Craig Levine


Craig Levine, Director of Policy Reform for The Bronx Defenders, coordinates BxD’s policy reform efforts across all its practice areas and at all levels of government, and oversees BxD’s work on the Fair Punishment Project, a partnership with two institutes at Harvard Law School that seeks broad-based criminal justice reform nationwide. He previously served as Managing Director for Civil Practice & External Affairs, where he managed 30 lawyers and 15 legal advocates and other staff in the office’s Civil Action, Immigration and Community Organizing Practices. Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, Craig served for thirteen years as the founding Legal Director at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where he led a wide-ranging legal program encompassing litigation, institution-building, public program development, legislative and regulatory reform, consulting to government, and other advocacy organizations on subject matters including criminal and juvenile justice, prisoner reentry, economic opportunity and development, and child welfare. His previous positions include Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow at the Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of West Virginia; Counsel to The Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals; Staff Attorney at the A.C.L.U. Children’s Rights Project and Children’s Rights, Inc.; Child & Family Fellow at The Annie E. Casey Foundation; and Director of Special Projects for the New York City Schools Chancellor. He also has served in a variety of civic and religious leadership roles in Montclair, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and two children. Craig has taught numerous courses as an adjunct member of the faculties of Columbia University Law School, Seton Hall University Law School, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University. He holds a B.A. in Political Philosophy from Yale College, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Public Interest Scholar, and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School.

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