Ray Civil Legal Service Awards
The New York State Bar Association’s Committee
on Legal Aid is pleased to sponsor the Denison Ray Civil Legal Service
Awards. Named in memory of career legal
activist Denison (Denny) Ray, who led legal services programs in New York and
other states, the awards recognize outstanding dedication and professionalism
by civil legal services providers. A
total of four (4) awards may be presented.
Two awards are reserved for staff attorneys employed by nonprofit entities
that provide free civil legal services to low-income clients. Another award
recognizes the outstanding leadership of a director of a civil legal services
program or a director of a pro bono volunteer program. The fourth award is reserved for a nonprofit
organization that provides or facilitates the provision of civil legal services
to low-income clients.
The Denison Ray Civil Legal Services Awards
are presented during the biennial Partnership Conference.
The Civil Legal Services Staff Attorney
honor the extraordinary commitment to:
provision of creative, skilled, and zealous representation of low-income
with pro bono volunteer attorneys from the private bar to expand access to
justice opportunities for low-income clients; and/or
to inspire, mentor, and support colleagues in the delivery of exceptional legal
representation to low-income clients.
The Director Award honors
outstanding leadership at a civil legal
services or pro bono program by an executive director or legal director who
inspires the kind of extraordinary commitment by staff and service to the
community set forth in the above criteria.
The Nonprofit Organization Award recognizes
extraordinary commitment to:
access to justice initiatives;
or facilitating the provision of civil legal services to low-income and/or
the provision of pro bono services; and/or
resources to maximize services to the community.
Award recipients will be selected by a
committee consisting of the chairs of the President’s Committee on Access to
Justice, the Committee on Legal Aid, the Pro Bono Coordinators Network, and the
Director of the Department of Pro Bono Affairs.
To view a list of past recipients click here. For more information about the Civil Dension Ray
awards, please contact:
The New York State Bar Association
Department of Pro Bono Affairs
One Elk Street
Albany, New York 12207
(518) 487-5641 or firstname.lastname@example.org