Criminal Law Section

  • Provide timely and useful information relating to criminal justice and law enforcement matters to the community
  • Offer professional development opportunities for attorneys and respond to developing community concerns
  • Enhance communication and problem solving among attorneys and community members who regularly encounter issues relating to criminal law
  • Produce activities and programs that seek to ensure and promote criminal justice transparency, the public interest, and community well-being through leadership, advocacy, and education

Jeannie Elie, Co-Chair

Lenora Easter, Co-Chair

Lenora Easter is an experienced attorney who is licensed to practice in New York, Florida and with the United States Supreme Court.  A knowledgeable and fervent advocate, she believes that every client deserves the best legal defense possible regardless of their socio-economic status. 

Ms. Easter received her Juris Doctorate from Barry University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance from the University of Central Florida. She has distinguished herself in both the Orlando and New York legal markets as a knowledgeable, competent, and proficient attorney specializing in criminal defense.

The eldest of three siblings, Ms. Easter was born and raised in the Bronx, New York in a family dedicated to law enforcement.  She knew from a young age that she wanted to be an attorney. Ms. Easter’s work in public interest law commenced with her internship at the Office of the Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Subsequently, she continued to explore her burgeoning zeal for social justice by interning with the Barry University School of Law Delinquency and Dependency Clinic, representing young teens in the Orlando juvenile justice system.

Upon passing the Florida State bar examination, Ms. Easter served as an Assistant Public Defender in the Public Defender’s Office. During her five year tenure, she represented hundreds of clients in traffic, misdemeanor and felony cases. She honed her litigation skills by participating as lead counsel and co-counsel in close to 30 jury trials.

Ms. Easter returned to her Bronx hometown where she now focuses her time, knowledge and experience in helping the people in her community at The Bronx Defenders, an organization dedicated to preserving the legal rights of indigent Bronxites through providing holistic defense. Her passionate pursuit of social justice extends beyond the courtroom walls.  She also volunteers her time in educating the community by speaking on panels, conducting "Know Your Rights" informational sessions for teens and adults, lobbying in Albany on key criminal justice reform bills, and participating in community events that seek to inform and help better the Bronx community. 

In 2017, she was nominated and selected as one of New York State's Top 40 Under 40 by the National Black Lawyers Association; an invitation only professional organization composed of outstanding black attorneys younger than 40.