Adriene L. Holder, Attorney-in-Charge
The Legal Aid Society, Civil Practice

Adriene Holder serves as Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice of The Legal Aid Society, and has devoted her entire professional career to addressing income inequality, and advancing equal rights and social justice.

She is responsible for managing the provision of comprehensive civil legal services through a network of 16 neighborhood offices, courthouse based offices, and specialized city-wide units serving all five boroughs of New York City. Civil legal assistance includes: housing and neighborhood preservation, homelessness prevention, foreclosure prevention, family and domestic violence, public benefits, employment, disability, health, HIV/AIDS, elder law, prisoners’ rights, law reform, re-entry and re-integration, education, community development, tax, consumer and immigration. In addition to her formal duties, Adriene also serves as an executive member on several boards, is actively involved with not-for-profits, and previously served as a Tenant Representative on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board for ten years. Often called upon to work on the Society’s legislative agenda, Adriene frequently testifies before legislative bodies on the local and State levels. She also is consulted on various legal and policy matters impacting low-income communities by the media, law schools, and policy or governmental agencies.

Adriene graduated with honors from Spelman College, and Columbia Law School. While practicing law at The Legal Aid Society, Adriene has also served as an adjunct professor at The New School University and Interboro Institute, and as a volunteer instructor at Columbia Law School. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Thurgood Marshall Award - recognition of service as pro bono counsel to an individual under a sentence of death; The Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award for work on the Alabama Pro Bono Death Penalty Project; New York Moves Magazine – Power Woman; Earl Warren Legal Scholar and a Reginald L. Lewis Fellow by her law school and a Melvin C. Steen Fellow by The Legal Aid Society when she started her employment.