New York NY/May 11, 2017Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of Metropolitan College of New York’s School for Public Affairs and Administration invites you to the next session of Urban Dialogue: Race, Crime & The Right To Counsel on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:00pm at the MCNY Main Campus at 60 West Street, Lower Manhattan.  Seymour James, Jr., Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society will be the guest speaker.

Seymour James Jr.
Attorney-in-Chief, Legal Aid Society

Seymour James has devoted his entire legal career to ensuring that the poor in New York City receive high-quality representation. He joined The Legal Aid Society in 1974 as a staff attorney in the Brooklyn Office and has served in various supervisory capacities including Supervising Attorney in the Bronx County Office, Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the Kings County and Queens County Offices, Attorney-in-Charge of the Queens County Office, andAttorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice.  Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York, Mr. James graduated from Stuyvesant High School, obtained an undergraduate degree in economics from Brown University, and earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law.

The Sixth Amendment states that the accused shall enjoy the right to have the Assistance of Counsel for his/her defense. This clause grants to all defendants the right to an attorney from the moment they are taken into police custody.  What has changed?  How does race come into play?” said Dean Humphrey Crookendale, “We look forward to a dynamic discussion with Mr. James.”

Humphrey Crookendale
Dean, MCNY School for Public Affairs & Administration



Urban Dialogue is a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation. Topics cover a spectrum of ideas, theories, and viewpoints that inform and/or influence urban policy.

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