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Ellen Lawson, J.D.

Ellen Lawson, J.D., has been a Protection and Advocacy attorney since 1987. She is employed by Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., in Buffalo, New York, focusing on mental health issues as a PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy Program For Individuals Labeled Mentally Ill) attorney. She also works on the PADD (Protection and Advocacy for Developmentally Disabled Individuals) program, and has represented a number of dually diagnosed individuals. Ellen was instrumental in developing the PAIMI program in Western New York, and provides representation to clients in the rural and urban areas of Western New York. She has provided numerous presentations on a wide variety of issues for mental health consumers and advocates.