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Colleen King

Brooklyn Defender Services
Senior Attorney - Mental Health Unit
Brooklyn, NY, USA

Colleen King joined Brooklyn Defender Services in 2013 as a specialized mental health criminal defense attorney.  As part of the Mental Health Unit at BDS, Ms. King represents clients in Brooklyn Mental Health Court and mental health competency proceedings.  She also advises staff attorneys on best practices for the representation and advocacy for clients with mental health issues.

Prior to joining Brooklyn Defender Services, Ms. King practiced at the Legal Aid Society first as a staff attorney and later as a specialized attorney for clients with mental health and substance use issues.

Ms. King graduated with honors from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ms. King frequently participates in training programs, committees, and task forces on problem solving justice, mental health and criminal justice issues.  Ms. King is a certified instructor of Mental Health First Aid, member of the faculty for The Academy for Justice-Informed Practice at CUCS and a faculty member of PLI Mental Health Issues and the New York State Courts 2015: Understanding Risk.


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