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The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office Special Prosecution Division seeks attorneys with fewer than 5 years’ criminal prosecutorial experience, or other relevant experience, to serve as Assistant District Attorneys primarily handling their own docket of misdemeanor cases, and also assisting more senior ADAs on felony prosecutions. Assistant District Attorneys in the Special Prosecution Division work closely with Westchester’s almost fifty law enforcement agencies in the investigation and prosecution of cases of domestic violence, child abuse, including child homicides, sexual assault, elder abuse and cases of human trafficking. ADAs receive training on the best practices technique of forensically interviewing children and learn and utilize trauma informed interview skills for all special victim cases. ADAs also participate in the multidisciplinary approach to investigating child abuse along with partners from social services, medical providers, the County’s Child Advocacy Center and a variety of victim advocacy and mental health agencies. ADAs work collaboratively with a variety of community partners in investigating domestic violence cases, including the Westchester High Risk Team, the Westchester Anti-Trafficking Task Force and the Westchester Multidisciplinary Team for Elder Abuse. ADAs also work closely with the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office and the Westchester County Department of Laboratories and Research. ADAs in the Division receive supervision by, and guidance from, experienced senior attorneys in the areas of special victim’s cases and trial work, and are regularly provided with continuing legal education through the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Manage a high-volume caseload of misdemeanor cases involving primarily domestic violence offenses pending in the local city, town and village courts of Westchester County as well as in the integrated domestic violence part of Westchester Superior Court;
  • Work with and under the supervision of more senior attorneys on felony matters;
  • Appear regularly in the local courts noted above in person and virtually to handle any/all court proceedings;
  • Prosecute trials in the local courts with all attendant responsibilities including but not limited to discovery, witness preparation, motions practice and all courtroom litigation;
  • Learn and train how to present cases to the grand jury under the supervision of other more senior prosecutors;
  • Attend and/or conduct forensic interviews of children at the Child Advocacy Center;
  • Conduct discovery and certify case readiness;
  • Staff court calendars;
  • Attend meetings of various community oriented multidisciplinary teams and speak at various community related educational forums;
  • Participate in periodic on-call/after-hours duty.

How to Apply:

  • For consideration, please submit the following materials:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Law School Transcript, an unofficial copy is sufficient
  • Statement of Interest: A 250 word answer to the question: “Why do you want to work in the Westchester County District Attorney’s office?”
  • References: We require the full name, current telephone number and email address for three professional references.
  • Documents should be sent by e-mail in pdf format to Executive Assistant District Attorney Lila Kirton at lkirton@westchesterda.net.

Download the detailed job description for the Assistant District Attorney: Special Prosecutions Division Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Bureau role.

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