ILS Board

Executive Law 833 creates the 9-member Indigent Legal Services Board, and specifies the Board's composition and duties. Board members must be appointed by the governor as follows:

  1. one shall be the chief judge of the court of appeals, who shall be the chair of the board;
  2. one shall be appointed by the governor on the recommendation of the temporary president of the senate;
  3. one shall be appointed by the governor on the recommendation of the speaker of the assembly;
  4. one shall be appointed by the governor from a list of at least three attorney nominees submitted by the New York state bar association;
  5. two shall be appointed by the governor from a list of at least four nominees submitted by the New York state association of counties;
  6. one shall be appointed by the governor and shall be an attorney who has provided public defense services for at least five years;
  7. one attorney who shall be appointed by the governor; and
  8. one shall be appointed by the governor, from a list of no more than two nominees submitted by the chief administrator of the courts, each of whom shall be a judge or justice, or retired judge or justice, who was elected to the supreme, county or family court, or appointed to the criminal court or family court in the city of New York, and has substantial experience presiding as such a judge or justice in trial matters before such court.

The statute excludes from the Board active prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and anyone providing services to, or employed by, prosecutors and law enforcement officials. Member terms are generally for three years, except that three members will initially serve two-year terms.

Board Members

Janet DiFiore, Chairman
Chief Judge, NY Court of Appeals
Michael G. Breslin
Former Albany County Executive
Carmen Ciparick
Greenberg, Traurig LLP
Former Senior Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals
Sheila DiTullio
Judge of the Erie County Court, Buffalo
Vincent E. Doyle III
Partner, Connors LLP, Buffalo
John R. Dunne
Senior Counsel at Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP, Albany
Member, Kaye Commission (2004 - 2006)
Joseph C. Mareane
Former Tompkins County Administrator
Suzette M. Melendez
Assistant Professor and Director of Children's Rights and Family Law Clinic
Syracuse University College of Law
Leonard Noisette
Program Director: Criminal Justice Fund, Open Society Foundations, US Programs
Executive Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (1995 - 2008)

Meeting Documents

Documents from the quarterly Board meetings, including agendas, minutes and attachments, are provided below:

Notice of ILS Board Meeting June 11, 2021 [pdf]
June 11, 2011 [pdf]
Video of Board Meeting June 11, 2021 [mp4]
April 8, 2021 [pdf]
Video of Board Meeting April 8, 2021 [mp4]
December 4, 2020 [pdf]
Video of Board Meeting December 4, 2020 [mp4]
September 25, 2020 [pdf]
Video of Board Meeting September 25, 2020 [mp4]
June 5, 2020 [pdf]
Video of Meeting June 5, 2020 [mp4]
April 24, 2020 [pdf]
Video of Meeting April 24, 2020, Joined in Progress [mp4]
December 6, 2019 [pdf]
September 20, 2019 [pdf]
June 14, 2019 [pdf]
April 4, 2019 [pdf]
November 30, 2018 [pdf]
September 28, 2018 [pdf]
June 1, 2018 [pdf]
April 13, 2018 [pdf]
November 3, 2017 [pdf]
September 22, 2017 [pdf]
June 9, 2017 [pdf]
April 21, 2017 [pdf]
December 9, 2016 [pdf]
September 23, 2016 [pdf]
June 17, 2016 [pdf]
April 22, 2016 [pdf]
November 6, 2015 [pdf]
September 25, 2015 [pdf]
June 19, 2015 [pdf]
April 10, 2015 [pdf]
November 7, 2014 [pdf]
September 26, 2014 [pdf]
June 13, 2014 [pdf]
March 14, 2014 [pdf]
November 22, 2013 [pdf]
September 27, 2013 [pdf]
June 7, 2013 [pdf]
March 5, 2013 [pdf]
September 28, 2012 [pdf]
June 8, 2012 [pdf]
March 14, 2012 [pdf]
November 9, 2011 [pdf]
September 27, 2011 [pdf]
June 7, 2011 [pdf]
March 10, 2011 [pdf]




Annual Reports

Annual Report - 2019 [pdf]
Annual Report - 2018 [pdf]
Annual Report - FY 2016-2017) [pdf]
Annual Report - FY 2015-2016) [pdf]
Annual Report - FY 2014-2015) [pdf]
Annual Report - FY 2013-2014) [pdf]
Annual Report - FY 2012-2013) [pdf]
Annual Report - FY 2011-2012) [pdf]



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