Legal Aid Participates In Full-Day CLE In The Bronx On Working With Clients With Mental Illness

As a recognized leader in representing vulnerable New Yorkers with special needs, The Legal Aid Society participated in a recent full-day Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program on working with Clients with Mental Illness for the Academy for Informed Justice. Over the past year, Legal Aid's Bronx MICA Attorney Claudia Montoya, Criminal and Civil Practice Director of Social Work Juli Kempner, and Criminal Practice Deputy Attorney-in-Charge Tina Luongo collaborated with other criminal justice stakeholders, City agencies and the Center for Urban Community Services Institute to develop this training program to assist lawyers and social workers in representing clients with mental illness.

In addition to developing all the CLE panels, Claudia Montoya and Tina Luongo participated on a panel focused on Effective Diversion Practices for Attorneys, Judges and Prosecutors. Many Legal Aid staff attorneys and managers attended the day-long program that was held at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. The Academy for Informed Justice is looking into obtaining additional funding to provide this training in the other boroughs.