Legal Aid Attorneys Present at NLADA Conference

For 140 years, The Legal Aid Society has remained steadfast in defense of the rights and lives of low-income New Yorkers and their families. Over the years, the Society has been recognized on the national stage for its comprehensive work on behalf of disenfranchised and vulnerable groups. Recently, several members of all three Legal Aid practice groups joined a national convening of public defenders and civil legal services attorneys in Indiana for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association Annual Conference: “Advocacy at a Crossroads: Equality, Justice, and Human Rights.”

As the country’s oldest and largest not-for-profit legal services organization, the Society takes great pride in the opportunity to stand before a national audience, share in the work that we do and promote continued excellence in the provision of legal services. The rich, century old history of both the NLADA and the Society are testaments to the impact we have made, and a reminder of the work we have before us.

As the nation enters a period of intense transition, The Legal Aid Society remains determined to further the conversation about equality and justice for all New Yorkers. It is our pledge to stand ready, steadfast for justice in courts, in communities, throughout the city and across the nation.

  • Tina Luongo joined Equal Justice Works, Stanford University and One Justice, Inc. to share the steps we have taken as a result of partnering with ALAA, ACLA, the LGBT Caucus and 1199 to increase diversity of our hiring and intern programs.
  • Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice, served as a panelist for the Growing Diverse Leaders: What Can We Do to Ensure We Have Diverse Legal Services Leaders in the Pipeline workshop – highlighting the unique challenges that diverse legal services staff face, whether of color, LGBT or women.
  • Shervon Small, Supervising Attorney with the Society’s LITC, Consumer Law & Community Development units, offered insight on the role of effective leadership and the critical role of diverse, cross-generational leadership in supporting organizational effectiveness as part of the Legal Aid Leaders for Tomorrow panel.
  • Bill Gibney provided a comprehensive review of the Society’s litigation and policy advocacy work during the Defender Caucus.
  • Josh Norkin, Anthony Posada, Nefertiti Ankra, Cynthia Conti Cook, Julie Ciccolini and Kate Mogulescu conducted panels on the work of the Decarceration Project, Community Justice Unit, Cop Accountability Project and Exploitation Intervention Project