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Simone Levine

Simone Levine has dedicated her career to ensuring public accountability in the criminal justice system and in the civic arena. In August 2015, she assumed the post of Executive Director of Court Watch NOLA (CWN), an office dedicated to ensuring procedural fairness, transparency, ethics compliance, constitutional rights and efficiency in the Orleans Parish Criminal Courts. Prior to joining CWN, Ms. Levine served as Deputy Police Monitor within the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor (OIPM).  Ms. Levine has worked as both a prosecutor as well as a criminal defense attorney. She has served as a prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney General of New York where she prosecuted public integrity and white collar crime.  Before entering the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Levine practiced criminal defense for ten years, managing her own private practice and practicing as a public defender in the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. Between 2006-2010, Ms. Levine served as legislative counsel to the New York State Assembly Criminal Justice Committee, the New York State Senate Criminal Justice Committee and the New York State Senate Corrections Committee. Also during this time, Ms. Levine was an Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice at the John Jay College in New York. Ms. Levine has been active in the Jewish community of New Orleans for the last six years, both as a member of the Avodah NOLA Advisory Board and the Chair of the Community Needs Committee for the National Council of Jewish Women.