OAD Mourns the Passing of Judge Leon Lazer

Judge Leon Lazer, who retired from the Second Department bench in 1986, served as the Founding Chair of OAD's Board of Directors from 1988 – when OAD first opened its doors – until October 24, 1991. Judge Lazer lent OAD instant credibility with the bench and bar at a time when no one knew what OAD was, and he guided the organization through the early years with wisdom and fortitude. In many ways, he set the foundation for the gold standard public defender organization OAD grew to be.  You can read more about Judge Lazer's extraordinary life and career here.