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Empire Justice Center Elects Officers and Re-Elects Board Members


January 15, 2014

Contact: Kristi Hughes,  (585) 454-4060

Empire Justice Center, a statewide leader working to achieve social and economic justice in New York State, is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. The new members, who will serve an initial three-year term, are:

Raymond Brescia, Director of the Government Law Center, Albany Law School

JoAnn Smith, Senior Advisor, Government & Regulatory, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

In addition to the new members, the board also re-elected two members.  These members, who serve three year terms, are:

Latonia Early-Hubelbank, elected second term (The Law Offices of Anthony A. Capetola)

Edward F. Premo II, elected to second term (Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP)

The Board’s executive officers for 2014, who will serve as officers for a term of one year were also elected.  The newly elected officers are:

Joe Casion, Chair, second term (Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP); Christine Rutigliano, Vice Chair, second term (Legislative Director, The Roffe Group); Michael Harren, Treasurer, first term (Chamberlain D’Amanda), and Candice Lucas, Secretary, second term (Director of the Health Partnership at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Center for Community Health).

The Officers and re-elected Board members are joined by:

Tom Maligno (Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law School), Dave Munro (retired, formerly of NYS Energy Research and Development Authority); Edward F. Premo II (Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP); Latonia Early-Hubelbank (The Law Offices of Anthony A. Capetola); and Michael Harren (Chamberlain D’Amanda).

All board members serve as volunteers; affiliations noted for informational purposes only.

Empire Justice is a statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy, public interest law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live.  Empire Justice protects and strengthens the legal rights of people in New York State who are poor, disabled or disenfranchised through: systems change advocacy, training and support to other advocates and organizations, and high quality direct civil legal representation. Empire Justice has a staff of 61 working out of four offices in Albany, Rochester, White Plains and on Long Island. 


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