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Our Leadership

Leaders of The Legal Aid Society are some of the most respected in their fields, offering decades of experience and perspective gained from dedicating their careers to ensuring equal justice.

Attorney-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer

Janet Sabel

Janet Sabel serves as the Attorney-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer of The Legal Aid Society. A Legal Aid Society alumna, Janet spent 25 years with Legal Aid before leaving in 2011 to join the New York State Attorney General’s Office where she served initially as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice and finally as a Chief Deputy Attorney General.

Attorney-in-Charge, Civil Practice

Adriene Holder

Adriene serves as Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice of The Legal Aid Society and has devoted her entire professional career to challenging poverty and racial injustice for the advancement of equal rights. Adriene is responsible for managing the provision of comprehensive civil legal services through a network of neighborhood offices, courthouse based offices, and specialized city-wide units serving all five boroughs of New York City with over 500 staff working on more than 50,000 cases each year.

Attorney-in-Charge Criminal Defense Practice

Tina Luongo

Tina has served as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society 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 over 200,000 clients. She leads a citywide team of 12 senior managers who, in turn, manage the practice’s over 1100 staff.

Attorney-in-Charge Juvenile Rights Practice

Dawne Mitchell

From law intern to Attorney in Charge. Dawne’s career at The Legal Aid Society spans more than 20 years and it speaks volumes for her commitment to justice for New Yorkers and particularly for its most vulnerable community – New York City’s children.

As an integral leader at the Society, Dawne’s comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the Juvenile Rights Practice, transformational management style, strategic business acumen, litigation expertise, creativity and perseverance, overseas the operations and delivery of services for more than 34,000 clients each year.

Secretary and General Counsel

Scott Rosenberg

Scott has served as the General Counsel of The Legal Aid Society since 2011. Mr. Rosenberg is responsible for overseeing all legal matters in which the Society is the principal, including compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and not-for-profit governance and regulation. He plays a key role in the negotiation and enforcement of contracts; audits; real estate transactions and lease compliance as well as coordinates the involvement of outside counsel in legal matters where the Society is a principal.

Chief Operating Officer

Archana Jayaram

Archana is the Chief Operating Officer of the Legal Aid Society. In this capacity, she is responsible for Finance, Human Resources, MIS, Facilities and Shared Services along with special projects and initiatives. Archana comes to Legal Aid with a deep history of leadership in New York City government and the non-profit sector.

Leadership and Board of Directors

Leadership

  • Janet Sabel, Attorney-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer
  • Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge, Civil Practice
  • Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Defense Practice
  • Dawne Mitchell, Attorney-in-Charge, Juvenile Rights Practice
  • Scott Rosenberg, Secretary and General Counsel
  • Archana Jayaram, Chief Operating Officer
  • Allan Fox, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Ezra Miller, Chief Financial Officer
  • Edward Braunstein, Chief Information Officer
  • Louis Sartori, Director of the Pro Bono Practice
  • Patricia Bath, Director of Communications
  • Sharon Kleinhandler, Director of Development
  • Bharati Narumanchi, Director of Recruitment
  • Andrew Kudysch, Facilities Manager

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  • Janet Sabel, Attorney-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer
  • Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge, Civil Practice
  • Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Defense Practice
  • Dawne Mitchell, Attorney-in-Charge, Juvenile Rights Practice
  • Scott Rosenberg, Secretary and General Counsel
  • Archana Jayaram, Chief Operating Officer
  • Allan Fox, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Ezra Miller, Chief Financial Officer
  • Edward Braunstein, Chief Information Officer
  • Louis Sartori, Director of the Pro Bono Practice
  • Patricia Bath, Director of Communications
  • Sharon Kleinhandler, Director of Development
  • Bharati Narumanchi, Director of Recruitment
  • Andrew Kudysch, Facilities Manager

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Officers

  • John K. Carroll, President
  • Douglas F. Curtis, Treasurer
  • Scott Rosenberg, Secretary and General Counsel
  • Ezra Miller, Chief Financial Officer

Chair of the Board of Directors

  • Richard J. Davis

Vice Chairs of the Board of Directors

  • Thomas M. Cerabino
  • Douglas F. Curtis
  • Mark P. Goodman
  • Tracy Richelle High
  • Randy Mastro
  • Sara E. Moss
  • Bradley I. Ruskin

Members of the Board of Directors

  • Richard F. Albert
  • Deborah N. Archer
  • Nicole Argentieri
  • Christopher D. Belelieu
  • Steven M. Bierman
  • Barry A. Bohrer
  • Alvin L. Bragg
  • Lara S. Buchwald
  • Alex V. Chachkes
  • Matthew Diller
  • June S. Dipchand
  • William R. Dougherty
  • Scott A. Edelman
  • Edward Flanders
  • Jeffrey A. Fuisz
  • Christopher L. Garcia
  • Linda C. Goldstein
  • David J. Greenwald
  • Jason M. Halper
  • David G. Hille
  • Victor L. Hou
  • David G Januszewski
  • Jeffrey L. Kessler
  • Atif Khawaja
  • Natalie Lamarque
  • Gillian Lester
  • Adeel A. Mangi
  • Aaron R. Marcu
  • J. Kevin McCarthy
  • Joan McPhee
  • Roger Meltzer
  • Thomas C. Meriam
  • Perry A. Napolitano
  • Charles C. Platt
  • Brian H. Polovoy
  • Sharyl A. Reisman
  • William Savitt
  • Paul H. Schoeman
  • Bart R. Schwartz
  • William Schwartz
  • L. Kevin Sheridan Jr.
  • Audra J. Soloway
  • Joseph L. Sorkin
  • Dina Ganz Traugot
  • Christine A. Varney
  • Andrew M. Wasserman
  • Charles Weinstein
  • Peter M. Williams
  • Jamie L. Wine