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Prestigious Honor for Tully Rinckey Partner

Barbara J. King wins Justice Award through Human Rights Commission

May 24, 2011 – Albany, N.Y. – Tully Rinckey PLLC is proud to announce that firm partner, Barbara J. King, is the recipient of the 2011 Schenectady County Human Rights Commission’s Justice Award. Ms. King received the prestigious recognition at the Commission’s 28th Annual Human Rights Breakfast on May 18.

Ms. King, who has been practicing family and matrimonial law for more than 20 years, was nominated for her efforts in creating the Modest Means Panel Program for the Schenectady County Bar Association. Now in its second year, the program provides reduced-fee legal services to low-income litigants who cannot afford the cost of high-quality representation. Since its inception in the summer of 2009, the Modest Means Panel Program has provided representation to dozens of clients, representing thousands of dollars in reduced-cost legal services.


Ms. King, who leads the Family and Matrimonial practice area at Tully Rinckey PLLC, has long been a proponent of pro bono representation. In 2001, she was awarded the Capital District Women’s Bar Association Volunteer Attorney Award. In 2003, she created and implemented the first mandatory pro bono program for a law firm in the area; a play-or-pay program that required even the firm partners to donate their services or their personal funds. In 2004, she received the prestigious New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award.

In 2007, Ms. King joined Tully Rinckey PLLC, where she introduced the firm’s first-ever mentorship program and began the process of formalizing yet another pro bono program. Her continued efforts have resulted in Ms. King being recognized with American Bar Association’s Difference Maker Award from the Solo/Small Practice Section in 2009 and the Schenectady County Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year award in 2010.


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