Louis S. Sartori is the Director of the Pro Bono Practice at The Legal Aid Society in New York City. The Legal Aid Society is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of free legal services to the poor. The Pro Bono Practice partners with attorneys from the private bar to assist the Society's staff in handling matters for thousands of clients in their Civil, Criminal Defense and Juvenile Rights practices. Lou has been a presenter at the Pro Bono Institute’s Annual Conference, most recently on Best Practices for Working with Public Interest Groups and a frequent panelist at the ABA and NLADA Equal Justice Conference. He formerly co-chaired the Best Practices Subcommittee of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services.
Prior to joining the Pro Bono Practice, Lou was the Attorney-in-Charge of the Society's Manhattan and Staten Island Juvenile Rights trial offices and oversaw the initiation of programs focusing on literacy and the needs of adolescents transitioning from foster care. Lou began his legal career as a judicial law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey. He then worked as a Staff Attorney in both the Juvenile Rights and Criminal Defense practices of Legal Aid, as well as an associate with a private firm specializing in employee benefits. Lou has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law, as Guest Lecturer at Wake University School of Law and as faculty for several National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and Practicing Law Institute (PLI) programs.