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Syracuse University Taps Kelly Mikullitz for Education Program on Lead Poisoning

Students from the Syracuse University School of Social Work attended the policy forum addressing lead poisoning of children in New York state. Photo credit: Syracuse University.

Kelly Mikullitz was a featured presenter at the Syracuse University School of Social Work 21st Annual James Stone Legislative Policy Day Symposium held at the Onondaga County Legislative Chamber in Syracuse. The focus of the day-long event, featuring more than 30 presenters from legislative, academic and community-based organizations, was to explore the forces giving rise to lead poisoning of children; the implications for children, families and communities; legislation and advocacy to address the problems; local, non-profit and governmental responses, and next steps for addressing the epidemic.

Kelly served on a panel discussion, “Poisoning of Children in New York and Syracuse: Poverty, Race & Environmental Injustice.”  Moderated by Syracuse Professor Nancy Mudrick of the School of Social Work, the program presented a “30,000 foot view” regarding the emergence and persistence of the lead epidemic; causes, dimensions and local and state policy and legal responses.

The Legislative Day was a resounding success and the topic’s relevance cannot be understated given that each year an estimated 1,800 children are found to be lead-poisoned in New York state.  The school’s Campus & Community Newsletter also featured an article about the program.

The Supervising Partner of our firm’s Lead Poisoning and Toxic Exposure practice, the largest lead injury litigation groups in upstate New York, Kelly is frequently consulted by other attorneys, landlords, tenants, government agencies and the media about lead poisoning and its effects.

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