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Sheila Shea

State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Director, Mental Hygiene Legal Services, Third Judicial Department
Albany, NY, USA


Sheila Ellen Shea, Esq. is the Director of the Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Third Judicial Department. Ms. Shea was appointed to the Service in 1987 and has served as its Director since 2007. She is a 1981 graduate of the University of Vermont and a 1986 graduate of the Albany Law School of Union University. Ms. Shea is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), its Elder Law Section and serves on the NYSBA Committee on Disability Rights. Ms. Shea is also the author of “The Mental Hygiene Legal Service at 50; A Retrospective and Prospective Examination of Advocacy for People with Disabilities” published by the NYSBA Government, Law and Policy Journal, (Winter 2012) and “Representing Clients With Mental Disabilities” published by the New York State Defender's Association Public Defense Backup Center Report (January - April 2013). Ms. Shea is the recipient of the 2013 Hodgson/Jacobs Law Award presented by the NYSARC Inc. for demonstrating outstanding commitment and dedication to improving the lives of people who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities and the 2014 Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York Public Service Award.
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