March 15, 2017

Legal Aid Society (NYC)

ALAA’s Legal Aid Society NYC unit consists of the more than 1000 staff attorneys and the Legal Aid Society in all five boroughs.  Our members include attorneys in the criminal, civil, and juvenile practices serving millions of clients per year.

Legal Aid Society of New York City Chapter Executive Board

Constitutional Officers

Deborah Wright, President

Bret Taylor, Financial Secretary-Treasurer

Beth Hofmeister, Recording Secretary

Thomas F. Bomba, Guide

Dian Akerman, Sergeant-At-Arms

Kenneth Schaeffer, Trustee

Mary Peppito, Trustee

Ellen Davidson, Trustee

Civil Practice 

Kat Meyers, Vice President (Water Street)

Courtney Libon, Vice President (HCLO)

  • Lisa Edwards, Alternate Vice President (HCLO)
  • Michelle Quinn, Alternate Vice President (Bronx)
  • Robert Soriano-Hewitt, Alternate Vice President (Bronx)
  • Jill Waldman, Alternate Vice President (Immigration)
  • Helene Busby, Alternate Vice President (Brooklyn)

Criminal Appeals/PRDU/Special Litigation

Elon Harpaz, Vice President – Water Street

  • Jeff Dellheim, Alternate Vice President – Water Street

Criminal Defense Practice

Jeremy Fredericksen, Vice President – Brooklyn

Michael Pate, Vice President – Brooklyn

  • Nicole D’Orazio, Alternate Vice President – Brooklyn
  • Mitchell Esteller, Alternate Vice President – Brooklyn
  • Leah Martin, Alternate Vice President – Brooklyn
  • Alexandra Smith, Alternate Vice President – Brooklyn

Josh Hadas, Vice President – Bronx

  • Madeline Moore, Alternate Vice President – Bronx
  • Jeremy Davidson, Alternate Vice President – Bronx
  • Gail Geltman, Alternate Vice President – Bronx

Sean Parmenter, Vice President – Manhattan

Julie Sender, Vice President – Manhattan

  • Takiya Wheeler, Alternate Vice President – Manhattan
  • Sarah Trent, Alternate Vice President – Manhattan
  • Michelle McGrath, Alternate Vice President – Manhattan

Diego Freire, Vice President – Queens

Maria Martinez, Vice President – Queens

  • Pauloma Martinez, Alternate Vice President – Queens
  • Allen Popper, Alternate Vice President – Queens
  • Edwin Novillo, Alternate Vice President – Queens

Gillian Kress, Vice President – Staten Island

  • Joshua Benjamin, Alternate Vice President – Staten Island

Juvenile Rights Practice

Eileen Malunowicz, Vice President – Bronx & Water Street Appeals/Special Lit

Robin Karasyk, Vice President – Brooklyn & Staten Island

  • Amy Serlin, Alternate Vice President – Brooklyn & Staten Island

Jessica Bash, Vice President – Queens & Manhattan

  • Andrew Ford, Alternate Vice President – Queens & Manhattan
  • Karen Levit, Alternate Vice President – Queens & Manhattan

At-Large Representatives

Frank Witty, Senior Attorney Representative

  • Steve Wasserman, Alternate Senior Attorney Representative
  • Richard Torres, Alternate Senior Attorney Representative

Anthony Graniere, Middle Attorney Representative

  • Keisha Godfrey, Alternate Middle Attorney Representative

Diana Nevins, Junior Attorney Representative

  • Robin Gordon-Levitt, Alternate Junior Attorney Representative
  • Melissa Friedman, Alternate Junior Attorney Representative

Jane Sampeur, Attorneys of Color Representative

Adan Soltren, Attorneys of Color Representative

  • Shomari Ward, Alternate Attorneys of Color Representative
  • Charli Cleland, Alternate Attorneys of Color Representative

Kwesi Dash, Black Attorneys of Legal Aid Representative

  • Nefertiti Ankra, Alternate Black Attorneys of Legal Aid Representative
  • Zamir Ben-Dan, Alternate Black Attorneys of Legal Aid Representative

Jason Wu, LGBTQ Representative

Jared Trujillo,  LGBTQ Representative

  • Charles Alvarez, Alternate LGBTQ Representative

Ruth Appadoo-Johnson, Affirmative Action Representative

  • Izel Fortunato, Alternate Affirmative Action Representative
  • Cynthia Rivera, Alternate Affirmative Action Representative
  • Taylor James, Alternate Affirmative Action Representative

Rigodis Appling, Part-Time Representative