NO LIVES MATTER UNTIL BLACK LIVES MATTER
ARNIE LUCINDA\ STEWART, She/her/they
Deputy Chief Counsel, Public Defender Division
‘When we identify where our privilege intersects with somebody else’s oppression, we find our opportunities to make real change.’- Ijeoma Oluo,
Arnie Lucinda Stewart began her journey with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in 1997 as a trial unit staff attorney assigned to the Boston Superior Court Office. In 2009, Arnie was appointed as the Attorney-in-Charge (AIC) of the Boston District and Municipal Court office. She supervised, trained, and mentored attorneys, support staff, social service advocates and investigators. In 2012, Arnie was chosen as the first PDD Managing Director for the Northeast Region now known as the Central Region. The Central Region includes all of public defender offices in Suffolk and Norfolk Counties.
Arnie studied Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she attended New England Law in Boston and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence. In 2016, Arnie received a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.
In addition to formal job responsibilities as Managing Director, Arnie has served as a mentor to numerous colleagues and been an active participant in efforts to improve CPCS and the representation provided to clients. Arnie has served on various committees and been extremely active in recruiting and hiring. Arnie is a leader in efforts to increase agency diversity and retention, helping to create trainings on management and diversity and being a founding member of the CPCS affinity group Public Lawyers of Color (PLOC).
DIVERSITY IS A FACT, INCLUSION IS AN ACT