ALBANY - Milinda Reed, director of the domestic violence services program at Unity House, is the recipient of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Attorneys in Public Service's Citation for Special Achievement in Public Service.

After surviving a near-death experience related to domestic violence, Reed became a lawyer devoted solely to helping other victims. She developed Unity House's Law Project, which is now in its eleventh year, providing free representation to victims of domestic violence in civil matters.

Through her work building a coordinated community resource project, she has brought together police, employers and social workers to help keep women and children safe. In the process, she has helped alter community attitudes about domestic violence.

"Milinda Reed has transformed a hardship into a lifetime of service. Because of her efforts, thousands of domestic violence victims have found safe homes, received proper medical treatment, or started new lives," said Committee Chair Peter Loomis of Albany.  "We are pleased to recognize her accomplishments. She is very deserving of this citation."

Reed donated more than 100 pro bono hours in 2010. She provided an additional 150 hours to Attorney for the Child, representing children in court.

Reed serves on the Court Appointed Special Advocates Advisory Committee, and the Friends of Rensselaer County Drug Court Board of Directors. She previously served as the Capital Region representative to the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is the author of "The Everything Guide to Divorce."

The citation recognizes special achievements of public service attorneys in projects or events that have a significant positive impact on the community. Reed will receive her citation on June 16th at the State Bar Center in Albany.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.


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