Janet Ades

Title: Social Worker, Attorney (Retired)

Location: New York, New York, United States

Janet Ades, Social Worker and Attorney, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in welfare and social work.

In the early 1960s, there weren’t too many options for a woman in the workplace, but social work was one. Ms. Ades began working as a Senior Street Club Worker with the New York City Youth Board in 1964 and felt this area spoke to her sense of social justice. She continued to work in the field as a field representative to the District Director of the United States Office of Economic Opportunity, as an Assistant Professor in social work at West Virginia University, as the Social Services Director of Planned Parenthood, as Assistant Commissioner of Social and Rehabilitation Services with the Department of Health Education and Welfare and as the Chief of the Social Work Bureau with the Legal Aid Society.

Ms. Ades prepared for this career by first earning a Bachelor of Arts from the City College of New York in 1959 and later received an MSW from New York University in 1964 and a JD from DePaul University in 1976. She is the recipient of the Frank Vergata Memorial Award from the Legal Aid Society Alumni Association. Ms. Ades was also the editor newsletter of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work from 1990 to 1993 and a part of the documentary “Red Father” in 2014. She was admitted to the New York bar in 1978, the Illinois part in 1976 and the US District Court of Illinois, Northern District in 1976.

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