SMART Welcomes a New Director

The SMART Office is proud to welcome Linda M. Baldwin as its new director. Prior to joining SMART, Ms. Baldwin served as a project manager for the New York State Unified Court System's Office of Court Administration, where she planned and implemented ground-breaking, problem-solving court initiatives on behalf of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Court Operations and Planning. During her 7-year tenure, Ms. Baldwin implemented and expanded statewide initiatives for New York 's sex offense, mental health, and drug treatment courts.

As part of her work on the New York State Sex Offense Court Initiative, Ms. Baldwin organized training programs to teach and promote best practices for managing the high-risk population of sex offenders. Furthermore, she led an effort to create the initiative's mission statement and key principles, which were designed to guide and promote uniformity among these courts. In addition, Ms. Baldwin personally provided technical assistance to the first five sex offense courts in New York State.

Prior to her work with the New York State Unified Court System, Ms. Baldwin practiced commercial and real estate litigation and clerked for Associate Justice Gary S. Stein of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law and a master's degree in urban planning from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service.

With the first Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) deadline having passed on July 27, 2009, and all jurisdictions having been given 1-year extensions, there is much work to be done in a short amount of time. Ms. Baldwin has made it her priority to ensure that the SMART Office is doing all that it can to assist jurisdictions to successfully implement SORNA.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Linda.

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