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, Chair
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
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)

 

Schedule of Board Meetings for 2022 (always at 11:00)

April 8, 2022
June 3, 2022
September 23, 2022
December 2, 2022

Meeting Documents

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

June 3, 2022
Minutes [pdf]

April 8, 2022
Agenda [pdf]
Minutes [pdf]
Video [mp4]

December 3, 2021
Meeting Notice [pdf]
Agenda [pdf]
Minutes [pdf]
Video [mp4]

September 24, 2021
Meeting Notice [pdf]
Minutes [pdf]
Video [mp4]

June 11, 2021
Meeting Notice [pdf]
Minutes [pdf]
Video [mp4]

April 8, 2021
Minutes [pdf]
Video [mp4]

December 4, 2020
Minutes [pdf]
Video [mp4]

September 25, 2020
Agenda and Minutes[pdf]
Video [mp4]

June 5, 2020
Minutes [pdf]
Video [mp4]

April 24, 2020
Minutes [pdf]
Video, Joined in Progress [mp4]

December 6, 2019
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

September 20, 2019
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

June 14, 2019
Agenda [pdf]

April 4, 2019
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

November 30, 2018
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

September 28, 2018
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

June 1, 2018
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

April 13, 2018
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

November 3, 2017
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

September 22, 2017
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

June 9, 2017
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

April 21, 2017
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

December 9, 2016
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

September 23, 2016
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

June 17, 2016
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

April 22, 2016
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

November 6, 2015
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

September 25, 2015
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

June 18, 2015
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

April 10, 2015
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

November 7, 2014
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

September 26, 2014
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

June 13, 2014
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

March 14, 2014
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

November 22, 2013
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

September 27, 2013
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

June 7, 2013
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

March 5, 2013
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

September 28, 2012
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

June 8, 2012
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

March 14, 2012
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

November 9, 2011
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

September 27, 2011
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

June 7, 2011
Agenda and Minutes [pdf]

March 10, 2011
Agenda and Minutes [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]