The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County- Assigned Counsel Resource Center
- New York
The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County (LAS) provides mandated representation to all persons accused of felonies who cannot afford counsel. The Assigned Counsel Panel provides mandated representation for felony conflicts, all misdemeanors, violations, parole hearings, family court matters for the non-custodial parent, and appeals. LAS has a separate Assigned Counsel Division which reviews and records all attorney and expert vouchers for the County. LAS has received both competitive and non-competitive grants from the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) to establish a Regional Immigration Assistance Center and an Assigned Counsel Resource Center (ACRC) to assist the Panel attorneys. Westchester was recently selected as one of three counties in the country to receive technical support and training from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA). The ACRC, with the assistance of the NLADA and ILS, along with the Bar Association, is building a new mentoring program to enhance the quality of mandated representation throughout the County.