The Association 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.
Up 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 colleagues.
One 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.
Past Recipients of the Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award:
John J. Evans
Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office
Timothy P. Donaher
Monroe County Public Defender
Nancy Farrell & Amanda McHenry
Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Family Court Program
New York County Defender Services
Wyoming County Public Defender’s Office
Appeals Bureau of the Monroe County Public Defender Office
Appeals Bureau of the Monroe County Public Defender
Jerome K. Frost
Andre A. Vitale
Mark J. Caruso
Robert E. Massi
Richard W. Rich
Drew R. DuBrin
Raymond A. Kelly, Jr.
Timothy B. Rountree
John H. Ciulla, Jr.
Susan Hofkin Salomon
Thomas N.N. Angell
Howard A. Pincus