catherine, who served as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Presidential Working Group that produced the report, was it’s principal author. She worked closely with the Chair, The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., and distinguished representatives from many ABA entities.
Responding to the recommendations America’s Children at Risk addressed to the nation’s lawyers and its organized bar, the ABA created a Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children, which Catherine served as co-chair (with Judge Higginbotham), and then as Chair from 1993 to 1997. Under its leadership, ABA many of its entities and committees, its Young Lawyers’ Division, and many state and local bar associations responded to the call for action in America’s Children at Risk with an outpouring of projects, pro bono work and policy recommendations on behalf of the nation’s neediest children.