Rebecca Schwartz

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Tel (718) 254-0700 x325

Rebecca is a born and raised New Yorker.  She received her B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University and spent a semester at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  She received her J.D. from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

As far back as she can remember, Rebecca wanted to be a public defender and to battle injustices within the criminal justice system.  During college, she taught creative writing at two men’s maximum security prisons.  While studying in Cape Town, she helped run motivational groups in youth correctional facilities.  After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps member with the Center for Court Innovation at the Midtown Community Court, where she ran drug treatment readiness programs.

While in law school, Rebecca worked in the criminal justice systems in Louisiana and New York. This work included representing elder inmates in parole hearings at the Angola Prison as well as interning for the Bronx Defenders, Orleans Public Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, and the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana. In addition, Rebecca participated in Tulane’s Criminal Litigation Clinic where she represented clients on both pre-trial matters and post-conviction and habeas claims following the Supreme Court’s determination that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

In her free time spent not battling injustice, Rebecca biggest and most time consuming hobby is traveling all over the world. Her bucket list is never ending.