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New York, NY Attorney Alice Fontier Sworn In as Parliamentarian of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

Washington, DC (Aug. 7, 2023) - Alice Fontier was sworn in as Parliamentarian of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association's Annual Meeting in Chicago on August 5. 

Alice Fontier is the Managing Director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in New York, NY. In her career as a practicing defense attorney, she has served as counsel in over 70 trial cases, including high profile homicide and terrorism cases. Fontier is a Past President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a Board Member of the Chief Defenders Association of New York, and an Advisory Board Member of the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services. She currently serves on NACDL’s Board of Directors, Budget Committee, Women in Criminal Defense Committee, and the Task Force on Police Accountability. 

Fontier has conducted trainings across the country including at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Conference, the NYSACDL “Cross to Kill” Seminar, and has trained on behalf of NACDL on digital forensic evidence and facial recognition technology. She has been a leader in the efforts to shed light on the inhumane conditions and human rights violations at Rikers Island. Fontier is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. 

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system.