Lorraine McEvilley Appointed Director of Parole Revocation Defense Unit

Seymour James, Jr., Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice, announced the appointment of Lorraine McEvilley as the Director of The Legal Aid Society's Parole Revocation Defense Unit. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo School of Law, Lorraine first joined the Society as a staff attorney in our Queens criminal defense office in 1989. After distinguishing herself in Queens, Lorraine relocated to Arizona where she represented community members in civil claims and criminal tribal court proceedings with Four Rivers Indian Legal Services, and than represented clients facing felony charges with the Office of the Public Defender in Maricopa County.

Lorraine returned to the Society in 1999 as a staff attorney in our Manhattan criminal defense office and subsequently transferred to the Parole Revocation Defense Unit in 2005. In 2008, she became a supervising attorney in PRDU and has been a critical member of the team which further raised the level of parole revocation advocacy at Legal Aid. The Unit continues to serve as a model for clients charged with violations of the terms of their release to community supervision.

In 2011, Lorraine was awarded the Orison S. Marden Award for excellence and dedication to the work and clients of The Legal Aid Society.

Mr. James said that since Eve Rosahn's departure in January, "Lorraine has served admirably as the Acting Director of the Unit and I believe that under her leadership the Unit will reach new heights. Please join me in congratulating Lorraine on her new position."