Simone Levine has dedicated her career to ensuring public accountability in the criminal justice system and in the civic arena. In August 2015, she assumed the post of Executive Director of Court Watch NOLA (CWN), an office dedicated to ensuring constitutional rights, victim rights, transparency, procedural fairness, and efficiency in the Orleans Parish Criminal Courts. Prior to joining CWN, Ms. Levine served as Deputy Police Monitor within the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor (OIPM). In that capacity, she supervised the monitoring of major use of force cases (e.g. officer involved shootings, in custody deaths) in which the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) was involved. She also supervised the monitoring of NOPD disciplinary hearings. Ms. Levine has worked as both a prosecutor as well as a criminal defense attorney. She has served as a prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney General of New York where she prosecuted public corruption and white collar crime. Before entering the Attorney General's Office, Ms. Levine practiced criminal defense for ten years, managing her own private practice and practicing as a public defender in the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. Between 2006-2010, Ms. Levine served as legislative counsel to the New York State Assembly Criminal Justice Committee, the New York State Senate Criminal Justice Committee and the New York State Senate Corrections Committee. Also during this time, Ms. Levine was an Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice at the John Jay College in New York.
Honors B.A., McGill University; J.D., University of Connecticut, School of Law