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Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS)

Program areas | Form 990s | Financials | Vendors | Personnel | Peers

BDS is a legal aid society based in Brooklyn, NY that was founded in 1996. As of 2019 they had $49 million in revenue and $12 million in assets.

The mission of Brooklyn Defender Services is to provide high quality legal representation and related services to people who cannot afford to retain an attorney.

(718) 254-0700
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Program areas at BDS

In fy19 Brooklyn Defender Services (bds) provided comprehensive legal representation to 23,000 low-income Brooklyn residents who were arrested, 2,700 parents in child welfare proceedings, 606 clients in detained immigration removal proceedings, and 2,942 clients facing barriers to civil justice. Bds employs a large staff of highly dedicated and talented attorneys, social workers, investigators and support staff to provide multidisciplinary client representation in our core areas of criminal, family and immigration defense to people facing the dire consequences of imprisonment, loss of their children or deportation.

Form 990s for BDS

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-06Oct 15, 2020990View PDF
2018-06Jul 23, 2019990View PDF
2017-06Sep 12, 2018990View PDF
2016-06Aug 23, 2017990View PDF
2015-06Aug 2, 2016990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for BDS

Total grants, contributions, etc.$49,151,376
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$0
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$-28,290
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$49,123,086

Vendors for BDS

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
BKD LLPTax accounting2020-10-15
█████████Content management system software2019-10-04
█████████ ████████Software2019-10-04
█████████Marketing software2019-10-04
██████████Fundraising software2019-10-04
█ █████ ███ ██ ███ ██Accounting Services$105,3502019-06-01
███ ██████Executive Recruiting$165,0002019-06-01
█████████It Services$163,2832019-06-01
...and seven more vendors

Personnel at BDS

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Lisa SchreibersdorftExecutive Director-Oct. 15, 2020
Richard Lafontaine, Esq.Senior Trial Attorney and Director of Recruiting-July 18, 2019
█████ ████████Co - Director-July 18, 2019
████ ██████████████Past Executive Director and Founder of Brooklyn Defender Services$292,700July 18, 2019
████ █████████Trail Supervisor$157,471June 30, 2019
█████ ███████ ██████Treasurer$0June 30, 2019
███████ █████████Secretary$0June 30, 2019
█████ ██████Chairman of the Board$0June 30, 2019
████ ████Board Member$0May 31, 2018
████████ █ █████Chief Operating Officer$188,711June 30, 2016
...and two more key personnel

Peer legal aid services

1Mobilization for Justice (MFY)501(c)(3)$14 millionNew York, NY
2New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)501(c)(3)$29 millionNew York, NY
3Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV)501(c)(3)$18 millionWhite Plains, NY
4Brooklyn Legal Services (BLS)501(c)(3)$22 millionNew York, NY
5The Bronx Defenders501(c)(3)$41 millionBronx, NY
6Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)501(c)(3)$15 millionNew York, NY
7Urban Justice Center501(c)(3)$37 millionNew York, NY
8Legal Services for New York City (LSNYC)501(c)(3)$13 millionNew York, NY
9Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County501(c)(3)$22 millionCentral Islip, NY
10Connecticut Legal Services (CLS)501(c)(3)$14 millionMiddletown, CT
11California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)501(c)(3)$15 millionOakland, CA
12Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF)501(c)(3)$15 millionChicago, IL
13Lone Star Legal Aid501(c)(3)$30 millionHouston, TX
14Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles (NLS-LA)501(c)(3)$16 millionGlendale, CA
15Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)501(c)(3)$26 millionRaleigh, NC
16Northwest Justice Project (NJP)501(c)(3)$27 millionSeattle, WA
17Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers (LADL)501(c)(3)$29 millionMonterey Park, CA
18Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)501(c)(3)$39 millionMercedes, TX
19Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)501(c)(3)$17 millionBoston, MA
20Salt Lake Legal Defender Association501(c)(3)$17 millionSalt Lake City, UT
21Metropolitan Public Defender Service (MPD)501(c)(3)$13 millionPortland, OR
22Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance501(c)(3)$15 millionMinneapolis, MN
23Maryland Legal Aid501(c)(3)$29 millionBaltimore, MD
24Federal Defender Program501(c)(3)$15 millionAtlanta, GA
25Community Legal Services501(c)(3)$14 millionPhiladelphia, PA