Washburn Martin – Assistant Controller

Washburn Martin Assistant Controller (518) 445-6050 ext. 1119 wmartin@plsny.org Washburn Martin is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received a BBA in Accounting from Siena College. He joined PLS in 2021 as the Assistant Controller. Prior to joining PLS, he worked asContinue reading “Washburn Martin – Assistant Controller”

Jonathan Feldman – General Counsel

Jonathan Feldman General Counsel (518) 438-8046 ext. xxxx jfeldman@plsny.org Jonathan Feldman is General Counsel for PLS.  He worked for the Empire Justice Center for 24 years – as a Senior Attorney from 1997-2018, and as Legal Director from 2019-2022.  His primary focus has been civil rights, especially education law.  He has litigated impact cases inContinue reading “Jonathan Feldman – General Counsel”

Karen L. Murtagh – Executive Director

Karen L. Murtagh Executive Director Tel.:(518) 445-6050 kmurtagh@plsny.org Karen Murtagh has litigated issues concerning prisoners’ due process rights at disciplinary hearings, prison conditions, deliberate indifference, the First Amendment and the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). She has tried cases in both the Court of Claims and Federal Court and has argued numerous cases before NewContinue reading “Karen L. Murtagh – Executive Director”

Hector Nayo – Controller

Hector Nayo Controller (518) 445-6050  ext. 1105 hnayo@plsny.org Hector is a Certified Public Accountant and began working as the Financial Controller at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) in December 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana and Emile Woolf College of Accountancy, London, England. Prior to working withContinue reading “Hector Nayo – Controller”

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”

Betsy Hutchings – Deputy Director

Betsy Hutchings Deputy Director  (607) 273-2283 bhutchings@plsny.org Betsy has been the Deputy Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services since 2017. In this capacity, Betsy writes and edits the PLS newsletter Pro Se, organizes the prisoner education materials, handles professional responsibility issues, reviews and comments on proposed legislation and regulations and is responsible for writing PLS staffContinue reading “Betsy Hutchings – Deputy Director”