Legal Aid's Dori Lewis Receives City Bar's Legal Services Award Tonight
TUESDAY, MAY 07, 2013

Dori Lewis, Supervising Attorney in the Prisoners' Rights Project, is being honored by the New York City Bar today at 4:00 pm at the 24th Annual Legal Services Awards presentation which recognize the vital work of legal services advocates in providing legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers. The Hon. George B. Daniels, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, will present the awards at the City Bar at 42 West 44th Street.

Over the course of nearly 37 years at The Legal Aid Society, Dori has tirelessly worked to protect the civil rights of prisoners through law reform litigation and individual cases related to violence, sexual abuse, disabilities, health care and mental health services. Dori's work has focused on the particularly vulnerable populations of women and young prisoners. Dori’s unwavering commitment to her clients and their rights has led to the provision of educational services, including special education, to young people under 21 at Riker's Island; improved medical services to women at the maximum security prison in New York State; and substantial limitations on the shackling of medically ill prisoners confined at municipal hospitals, including a bar on the shackling of women admitted for infant delivery.