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State bar committee announces winners

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 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.

Awards are:

• Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award to the Appeals Bureau of the Monroe County Public Defender, which 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, chief assistant public defender of Ulster County, for accessibility and mentoring other defenders.

• Achievement in Promoting Standards of Excellence in Quality Mandated Representation: The New York State Defenders Association 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 which filed the lawsuit, Hurrell-Harring v. State of New York, bringing 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.

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