A public defender who has devoted his career to criminal defense and the New York State Defenders Association are among four award recipients recognized by the Committee to Ensure Quality of Mandated Representation of the New York State Bar Association.
The awards, presented on June 14 at the State Bar Center in Albany, recognize criminal defense attorneys and organizations for their professionalism and skilled representation of low-income clients in criminal proceedings.
“This year’s recipients are true champions for justice. They have dedicated their legal careers to representing indigent clients. Often, they are underpaid and underappreciated for their important work,” said Committee Chair Norman Effman of Warsaw (Wyoming County Public Defender and executive director, Wyoming County-Attica Legal Aid Bureau). “They are a most deserving group of awardees.”
Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award: The Appeals Bureau of the Monroe County Public Defender has won 18 of its 22 cases argued before the Court of Appeals since 2010. Team members include Bureau Chief Drew Dubrin, Timothy Davis, Kimberly Duguay, James Eckert, David Juergens and Janet Somes.
Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award: Majer Gold of Kingston is the chief assistant public defender of Ulster County. Colleagues cited him for his accessibility and mentoring other defenders.
Achievement in Promoting Standards of Excellence in Quality Mandated Representation: The New York State Defenders Association was cited for its innovative programs to improve the quality of indigent defense representation. Programs include its Criminal Defense Immigration Project and Defender Institute.
Achievement in Promoting Standards of Excellence in Quality Mandated Representation: The New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation and Schulte Roth & Zabel filed the lawsuit, Hurrell-Harring v. State of New York. The lawsuit brought into public view the deficiencies of mandated representation in New York. It also is credited for helping to create the Office of Indigent Legal Services.
The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.
Contact: Brandon J. Vogel