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Queens district attorney welcomes largest class of prosecutors in office history

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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz welcomes the largest class of prosecutors in the office’s history. (Photo courtesy of DA’s office)

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the appointment of 49 new assistant district attorneys (ADAs) on Oct. 14, the largest class to ever join the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

The new ADAs began their prosecutorial careers with an intensive, six-week-long training program that included lectures, courtroom observation and interactive workshops. They received practical, hands-on experience by participating in ride-alongs with members of the NYPD, including a visit to the 113th Precinct in Jamaica last week.

The new ADAs went through an intensive six-week-long training program that included a visit to the 113th Precinct in Jamaica last week. (Photo courtesy of 113th Precinct)

During the training program, the new ADAs gleaned knowledge about alternative sentencing options from members of the Rehabilitation Programs & Restorative Services Bureau and met with members from the Queens Community Justice Center, a community-based youth outreach program.

(Photo courtesy of 113th Precinct)

The new class of prosecutors includes five graduates from St. John’s University School of Law — Skerdjan Band, Jared Brady, Amanda Lynn, Julien Gutierrez and Mary Michalos — and six graduates from Hofstra University School of Law — Amanda Lynn Bruchhauser, Kevin Deng, Alyssa Glasshagel, John Margolies, Sajay Sukhdeo and Carlos Valencia.

The new assistant district attorneys will be assigned to the Criminal Court Bureau, Intake Bureau Domestic Violence Bureau and Appeals Bureau. Thereafter, they will be eligible for assignments in the Investigations or Trials Divisions.

“I am proud to welcome this diverse group of talented professionals into the Queens District Attorney’s Office,” Katz said. “I look forward to working with them in support of this office’s mission to keep those who live and work in Queens County safe while helping to ensure the criminal justice system is fairer for all.”

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