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Diversity Initiative

Our Commitment to Diversity

New York City is enriched by its diverse population, and by embracing its diversity we strengthen our ability to carry out the mission of our Office.  We believe that our staff should reflect the community we serve which in turn results in a stronger office and one that pursues and projects fair-mindedness to all those coming in contact with the criminal justice system.

The New York County District Attorney’s Office is committed to the recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion of a diverse staff.  We strive to create an inclusive environment that provides all employees an opportunity to advance their careers successfully.

Our Legal Staff

Our Assistant District Attorneys are some of the best and most talented attorneys in the United States, who come to One Hogan Place with diverse backgrounds and experiences.  More than half of our attorneys are women, and members of the District Attorney’s Executive and supervisory staff throughout the Office are diverse in background and affinity.  See the Office's profile in the NALP directory.

Recruitment and HiringOpen

The Office proactively recruits applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences throughout the country. We participate in on-campus panel discussions, attend minority job fairs and conferences, and conduct outreach to law student groups in an effort to build a diverse applicant pool from which we hire the best and most qualified attorneys.  

Our office participates in recruitment eventson-campus and at job fairs throughout the nation. The Office has expanded its outreach efforts and increased its attendance at minority career fairs and panel discussions. Hiring Board members and volunteers answer questions, encourage applications, and conduct interviews. Members of our legal staff also participate in programs and panel discussions hosted by law student affinity groups and bar associations, continuing our commitment to hire a legal staff that reflects our community. We actively participate in forums and programs sponsored by organizations such as:

  • Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
  • National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
  • Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA)
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
  • National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association (Lavender Law)
  • Northeast Black Law Students Association  (NEBLSA)
  • National Latino/Latina Law Student Association (NLLSA)
  • Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS)


We are also committed to building a diverse talent pool from which to recruit by participating in the following programs:

  • New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program, which provides first year law students from underrepresented populations with an opportunity to spend their summer in a law firm or corporate or government legal department
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Program, which provides talented undergraduate students with an internship before they enter law school
  • Ronald R. Brown Scholars Program places college students in internships that provide opportunities for personal growth and career development
  • Legal Outreach Program which provides early exposure to the legal profession to high-school students
  • New York City Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program places high school students in a job shadow program
  • Guggenheim Foundation Internship Program, Oscar S. Strauss II Fellows in Criminal Justice

     

Click below to see our diversity outreach events and recruitment schedule.

Pipeline ProgramsOpen

In order to recruit minority law students, we recognize that the Office has a responsibility to contribute to efforts helping minority students enroll in law school. We participate in a number of programs, such as the Scholars Education Opportunity (SEO) and Legal Outreach, to increase the number of minority students in the pipeline. For example, each year we commit to sponsor two SEO Scholars and two Legal Outreach Ron Brown Scholars in our Summer Internship Program. We have also developed relationships with programs such as the Armory Foundation and the Guggenheim Program to offer students the opportunity to explore careers in the criminal justice field.

Diversity CommitteeOpen

Our Diversity Committee, composed of attorneys and support staff from all divisions in the Office, focuses on issues related to the recruiting, hiring, and retention of Assistant District Attorneys and support staff.  Its mission is to develop creative approaches to enhance our applicant pool and ensure that our Office maintains a culture of diversity. 

In addition, the Diversity Committee fosters an open dialogue within the office, and provides guidance and feedback to the District Attorney and his Executive Staff.   The Committee hosts a variety of diversity events throughout the year, including office-wide celebrations of heritage events, presentations by guest speakers, inclusion events for staff and summer interns, and resume workshops for local law students.  Additionally, all Committee members participate in many other diversity initiatives, such as overseeing the office's Mentoring Program, facilitating outreach to local law school organizations, and developing relationships with pipeline programs at the high school and college levels.

As we continue to build on our past successes, we are proud that so many people in this office are dedicated to our mission. The Diversity Committee is comprised of approximately 40 members, three Executive Chairs who provide oversight, and 54 Diversity Committee Volunteers.

Mentoring ProgramOpen

The Office’s Mentoring Program is designed to create a support network that will enable our newly-hired Assistants to develop professionally and succeed in their careers in the Office.   Mentors, who are assigned to all newly-hired Assistants, build relationships with their mentees to foster a fulfilling work environment by offering guidance and advice as the Assistants begin their careers in our Office.  Assistant District Attorneys who volunteer and are chosen to serve as members are often more senior members of the legal staff who also serve on the Diversity Committee and Legal Hiring Boards. The Committee also encourages our legal staff to engage in informal mentoring to enhance the professional development of our junior attorneys and summer interns.

Interviewing Skills & Resume WorkshopOpen

Members of the Diversity Committee coordinate a workshop for students who attend local law schools. In this workshop, Assistant District Attorneys provide students with advice on how to improve their interviewing skills and successfully navigate the interview process. In addition, students may submit their resumes to be reviewed and critiqued by members of our Hiring Board. A reception with the Diversity Committee members follows the panel discussion.

Please see the Upcoming Events section below for updates or contact diversitycommittee@dany.nyc.gov for more information.

Diversity Outreach Sub-CommitteeOpen

The Diversity Committee's Outreach Sub-Committee serves as a liaison to establish relationships with affinity groups at local law schools in an effort to form connections with them that extend beyond the academic year. Student organizations interested in learning more about the professional life of an Assistant District Attorneyare offered group tours of our office and the court system. We also coordinate presentations on-campus to discuss careers in criminal prosecution and the role of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system. Assistant District Attorneys volunteer to be liaisons and are partnered with different groups and schools. Many liaisons are alumni looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect with their alma maters.

For more information, student organizations can contact the Public Interest Advisor or Career Services at their law schools or email diversitycommittee@dany.nyc.gov.

Inclusion & Heritage EventsOpen

The Diversity Committee hosts a variety of heritage events throughout the year, which include office-wide presentations by guest speakers. Past speakers have included Geoffrey Canada, the CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, attorney David Boies who spoke about challenging California’s Proposition 8, Dennis Walcott, former Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education, and writer and activist Gloria Steinem. The Committee also celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides with a discussion with two original Freedom Riders.

The office also sponsors inclusion events and luncheons for our summer interns and newly appointed Assistant District Attorneys. Our hope is that these events will allow our summer interns and first-year ADAs to meet our diverse staff and facilitate additional mentoring relationships.

 

Diversity ReceptionsOpen

Summer Intern Diversity Reception

The Diversity Committee and the Legal Hiring Unit host an annual panel discussion and reception for participants in our Summer Intern Program to celebrate the diversity of the legal staff and our continued commitment to hiring attorneys who reflect the community we serve.

City-Wide Summer Intern Diversity Reception

The Diversity Committee sponsors a Diversity Reception for law students working in the city during the summer. Organizations that have participated in past receptions include the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the National Black Prosecutors Association the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the National Hispanic Prosecutors Association, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Law Association. Please visit our Upcoming Events section for updates about our next City-Wide Summer Intern Diversity Reception.

Upcoming EventsOpen

The New York County District Attorney's Offfice Diversity Committee hosts an annual event for local law and college students to learn more about our office and the opportunities we have available.  Please check our website for our next event.

Past Events

Our 2013 Asian American Prosecutors Panel & Reception was held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. The Diversity Committee and the Prosecutors' Committee of the Asian American Bar Association presented "Pursuing a Career as an Assistant District Attorney". A panel of prosecutors from local District Attorney's Offices discussed diversity at the DA’s office and shared their personal experiences. A reception and opportunity to network with legal staff from local District Attorney's Offices followed the discussion. The program was open to current law students and practicing lawyers.

2013 Program Panelists:

Brian Lee, Deputy Bureau Chief of County Court Bureau, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office

Kin Ng, Chief of Training, Kings County District Attorney’s Office

Cristina Park, Supervisor of Arson/Economic Crimes Unit, Bronx County District Attorney's Office

Nitin Savur, Deputy Chief of the Trial Division, New York County District Attorney’s Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recruitment EventsOpen

Our recruitment programs focus on attracting a diverse group of law students to join our office. We do this through increased participation in minority career fairs and working with law school faculty, office alumni and minority law student organizations to identify talented candidates.

2014 Recruitment Events
Date Event
March 13, 2014 LGBT Bar Association of Greater NY (LeGaL) Career Fair
New York, NY
July 22, 2014 National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair (2Ls & 3Ls)
Scottsdale, AZ
August 8, 2014 Northeast BLSA Job Fair (2Ls & 3Ls)
New York, NY
August 21-23, 2014

National LGBT Bar Association Conference & Career Fair

New York, NY

September 10-13, 2014

Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Career Fair

Washington, DC

 

 

Past Forums & Speaking Engagements
September 24, 2013

2013 Asian American Prosecutors Panel & Reception

New York County District Attorney's Office

January 7-8, 2014

SEO College Scholars Winter Institute & Career Fair           

(NYU Law School)

February 27, 2014 National Hispanic Prosecutors Association, The Role of the Latino Prosecutor in the CJ System (CUNY Law School)
March 4, 2014 Opportunity Network Law Panel
   

Click here to see our complete schedule of on-campus visits and career fairs.