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Joanne Macri

State of New York Office of Indigent Legal Services
Director of Regional Initiatives
Albany, NY, USA


Joanne Macri currently serves as the Director of Regional Initiatives for the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services where she is currently engaged in the agency’s development and implementation of a network of statewide Regional Immigration Assistance Centers.  She is also a member of the New York Office of Court Administration Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court and co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Immigration Representation.

Prior to joining ILS, Ms. Macri served as the director of the Criminal Defense Immigration Project (CDIP) and the Immigrant Defense Project of the New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) where she has provided immigration support to criminal and family law attorneys across New York State and conducted numerous continuing legal education trainings on the immigration consequences of New York criminal convictions and family court dispositions. She was also an adjunct professor at Sage College and at the State of New York University at Buffalo Law School where she has taught courses on prisoners’ rights law, U.S. immigration law, immigration law practice and criminal/immigration law for several years.

For her service, Ms. Macri was recognized by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Criminal Justice Section for her Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Law Education, the NYSBA Committee to Ensure Mandated Quality Representation and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York for her commitment to providing support to indigent representation.  She was also recognized by the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as the 2015 recipient of the Mark T. Kenmore Mentor of the Year Award.  Most recently, Ms. Macri received the Unsung Hero Award for Government Services as an Albany Law School Alumni and was honored by the New York State Defenders Association as the first female attorney recipient of the Wilfred R. O’Connor award for her commitment to client-centered representation.

Ms. Macri also currently serves as a member on the Committee for Gender Fairness for the Third Judicial Department and has previously served on the NYSBA Immigration Litigation Committee, the New York City Bar Association Criminal Justice Operations Committee and the Upstate New York AILA Chapter Subcommittees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.  She earned her JD degree at Albany Law School and received an honors BA degree from the University of Ottawa.

Joanne Macri is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Immigrant Defense Project, Immigration Consequences of Crimes Summary Checklist (June 2017), available at https://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/wp-content/uploads/Imm-Consq-checklist-2017-v3.pdf - Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2018, Thursday, July 26, 2018
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