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Report: Youth Lack Access to Quality Defense Attorneys, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Nov. 15, 2016

Righting a Wrong: How Oneida Co. Reviews Convictions, WSYR-TV, Nov. 14, 2016

Trial Manual for the Defense of Criminal Cases Available, American Law Institute, Nov. 11, 2016

Where Traditional DNA Testing Fails, Algorithms Take Over, Pro Publica, Nov. 4, 2016

Bill Would Bolster Public Defense, NYLJ, Nov. 2, 2016

 

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Governor Urged to Sign Justice Equality Act. Groups across the state have called on the Governor to sign the unanimously-passed, bipartisan bill requiring the State to reimburse counties for county public defense service costs. The diverse coalition of over 100 organizations (list in formation) are advocating the enactment of the Justice Equality Act (S.8114/A.10706), include the American Bar Association, NAACP, NYSAC, NYS Catholic Conference and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Those who have penned op-ed columns about the measure include NYS Legislative Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus members Nick Perry (Amsterdam News) and Jeffrion Aubry (New York Law Journal). The Justice Equality’s Facebook page has a factsheet, supporters list, and a compelling 30-second video on this important reform bill.

VDP Attorneys Recognized. Gary Horton, Director of NYSDA’s Veterans Defense Program (VDP), received the first-ever Criminal Justice Award from the National Alliance for Mental Illness-NYS on Nov. 11, 2016. Just weeks earlier, VDP Deputy Director Capt. Art Cody (USN, Retired) received the National Four Chaplains Humanitarian Award from the NYS Council of Veteran Organizations. Learn about NYSDA’s VDP, which has assisted or trained over 1,000 veterans and defenders representing veterans, by viewing the VDP Activities Report (pdf).

NYSDA Executive Director Receives Multiple Honors, Announces Retirement. Jonathan E. Gradess, NYSDA’s first and only Executive Director, received several awards in November, including, most recently, the Reginald Heber Smith award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. Also in November, he formally announced his plans to retire in 2017. A national search is underway for a new NYSDA Executive Director .

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Successful Families Matter Conference. The Families Matter: Parent Defense in New York conference held on October 14-15, 2016 in Albany drew nearly 170 participants and received high evaluation marks. Materials from the conference are available by contacting Family Court Staff Attorney Lucy McCarthy at the Backup Center. 518-465-3524. LMcCarthy@nysda.org. While the conference is over, NYSDA continues to provide backup services to public defense lawyers working in Family Court. Find other materials at Family Defense Resources here on the webpage, and for direct defender services, contact Lucy as noted above.

 

 

 

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