Seymour James


speaker Seymour James

Equal justice requires that everybody who's in court receive a fair shot.

Seymour James is the Attorney-in-Chief at The Legal Aid Society, the largest and oldest public defender organization in the U.S.  The Legal Aid Society has a staff of 1,100 lawyers and more than 700 social workers, investigators, paralegals, and support staff, and handles more than 300,000 cases and legal matters for clients.  James joined The Legal Aid Society in 1974 as a staff attorney and has since served in many supervisory capacities, most recently, prior to taking the helm, served as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice from 2005 to 2014.  He has also been active in several bar associations, including the New York State Bar Association for which he served as president from 2012 to 2013 and treasurer from 2008 to 2011.  He is also a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation and is a past president of the Queens County Bar Association.  In addition to his numerous bar associations activities, he is a member of the Chief Judge Lippman's Justice Task Force, the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission, the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department, and the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Second Judicial Department.