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BS,State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta
JD, Hofstra Law School
Professor Frankel is a career public defender currently practicing in the South Bronx at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division. She started her career in 1987 in the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division’s Manhattan office. She has tried over 60 cases to verdict. She is also a senior union delegate representing staff attorneys in disciplinary hearings initiated by management of the Legal Aid Society. Professor Frankel was the lead petitioner in a successful First Amendment challenge to a court order to remove a union button in court. Frankel v Roberts, 165 A.D. 2d 382 (1st Dept 1991).
Professor Frankel serves as a mentor for junior attorneys, externs and interns. She has created a training on the handling of a felony designed for junior attorneys. Additionally, Professor Frankel has supervised Family Services of Westchester’s Juvenile Law Program where she trained Pace Law students to conduct “Know Your Rights” and criminal law workshops for middle-school students. Professor Frankel is a frequent moot and mock trial judge, as well as a NITA program participant at Columbia, Hofstra, CUNY and NY Law schools. She was recently also a panelist at Cardozo Law School’s “Interviewing for Public Sector Jobs.”