The New York Law Journal Announces the Appointment of David Loftis
MONDAY, MAY 02, 2016

Today David Loftis returned to The Legal Aid Society as the Attorney-in-Charge of Post-Conviction and Forensic Litigation.




Legal Aid Establishes Post-Conviction Position
Andrew Denney
New York Law Journal
May 3, 2016

David Loftis has been named attorney-in-charge of post-conviction and forensic litigation for the Legal Aid Society after spending a decade as managing attorney for the Innocence Project.

Loftis, who started work for Legal Aid on Monday, leads the organization's criminal appeals bureau, the parole revocations defense unit, the DNA unit and the digital forensics unit. He serves as a deputy to Tina Luongo, attorney-in-charge for Legal Aid's criminal practice, which handles about 230,000 cases a year, Legal Aid spokeswoman Patricia Bath said.

The new job is a homecoming of sorts for Loftis, who began his legal career with Legal Aid's criminal appeals bureau in 1990. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

In 1996, Loftis began working as a staff attorney for the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and, in 1998, went to The Bronx Defenders. In 2005, he joined the Federal Defenders, where he represented defendants in the Eastern District, and the following year began working with the Innocence Project.

Paul Cates, a spokesman for the Innocence Project, said the organization has begun a search for Loftis' successor.