dedication in helping low-income New Yorkers gain access to quality legal
services, an assistant public defender, an attorney and two organizations have
been honored with awards by the New York State Bar Association’s
Committee to Ensure Mandated Representation.
the award recipients has made a positive impact on the lives of the most
vulnerable citizens in our society,” said State Bar President David P. Miranda
(Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti). “It
is a privilege to recognize their hard work, and I congratulate all of the
were presented by Andrew Kossover, chair of the Committee to Ensure Mandated
Representation, on June 5 at the State Bar.
Ray Criminal Defender Award
Kilburn is the assistant public defender in the Wyoming County public
defender’s office. A zealous advocate for clients, he handles a large number of
misdemeanors in the local criminal courts and maintains a significant felony
works with Wyoming County’s program providing counsel at first appearance. In
the past year, he responded to about 120 arraignments, most of which were
during late evening or early morning hours.
is named for Denison Ray, a career legal activist who led legal services
programs in New York and other states. It recognizes a criminal defense
attorney who exemplifies the highest level of professionalism in providing
zealous representation to indigent clients in criminal proceedings.
Award for Excellence in Quality Mandated Representation (three recipients)
Macri is director of Regional Initiatives for the Indigent Legal Services
Office in Albany. Her innovative efforts to improve the quality of mandated
representation include spearheading the creation of regional immigration
resource centers in six locations in New York state.
will provide assistance to attorneys, offer education programs, help providers
develop service plans and procedures for non-citizens, and encourage collaboration
among providers, community-based organizations, law schools and bar
previously the director of the Criminal Defense Immigration Project/Immigration
Defense Project of the New York State Defenders Association.
for Family Representation
for consistently demonstrating adherence to the highest professional standards
in providing mandated representation, the Center for Family Representation
guides statewide and national efforts to improve parent representation in
family and dependency courts. Since its founding in 2002, the Center for Family
Representation has represented thousands of parents in abuse, neglect and
termination of parental rights proceedings in Queens and Manhattan Family
Justice First Project of the Center for Appellate Litigation
its innovative efforts to improve the quality of post-conviction representation
of wrongfully convicted or innocent clients, the Justice First Project
of the Center for Appellate Litigation seeks remedies when traditional appeals
processes are not enough.
of the Justice First Project is to ensure that wrongful convictions are
detected and investigated as early in the appellate process as possible.
Excellence in Quality Mandated Representation Awards recognize an individual
attorney or organization that has demonstrated consistent adherence to the
highest professional standards in providing mandated representation, engaged in
innovative efforts to improve the overall quality of mandated representation or
has promoted steps by the legislature, executive branch or judiciary to ensure
the provision of high-quality, mandated representation.
74,000-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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