Joined CSS: 2009
Departments & Programs
Judy Whiting is General Counsel for CSS, performing day-to-day legal work for the organization. She also directs CSS’s Legal Department, helping to develop litigation and non-litigation approaches to ending discrimination against people with criminal conviction histories, with a particular emphasis on employment and housing. A key component of the Legal Department is the Next Door Project, which engages the services of highly-trained older adult volunteers to help individuals obtain, correct mistakes in and understand their official New York State and FBI criminal records. Before coming to CSS, Judy was Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Action Center, where she worked on anti-discrimination litigation and policy affecting people with criminal records, histories of substance use disorders and/or HIV/AIDS. She formerly served as Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and worked as staff attorney with the Criminal, Civil and Volunteer Divisions of The Legal Aid Society in New York. She is a graduate of Barnard College, and Cornell Law School, which presented her with its Exemplary Public Service award in 2014. Judy serves on and is past chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Corrections and Community Reentry Committee, and received the Association’s Legal Services Award in 2008.