Alan Rosenberg, a native and long-time resident of Brooklyn, attended college at George Washington University and was a member of the first graduating class of Purchase College (SUNY) in 1973. He attended New York Law School from 1975-1978, winning a journalism award for a series of articles written for the NYLS student newspaper Equitas.
Briefly in private practice representing tenants in NJ and immigrants in NYC, Mr. Rosenberg joined The Legal Aid Society’s Parole Revocation Defense Unit in 1981. There he represented alleged parole violators in parole revocation hearings, administrative appeals and writs of habeas corpus. He was an active union member, delegate and officer as well from 1981-1989 and a leader during the 10-week Legal Aid strike in 1982, as a member of the union’s Steering Committee and editor of a daily strike newsletter.
In 1984, Mr. Rosenberg transferred to Legal Aid’s Criminal Defense Division (CDD) to try criminal cases in the Queens County office for 3 years. Following a paternity leave, he returned to Legal Aid in Brooklyn in 1988, and has practiced criminal law in Kings County since that time. Mr. Rosenberg was a staff attorney in the Brooklyn Legal Aid office until 1990, when he became a supervisor. He then spent the next 4+ years supervising and training new and senior lawyers, with a primary training concentration in the preparation and trial of drug sale cases.
Mr. Rosenberg left Legal Aid in early 1995, opening a private practice in Brooklyn as a member of the Assigned Counsel Plan’s Felony and Homicide Panels. In July, 1996, he joined Brooklyn Defender Services—in its first month of existence—as a Trial Supervisor and spent the next 15 years carrying a full trial caseload as well as handling supervisory and administrative duties. Currently, Mr. Rosenberg is BDS’ Managing Attorney, with responsibilities involving overseeing the daily operation of the office, including arraignments and case coverage.
Mr. Rosenberg has been a Faculty Member at Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) every January since 1995. He has tried over 75 felony cases, including several homicides, to verdict. He has three children aged 15 to 27, is a devotee of the New York Yankees, an avid runner (4 NYC Marathons, 30+ half marathons) and a skiing fanatic.