Legal Aid Society Janet Sabel

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Program: Legal Aid Society – Bronx Criminal Practice Lead Counsel: Peter H. Jones Address: 260 East 161st Street Bronx, NY 10451 Tel: 718-579-3000 Fax: 646-616-4132 Email: Program: Legal Aid Society Chief Counsel and CEO: Janet Sabel Address: 199 Water Street New York, NY 10038 Tel: 212-577-3300 Fax: 646-616-9415 Email: When the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Company approached Janet Sabel a few years ago, to return to the larger region of the United States, a provider of legal services to low-income clients as CEO and chief counsel – a position she will leave next month – she did not jump at the chance. Legal aid successfully pressured Governor Hochul to sign the Less is More Act, which profoundly reformed New York`s draconian parole laws and provided relief on an overcrowded and dangerous island of Rikers Island. Our lawyers were also instrumental in drafting the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, a national legalization model that combines the removal of criminal records with investment in communities of colour that have borne the brunt of prohibition. Both bills are part of Janet`s legacy to bring substantial, long-term progress to New York. Program: Bronx Defenders Executive Director: Justine Olderman Address: 360 E. 161st Street Bronx, NY 10451 Tel: 718-838-7878 Fax: 718-665-0100 Email: Janet Sabel is stepping down as Chief Counsel and CEO of the Legal Services Society and reflected on the progress she has seen within the organization over the course of her career in a new interview with the New York Law Journal. Program: Office of the Appellate Advocate Lead Counsel: Christina A. Swarns Address: 11 Park Place, Suite 1601 New York, NY 10007 Tel: 212-402-4100 Fax: 212-402-4199 Email: He also laid the foundation for the success of Legal Aid. His accomplishments include expanding the organization`s client services, providing equal pay with municipal attorneys for lawyers just starting their careers, modernizing the organization`s operations, and creating a positive workplace that leverages and celebrates the diversity, equity and inclusiveness of Legal Aid.

Includes the Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond County. Program: Meighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Executive Director: Rick Jones Address: 317 Lenox Avenue, 10th Floor New York, NY 10027 Tel: 212-876-5500 Fax: 212-876-5586 Email: Sabel, who spent 25 years with the New York City Legal Aid Society, returned to the organization in 2019 as CEO and general counsel for what appears to be a six-month transition period. Then came a global pandemic. Program: Appellate Counsel Responsible Counsel: Paul Skip Laisure Address: 111 John Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10038 Phone: 212-693-0085 Fax: 212-693-0878 Email: „I will honestly say that this was not my agenda. I had no interest in going back to legal aid,“ Sabel said. Program: Designated Counsel Plan, Appeals Division, First Department Administrator: Michael L. Alperstein Address: 253 Broadway, 8th Floor New York, NY 10007 Tel. : 212-676-0061 Fax: 212-676-0089 Email: Program: Queens Law Associates Executive Director: Lori Zeno Address: 118-21 Queens Blvd., Suite 212 Forest Hills, NY 11375 Tel: 718-261-3047 Fax: 718-263-2749 Email: Sabel joined Legal Aid in 1984 and held various positions over the next 25 years, including General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer.

In 2011, she left the New York Attorney General`s Office, where she oversaw a number of high-profile actions. Janet returned to Legal Aid in 2019, leading the organization`s advocacy efforts that resulted in sweeping tenancy regulations and historic pre-trial reforms. Legal Aid was Janet`s professional home, and she is proud of how the organization has become the core New York institution it is today, focused on the clients and communities it serves. „I don`t know if we were the point of contact, the thought leader or the practice leader on how we can represent our clients holistically,“ Sabel said. „That`s who we are now.“ The pandemic has underscored the need for housing protection for New York City tenants, and Legal Aid has fought tirelessly for a federal emergency retirement assistance program with strong protection against evictions. As families continue to struggle to stay in their homes, our advocates are at the forefront of creating long-term housing solutions. In a victory for New York City children, our New York City class action lawsuit has allowed thousands of students living in homeless shelters. We have also passed new laws that put the humanity of our youngest clients at the centre as they navigate the juvenile care and justice systems.

Program: Brooklyn Defender Services Executive Director: Lisa Schreibersdorf Address: 177 Livingston Street, 7th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tel: 718-254-0700 Fax: 718-254-0897 Email: Program: Center for Appellate Litigation Responsible Counsel: Robert S. Dean Address: 120 Wall Street, 28th Floor New York, NY 10005 Tel: 212-577-2523 Fax: 212-577-2535 Email: Under Janet`s leadership, Legal Aid has been able to overcome the enormous challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and use the crisis as a catalyst for transformative change for clients and the communities it serves. When Janet Sabel took the helm of the nation`s largest nonprofit advocacy organization earlier this year, she had already spent 25 years of her career in legal aid. She left the nonprofit in 2011 for the New York State Attorney General`s Office and worked first as deputy attorney general for social justice and then as assistant attorney general. Sabel has overseen high-profile actions such as a landmark antitrust case involving the sale of Alzheimer`s drugs, the state`s first enforcement of mental health parity laws, and the resolution of a redlining investigation by a Buffalo bank. She has also helped challenge the Trump administration`s policies on immigration, travel bans and sanctuary cities, and overseen fraud prosecutions against Trump University.