The Legal Aid Society Welcomes Anne Oredeko, the Supervising Attorney of our New Racial Justice Unit

 Anne will serve as the Supervising Attorney of our new Racial Justice Unit

Anne will serve as the Supervising Attorney of our new Racial Justice Unit

We welcome Anne back to The Legal Aid Society after gaining experience in the community lawyering model at Youth Represent. While there, she developed the School Justice Project, where she worked with students in the school system providing them with holistic legal representation and empowering them with knowledge of their legal rights. She also incorporated movement lawyering into her practice through her connections with organizations and activists within the Movement for Black Lives. She facilitated Know Your Rights workshops, provided legal observing, technical legal advice, and direct representation for activists and organizers. As a member of 5 Boro Defenders, she is actively working with Court Watch to bring accountability into the criminal justice system. Prior to joining Youth Represent, she practiced in the Criminal Defense Practice in the Brooklyn Trial office for four years. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University, where she actively participated in youth justice, employment rights and criminal justice clinical and academic opportunities.

Our new Racial Justice Unit will serve all three Practice areas to ensure that racial justice and equity are fully integrated into the amazing work that we already do. It will also ensure that our organizational policies, practices, and systems fit within a racial equity framework. RJU will raise critical awareness of the systemic oppression that communities of color experience through the use of research, policy advocacy, impact litigation, community engagement and communication. We are excited for Anne to provide vision, strategic leadership and oversight to the unit as it develops into a unique, innovative and critical practice.