Now a solo practitioner, Kathy Manley was at Kindlon Shanks & Associates from 1997 until 2016 when Terry Kindlon and Laurie Shanks retired. She was admitted to the bar in 2001 after taking the unusual path of a clerkship rather than three years of law school.
Kathy’s main emphasis is criminal defense and constitutional rights. She concentrates on appeals, and has written many winning briefs before the NYS Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division, Third Department and other courts. In 2015 she won the case of People v. Diack, which struck down county and local sex offender residence restrictions throughout New York State.
Kathy works with many civil rights groups, including Project SALAM, the Muslim Solidarity Committee, National Lawyers Guild, and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, where she serves as the Chair of the Legal Committee. She is also the Vice President of the Albany chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Kathy Manley has received several awards for her work, including the Carol S. Knox Award from the NYCLU Capitol Region Chapter in 2015; the Peacemaker award from Upper Hudson Peace Action in 2015; the Service of Justice Award from the NYS Defenders Association in 2013, the Ed Bloch Voices that Challenge Award from the NYS Interfaith Alliance in 2009, and the Justice and Peace Award from the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District in 2008.