Committee on Mandated Representation: Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award

DENISON RAY CRIMINAL DEFENDER AWARD

The Association is honored to also bestow the Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award, named in memory of Denison Ray, a career legal activist who led legal services programs in New York and other states. The award is intended to recognize attorneys with institutional providers who exemplify the highest level of professionalism in providing skilled and zealous representation to indigent clients in criminal proceedings.

Up to two awards are given to staff attorneys employed by a public defender, conflict defender or non-profit corporation based on the overall quality of their legal representation and efforts to inspire, mentor and support colleagues.

One award is given to a director of a defender program based on the ability to inspire staff to provide consistently high quality and zealous representation.

Download a nomination form here.

Past Recipients of the Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award:


2019

John J. Evans
Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office

2017
Timothy P. Donaher
Monroe County Public Defender

Nancy Farrell & Amanda McHenry
Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Family Court Program

Peter Wolk
New York County Defender Services

2015
Gregory Killburn
Wyoming County Public Defender’s Office
Appeals Bureau of the Monroe County Public Defender Office

2013

Appeals Bureau of the Monroe County Public Defender
Majer Gold

2011
Jerome K. Frost

2008
Andre A. Vitale

2006
Mark J. Caruso

2004
Alfred O’Connor

2001
Robert E. Massi

Richard W. Rich

2000
Drew R. DuBrin

Michelle Fox

1998

Raymond A. Kelly, Jr.

Timothy B. Rountree

1997

John H. Ciulla, Jr.

Susan Hofkin Salomon

1995

Thomas N.N. Angell

Allen Farbman

1994
Alexander Lesyk

Howard A. Pincus