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NY Legal Aid Society taps longtime staffer to lead

July 1, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer with four decades' experience at the Legal Aid Society in New York City has been tapped to lead it. It's the nation's oldest nonprofit organization providing free legal help to the poor.

The society announced Tuesday that Seymour W. James Jr. will be its attorney-in-chief. He succeeds Steven Banks, now the city's human resources commissioner.

James joined Legal Aid in 1974 and most recently headed its criminal law practice. He also served on the Moreland Commission, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent anti-corruption panel.

He's a graduate of Brown University and the Boston University School of Law.

The 138-year-old Legal Aid Society handles more than 300,000 civil, criminal, and juvenile cases a year. It also files lawsuits concerning the rights of the homeless, the disabled and others.



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