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”

Patricia Kane – Executive Administrative Assistant

Patricia (Patti) Kane Executive Administrative AssistantTel.:518-445-6050pkane@plsny.org Patricia Kane, Executive Administrative Assistant, Patti has been with PLS as the Executive Administrative Assistant since November 2009, prior to joining PLS she was the Office Manager in the printing field for 15 years. In her free time she is active in many local community groups and has sat on committeesContinue reading “Patricia Kane – Executive Administrative Assistant”

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”