On Friday, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association awarded Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm Joseph (center) the 2008 Dennison Ray Award at this year’s annual conference in Washington. The award, given biennially, was presented by Legal Aid board president Warren Oliveri (right), who gave a brief recap of Legal Aid’s history since Joseph took over from the late Charles Dorsey in 1997. NLADA board president Jose Padilla is on the left.
The “Denny” award honors persons who have provided at least five years of service to the legal services community in staff, client or volunteer capacities. Dennison Ray, who dedicated his professional life to equal justice for the poor, is the former director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Legal Services of North Carolina, and other programs. Photo by Jane Ribadeneyra/NLADA.