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A Career in Criminal Justice

Our mission is to train students to become skilled criminal lawyers. We will help you create a résumé with the credentials and experience that employers are seeking. Our outstanding record of student placements in district attorneys' offices and criminal defense organizations is unrivaled. There are currently more than 350 graduates working as prosecutors in the New York City District Attorneys’ Offices.

In addition, our alumni network of distinguished criminal law practitioners provides another point of entry to the profession. They are generous with their time and motivated to help others follow their career path.

Select Notable Alumni

Marc Agnifilo '90 is Senior Litigation Counsel at the firm of Brafman & Associates, where he concentrates on complex criminal cases in state and federal courts and internal corporate investigations. Mr. Agnifilo was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey between 1998 and 2006, where he served as Chief of the Violent Crime Unit.

Jodi Avergun ’87 is a partner in the Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Group in the Washington DC office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Ms. Avergun is the former Chief of Staff of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Earlier, she served as the Chief of the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

George Curtis ‘67 is a Professor of Criminal Justice and former Director of Economic Crime Graduate Programs at Utica College. Professor Curtis is also Executive Director of the Economic Crime Institute of Utica College. He is the former Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies at Utica College.

Hilary Hassler ’79 is is Chief of the Appeals Bureau and Executive Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and a member of the Grand Jury Project, a commission of the Chief Judge of the State of New York.

Hon. Sterling Johnson, Jr. ’66 is a Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and formerly served as New York City’s first Special Narcotics Prosecutor. In addition, Judge Johnson currently serves as a Commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission, the agency charged with promulgating the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

Gerald B. Lefcourt ’67 is recognized as one of the country's foremost trial attorneys in criminal law and complex civil litigation and is frequently called upon to represent individuals and corporations charged with the most serious crimes. Mr. Lefcourt is currently President of the Criminal Justice Foundation of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Hon. John M. Leventhal ’79 has served as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, since 2008. Previously Judge Leventhal was a New York State Supreme Court Judge for fourteen years and presided over the nation’s first felony Domestic Violence Court, which has become a model for other judges and other court administrators worldwide.

Rafael Pineiro ’80 is First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, the largest police force in the United States. Mr. Pineiro previously served as Chief of Personnel for the NYPD and has been tasked with streamlining and modernizing many NYPD programs. Mr. Pineiro is the most tenured Chief of Personnel in NYPD history.

Hon. Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. ’92 is a United States Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Reyes was a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, serving as Deputy Chief of Civil Appeals.

Gerald Shargel ’69 is a criminal defense lawyer known for representing high-profile defendants and BLS Practitioner-in-Residence.

Robert H. Silbering ’74 Special Advisor to the Chairman at T & M Protection Resources, a security and investigative services firm. Mr. Silbering is also a former New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor and Trial Bureau Chief in the New York County District Attorney's Office.

Anne J. Swern ’80 is First Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney's Office. She heads the District Attorney’s Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison Program (DTAP) and also supervises Treatment Alternatives for Dually Diagnosed (TADD), an alternative to incarceration program which diverts mentally ill defendants into treatment.

Laurence Urgenson '75 is a partner at Kirland & Ellis LLP in its White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Enforcement practice. Mr. Urgenson is the former Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Fraud Section for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He currently chairs the board of editors of the Business Crimes Bulletin.