April 7, 2009
CAPITAL DISTRICT WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION LEGAL PROJECT RECEIVES 2009 ANGELO T. COMETA AWARD
Albany organization provides services for domestic violence victims and children
ALBANY--The New York State Bar Association presented the Capital District Women’s Bar Association Legal Project, Inc. (“The Legal Project”) with the 2009 Angelo T. Cometa Award. The Legal Project, a private, non-profit organization, provides legal information and representation for battered woman and their children in family court, and also provides civil legal services for the working poor. They received the award at the House of Delegates dinner on April 3.
The award is sponsored by the State Bar’s Committee on Lawyer Referral Service and recognizes individuals or groups in New York demonstrating an extraordinary commitment toward advancing the goals of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). The Association’s service assists members of the public in obtaining information about the availability of legal services and other agencies, increasing access to attorneys, and/or providing legal services to clients.
“Since its inception in 1995, The Legal Project has provided
critical and creative resources for our working poor to obtain civil
legal services so that domestic violence victims can live a better
life,” said Committee on Lawyer Referral Service Chair Rajpattie
Persaud-Billette. “I am pleased to honor its continued excellence
in helping vulnerable citizens receive the quality legal services they
The Legal Project addresses the need for non-criminal legal services
by providing innovative, cost-effective services that are collaborative
in nature and focus on well-defined, but unmet needs in the community.
Examples include its Bankruptcy & Credit program providing free
legal consultations and free and low-cost legal representation to
individuals and families struggling with financial problems and debt,
and its Uncontested Divorce Clinics, providing document assistance to
low-income individuals who are representing themselves in a divorce
The LRIS is a public service of the State Bar. Its goals include administering a coordinated lawyer referral and information system throughout New York and providing the public with information about community and legal services, such as local bar referral services, legal aid societies, legal service programs and public interest law organizations.
The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.