David L. Levy Biography

David L. Levy, J.D., is a pioneer in the field of children's rights.  In 1985, Levy co-founded the National Council for Children's Rights, later re-named the Children's Rights Council, which he currently serves as President.  CRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to assuring a child the right to two parents and an extended family, regardless of the parents' marital status.

 As President of CRC, Levy directs its efforts to strengthen families and reduce the trauma of divorce to children through supporting legislation and programs which favor shared parenting (joint custody), mediation, access/parenting time (visitation), and financial and emotional child support.  CRC also favors greater efforts towards marriageability and family preservation.  Levy edits CRC's quarterly newsletter, "Speak Out for Children", is responsible for CRC's national conferences and has written articles for law journals and reports for distribution to judges, policymakers, and the general public.

 Levy received a "Lifelong Achievement Award" for his "untiring efforts on behalf of the Children of America" from the National Child Support Office in September, 2000.  Levy and CRC received the 1996 "Distinguished Service to Children" award from Parents Without Partners International, sand the "1996 Legislative Achievement" award from the National Parents' Day Coalition.  In 1989, Levy received the Prince George's County Civic Association award for convincing Prince George's County, MD to hire the first access (visitation) mediator east of Michigan.  He is listed in "Who's Who in America."

 CRC and its chapters operate transfer sites for children and supervised access sites in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and several other states.

A noted author, Mr. Levy has written a myriad of articles on the subject of child custody and divorce mediation which have been published in prominent legal journals as well as noted general interest publications.  He edited the CRC book "The Best Parent is Both Parents," (Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 1994).  He also authored the novel "The Potomac Conspiracy" (Major Books, 1976).

 Among his professional affiliations, Levy has been admitted to the Washington, D.C. Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar.  He was a board member, and is now an advisor, to the Stepfamily Association of America, headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Active in community affairs, Mr. Levy served as President of the Beth Torah Congregation from 1984 through 1986 during which time he was responsible for implementing a fundraising drive which turned the financially imperiled congregation into a financially viable organization.

 A native of Yonkers, New York, Levy attended the University of Florida where he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1958 prior to matriculating to the University of Florida Law School from which he received his juris doctorate degree in 1961.  He spent a year in Israel (1969-70), and upon his return to the U.S., wrote freelance articles for the Washington Post.

 He resides in Hyattsville, Maryland, with his wife Ellen and daughter Diana.  He has a grown son, Justin, from his previous marriage.