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

Legal Aid Society
Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Defense Practice
Brooklyn, NY
Tina Luongo is the Attorney in Charge and chief defender of the Criminal Defense Practice of The Legal Aid Society, NYC’s citywide public defender. In addition to 5 trial offices located in each borough of NYC, Tina oversees two law reforms units that mount class action litigation and legislative advocacy for jail, prison, and criminal legal system reforms, a Parole Revocation Defense Unit, an Appeals Bureau and Community Justice Unit. Under her leadership, The Legal Aid Society opened the first-ever defense-focused Digital Forensic Unit and testing lab, launched both the Cop Accountability Project and Decarceration Project which increased the capacity of every trial office to provide the highest quality representation to clients. She is dedicated to increasing the diversity and inclusion of Black and Brown defenders in the public defense profession and is integrally involved in The Legal Aid Society’s efforts to achieve pay parity with city and state government legal staff. She has been an active and public voice in the movement to ensure affected communities drive the dialogue and discourse on criminal justice and does not shy away from calling out the racial inequities that are oppressing communities in NYC and across the nation. In addition to her work at The Legal Aid Society, Tina is active in many bar associations and professional organizations that promote the profession. She is a co-chair of the American Bar Association Women in Criminal Justice Task Force, Past President of the Chief Defender Association of New York, a member of the NLADA Defender Council, and a Steering Committee member of the National Association for Public Defense.