The Committee on Mandated Representation is charged with the duty of studying issues, and making recommendations to the Executive Committee, relevant to methods of providing mandated representation. The Committee shall undertake other activities, such as sponsoring CLE programs and conferences, proposing and commenting on legislation, and proposing and commenting on court rules, that will further the goal of ensuring quality mandated representation. In addition, the Committee will identify ways that indigent defense provider offices in the state can share resources with each other, particularly on a regional basis.
The intention of these efforts is to ensure that the State of New York and local governments charged by the State with providing such representation, do so in a manner which ensures quality representation to clients, while taking into account the financial requirements imposed upon the State of New York and local governments.
For more than 100 years, the New York State Bar Association has been a leader in advocating for the provision of high quality legal services to the poor in Criminal and Family Court proceedings. The Association’s Committee on Mandated Representation has played an active role in this endeavor. As part of its work, every other year, the Committee recognizes individuals and organizations that have made exemplary efforts to make the ideal of equal justice for all a reality.