MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY-ELECT CY VANCE ANNOUNCES TRANSITION TEAM

A press release from Manhattan District Attorney-Elect Cy Vance:Manhattan

District Attorney-elect Cy Vance today announced the members of his transition team, who will provide counsel on the development and implementation of new policies and programs in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The members come from public and private legal practices, as well as from public service, religious, labor and community organizations. Vance’s transition team will be chaired by Michael Cherkasky.

“I joined the Office in the 1980’s as a young Assistant District Attorney, and I am honored to return to lead it and to succeed Robert Morgenthau, my former boss and a great leader in our American legal system,” said Vance. “New York is now the safest big city in America. We have an incredible opportunity to build upon the Office's many successes while expanding our efforts in crime prevention and in improving the justice system. As DA, I will keep the people of Manhattan safe, and our criminal justice system fair.”  

The transition team will advise Vance on a broad range of criminal justice issues affecting the work of the District Attorney’s Office. Areas of focus include creating a community-based justice model, developing new crime prevention strategies, expanding the fight against domestic violence, protecting workers and tenants, reforming the criminal courts and creating a prosecution integrity panel that will help prevent wrongful convictions, among others. Vance remains committed to continuing the nationally-recognized work of the Office in fighting white collar crime and terrorism, while increasing attention to public corruption and community outreach.  

The transition team includes the following members:  

Alison Akant  is a diversity consultant. Since 2006 she has been the Principal of Diversity Research and was formerly a practicing attorney.  In the 1990’s Ms. Akant was Of Counsel with the New York firm of Dogan and Associates.  From 1985 to 1989 she was a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney assigned to the Special Narcotics Bureau; she served as a Deputy Bureau Chief in that office.  

Daniel R. Alonso  is a partner at Kaye Scholer LLP, where he represents corporations and executives in internal and government investigations of white collar matters.  He previously served for 14 years as a federal and state prosecutor -- five years as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan and nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, including three years as the Chief of the Criminal Division.  He also previously served as senior law clerk to the Honorable Joseph W. Bellacosa of the New York Court of Appeals.  Mr. Alonso currently serves, by appointment of the Governor, on the New York State Commission on Public Integrity.  

Stuart Appelbaum  is President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), and a vice president of the New York City Central Labor Council.  He also serves as President of the Jewish Labor Committee.  He previously served as Chief House Counsel for the Democratic National Committee.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.  

Martin C. Aronchick  is a Managing Director at Thacher Associates, LLC. Before joining Thacher Associates in 1999, he was a member of the Executive Staff of, and Affirmative Litigation Counsel for, the Office of the Inspector General of the NYC School Construction Authority. Prior to that he was an Assistant Deputy Attorney General and a member of the Executive Staff of and Attorney-in-Charge of Civil Enforcement for the NYS Organized Crime Task Force. Mr. Aronchick also served in the NYC Law Dept. as an Assistant Chief of the Affirmative Litigation Division.  

Greg Berman  is the director of the Center for Court Innovation.  The winner of the 2009 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, the Center promotes criminal justice reform through original research and demonstration projects.  Mr. Berman is the co-author of Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice (The New Press) and Learning from Failure: Trial, Error and Criminal Justice Reform (forthcoming from Urban Institute Press).    

Laurence E. Busching  is Chief of the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department.  The Division is responsible for the prosecution of juveniles throughout New York City as well as for the enforcement of interstate child support orders.  From 1990-2004, Mr. Busching served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.  The last four years of his time in that office were spent as Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau.  Mr. Busching serves on the Board of Directors for the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault and is an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School.  

Zachary W. Carter  is currently a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and is co-chair of the firm's white collar practice group. Mr. Carter served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1993 to 1999. Mr. Carter is a former United States Magistrate Judge and former Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York. Mr. Carter has served as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Kings County. Mr. Carter is a member of the board of directors of the Vera Institute of Justice, is a member of the board of trustees of John Jay College of Criminal Justice Foundation and is Chairman of the New York City Mayor's Committee on the Judiciary.  

Michael G. Cherkasky  is currently the CEO of Altegrity Inc. and Chairman of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity. Prior to joining Altegrity he was the CEO of Marsh & McLennan, and prior to that Kroll. Additionally, between 1994 – 2009, Mr. Cherkasky was the monitor for the Long Island Carting Industry, the Teamsters Union, and LAPD. He was an ADA in New York County between 1978-1993, where he served as Chief of a Trial Bureau, the Rackets Bureau and the Investigation Division.  

Douglas W. Dunham  is a litigator with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.   He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University, receiving A.B.-A.M. degrees in history with government.  He has a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was research editor of the Columbia Law Review.   He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the New York State Interest on Lawyers Accounts Fund and a Member of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee for the Second Department.    

Paul Egan  is theDirector of Legislation and Political Action for the United Federation of Teachers. Egan holds Masters degrees in Government, Political Science and International History from St.John's University, CUNY and UCD, Ireland. Egan taught at Manhattan College and is a James Madison Fellow.  

Linda Fairstein, lawyer and best-selling crime novelist, is a legal expert on crimes of violence against women and children.  For three decades, Ms. Fairstein was a prosecutor in the office of the New York County District Attorney, where she was in charge of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for twenty-six years.  A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she serves on several non-profit boards, including Safe Horizon, the country's largest victim advocacy organization. Ms. Fairstein is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law, where her classmates have established a public service fellowship in her name.  

Steve Fishner  is a partner at KPMG LLP where he advises clients regarding prevention, detection and response to fraud and misconduct.  From 1978-98 Mr. Fishner was a prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where he served as the office’s administrative and executive district attorney.  From 1998-2001, until he joined KPMG, Mr. Fishner was the City of New York’s criminal justice coordinator, serving as Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s principal criminal justice advisor.  

Gregory Floyd  is thePresident of Local 237 Teamsters Union. As president of the largest local in the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Mr. Floyd represents hundreds of occupational titles in city agencies and the Housing Authority. He is also a commissioner on the board of the IBT Human Rights Commission. Additionally, Mr. Floyd serves as a vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO and the New York City Central Labor Council. Mr. Floyd is also on the board of trustees of the Council for Unity, a New York City-based organization that promotes safety, unity and achievement in schools and communities.  

Patricia L. Gatling  is the Commissioner/Chair of the NYC Commission on Human Rights.  Previously, she served as First Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and Special Assistant Attorney General at the Office to Investigate Corruption in the NYC Criminal Justice System.  Ms. Gatling is a current member and former president of the National Black Prosecutors’ Association.  In addition, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for the New York Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.   

Richard H. Girgenti  is the National and Americas Leader for KPMG LLP’s Forensic Services.  He has also served as a member of KPMG’s Board of Directors.  Prior to joining KPMG, he served as New York State Director of Criminal Justice and Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services under Governor Mario Cuomo.  Mr. Girgenti was an Assistant District Attorney in New York County between 1974-1991 where he held a variety of executive positions, including Trial Bureau Chief and Administrative Assistant District Attorney.  

Robert C. Gottlieb  is a criminal defense attorney and founder of the Law Offices of Robert C. Gottlieb.  He is a member of the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on Wrongful Convictions and previously served on the City Bar Association's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.  Mr. Gottlieb served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County between 1975 -1979.  In 1989, Mr. Gottlieb was a candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney.  

Adrienne A. Harris  is on leave from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP to serve as Executive Director of Cy Vance’s transition team. At Sullivan & Cromwell she is a member of the Litigation Department.  She also serves as a Coordinator for the Pipeline Crisis/Winning Strategies for Young Black Men initiative.  Prior to rejoining the firm in November 2008, she worked as a Press Secretary on the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania, and from 2007-2008 she clerked in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Ms. Harris also worked on the Spitzer-Paterson campaign and Transition in 2006.  She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia Law School where she was a member of the Columbia Law Review.  

Martin F. Horn  is aDistinguished Lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. For nearly seven years prior to joining the John Jay faculty in September 2009 Mr. Horn served simultaneously as Correction Commissioner and Probation Commissioner for the City of New York. Mr. Horn has over 40 years experience working in corrections and community supervision. Horn previously served as Secretary of Corrections for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for many years was the Executive Director of New York State’s paroling authority. Mr. Horn has been a warden and has taught, written and spoken extensively about issues of prison and parole reform throughout his career.  

Michael P. Jacobson  is the President and Director of the Vera Institute of Justice. Mr. Jacobson joined Vera as its fourth director in January 2005. Before then he was a professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A PhD in sociology, he was the New York City correction commissioner from 1995 to 1998 and the city's probation commissioner from 1992 to 1996. Prior to that, he worked in the New York City Office of Management and Budget from 1984 to 1992 where he was the deputy budget director. He is the author of Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration (New York University Press 2005). He serves as chair of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency.  

Isabelle Kirshner  is a partner in the firm of Clayman & Rosenberg.  She was an Assistant District Attorney in New York County between 1982-1986 and has more than 20 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been appointed to sit on the Criminal Justice Act Committee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, as well as the Criminal Courts and Judiciary Committees for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  

Harlan Levy  is a partner in the law firm of Boies Schiller & Flexner. He is the Chair of the Council on Criminal Justice of the New York City Bar Association, which coordinates that Association's work in the field of criminal law. Mr. Levy’s book about DNA evidence in criminal cases “And the Blood Cried Out” (Basic Books/HarperCollins) was also published as a mass market paperback and a Japanese edition, and is excerpted in the Foundation Press casebook on Evidence. Articles published include “Caught Up in DNA's Growing Web” (New York Times Op-Ed) and “Making Experts Matter” (Litigation Magazine). A former Manhattan homicide prosecutor, Mr. Levy also clerked for Judge Leonard P. Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia Law School.  

Lee Llambelis  is the Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs for NYS Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Prior to her appointment she was the Litigation Director for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. Ms. Llambelis served from 1992 to 2001 as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. At the DA's office, she was a prosecutor in the Trial Division, in the Special Prosecutions Bureau conducting white collar investigations and also in the Official Corruption Unit, investigating and prosecuting corruption in the Police Department. Ms. Llambelis received her Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.   

Katchen Locke  is an attorney at the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, a union representing over 100,000 property service workers in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Florida.  She is a 1999 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, and prior to joining Local 32BJ was a fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice.  Her practice includes legal support for the union’s organizing and legislative campaigns, labor and employment litigation, immigrant rights, collective bargaining negotiations, and labor arbitrations.   

Jose Maldonado  is Vice President of External Affairs for AmeriChoice, a UnitedHealthcare Company.  He served as the state's Deputy Attorney General for Medicaid Fraud.  His city service included, Chair of the Business Integrity Commission and Commissioner of Department of Consumer Affairs and Department of Juvenile Justice.  Mr. Maldonado was an Assistant District Attorney in New York County between 1986-1994, where he held a variety of positions, including Chief Assistant, Office of Special Narcotics.  

Jennifer Martin  is a Managing Director with Stroz Friedberg LLC, a technical consulting and services firm specializing in digital forensics, computer crime response, and electronic discovery.  From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Martin was Senior Counsel in the US Department of Justice’s Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, where she developed an expertise in the international aspects of computer crime, computer intrusion investigations, obtaining electronic evidence, and the Economic Espionage Act.  From 2004 through 2006, Ms. Martin worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan DA’s office and began her legal career as an associate at Sidley & Austin in Washington DC, after clerking for two federal appellate judges.  In addition to her law degree, she holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mathematics.  

Rev. Dr. C. Vernon Mason  is a Member of the Faculty at the New York Theological Seminary and is C.E.O. of the Fund for Community Leadership Development, which operates Project Uth Turn, an alternative to detention program. Rev. Mason also serves as Secretary to the Deacon Board at the Abyssinian Baptist Church. He has been married to Thelma Rollins Mason for 42 years, and the couple has three adult children and one grandchild.  

Hugh H. Mo,  attorney and principal of The Law Firm of Hugh H. Mo, P.C., handles complex commercial and corporate litigation as well as criminal defense litigation.  Mr. Mo  previously served for eight years as an Assistant District Attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (1976-1984), including two years in the Citywide Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office, after which he served for four years as the Deputy Commissioner in Charge of Trials in the New York City Police Department (1984-1988); at the time, the highest ranking Asian-American in New York City government. Before opening his own law office in 1994, Mr. Mo also was Partner-In-Charge for six years of the China Practice Group at the law firm of Whitman & Ransom (predecessor to Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan in New York) (1988-1993), representing banking, corporate, litigation and real estate clients in the U.S. and overseas.  Mr. Mo also served as Chair of the Criminal Justice Council for the David N. Dinkins Mayoral Campaign (1989).  

Peter Neufeld  co-founded and co-directs The Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  The Innocence Project has been responsible in whole or in part for exonerating most of the 250 men and women nationwide to be cleared through post-conviction DNA testing. Mr. Neufeld has also worked with law enforcement and prosecution services to identify the actual perpetrator in many of these cases.   More recently, the Project has assumed a leadership role in identifying and addressing the systemic causes of wrongful conviction. Mr. Neufeld is also a partner in a small civil rights law firm, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin and serves on the Board of the Montefiore Medical Center and is chair of its Medical Committee, focusing on quality assurance issues.  

Rosemonde Pierre-Louis  was appointed Manhattan Deputy Borough President in December 2005.  She is responsible for overseeing many of Borough President Stringer’s key initiatives related to transportation, domestic violence, food, sustainability, and criminal justice, and she led the office’s historic reform of Manhattan’s 12 Community Boards.  Before entering city government, Ms. Pierre-Louis served for 20 years as a public interest attorney in New York City’s legal services organizations, where she represented low-income and working poor litigants and became a recognized advocate for survivors of domestic violence.   Ms. Pierre-Louis has lectured as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law.  

Barry Scheck  is a Professor of Law Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Emeritus Director of Clinical Education. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Innocence Project and has been a Commissioner on the New York State Forensic Science Review Board for past 12 years. He was formerly President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  

Jeff Schlanger  was an Assistant DA in Manhattan from 1978 to 1990 working in the Trial Division, Special Narcotics and Rackets and serving at various times during that period as both Senior Trial Counsel and Senior Investigative Counsel.  In 1990 Mr. Schlanger left the DA's Office and formed a private investigation firm which was bought by Kroll Inc. in 1998.  Mr. Schlanger served as the Chief Operating Officer of Security Services Group and then as founder and President of Kroll Government Services, which provided a wide variety of security and investigative services to federal, state and local governments, including the eight-year Monitorship of the Los Angeles Police Department.  Currently, Mr. Schlanger serves as CEO and President of KeyPoint Government Solutions which was the new name adopted by Kroll Government Services upon its sale to Veritas Capital.  Mr. Schlanger serves as treasurer of Cy Vance's campaign committee and is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and New York University School of Law.  

Paul Shechtman  is a partner at Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman, P.C. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Louis H. Pollack and the Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  He joined the United States Attorney’s Office in 1981 and served as Assistant U.S. Attorney until 1985 when he became Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  In 1987, Mr. Shechtman became Counsel to the District Attorney, New York County and then the Chief Criminal Division U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1993.  Mr. Shechtman acted as the Director of Criminal Justice for the State of New York from 1995 to 1997 before joining what is now Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman, P.C.  Mr. Shechtman also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Law School.  

Robert Silbering  is the former New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor. He headed the Office of Special Narcotics from 1991-1997. Prior to that he served as a Trial Bureau Chief in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He is presently the President of Forensic Investigative Associates, an international investigative and consulting firm.  

Mindy Tarlow  is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a New York-based nonprofit corporation that provides employment services to men and women returning from prison and others with recent criminal convictions.  Prior to joining CEO, Ms. Tarlow spent close to ten years at the New York City Office of Management and Budget, serving most recently as Deputy Director, where she co-authored the Mayor’s Safe Streets, Safe City Omnibus Criminal Justice Program. Ms. Tarlow is a member of the Prisoner Reentry Institute Advisory Board at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  

Thomas D. (Toby) Thacher  is the President and CEO of Thacher Associates, LLC, an investigative consulting firm based in NYC. Prior to forming Thacher Associates in 1996, he was Vice President and Inspector General of the NYC School Construction Authority. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of the Construction Industry Strike Force, an investigative prosecutorial initiative formed by Governor Mario Cuomo in 1986 with staff detailed from the offices of New York Count District Attorney, the NYS Organized Crime Task Force, the FBI and the US Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Racketeering. He has also served as NYS Assistant Deputy Attorney General in the Organized Crime Task Force and as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County.  

Jeremy Travis  is president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Senior Fellow in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where he launched a national research program focused on prisoner reentry into society. From 1994-2000, Mr. Travis directed the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.  Prior to his service in Washington, he was Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department (1990-1994), a Special Advisor to New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch (1986-89), and Special Counsel to the Police Commissioner of the NYPD (1984-86). Before joining city government, Mr. Travis spent a year as a law clerk to then-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He began his career in criminal justice working as a legal services assistant for the Legal Aid Society, New York’s indigent defense agency.  

Stephen Younger,  President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association, is a leading commercial litigator who is also well-known for his alternative dispute resolution work.  Having been with Patterson Belknap since 1983, Mr. Younger has more than 25 years of experience as a commercial litigator.  As a seasoned trial lawyer, he has tried many cases in federal and state court and before arbitration panels.  He also frequently argues appeals, particularly in the appellate courts of New York.  Based on his significant ADR experience, he is often called on to serve as an arbitrator or mediator in high-stake matters. 

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