Anna G. Cominsky ’05
Professor of Law
Director, Criminal Defense Clinic
Managing Attorney, New York Law School Legal Services, Inc.
Anna G. Cominsky ’05 is the Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at New York Law School and she teaches three other experiential learning courses: Advocacy of Criminal Cases, Deposition Skills, and Intensive Trial and Advocacy Skills. Additionally, she has been named Managing Attorney of NYLS Legal Services Inc. In the role, she manages the day-to-day functions of the School’s in-house law firm, which, through NYLS's many clinics, provides free high-quality legal services to New Yorkers who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation.
Professor Cominsky's teaching philosophy centers around ownership and reflective practice. She believes that students must be fully immersed in and reflect upon the work they are doing in order to think like lawyers. She teaches her students the lawyering skills they need to be competent, ethical, and professional lawyers using an experiential framework.
As both teacher and director of the Criminal Defense Clinic, Professor Cominsky works with students to protect the rights of indigent defendants. She is a skilled and experienced clinician with a deep commitment to the rights of underserved communities. She is passionate about ethics and professional responsibility, and she has presented on numerous continuing legal education courses on trial skills, ethics, and professional responsibility.
Before entering academia, Professor Cominsky was a litigation associate at Krovatin Klingeman LLC, where she handled complex criminal and civil litigation, specializing in federal and state criminal defense. From 2008 to 2013, she was named one of New Jersey’s Top Young Lawyers.