Justine Olderman graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from New York University School of Law. While at N.Y.U., Justine was the Managing Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change and was awarded the George P. Faulk Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship. She spent two years clerking for Judge Robert J. Ward in the Southern District of New York before joining The Bronx Defenders in 2000. After working for a number of years as a staff attorney, Justine became a training team supervisor for new lawyers, then a team leader for experienced practitioners, and then the Managing Attorney of the Criminal Defense Practice. As Managing Attorney, Justine oversaw the expansion of the criminal practice from 40 lawyers handling 12,500 cases a year to a practice of more than 100 lawyers handling 30,000 cases a year. Justine also created an in-house forensic practice group, an adolescent defense practice, and spearheaded a city-wide bail initiative bringing together public defenders across the city to address the problem of bail in New York. In her following role as the Managing Director of the office, Justine oversaw the Criminal, Family, and Civil practices as well as the internal operations of the organization. Justine currently serves as the Executive Director.
She sits on the Advisory Board of the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services and is on the board of the Chief Defenders Association of New York. Justine has taught bail advocacy at the Judicial Institute, the New York State Defender’s Association’s annual conference, law schools and public defender offices around the city. She has also created education and training materials on bail for practitioners and judges. Justine was previously an adjunct professor of Legal Writing at Fordham Law School and of Persuasion and Advocacy at Seton Hall Law School and has taught CLE courses on Persuading through Storytelling. Justine holds a B.A. from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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