over 100 years, the New York State Bar Association has been a leader in
advocating for the provision of high quality legal services to the poor in Criminal
and Family Court proceedings. The Association’s Committee to Ensure Quality of
Mandated Representation has played an active role in this endeavor. As part of
its work, every other year, the Committee recognizes individuals and
organizations that have made exemplary efforts to make the ideal of equal
justice for all a reality.
The Award for
Outstanding Achievements in Promoting Standards of Excellence in Mandated
major accomplishment of the Committee to Ensure Quality of Mandated
Representation was the drafting of standards for attorneys providing mandated
representation in Criminal and Family Court cases. The standards set the floor
for a mandated representation system. Promulgated in 2005, the Standards have
undergone two revisions, the first in 2010 and the most recent in 2013. The Standards
have been widely distributed throughout the mandated provider community in New
encourage adherence to these standards and in conjunction with the Committee’s
biennial, free Continuing Legal Education program for mandated providers, in
2007 the Committee established an award to honor those who do not merely comply
with the standards, but exceed them, setting an example for all to follow.
award is given to up to three recipients, who meet one or more of the following
an attorney, group of attorneys, or organization for demonstrating consistent
adherence to the highest professional standards inproviding mandated
an attorney, group of attorneys, or organization for engaging in innovative
efforts to improve the overall quality of mandatedrepresentation.
a private individual, public officer, or organization for advocacy to promote
steps by the legislature, executive or judiciary toensure the provision of
high quality mandated representation.
view of list of previous Excellence Award recipients click here.
Denison Ray Criminal
Committee is honored to also bestow the Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award,
named in memory of Denison Ray, a career legal activist who led legal services
programs in New York and other states. The award is intended to recognize
attorneys with institutional providers who exemplify the highest level of
professionalism in providing skilled and zealous representation to indigent
clients in criminal proceedings.
to two awards are given to staff attorneys employed by a public defender,
conflict defender or non-profit corporation based on the
overall quality of
their legal representation and efforts to inspire, mentor and support
award is given to a director of a defender program based on the ability to
inspire staff to provide consistently high quality and zealous representation.
view a list of past recipients of the Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award, click here.
more information about either award please contact:
New York State Bar
Association Department of Pro
Bono Affairs One Elk Street Albany, New York
12207 (518) 487-5641 or firstname.lastname@example.org