Prof. Kevin M. Duddy Clinical Associate Professor of Law Director of Trial Advocacy, Queens District Attorney's Office
Prof. Jennifer L. Naiburg Clinical Associate Professor of Law Associate Director of Trial Advocacy, Queens District Attorney's Office
PROSECUTORS NEVER TAKE A BACKSEAT DURING A CASE, so we don't ask our students in the Prosecution Clinic to take one, either. You will be front and center: working with police officers, interviewing victims and witnesses, determining charges, drafting accusatory instruments, and representing the People of the State of New York at arraignment in Queens County.
In this recently established clinic, students work in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, under the aegis of Judge Richard Brown, the District Attorney, and handle their own prosecutorial caseload from inception through trial and sentence. Students are supervised by two of the DA's most skilled professionals: Fordham Law alum Kevin Duddy '85, Director of Trial Advocacy, and his Deputy Director, Jennifer Naiburg.
During the semester, you will experience the unique role of the prosecutor as both advocate and impartial public servant sworn to pursue justice. In both the courtroom and the classroom, you will take a problem-solving approach to each case, learning firsthand the impact of the criminal justice system on all its stakeholders: the victims, the accused, the witnesses, the police, and the public.
Along with your supervising attorneys, you will develop case theory, conduct motion practice and pre-trial hearings, visit crime scenes, negotiate plea agreements, prepare evidence, and bring their cases to trial.
If you are committed to pursuing a career as a prosecutor, the experience you’ll gain in this clinic will be priceless. Imagine a New York City police officer, fresh off the street with a new arrest, bringing a case to the DA’s Intake Bureau. Now imagine yourself interviewing that officer and determining if the state will file charges against the accused. Apply for the Prosecution Clinic, and your imagination will take a backseat to an exciting reality.