Seann Riley

  • Lecturer in Law


Seann graduated from Tulane Law School in 2002, where he was a member of the Tulane Law Criminal Justice Clinic and worked at the Louisiana Appellate Project, The St. Thomas Community Law Center and The Public Defender Service for Washington, DC. For two consecutive years, Seann was the recipient of Tulane University’s Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. Following law school, Seann was an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he represented clients in D.C. Superior Court, as well as supervised third year law students in the Criminal Justice Clinic. In 2006, he was awarded an LLM in Trial Advocacy from The Georgetown Law Center. Seann joined The Bronx Defenders as a staff attorney, and became the Supervising Attorney responsible for training and supervising new attorneys in their first year of practice. Seann trained and supervised the first interdisciplinary Training Team at The Bronx Defenders, made up of Criminal Defense, Family Defense and Civil Defense attorneys, as well as social workers, parent advocates and investigators. He created an interdisciplinary training for all new lawyers focused on teaching new lawyers and advocates, regardless of discipline, how to recognize and address the issues affecting clients in the various systems impacting them. As Deputy Director, Seann has focused on the interdisciplinary representation of clients and works with The Center for Holistic Defense, a Department of Justice funded endeavor at The Bronx Defenders, in assisting defender offices across the nation to become more holistic in their representation of indigent clients.

Seann is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Wasserstein Fellowship at Harvard Law School. Seann also holds a M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. While earning his M.S.W., Seann worked at The W.J. Maxey Training School for Boys, a maximum-security facility for juvenile offenders and was named Social Work Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. Seann received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1995, having majored in Government and minored in Religious Studies. He was inducted into honor societies for both his major and minor.