July 2, 2008
STATE BAR ASSOCIATION SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2008
Awards Recognize Public
Service Attorneys Providing Service to Low-income and Disadvantaged
ALBANY-- The New York State Bar
Association is seeking nominations for the 2008 Denison Ray Awards. The
award, named in memory of Denison Ray, a career legal activist who led
legal services programs in New
Yorkand other states, is
intended to recognize the extraordinary commitment of public service
attorneys who provide zealous and skilled representation to low income
and disadvantaged clients. Six awards will be made this
Two awards will honor staff attorneys at
nonprofit entities that provide civil legal services and two awards will
be presented to staff attorneys employed by Public Defender, Conflict
Defender, and/or Legal Aid Offices that represent indigent defendants in
criminal court proceedings. An award also will be presented to a
director of a civil legal services, criminal defender, or pro bono
program. In addition, an award will be presented to a non-profit
organization that provides, or facilitates the provision of, civil legal
services to low income and/or disadvantaged clients.
Each individual attorney award recipient
will receive a recognition award plaque, a cash award of $250, and a
one-year, free membership in the New York State Bar Association. The
nonprofit organization honoree will receive a cash award of $1,000 to be
used to increase the organization’s capacity to serve people in
need of legal services through pro bono efforts.
Nomination materials may be obtained
at www.nysba.org/probono or by contacting the Department of Pro Bono Affairs at
(518) 487-5641 or email@example.com.
These materials describe the awards and set forth the specific
eligibility criteria and details about the awards. Completed nomination
forms must be received by August 1, 2008.
The 74,000-member New York State
Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers
in New Yorkand
the largest voluntary state bar association in the
nation. Founded in 1876, NYSBA programs and
activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice
system for more than 130 years.