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Justine M. Luongo, known as Tina to all, is the Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice of The Legal Aid Society where she oversee the daily operations of the Practice's over 1200 staff who serve 230,000 clients in both trial and post convictions matters. Tina began her Legal Aid career in September 2002 as a staff attorney in the New York County office of the Criminal Practice after graduating Brooklyn Law School. In 2007, she was promoted to Supervising Attorney where she continued to directly represent clients, as well as manage the daily operation of her complex of attorneys, paralegals and investigators. Tina serves as the Chair of the American Bar Association Task Force on Comprehensive Criminal Representation which analyzed best practices to address the complex, life altering consequences that clients face when they are charged with or convicted of crimes. She is a member of the ABA Criminal Justice Council, and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association's Defender Research, Data and Analysis Advisory Committee (RDC). She has also served as an Adjunct Professor in New York Law School's Criminal Defense Clinic. While at Brooklyn Law School she co-chaired the LGBT student committee and was a member of the Moot Court Trial Team. She is integrally involved in The Legal Aid Society's diversity initiative that partners management and staff to look at ways to increase the diversity of the staff and provide cultural competency training both internally at the Society and to external stakeholders in the criminal justice system.

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    On December 28, 2016, NAPD published its Open Letter to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his prosecution of Orleans Public Defender investigator Taryn Blume. A bedrock principle of our criminal justice system is that every citizen accused by the government of a crime starts with the benefit of the doubt – with a presumption that they are in fact innocent.  That right becomes meaningless if we do not uphold the equally important right of every citizen-accused defense team who fights for her cause; who digs for evidence of her innocence; who exposes the government when it hides that evidence.  The legitimacy of our criminal justice system depends upon defense lawyers and defense investigators doing their jobs, and doing them well, without fear of reprisal from a prosecutor acting more like a bully than the champion of truth and justice he is supposed to be.

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    Last Chance to Register! The NAPD Executive Leadership Institute (ELI-2017) is almost full will will be held from 3:00 pm on April 2 through 11:45 am on April 5, 2017 at the Department of Public Advocacy training facility in Frankfort, KY. You can see more information and registration details HERE