• Attorney General-Elect Letitia James Announces Full Transition Committee

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    November 29, 2018
     Thursday, November 29, 2018
    Contact: Delaney Kempner, dkempner@tishjames2018.com, 202-277-0292

    Attorney General-Elect Letitia James Announces Full Transition Committee

    NEW YORK -- Today, Attorney General-Elect Letitia James announced the members of her Transition Committee, 36 individuals who will help identify strong candidates for positions and establish policy recommendations for the Attorney General’s Office. The Transition Committee is a diverse group of experts in law, academia, and government hailing from areas throughout New York State.

    Attorney General-Elect Letitia James announced the members of her Transition Committee today:
    • Baher Azmy, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights; Professor of Law and Director of Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic, Seton Hall Law (on leave)
    • Marnie Berk, Director of Pro Bono Programs, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; Chair of the Board of Directors, CUNY School of Law Foundation
    • Matthew L. Biben, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton; former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
    • Raymond H. Brescia, Hon. Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology; Professor of Law, Albany Law School; former Associate Director, Urban Justice Center
    • T. Andrew Brown, Managing Partner and Founder, Brown Hutchinson LLP; Vice Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
    • Robert L. Capers, Government Enforcement & White Collar Co-Practice Leader, Arent Fox; former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York
    • Andrew G. Celli, Jr., Founding Partner, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP
    • Steven Choi, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition; Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights
    • Vincent E. Doyle III, Partner, Connors LLP; former President, New York State Bar Association
    • John Dunne, Senior Counsel, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna; former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice; former New York State Senator
    • Allen I. Fagin, Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP; Executive Vice President and Chief Professional Officer, Orthodox Union
    • Robert B. Fiske, Jr., Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP; former U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York
    • Dora Galacatos, Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham School of Law; Executive Director, Feerick Center, Fordham School of Law
    • Natalie M. Gomez-Velez, Professor, City University of New York School of Law; former Assistant Deputy Attorney General, New York State Attorney General’s Office
    • Gurbir Grewal, Attorney General of the State of New Jersey
    • Elizabeth Holtzman, Co-Chair Government Relations Group, Herrick Feinstein LLP; former Congresswoman; former Kings County District Attorney; former New York City Comptroller
    • Amin Kassam, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel, Legal and Compliance Department, Bloomberg L.P.; Board of Directors, NYCLU
    • Kevin Law, President and CEO, The Long Island Association; former President and CEO, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA); former Chief Deputy County Executive for Suffolk County; former Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
    • Peter Lehner, Senior Strategic Advisory and Director, Earthjustice Sustainable Food & Farming Program; former Chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau, New York State Attorney General’s Office
    • Howard A. Levine, Senior Counsel, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP; former Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals; former Schenectady County District Attorney
    • Sarah Ludwig, Founder and Co-Director, New Economy Project
    • Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice, Legal Aid Society
    • Kathryn Grant Madigan, Partner, Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP; Chair, Binghamton University Council; former President, New York State Bar Association
    • Louis Molina, First Deputy Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Corrections
    • Lillian M. Moy, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
    • Denise O’Donnell, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Marron Institute of Urban Management, NYU; former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York; former Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice; former New York State Commissioner of Criminal Justice Services
    • Carol O’Rourke Pennington, Partner, Colleran O'Hara & Mills LLP
    • Karen K. Peters, Chair, New York's Permanent Commission on Justice for Children; Chair, New York State Bar Association’s Committee on the New York State Constitution; former Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department
    • Sharon M. Porcellio, Partner, Bond Schoeneck & Kind; Chair of the Federal-State Judicial Advisory Counsel
    • Lynn Poster-Zimmerman, President-elect, Suffolk County Bar Association; Founding partner, Lynn Poster-Zimmerman, P.C.
    • Pablo Quiñones, Executive Director, NYU Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement; former Chief Strategist, U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Fraud Section; former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
    • Richard Rifkin, Special Counsel, New York State Bar Association
    • Albert M. Rosenblatt, Counsel, McCabe & Mack LLP; former Judge of the New York Court of Appeals; former Dutchess County District Attorney
    • Barry Charles Scheck, Partner, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP; Co-Founder, Innocence Project; Professor, Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    • Shira A. Scheindlin, Of counsel, Stroock & Stroock; former U.S. District Court Judge; former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; former Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York; former General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation
    • Alan van Capelle, Adjunct Professor of Public Service, NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; CEO of Educational Alliance; former Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda
    “It is an honor to have such a diverse and deeply talented Transition Committee helping to guide the priorities of this office. As experts in a wide array of relevant fields and hailing from every corner of the Empire State, New Yorkers from all walks of life should be confident that their interests and rights will be well represented,” said Attorney General-Elect Letitia James.

    “The Attorney General’s Office is on the frontlines of justice, equality, and protection for all New Yorkers. Those guiding the office must exemplify the highest standards of legal acumen and dedication to public service. Attorney General-Elect Letitia James has convened an outstanding Committee with a wealth of legal talent and depth of commitment and, together, we will ensure that this office is ready to serve on day one,” said former United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

    “I congratulate Attorney General-Elect James on assembling a luminous list of lawyers from all parts of the state with distinguished and diverse backgrounds in the law to assist in the transition. I look forward to working with them in this important effort,” said former New York State Attorney General Bob Abrams.

    “Attorney General-Elect Letitia James has mobilized a team of deeply experienced and skilled lawyers who will provide invaluable guidance to the Attorney General’s Office. I look forward to working with this full committee to safeguard the rights of all New Yorkers,” said the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge of New York and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

    “This team of dedicated professionals from all across New York State have the experience and skills we need in the Attorney General’s Office to best protect New Yorkers. I am confident that they will help guide the priorities and efforts of this office and I am eager to get to work with them,” said Dean of Syracuse University College of Law Craig Boise.

    “This Transition Committee consists of experts in diverse areas who will tackle the most pressing issues impacting our state and country. Under Attorney General-Elect Letitia James and a team with this depth of knowledge and experience, New Yorkers are in the best of hands,” said Julissa Reynoso, Partner at Winston & Strawn and former United States Ambassador to Uruguay.

    In the past two weeks, Attorney General-Elect Letitia James announced the Co-Chairs of her Transition Committee (Loretta Lynch, Bob Abrams, Jonathan Lippman, Julissa Reynoso, and Craig Boise), senior appointments for the Attorney General’s Office, including Chief of Staff, Chief Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice, and Chief Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, Executive Staff for the Transition Committee, and launched the Transition Committee website, which hosts all the updates about Attorney General-Elect James’ team and priorities, as well as serve as a portal for interested candidates.
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