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Jul 27, 2022

Buffalo lawyer recommended for Monroe County public defender

Sabrina LaMar is recommending Buffalo criminal defense attorney Robert Ross Fogg to become the new Monroe County public defender.

May 25, 2017

Relief on the way for overworked public defenders

The New York state Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) has established new, dramatically lower, standards for the number of cases a public defense lawyer can be expected to handle. The new limits could be in effect statewide by 2023, as long as state lawmakers provide the necessary funding. According to an ILS report released […]

May 22, 2017

Judge denies appointed counsel over imputed income

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Richard A. Dollinger has decided that a well-educated but unemployed man facing jail time for contempt in a child custody case does not qualify for an appointed counsel because he has the potential to earn enough money to pay for his own lawyer. In the 42-page decision released Friday, Dollinger […]

Jan 12, 2017

Judge questions man’s indigent status

While state Supreme Court Justice Richard Dollinger is requiring a defendant, in one case, to prove that he qualifies for an appointed attorney at no cost, the Fourth Department found that the same man qualifies for an appointed counsel in an appeal of a decision by Dollinger in a related matter. The circumstances raise questions […]

May 23, 2014

Somes recognized for delivering justice

Reversals in two Monroe County criminal cases are being touted by a Webster-based organization in its quest to right or prevent injustice. Both were handled by Janet C. Somes, an assistant Monroe County public defender, who has been selected by It Could Happen To You to receive its Public Servant of Justice Award. “She first […]

Jan 13, 2014

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics — Public Defender: Joint Opinion 13-124/13-125/13-128/13-129

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Public Defender Indigent Counsel Program Joint Opinion 13-124/13-125/13-128/13-129 Background: Four judges asked about their ethical obligations in light of a new program by which the state of New York has awarded grant money to 25 counties to provide indigent criminal defendants with counsel at their initial court appearances. The judges […]

Feb 25, 2013

Ontario public defender to open satellite office

The Ontario County Public Defender’s Office soon will have more of a presence in both of the cities that lie within the county’s borders. A grand opening could be held in March to officially open a satellite office in Geneva, although attorneys will begin using the office sooner, according to Public Defender Leanne Lapp. “It […]

Jan 31, 2013

Ontario Co. must pay to defend Kidera

Mediation is the next step for a case an Ontario County employee brought against the county and its former public defender. U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa, for the Western District of New York, issued an order Jan. 24, finding the case of Stefanie N. Lang v. Thomas J. Kidera and Ontario County, (11-cv-6603) is […]

Oct 15, 2012

Committee on Professional Ethics — Public Defender: Opinion 935

NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics Public Defender Private Practice Opinion 935 Background: The inquiring attorney is an appointed public defender that has a staff including part-time and full-time assistants. The public defender created a practice policy for both the full-time and part-time attorneys that permit them to practice law privately in criminal or civil cases […]

Jun 22, 2011

Public defender training comes to county

The Monroe County Public Defender’s Office is one of 12 in the country that will host young attorneys in a new fellowship program designed to improve representation of indigent defendants. An initial class of 18 Public Defender Corps members ...

Jun 3, 2011

Ontario names new public defender

Leanne Lapp is the new public defender in Ontario County. Her appointment was unanimously approved Thursday by the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. “I think it’s an outstanding appointment,” said County Administrator Geoffrey Astles.

May 9, 2011

MCBA recommends picks for defender be merit-based

The county public defender should be independently selected based on merit and the appointment process should be kept out of the political arena. That is the recommendation of the Public Defender Task Force of the Monroe County Bar Association ...

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