THE BRONX — Incoming Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark has put together a transition team of 37 people to help her prepare for her new job, which officially begins on Jan. 1.
The team consists of lawyers, professors and former judges who will advise Clark on how to achieve her goals as Bronx District Attorney, which include establishing greater transparency in the office and creating new units to focus on Rikers Island and government corruption.
“We have important work to do to eliminate case backlogs, create time sensitive prosecutions, actively engage the community and bring real reform to Rikers Island,” Clark said. “This team will give me the expertise and planning skills I need to hit the ground running on day one.”
Clark's team consists of the following members:
► Richard Aborn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City. Aborn advises American and European police departments on issues like use of force policy and officer integrity.
► Adele Bernhard, a distinguished adjunct professor at NYU Law School. Bernhard directs a Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic at the school and is a former public defender in the South Bronx.
► Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, the former senior associate judge on the New York State Court of Appeals who currently serves as the chair of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.
► Catherine Christian, co-director of legal training and chief of the elder abuse unit for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. She is also a former president of the New York County Lawyers' Association.
► Mylan Denerstein, a partner at the New York office of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and former counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
► Sheikh Moussa Drammeh, managing owner of Al Iman Plaza and the executive producer of the African News Media and Public Emergency Management Adherence television shows on BronxNet.
► Steven Fishner, the former criminal justice coordinator for New York City and the principal criminal justice advisor for Rudolph Giuliani.
► Leroy Frazer, chief of staff for Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.
► Elizabeth Gaynes, executive director of the Osborne Association.
► Virginia Goggin, director of legal services at the New York City Anti-Violence Project and a former staff attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group.
► Luis Gonzalez, a former appellate judge and examining attorney for the Department of Investigation.
► Father Richard Gorman, a priest and judge in the Archdiocese's Metropolitan Tribunal.
► Elsa Hampton, director of Title VI compliance with the New York City Transit Authority's Office of Equal Opportunity and an adjunct professor at Berkeley College.
► Joyce Hartsfield, executive director of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission.
► Peter Harvey, a partner at Patterson Belknap and former Attorney General of New Jersey.
► Renee Hill, a trial attorney specializing in criminal defense and former president of The Black Bar Association of Bronx County.
► Oscar Holt III, an associate professor of criminal justice and law at St. John's University.
► Martin Horn, a distinguished lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the former Correction and Probation Commissioner for New York City.
► Daniel Karson, chairman of the risk management company Kroll and a former Bronx assistant district attorney.
► Eileen Koretz, a consultant at the Center for Court Innovation and former judge at the New York County Criminal Court.
► Glenn Lau-Kee, a partner at Kee & Lau-Kee and the Immediate Past President of the New York State Bar Association.
► Harris Kluger, executive director of Sanctuary for Families and a former New York State judge.
► Lenore Kramer, a founder of the law firm Kramer & Dunleavy and former president of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York.
► Betty Lugo, president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and a founder of the law firm Pacheco & Lugo.
► Justine Luongo, attorney-in-charge of the Legal Aid Society's criminal practice.
► Teresa Mason, a partner at Bahn Multer and former chief of staff for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.
► Wayne McKenzie, general counsel for the city's Department of Probation.
► Marvin Ray Raskin, chairman of the Bronx County Bar Association's criminal courts committee.
► Bishop Antonio Rosario, CEO of the Bronx Clergy Task Force.
► Rev. Malobe Sampson, founder and president of the African Initiative Mission Foundation, which aims to fight poverty, and pastor at The Bronx's Thessalonia Worship Center.
► Barry Scheck, co-founder of The Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a former staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society in The Bronx.
► Corey Sokoler, second vice president of the Bronx County Bar Association.
► Lisa Sorin, executive director of the Westchester Square Business Improvement District.
► Robin Steinberg, founder of The Bronx Defenders.
► Jean Walsh, a deputy superintendent of banks for the New York State Department of Financial Services and a former assistant district attorney in The Bronx.
► Jonathan Washburn, senior vice president at Take-Two Interactive Software and former chief of the proceeds of crime unit at the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
► Betty Weinberg Ellerin, senior counsel at Alston & Bird and a former New York State judge.