NEW YORK – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced today that Assistant District Attorney Yael Levy, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Appeals Bureau, has won the New York Prosecutors Training Institute Prosecutor of the Year, Appellate Advocacy Award.
The award is given to a prosecutor who has demonstrated outstanding appellate advocacy skills, leadership, and selfless dedication to criminal prosecution in New York.
Levy successfully argued before the Court of Appeals for the affirmance of Deputy Police Commissioner William Flanagan’s official misconduct convictions.
“Yael Levy is outstanding prosecutor whose skilled appellate advocacy has ensured that just convictions have been upheld in the state’s highest courts and the case law stemming from her arguments has strengthened our criminal justice system,” DA Singas said. “The people of Nassau County are fortunate to have such a skilled attorney working on their behalf, and all of us in the District Attorney’s office are very proud of Yael for being selected by our colleagues around the state for this prestigious honor.”
“It’s a great honor to serve the people of Nassau County in this role doing meaningful and important work that I love,” Deputy Bureau Chief Levy said. “I’m grateful to DA Singas and my colleagues in the Appeals Bureau for nominating me for this award, and to the New York State Prosecutors Training Institute for selecting me for this recognition.”
In addition to serving as Deputy Chief of the Appeals Bureau at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Levy teaches New York Criminal Practice at St. John’s University School of Law. She was previously a Supervisor in the Appeals Bureau of the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office and the Principal Law Clerk to The Honorable James M. Kindler of the Bronx County Supreme Court. Levy has taught Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and the Hofstra University School of Law. She has lectured for NYPTI, the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York State Judicial Institute. Levy holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Earlier this year, Executive Assistant District Attorney Sheryl Anania received the District Attorneys Association of the State Of New York’s prestigious Morgenthau Award.
The Morgenthau Award, established in 2009, recognizes one assistant district attorney from each of four regions of the state whose professional accomplishments, honesty, integrity and commitment to justice exemplify Mr. Morgenthau’s high standards during his tenure as New York County District Attorney.
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