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 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.
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:
We are also committed to building a diverse talent pool from which to recruit by participating in the following programs:
Click below to see our diversity outreach events and recruitment schedule.
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.
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.
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.
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. Contact ResumeWorkshop@dany.nyc.gov if you have additional questions.
The Diversity Committee Law School Liaisons Sub-Committee serves 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. Liaisons 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 SchoolLiaisons@dany.nyc.gov.
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, President of Harlem Children’s Zone, Cesar Perales, then President of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and Preet Bharara, US Attorney of the Southern District of NY. Most recently, the Committee 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 informal mentoring relationships.
Summer Intern Diversity Reception
The Diversity Committee and the Legal Hiring Unit host an annual 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.
2013 Asian American Prosecutors Panel & Reception
New York County District Attorney's Office
80 Centre Street, 8th Floor
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The New York County District Attorney's Office Diversity Committee and the Prosecutors' Committee of the Asian American Bar Association present "Pursuing a Career as an Assistant District Attorney" on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 5:30 – 8:00pm.
A panel of prosecutors from local District Attorney's Offices will discuss diversity at the DA’s office and share their personal experiences. Learn what we seek in applicants, how to improve your interviewing skills, and successfully navigate the interview process. The panel discussion will commence promptly at 6:00pm. An opportunity to meet legal staff from local District Attorney's Offices will follow the discussion. The program is open to current law students and practicing lawyers.
To RSVP, you must email your name, law school, and year of graduation to DiversityCommittee@dany.nyc.gov by Friday, September 20, 2013.
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
Moderated by: Jeannette Molina, Administrative ADA & Director of Legal Hiring, New York County District Attorney’s Office
5:30pm ~ Meet & Greet
6:00pm ~ ADA Panel Discussion
7:00pm ~ Reception & Networking
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.
|2013 Recruitment Events|
|March 5, 2013||
LeGaL Career Fair (The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Law Association of Greater New York)
Table Talk Only
|July 16, 2013||
National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair
2Ls & 3Ls
|August 16, 2012||
Northeast BLSA Job Fair
2Ls & 3Ls
|August 21 - 24, 2013||
National LGBT Bar Association - Lavender Law
Conference & Career Fair
September 4 - 7, 2013
Hispanic National Bar Association
Annual Conference & Career Fair
|November 15-18, 2013||
National Asian Pacific American Bar Assocation Conference
|Past Forums & Speaking Engagements|
|September 18, 2012||Metropolitan Black Bar Association Panel|
|January 3-4, 2013||SEO College Scholars Winter Institute & Career Fair|
|January 10, 2013||Harlem RBI Legends Networking Event|
|May 2, 2013||Executive Education Forum|
|July 27, 2013||SEO Summer Career Institute, Speed Networking|