Matthew McGowan – Senior Staff Attorney

Matthew McGowan Senior Staff Attorney (518) 438-8046  ext. 1801 mmcgowan@plsny.org Matt joined the Albany office of PLS as a staff attorney in 2013. He works throughout PLS’s core practice areas, with a particular focus on challenges to administrative disciplinary hearings, youth and late-stage adolescent advocacy, parole and sentencing matters, and records access issues. His pastContinue reading “Matthew McGowan – Senior Staff Attorney”

Mary Cipriano-Walter – Pro Bono Director

Mary Cipriano-Walter Pro Bono Director (518) 438-8046  ext. 1110 MWalter@plsny.org Mary joined PLS as a staff attorney in January 2015, became the supervising attorney of the Family Matters Unit in August 2017, and became the Pro Bono Director in March 2022. Before becoming a staff attorney, Mary was a legal intern at PLS from JuneContinue reading “Mary Cipriano-Walter – Pro Bono Director”

James Bogin – Senior Supervising Attorney

James Bogin Senior Supervising Attorney (518) 438-8046  ext. 1109 jbogin@plsny.org After college, Mr. Bogin spent years as an archeologist in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Then came law school. Mr. Bogin graduated from Cornell Law School in 1984, and was a staff attorney at North Country Legal Services from 1985 to 1987. In 1987 Mr. BoginContinue reading “James Bogin – Senior Supervising Attorney”

Sophia Heller – Managing Attorney

Sophia Heller Managing Attorney (518) 438-8046  ext. 1106 sheller@plsny.org Sophia joined PLS as a staff attorney in 2011 after graduating from Georgetown Law. At PLS she has litigated a range of issues in federal and state court, including damage actions for wrongful solitary confinement, excessive use of force by guards, the failure to protect incarceratedContinue reading “Sophia Heller – Managing Attorney”