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Kathy Hirata Chin, Acting Chair

Kathy Hirata Chin is a Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, where she is a member of the healthcare and litigation groups. Ms. Chin graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and Columbia Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transnational Law.  She served as Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission from 1995 to 2001 and has served as a Commissioner on the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption since August 2003.  She has served on the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York, Governor Mario Cuomo's Judicial Screening Committee for the First Department, the Gender Bias Committee of the Second Circuit Task Force, former Chief Judge Judith Kaye's Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections, the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers Association, and the Board of Directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a non-profit that advocates for marginalized New Yorkers.  She currently serves on the Attorney Emeritus Advisory Council and the Commercial Division Advisory Council, appointed to both by former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York State Court of Appeals, and as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Medicare Rights Center, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping older adults and people with disabilities get affordable health care.  In April 2016, she was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the First Department Judicial Screening Committee.

Clifton Stanley Diaz

Clifton Stanley Diaz presently works with the NYPD as a Community Partner and currently serves as the Chairman of the Rochdale Village Board as well as the Chairman of their Public Safety Committee. He is a member of the Queens Community Board 12, and Chairman of their Public Safety Committee; a board member of the Queen District Attorney’s Advisory Council; a board member of the Queens Defenders; and he also serves as a Queens Judicial Delegate. He recently participated with Mayor De Blasio in implementing the new NYPD Customer Service Program which has a civilian greet a person when they enter any police station to file a complaint or seek information. He previously served as a Law Enforcement Officer with the United States Air Force Security Police where he worked in the area of crime prevention and community relations. He also had the additional duty of serving as a United States Federal Court Liaison. Upon his discharge from the military, Mr. Diaz worked as an Internal Affairs investigator with the New York City Department of Transportation, which now falls under the jurisdiction of the New York City Police Department. He later served as an Assistant Director of Public Safety at Queens College (CUNY), and as a Police Detective with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. In 1988, Mr. Diaz was responsible for successfully reintroducing a failed Community Board 12 motion to have the street in front of the 103rd Precinct named after Police Officer Edward R. Byrne – who was protecting the home of a witness in a narcotics case and was shot and killed while sitting in a marked patrol car. Mr. Diaz was later appointed to work with the Mayor’s Southeast Queens Anti-Drug Task Force Coalition. Mr. Diaz is a graduate with honors from the New York City College of Technology (CUNY), attended the City College of New York (CUNY) and graduated from the National Crime Prevention Institute. Mr. Diaz has received a joint City Council Proclamation from all three southeast Queens area City Council Members: Donavan Richards – now Queens Borough President, I. Deneek Miller and Adrienne E. Adams – now Speaker City Council for his outstanding work in Public Safety and he was recently inducted into the New York State Senates “Hall of Fame.”

Deborah E. Landis

Deborah E. Landis is a consultant who provides investigative assistance and litigation support to other attorneys.  She focuses primarily on white-collar criminal and regulatory matters.  Ms. Landis served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for more than twenty years, investigating and prosecuting cases involving police corruption, perjury, narcotics trafficking, racketeering, money-laundering, tax fraud, and other fraud on the government.  As Chief of the General Crimes Unit and as Senior Litigation Counsel, she also had responsibility for supervising and teaching other prosecutors.  During 2000, Ms. Landis served the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., acting as an Associate Deputy Attorney General and as DOJ's Special Counsel for Health Care Fraud.  Ms. Landis received many awards for her work as a prosecutor, including the Henry L. Stimson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Office of the United States Attorney, which was awarded by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1999), and the Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation (2000).  Ms. Landis also taught Trial Advocacy at the Harvard Law School for many years.  Ms. Landis earned her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Freya Rigterink

Freya Rigterink is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Safety Partnerships at the Policing Project at NYU School of Law. She has a background in municipal government and oversight. Previously, Ms. Rigterink served as Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Mayor for New York City, where she focused on public safety and the City’s pandemic response, among other areas. Prior to that, she served the Senior Advisor for Criminal Justice to the First Deputy Mayor, overseeing the City's plan to close the jails on Rikers Island and other initiatives to build a smaller, safer and fairer justice system. Before joining the New York City Mayor's Office, Ms. Rigterink worked as an Assistant Inspector General for the City of Chicago Office of the Inspector General, where she focused on investigations, agency performance, and police accountability. Earlier in her career, she co-founded a start-up that works to expand educational and engagement opportunities for incarcerated people. Prior to that, she held a variety of policy and legislative roles at the New York City Council. Ms. Rigterink is also a member of the New York City Board of Correction and the Brooklyn Public Library Board. Prior to that, she held a variety of policy and legislative roles at the New York City Council, and she is also a member of the New York City Board of Correction. Ms. Rigterink holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Northwestern University.

James D. Zirin

James D. Zirin has been a trial lawyer for over 40 years, handling a wide variety of white-collar criminal and complex commercial litigation.  Mr. Zirin is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a past trustee of New York Law School, a past member of the advisory board of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a former director and member of the executive committee of the Legal Aid Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a past vice president and trustee of the Federal Bar Council.  Mr. Zirin is the host of the critically acclaimed cable TV talk show "Conversations with Jim Zirin" and author of three best-selling books:  "The Mother Court--Tales of Cases That Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court", "Supremely Partisan -- How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court," and his current book "Plaintiff in Chief-A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3500 Lawsuits."