Genty Honored by Providence House for His Pro Bono Work

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May 30, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Columbia Law School Professor Philip Genty has been named the winner of the 2008 Foundress Award by Providence House, a non-profit organization that provides shelter and related support services to women and families.

Genty, Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, was named this year’s winner in recognition of his pro bono work, investment of time and talent and advocacy on behalf of incarcerated women. He will receive the award at the Seventh Annual People of Hope Awards Dinner on June 5 in New York City.

Genty teaches courses on prisoners’ rights and family law and directs the Law School’s Prisoners and Families Clinic, whose primary focus is preserving ties between incarcerated people and their families to ensure successful reunification. Prior to entering teaching, he worked as an attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York; the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development; and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services Corporation. Genty helped develop the Incarcerated Mothers Legal Project and has served as a trainer and consultant to many advocacy organizations.

Providence House is a non-profit organization that provides shelter and support to homeless, abused and formerly incarcerated women and their children in Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester, New York. The agency has served more than 11,000 people since its founding in 1979 by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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