The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Practice, under the leadership of Seymour W. James, Jr., is the largest public defender program in the country and serves as the primary provider of indigent defense services in New York City. The Criminal Practice handles a total of more than 230,000 cases each year with a staff of 800, including approximately 550 staff attorneys, supervising attorneys and management attorneys and nearly 270 social workers, investigators, paralegals, and support and administrative staff. In May, Justine M. Luongo was appointed Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice.
The Criminal Practice is comprised of:
There are also programs to address specific client services including:
Innovative pro bono and training programs enhance client services: