FOREST HILLS, March 30, 2022 — Queens Defenders is pleased to announce the promotion of Lisa Saltzman, Esq. to the role of Director of Training.  Ms. Saltzman’s leadership in this role will ensure the organization offers an attorney training program that represents the gold standard among public defender organizations in New York City and across the country.   


As Director of Training, Ms. Saltzman brings over 25 years of criminal defense experience at Queen Defenders and a passion for developing staff attorneys. A frequent lecturer at various Bar Associations, Ms. Saltzman will be delivering an expansive curriculum for both newly admitted and senior attorneys that will cover all aspects of indigent criminal defense practice – from courtroom proceedings to new laws and regulations.   


“Throughout her time at Queens Defenders, Ms. Saltzman has been instrumental in the advancement of our staff and organization,” stated Executive Director Lori Zeno and Managing Director Hettie Powell, “With her dedication to the legal profession, her colleagues, and the clients we serve, we couldn’t imagine a more qualified and committed leader to usher Queens Defenders into a new era of excellence.”  


Lisa Saltzman: Ms. Saltzman has worked for Queens Defenders for 24 years and is a lecturer on various criminal law topics at the Queens County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York State Defender Association. Ms. Saltzman is also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School and Cardozo Law School teaching trial skills in their Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. In 2019, she received the NCDD National Public Defender of the Year Award for her dedication and work in the field of DWI defense.  


PRESS CONTACTS : For supporting materials, more information, or to request an interview please reach out to:   

Alora Sherbert
Manager of Development & Communications   


About Queens Defenders: Queens Defenders provides free, high-quality legal representation to individuals living in Queens County. Since 1996, Queens Defenders’ highly skilled attorneys have represented over 450,000 Queens residents and handle major trials and homicides, work with clients involved in Queens treatment courts, and represent cases involving domestic violence, youth charged with felonies, and immigrants facing criminal charges.   

In 2013 the organization launched youth diversion programs to help young people develop critical life skills, improve emotional and physical health, and enhance educational and professional opportunities to build successful lives.

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