Lisa Schreibersdorf is the founder of Brooklyn Defender Services and has served as its Executive Director since its inception. Ms. Schreibersdorf has been a practicing attorney for 30 years, all in the service of indigent persons charged with crimes in Brooklyn.
Ms. Schreibersdorf is the current President of Chief Defenders Association of New York and Past President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association. She is co-Chair of the Criminal Law committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, serves on the Advisory Council of the Defending Immigrants Partnership, the Defender Policy Group of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and is a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration’s Mental Health Advisory Group. Ms. Schreibersdorf has served on countless other committees to improve criminal justice in Brooklyn, including the American Bar Association’s Brooklyn Racial Justice Task Force and has been the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association’s representative on the Democratic Party Judicial Screening Committee for Kings County for the past eight years.
A leader on innovative responses to criminal justice involvement, she has worked with other system stakeholders to develop alternatives to prosecution. Ms. Schreibersdorf has served on the planning committees for a number of problem-solving courts in Brooklyn such as the mental health and drug courts. She is an outspoken advocate for the rights of clients on issues such as discovery reform, adolescent justice, and bail reform and has served on multiple specialty court task forces throughout the United States.
Ms. Schreibersdorf was awarded the Women’s Bar Association’s Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award, the New York State Bar Association’s Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defender; the St. John’s Law School Frank S. Polestino Award and numerous City Council and Borough President’s Proclamations. Her publications include a 2014 Cardozo Law Review article entitled “Bringing the Best of Both Worlds: Recommendations for Criminal Justice Reform for Older Adolescents.”
Ms. Schreibersdorf graduated from St. John’s School of Law in 1984, after being appointed editor of the law review.