MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY-ELECT CY VANCE ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE STAFF

A press release from Manhattan District Attorney-elect Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.:
 
Manhattan District Attorney-elect Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced members of his executive staff, who will lead the Office in prosecuting and preventing crime. Members of the executive staff will also oversee the development and implementation of new policies and programs for the Manhattan DA’s Office. Additions to the executive staff are expected in early 2010.
 
“I am honored to have so many talented leaders in the legal community accept positions in the Office,” said Vance, who will take office on January 1, 2010. “Together we will build upon the outstanding legacy of Robert Morgenthau, by continuing to aggressively prosecute and prevent crimes while ensuring the criminal justice system is fair for all. I could not ask for a stronger team to work with as we begin this new era.”
 
Mr. Vance’s public swearing-in ceremony will be held in the Great Hall of City College on Monday, January 4, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.
 
The Executive Staff:
 
Daniel R. Alonso will serve as Chief Assistant District Attorney.  Mr. Alonso is currently a litigation partner at the law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP and has been a member of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity since 2007.  He recently completed a three-year term as Chair of the Council on Criminal Justice of the New York City Bar Association.  Mr. Alonso previously served for nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, including as Deputy Chief of Special Prosecutions and later as Chief of the Criminal Division.  He began his career in the District Attorney's Office, serving for five years in the Frauds Bureau, the Special Prosecutions Bureau, and the Trial Division.  He has also served as Senior Law Clerk to Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa of the New York Court of Appeals.  Mr. Alonso currently serves as a member of the Advisory Group to the State-Federal Judicial Council, the New York State Bar Association Committee to Review Judicial Nominations, and the Board of Editors of Business Crimes Bulletin.  He is a 1987 graduate of Cornell University and a 1990 graduate of New York University School of Law.
 
Caitlin J. Halligan will serve as General Counsel.  Ms. Halligan heads the appellate practice at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal, and Manges LLP.  She also teaches a constitutional law seminar as a member of the Columbia Law School adjunct faculty, and serves on the Governor's Judicial Screening Committees for the First Department and statewide courts.  For more than five years, Ms. Halligan served as Solicitor General of New York State, and has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals, and other federal and state appellate courts.  Prior to her tenure as Solicitor General, she served as First Deputy Solicitor General and as the first Chief of the New York Attorney General's Internet Bureau, where she developed and coordinated statewide law enforcement and policy initiatives regarding online fraud and privacy.  She began her career in private practice in Washington D.C., and served as a law clerk to Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.  Ms. Halligan is a graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown University Law Center.
 
Karen Friedman Agnifilo will serve as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Trial Division.  Ms. Friedman Agnifilo is currently General Counsel to Mayor Bloomberg's Criminal Justice Coordinator, John Feinblatt, in whose office she has worked since 2006.  In that capacity, she has managed multi-agency criminal justice policy initiatives and projects and helped shape New York City's criminal justice legislative and policy agendas.  Her areas of focus have included human trafficking, where she has served as the chair of the New York City Anti Human Trafficking Task Force, implementing numerous human trafficking initiatives; internet safety; sexual assault; DNA; domestic violence; mental health; Criminal Court; court facility renovations; technology projects; juvenile justice; identity theft; and fraud.  A veteran of the District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Friedman Agnifilo previously served for 14 years as an Assistant District Attorney under DA Robert Morgenthau, including four years as Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit.  In the Trial Division, she handled a wide range of cases including homicides, sexual assaults, gangs, narcotics, child abuse, and general violent crime.  In addition to Sex Crimes, she served in the Homicide Investigation Unit, the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau, and the Asian Gang Unit.  Ms. Friedman Agnifilo is a 1988 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and a 1992 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.
 
Leroy Frazer, Jr., will serve as Executive Assistant District Attorney for External Affairs. Mr. Frazer joined the Office in 1980 and was initially assigned to the Trial Division.  In 1989, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, and ultimately became Chief of that bureau in 1995.  In January 2007 he was named Executive Assistant District Attorney for Governmental Affairs and Community Relations.  In May 2009, Mr. Frazer was appointed to the position of First Assistant District Attorney, where he also serves as Coordinator of the New York State Law Enforcement Council and Attorney-in-Charge of the District Attorney’s Northern Manhattan Office.    Mr. Frazer is a 1977 graduate of Talladega College and a 1980 graduate of Temple University School of Law.
 
Hilary Hassler will serve as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Appeals Bureau. Ms. Hassler currently serves as Chief of the Appeals Bureau in the District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Hassler began her legal career as an ADA in 1979, assigned to the Appeals Bureau. She handled all manner of state court appeals, including felony convictions and civil proceedings in both state and federal court.  In 1981, Ms. Hassler was assigned to the Trial Division, where she was responsible for felony street-crime prosecution, including homicides. Ms. Hassler resigned from the Office in 1986 and was appointed Principal Law Clerk to Acting Supreme Court Justice Allen Alpert, in New York County.  One year later, she was reappointed an ADA and returned to the Appeals Bureau, where she served in various capacities, including Supervising Appellate Attorney, Deputy Chief, and, ultimately in 2009, Chief of the Appeals Bureau. Ms. Hassler graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and Brooklyn Law School, where she was a published member and senior editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.
 
Adam Kaufmann will serve as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division. Mr. Kaufmann currently serves as the Chief of Investigations Division Central (IDC), a bureau within the Investigation Division.  Mr. Kaufmann joined the District Attorney's Office in 1994 and was assigned to the Trial Division.  In that capacity, he was part of the trial team that secured a conviction of Dr. Robert Bierenbaum for the 1985 murder of his wife, one of the first two "bodyless" homicide convictions obtained in the State of New York.  In 2000, Mr. Kaufmann joined the Special Investigations Bureau in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, where he supervised long-term investigations into major narcotics importation organizations.  In 2003, Mr. Kaufmann was assigned to handle complex financial crime investigations as part of Investigation Division Central, where he was ultimately appointed Deputy Chief in 2005 and Chief in 2007.  He supervised, among others, the investigations into the illegal movement of billions of dollars of Iranian money by Credit Suisse and Lloyds TSB (UK); the sale of WMD material to the Iranian military by a Chinese proliferator banned by the U.S. government, the indictment and pleas of guilty of 25 defendants who ran a $100 million sub-prime mortgage fraud ring, and the convictions of a number of operators of pyramid schemes involving private placement of securities.  Mr. Kaufmann is a 1987 graduate of Cornell University and a 1994 graduate of American University, Washington College of Law.
 
Chauncey Parker will serve as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Crime Prevention Strategies. Mr. Parker is currently the Director of the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), a federally-funded program that invests in federal, state and local law enforcement partnerships designed to disrupt the market for illegal drugs.   A veteran of more than 23 years in criminal justice, Mr. Parker began his career in the District Attorney's Office, serving for five years in the Trial Division and in the Office of the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor. Mr. Parker next served for 10 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York under Mary Jo White, serving in the Organized Crime Unit.  Mr. Parker left the Southern District to serve for five years as the Director of Criminal Justice for New York State and Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services under Gov. George E. Pataki, where he oversaw all state criminal justice agencies, including the New York State Police, New York State Department of Correctional Services and New York State Parole. Mr. Parker is a member of the Board of the Police Athletic League, Harlem Day Charter School and Joyful Heart Foundation. He is a graduate of Rollins College and Duke University School of Law.
 
Frederick J. Watts will serve as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Finance and Administration.  Mr. Watts is currently serving in that capacity under Robert M. Morgenthau.  He was appointed an Assistant District Attorney in 1983, and began his career in the Trial Division, handling all forms of violent crime.  In 1990, he was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief in the Trial Division, and in 1991 Mr. Watts was elevated to the executive position of Deputy Administrative Assistant District Attorney and Director of Legal Hiring.  From 1996 to 2007, he served as the Administrative Assistant District Attorney, responsible for managing all administrative functions.  In 2007, Mr. Watts was promoted to Executive Assistant District Attorney for Finance and Administration where, in addition to the above administrative responsibilities, he is responsible for securing all City, State, and Federal funding for the office.  Mr. Watts is a 1979 graduate of Brown University with a degree in Economics, and a 1982 graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.
 
Erin M. Duggan will serve as Director of Communications. She previously served on Mr. Vance’s campaign staff as Director of Communications and Press Secretary. Before joining Mr. Vance, Ms. Duggan served as Deputy Press Secretary for Gov. David Paterson, and previously was a spokesperson for Gov. Eliot Spitzer.  Ms. Duggan spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter, during which time she wrote for The New York Times, the Albany Times Union, and the Syracuse Post-Standard. Ms. Duggan is a graduate of Colby College and Syracuse University, where she also taught journalism.
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