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Muriel Goode-Trufant

New York City Law Department
Equal Employment Opportunity Officer and Chief, Special Federal Litigation Division
New York, NY, USA


Muriel Goode-Trufant, a graduate of the Temple University School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania, is Chief of the Special Federal Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department. Established in September of 1998, the Special Federal Litigation Division was created as a specialized division to defend the City and its officials in civil rights cases brought in federal court in which police, District Attorney or correction officer conduct is challenged. The cases on which the division attorneys work grow out of contact between citizens and law enforcement officials in three distinct contexts: police operations; criminal prosecutions; and detention of arrestees in City facilities. The Division defends against individual damages actions and class actions seeking institutional reform.  Mrs. Trufant has served as Chief since April 2002.

Since February 2003, Mrs. Trufant has also served as the Law Department's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer.  Among her duties as EEO Officer is coordination and conduct of EEO training for all Law Department employees; oversight and handling of EEO investigations; and supervision and provision of EEO counseling. 

Since 2004, Mrs. Trufant has served as a faculty member for several continuing legal education courses sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, including Federal Civil Practice, Municipal Law Institute and Class Action Litigation: Prosecution and Defense.  She is also a member of the Committee on Civil Practice for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. 

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