New York State Bar Association

Albany, NY – Jeff L. Hogue, supervising attorney of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LAWNY), was honored with the New York State Bar Association’s 2010 Denison Ray Civil Legal Services Award at the Legal Assistance Partnership Conference in Albany on June 15. Sponsored by the Department of Pro Bono Affairs, the award honors a legal services staff attorney who provides outstanding criminal or civil representation to low-income clients.


A skillful and effective advocate for low-income and disadvantaged clients, Hogue was recognized for his leadership in increasing access to justice through the use of technology. He successfully helped LAWNY transition from typewriters to computers, thereby increasing its efficiency as a legal services advocate. Hogue also helped launch the Access2Justice Author (A2J) software, which enables legal aid attorneys and court personnel to create Web-based guided interviews that help the public understand their legal rights and prepare simple pro se forms. In 2009, New York State posted 161 A2J guided interviews and more than 32,000 people used these Web tools.

 “Jeff Hogue is an exceptional staff attorney who has become a national leader in the movement to increase access to justice through technology. His ability to blend advocacy with technological innovation further distinguishes his exemplary service to low-income citizens,” said State Bar President Stephen P. Younger of New York (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP). “The State Bar is proud to honor Jeff Hogue for his extraordinary advocacy on behalf of our State’s most vulnerable citizens.”

Hogue was presented an award plaque, a $250 cash prize and a free one-year membership to the New York State Bar Association.

The Denison Ray Awards were named for Denison Ray, an advocate for the indigent who led legal services programs in New York and other states for more than 30 years.