MONTREAL ATTORNEY RAJPATTIE PERSAUD-BILLETTE RECEIVES NEW YORK STATE BAR’S NON-RESIDENT MEMBER AWARD
ALBANY—Rajpattie Persaud-Billette of Montreal was posthumously honored with the inaugural Outstanding Non-Resident Member Award, given by the Membership Committee of the New York State Bar Association.
The award, conferred on June 23, recognizes the growing impact and contributions of non-resident members to the State Bar. Non-resident members make up more than 25 percent of the State Bar’s membership.
Persaud-Billette was chair of the State Bar’s Committee on Lawyer Referral Service from 2008 until her death in August 2011. The committee helps New Yorkers find lawyers for their legal matters. She joined the committee in 2000 and quickly became one of its most active members, although she lived in Canada.
“Rajpattie raised the bar for non-resident members. She worked
so hard to help New Yorkers find the right attorney for their legal
matters even with her own law practice based in Montreal,” said
State Bar President Seymour W. James, Jr. of Brooklyn (The Legal Aid
Society of New York). “It is only fitting that we honor her
incomparable dedication and service with this award. We greatly miss her
enthusiasm, leadership and friendship.”