Debra Lesser

Executive Director of the Justice Resource Center 

Former Social Studies teacher, Assistant Principal, Director: Law and Justice Institute 

International traveler promoting law and justice programs around the world.


  • United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Special Recognition Award
  • GMNY 2015 Isadore Starr Civic Engagement Award
  • New York County Lawyer’s Association Appreciation Award, Pro Bono Division
  • “We The People” New York State Appreciation Award
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Distinguished Service Award
  • Adlai Stevenson High School Distinguished Service Award
  • New York State Bar Association Distinguished Service Award – Law-Related Education
  • New York City Public Schools Partner in Education Award, 1991/1992