Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Sonia Tate-Cousins attended undergraduate school at the State University of New York in Buffalo where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and English. Sonia went on to study law at the SUNY-Buffalo campus, where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree.
Sonia has devoted her entire legal career to representing the poor and underprivileged. Her first job after law school was at North Florida Legal Services – Panama City office, where she represented poor elderly clients in a variety of legal matters, ranging from landlord and tenant issues to uncontested divorce proceedings. Upon her return to the New York area she worked with Nassau/Suffolk Legal Services handling Social Security Disability matters.
In 1987 Sonia joined the staff at the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division, where she represented children in Family Court proceedings. In 1991 she became a Supervisory Attorney at JRD, a position she held until 1995, when she transferred to the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division as a Staff Attorney. She worked in both Manhattan and Queens trial offices handling innumerable cases in both Criminal and Supreme Court. In April of 2011 she joined the staff at Brooklyn Defender Services as a Senior Trial Attorney.