Cynthia Conti-Cook Receives Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2016

Congratulations to Cynthia Conti-Cook, a Staff Attorney in the Criminal Practice's Special Litigation Unit, who has been named the recipient of the Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner. The award is presented by the New York State Bar Association.

Conti-Cook created the Society's Cop Accountability Project database, which has received national recognition.

The award is named for long-time Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Attorney Michele S. Maxian, who led the Society's litigation that established the 24-hour arrest-to-arraignment standard and many other successful law reform efforts before her death from cancer in 2009.