2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Tina Luongo

The Legal Aid Society
Chief Attorney
New York NY
Tina has served as the attorney-in-charge of the Criminal Defense Practice since 2014, where she is responsible for the daily operation of all of the practice’s trial, appellate, post-conviction, law reform, and parole defense work conducted on behalf of more than 200,000 clients. She leads a citywide team of 12 senior managers who, in turn, manage the practice’s more than 1,100 staff. Before her appointment as the organization’s chief defender, she served as the deputy attorney-in-charge of the Criminal Defense Practice. She began her Legal Aid career in September 2002 as a staff attorney in the New York County trial office of the Criminal Defense Practice and was promoted to supervising attorney in the same office in 2007, where she continued to directly represent clients as well as train and manage her team of attorneys, paralegals, and investigators.
Before joining the Society, Tina served as vice president of operations for the National Council for Unity, a nonprofit organization implementing gang intervention/prevention programs in New York City schools and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. There, she spent more than a decade in charge of the organization’s financial, development, communication, and human resource staff. In that role, she negotiated and managed the organization’s city, state, and private funding and was the organization’s liaison with the Department of Education, Department of Youth and Community Development, United Federation of Teachers, and Council of Supervisors and Administrators.
In her current role, Tina happily dedicates much of her time working on ways to create best practices within the Society. She plays an active role in the development of the Criminal Defense Practice’s training programs, networks across the country with other criminal justice leaders on ways to improve the overall public defender profession, and plays a key role in many of New York City’s criminal justice reform initiative. She is the president-elect of the Chief Defender Association of New York, former chair of the American Bar Associations’ Task Force of Comprehensive Representation, steering committee member of the National Association for Public Defense, member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Council, and member of the New York State Bar Association Committee of Quality Mandated Representation.