PLS Ithaca Office
114 Prospect St.
Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 273-2283

PLS Central Office

​41 State St., Suite M112
Albany, NY  12207
(518) 445-6050

PLS Plattsburgh Office
24 Margaret St., Suite 9
Plattsburgh, NY  12901
(518) 561-3088

PLS Immigration Unit

Albany Office:
41 State St., Suite M112
Albany, NY  12207
(518) 445-6050

Buffalo Office:  

14 Lafayette Square, Suite 510
Buffalo, NY  14203
(716) 854-1007


Karen L. Murtagh is the Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS), a not-for-profit legal services organization that was founded in 1976 to provide civil legal services to indigent inmates in New York State correctional facilities. She is a graduate of Clarkson University and Albany Law School. She is admitted to practice law in New York State, all Federal District Courts of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has litigated issues concerning prisoners’ due process rights at disciplinary hearings, prison conditions, deliberate indifference, the First Amendment and the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). She has tried cases in both the Court of Claims and Federal Court and has argued numerous cases before New York State courts including the New York Court of Appeals where she successfully argued that an incarcerated person’s mental health must be considered as a mitigating factor at a prison disciplinary hearing. Ms. Murtagh was also successful as amicus, appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case challenging the constitutionality of a New York State statute that prohibited prisoners from filing federal 1983 actions in state court.  For more on PLS' Executive Director, see:  PLS Central Office 

PLS STAFF AND OFFICES

PLS Buffalo Office
14 Lafayette Square, Suite 510
Buffalo, NY  14203
(716) 854-1007

PLS Albany Office
41 State St., Suite M112
Albany, NY  12207
(518) 438-8046