Justin Reynolds – Legal Secretary

Justin Reynolds Legal Secretary (518) 438-8046 jreynolds@plsny.org Before joining PLS in June 2022, Justin completed an assistantship with the New York State Department of Health’s Office for Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention, where he developed partnerships with community-based organizations working to improve the health and wellness of minority communities throughout NYS. He previously internedContinue reading “Justin Reynolds – Legal Secretary”

Elise Czuchna – Staff Attorney

Elise Czuchna Staff Attorney (518) 438-8046 ext. 1118 eczuchna@plsny.org Elise joined PLS in August 2021 after receiving her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. As a law student, Elise participated in the Civil Rights Clinic as a student attorney on a §1983 jail misconduct case and had the opportunity to work onContinue reading “Elise Czuchna – Staff Attorney”

Christina Alicea – Law Graduate

Christina Alicea Law Graduate (518) 438-8046 EXT. 1117 calicea@plsny.org Christina joined PLS in August 2021, after graduating from the University at Buffalo School of Law. As a law student, she interned with PLS in Buffalo and helped to establish the PLS Education Matters Unit, which assists individuals in New York State prisons with their academic and vocationalContinue reading “Christina Alicea – Law Graduate”

Kevin Nelson – Staff Attorney

Kevin Nelson Staff Attorney (518) 445-8046 ext. 1107 Knelson@plsny.org Kevin joined PLS as a staff attorney in the Family Matters Unit in 2022 due to his belief that all people matter and their lives have value, and because he values parent-child relationships. Before becoming a staff attorney, Kevin interned at the Schenectady County Public Defender’sContinue reading “Kevin Nelson – Staff Attorney”

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”

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”