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New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services

Albany, United States
Joined August 2017

The New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services exists to monitor, study and make efforts to improve the quality of legal representation services to persons unable to afford an attorney.

asdfasd Presence in: United States
Focus: Criminal Justice

The purpose of the Office of Indigent Legal Services (“Office”) is “to monitor, study and make efforts to improve the quality of services provided pursuant to article eighteen-B of the county law.”  Executive Law Article 30, Section 832(1). The Office does not provide legal assistance or lawyer referrals to individuals. Rather, it operates pursuant to policies established by the Board to assist county governments and indigent legal services providers in the exercise of their responsibility under County Law Article 18-B to provide the effective assistance of counsel to those persons who are legally entitled to counsel, but cannot afford to hire an attorney.

The Office and nine-member Indigent Legal Services Board (“Board”) were created by Part E of Chapter 56 of the NY Laws of 2010, signed on June 22, 2010. This Chapter added Executive Law Article 30, Sections 832 and 833, and amended State Finance Law 98-b and County Law 18-B.

The Office and Board were also given responsibility for the distribution of State funds appropriated to the counties from the State’s Indigent Legal Services Fund (ILSF). The State established this dedicated Fund in 2003 to assist localities in meeting the duty to provide legal representation to persons unable to afford counsel. Using the discretion provided in the 2010 legislation, the Office and Board can establish criteria for distributing these funds to ensure that localities use the money to improve the quality of indigent legal services.

People Associated With This Organization

Andrew Davies

United States  
New York State Office of Indigent Legal...
Joined August 2017
Interests: Criminal Justice
Andrew Davies is Director of Research at the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services and post-doctoral fellow at the SUNY Albany School of Criminal Justice. His job is to track data on the provision of legal services around the state, and to push a research agenda for their improvement. He earned a PhD in criminal justice in 2012 from SUNY Albany and has published research on public defense in a variety of books, academic journals and law reviews. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Prior to coming to the Office of Indigent Legal Services he also worked for several years as a researcher for the New York State Defender Association and spent a short but formative time as an intern gathering mitigation evidence in capital cases in Atlanta, Georgia.
Andrew Davies is the network champion (main point of contact) for New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services.

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