Queens District Attorney’s offi ce appoints four St.
John’s School of Law graduates as prosecutors
BY BILL PARRY
A fifth of the 20 new prosecutors
appointed to the Queens
district attorney’s office are
recent graduates of St. John’s
University School of Law.
Acting Queens District
Attorney John M. Ryan announced
Wednesday that Nicholas
Balboni, Mark S. Luccarelli,
Kathleen Modica and Emily R.
Santoro are new assistant district
Over the last several weeks,
the Fromkes Hall products added
to their knowledge of the law
through lectures, courtroom observation,
and mock hearings.
They also received practical,
hands-on experience by participating
in simulations at the
New York Police Department’s
Tactics House and studying
firearms at the Police Department’s
outdoor firing range.
The course also included visits
to correctional institutions
and alternative sentencing
programs and beginning next
week, the 20 new ADAs will go
on patrol with NYPD officers.
Three of the new prosecutors,
Vivian Gonzalez, Natash
Levy and Vasiliki Sakellararidis
are graduates of Fordham
University School of Law
and Brooklyn Law School
graduate Gabriella Giunta,
City University of New York
Law School’s Asya Abb and
New York Law School’s Daniel
F. Martorelli round out the
graduates from New York City
“Following a highly-selective
recruitment process, we
have chosen 20 new assistant
district attorneys to join the
office,” Ryan said. “They are
bright professionals with law
degrees from some of the finest
law schools in this country.
I want to applaud each and
every one of them for choosing
public service and I am proud
to appoint them to serve the
people of Queens County. I
know that they will serve with
Two of the new ADAs graduated
from the Elisabeth Haub
School of Law at Pace University
in White Plains, one hails
from the Maurice A. Deane
School of Law at Hofstra University
and one represents the
University at Buffalo School of
Law. The remaining new ADAs
come from out of state.
These new assistants will be
assigned to either the Criminal
Court/Intake Bureau or the Domestic
Violence Bureau. Thereafter,
they will be offered the
opportunity for assignments in
the Appeals Bureau and the Investigation
After that, they will enter
an intensive training program
prior to being assigned to the
Supreme Court Trial Bureau.
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