Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to join us for this special webinar introducing our newly elected Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, who will take office on January 1st.
I will have more to say to you all next month in reflection and gratitude for our time together. But for today, I want to congratulate Alvin and his team for running an outstanding campaign that culminated in last night’s historic win. Alvin’s election as the first Black person elected Manhattan D.A. marks an important milestone for our Office – as we continue to build a more fair and equitable justice system for all.
Since World War II, just four people, including my larger than life predecessor Bob Morgenthau and the legendary Frank Hogan, have been elected Manhattan D.A. Each one inherited one of the great public law offices of their era, and with it, some of the nation’s best attorneys and professional staffers. And each one, when they left, left the bar higher than when they came in, having expanded the impact of an already-great office within our community, and around the country and the world. I am confident Alvin will do the same.
A native of Central Harlem and graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Alvin has served as Chief Deputy Attorney General in New York State, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice, and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Throughout his career, he has led a number of high-profile investigations and prosecutions, while also serving as a fierce advocate for tenants’ rights, civil rights, and human rights.
Alvin is a visiting professor of law and co-director of the Racial Justice Project at New York Law School, a member of the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society, and a Sunday School teacher at the Abyssinian Baptist Church. He and his wife Jamila live in Harlem with their two children.
I want to once again say congratulations to our next D.A. and his team for their remarkable victory.
Now I will turn it over to Alvin.