John Amodeo

PLS Pro Bono Coordinator and Staff Attorney

518-445-6050 ext. 1101

Prior to joining PLS, John spent seven years as Deputy Counsel at the NYS Office of the Attorney General where, among other duties, he served as Legislative Counsel to the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption and OAG’s interim Chief Ethics Officer, and sought the unsealing in State Supreme Court of the 1975 “Meyer Report” on the Attica uprising and retaking. Prior to joining OAG, he served as Chief Counsel to the NYS Senate Committee on Codes where, in 2009, he helped to draft and negotiate to passage major reforms to the State’s Rockefeller Drug Laws. In 2007 and 2008, John was Counsel to the Governor’s Commission on Sentencing Reform, and prior to that served as Assistant Deputy Counsel for Criminal Justice for the NYS Office of Court Administration. During his tenure with OCA, John was Counsel to the Chief Administrative Judge’s Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure, Co-Counsel to the Chief Judge’s Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services and Co-Counsel to the Chief Judge’s Task Force on the Future of Probation in NYS. Prior to joining OCA, he served for four years as Associate Counsel to the NYS Assembly Committee on Codes. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a Law Secretary in NYC Criminal Court and the Special Narcotics Part of State Supreme Court. John began his legal career as an intern with Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services in Boston and as a Staff Attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. He is a graduate of the New England School of Law in Boston.