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).

About Us

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.

Announcements

Check our Announcements Archives page for older announcements.

November 24, 2021
Notice Regarding ILS Board Meeting December 3, 2021

November 8, 2021
Title IV-E Chart

September 24, 2021
Video of Board Meeting September 24, 2021

September 20, 2021
Notice Regarding ILS Board Meeting September 24, 2021

September 3, 2021
ILS Posts Title IV Frequently Asked Questions[pdf]

August 27, 2021
ILS Posts Questions and Answers for the Upstate Family Defense (Child Welfare) Quality Improvement and Caseload Reduction Grant RFP

August 12, 2021
ILS Releases Upstate Family Defense (Child Welfare) Quality Improvement and Caseload Reduction Grant RFP

August 9, 2021
ILS Releases Statewide Expansion Quality Improvement Report 2021

July 21, 2021
ILS Position Notice for Counsel

June 3, 2021
Notice of ILS Board Meeting June 11, 2021

June 2, 2021
Patricia Warth Appointed ILS Director

April 30, 2021
Second Upstate Model Family Representation RFP Questions and Answers

April 8, 2021
Video of ILS Board Meeting April 8, 2021

April 6, 2021
ILS Releases the RFP for the Second Upstate Model Family Representation Office Grant

March 31, 2021
Notice Regarding ILS Board Meeting April 8, 2021

February 2021
ILS Director Job Posting

February 12, 2021
Director Leahy's Retirement Announcement

February 10, 2021
Director Leahy's FY 2021-22 Budget Testimony

January 20, 2021
2021-22 Executive Budget Proposal One Pager
Director Leahy's Transmittal Memo

January 12, 2021
ILS Distribution 11 Funding Amounts and Contract Numbers
Director Leahy's Transmittal Memo

November 2, 2020
Videos of the Public Defender Career Fair
Silence No More
A Day in the Life
Come to the Boondocks

In Memory of John Dunne
ILS Director Bill Leahy Remembers John Dunne
John Dunne: The Nassau Lawyer, January 1962
PLS Executive Director Karen Murtagh Remembers John Dunne

October 30, 2020
ILS Releases
Statewide Counsel at Arraignment Report for 2020

October 1, 2020
ILS Releases 2019 Annual Report