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Stanley P. Rosen Memorial Award

"Robert Knightly is a man of 3 converging paths. A former Police Officer. A practicing criminal Attorney. And a accomplished Author. Read more about how these 3 paths have woven a life of success, intrigue,

and compassionate values. 

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About - My Life Journey

The Domestic Violence Project of the Capital District Women's Bar Association decided that I deserved the Stanley P. Rosen Memorial award for 2013. The plaque says; I'd demonstrated an ability to litigate matters on behalf of victims of domestic violence while showing the utmost professionalism and integrity in dealing with the court, litigants and attorneys, qualities exemplified by Stanley Rosen during his lifetime.

A group photo of us all in 1955 at St. Anthony's Juniorate, (High School) for boys intending to join, (take vows)in the Franciscan Order of Teaching Brothers. "Smithtown" for short was in the Town of Smithtown, on the North Shore of Long Island in Suffolk County.I resided there February 1954 thru February 1956 when I was asked to leave; they judged I didn't have a vocation. I responded: "That's okay, I was going to leave anyhow."

(I am 4th from the right 2nd row)

I was a boy in St. Anthony of Padua's Grammar School in blue-collar Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, when I became enthralled with writing stories about the people and things happening all around me. It kept up through high school and college. I was a sophomore at St. John's University, Brooklyn New York, when I took my first Creative Writing course. What occurred in that classroom set the course for the rest of my life. I set out on what has always struck me as a pre-ordained journey to find the underlying purpose, the veiled truths of my life, as I lived it from the 1940s through today.

As a U.S. Army draftee, copy-boy on Hearst's New York Journal-American after, then New York City Policeman, Fordham University Law School, Legal Aid Society, criminal trials lawyer in Manhattan, and Queens Courts, published mystery author of novels and crime stories. Still a defense lawyer, Upstate now. Defending abused women against their batterers in Family Courts of Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady is new for me - but a good fit. I intend to blog here about my cases, about the awful hopelessness and frequent injustice I see playing out inside The System and out.

And about writing, of course-the Craft, the Art, the Mystery of it all.

Tune in.

2019 Robert Knightly