2017-09-13 / Front Page

DA Brown Appoints 20 New Assistant District Attorneys

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on September 6 the appointment of 20 law school graduates as assistant district attorneys.
District Attorney Brown said, “These young women and men were hired after a highly selective recruitment process that I established soon after I became the district attorney 27 years ago. They are bright young professionals from some of the nation’s finest law schools who have elected to enter public service and serve the people of Queens County as prosecutors. I know that they will serve with distinction.”
The new assistants, who were sworn in on September 5 by District Attorney Brown, will commence their prosecutorial careers with an intensive training course led by Assistant District Attorneys Kevin M. Duddy, Director of Trial Advocacy, and Jennifer L. Naiburg, Deputy Director of Trial Advocacy.
Over the next several weeks, the new assistant district attorneys will add to their knowledge of the law through lectures, courtroom observation and mock hearings. They will also receive practical, hands-on experience by going out on patrol with police officers, participate in simulations at the New York Police Department’s Tactics House and study firearms at the Police Department’s outdoor firing range. The course also includes visits to correctional institutions and alternative sentencing programs.
These new assistants will be assigned to the Criminal Court/Intake Bureau or the Domestic Violence Bureau, after which they will be offered the opportunity for assignments in the Appeals Bureau and the Investigations Division. Thereafter, they will enter an intensive trial training program prior to being assigned to the Supreme Court Trial Bureau.
The new prosecutors and the law schools from which they graduated are:
Cody R. Churchill, New York Law School
Arielle Cummings, St. John’s University School of Law
Robert K. Fogarty, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Vivian Reid Harris, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Rachel Houle, St. John’s University School of Law
Julia J. Hsieh, St. John’s University School of Law
Megan Iocco, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Jared M. Logan, University of Missouri School of Law
Joanna Matuza, St. John’s University School of Law
Christopher McClain, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
Jeremy Holden Mo, Fordham University School of Law
Matthew Powers, St. John’s University School of Law
Brendan J. Quinones, Brooklyn Law School
Gabriel Joseph Reale, Fordham Law School
Shannon Riordan, St. John’s University School of Law
Thomas E. Salmon, St. John’s University School of Law
Eunice Villantoy, Fordham University School of Law
Alyssa Wanderon, Fordham University School of Law
Eric Weinstein, New York University School of Law
Michelle M. Yong, Boston College Law School


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