Leonard Noisette

Director, Criminal Justice Fund

Open Society Institute

400 West 59th St
New York, NY  10019

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Lenny Noisette, a New York University Law School graduate, is a founder of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS), a community-based public defender office created in 1990 to improve criminal defense services to poor residents in Harlem and to serve as a model for other defenders throughout our nation.  He has been its director since 1993.  Lenny has been in the field of indigent defense for twenty years and has extensive experience in both trial and appellate litigation.  Before joining NDS, he was a supervising attorney with New York City Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Appeals Bureau, and a staff attorney with Legal Aid’s Criminal Defense Division and its Criminal Appeals Bureau.  He is a frequent lecturer for the criminal defense clinics at NYU, CUNY and Fordham law schools, an instructor in the annual Basic Trial Skills Program of the New York State Defenders Association, and a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College and the National Defender Leadership Institute.  Since August of 2001, Lenny has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University Law School.  Lenny is an active member of a number of bar associations.

Mark Houldin - Fri, 03/12/2010 - 14:46