National LGBT Bar Association Selects Kate Mogulescu As One Of The Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40

Kate Mogulescu, Supervising Attorney of The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Practice Trafficking Victims Legal Defense & Advocacy Project, has been selected by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the best LGBT lawyers under 40. The LGBT Bar established this award to recognize outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality. The Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 - Class of 2013 will be recognized at special awards luncheon on August 24, in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair.

Kate developed the Trafficking Victims Legal Defense & Advocacy Project, the first anti-trafficking project in the United States to be implemented by a public defender organization, when she was a Staff Attorney in the Manhattan Criminal Defense Office, representing clients charged with prostitution offenses in the Midtown Community Court. This work with clients and the Project’s success have been featured in the New York Times and the New York Daily News, and the Project has been praised by the American Bar Association as one of only two efforts in the United States that are addressing the trafficking problem in the criminal justice system.

In 2012, Kate was named a finalist for the American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Public Interest Award, which "recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers whose work best exemplifies its namesake’s legacy of fearless, uncompromising and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people."

The Society's Criminal Practice initiative for trafficking victims is a component of the Society's comprehensive anti-trafficking client services in all five boroughs of New York City, including the Juvenile Rights Practice's groundbreaking work for children who are sex trafficking victims which has been led by Staff Attorney Katherine Mullen and the Civil Practice's innovative citywide Domestic Violence and Employment Law representation for sex and labor trafficking victims.