Charles Lavine graduated from Marinette High School in 1965 and from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 with a B.A. in English Literature. At Wisconsin, he was director of the Robert Theobald lectures presented by the University’s Symposium Committee. He also served as a chairman of the fact-finding commission of United Students for Action, a civil rights advocacy group that lobbied the University to divest its financial interests in companies that dealt with South Africa.
Mr. Lavine graduated from New York Law School with a Juris Doctorate in 1972, where he had been Editor-in-Chief of the Moot Court Board, Chairman of the Student Curriculum Committee, Student Bar Association representative and recipient of the Student Bar Association’s Exceptional Service Award. In connection with his service on the Moot Court Board, Mr. Lavine was the editor of a publication titled Student Guide to Appellate Advocacy.
Between 1972 and 1976, Mr. Lavine was employed as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York. He was selected as one of the original members of the pioneering Continuity Unit, which provided each client with one attorney throughout the processing of the entire case.
Mr. Lavine entered private practice in 1976, maintaining offices in Queens and lower Manhattan; He specialized in the defense of complex criminal litigation and municipal law. Since his Assembly election, he no longer accepts cases and serves as a full-time legislator.
Mr. Lavine was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2004. He currently serves on six Assembly committees: Codes, Health, Higher Education, Insurance, Judiciary and Social Services. He is Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance and President of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators.
Mr. Lavine resides in Glen Cove with his wife Ronnie, a retired public school educator and active Planned Parenthood of Nassau County volunteer. Their children Gregory and Andria attended Glen Cove public schools.