Excellence Awards (Criminal and Family Court)

Promoting Excellence in Mandated Representation Award

A major accomplishment of the Associations 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 York. 

To 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.

The award is given to up to three recipients who meet one or more of the following criteria:  

  • To an attorney, group of attorneys, or organization for demonstrating consistent adherence to the highest professional standards in providing mandated representation.
  • To an attorney, group of attorneys, or organization for engaging in innovative efforts to improve the overall quality of mandated representation.
  • To a private individual, public officer, or organization for advocacy to promote steps by the legislature, executive or judiciary to ensure the provision of high quality mandated representation.

Download the 2017 Nomination Form here.

Past Honorees