Angela Kelley walked out of the Bar Exam, “packed up her stuff in Albany, and showed up ready to work on Monday morning,” at the Essex County Public Defender Office.
In that small program of three attorneys, the ability to learn fast is critical. Public Defender Brandon Boutelle, who described Kelley’s 2011 arrival in his office in the words above, said Kelley learned fast under the supervision required for law graduates awaiting admission and then as a new attorney.
She also learned well. On Monday night, during the New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) Annual Meeting and Conference, Kelley received the Kevin M. Anderson award founded by the Genesee County Public Defender Office, Boutelle nominated Kelley for the award just after she left his office to join the Albany County Public Defender Office.
She embodies, he said, “the highest level of professionalism people expect of attorneys and is a shining example of the top-notch talent working in the field of public/indigent defense today.” Similar praise was expressed by North Elba Town Justice James Rogers III, who wrote to Kelley upon hearing of her departure, “Please know that I appreciate the two years you spent in my court and the professionalism you brought to the table every time.” Rogers lauded Kelley’s sincere effort to give her clients “the best representation available.”
The Kevin M. Andersen Memorial Award was created in 2004 to remember and honor a lifelong public defender known for his dedication.