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Janet DiFiore to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award at Alma Mater

Westchester County DA to be honored at LIU Post commencement ceremony, May 4

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Gina Bigelow,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Post * LIU Brentwood * LIU Riverhead
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Brookville, N.Y. – Janet DiFiore is dedicated to public service and social justice. As district attorney of Westchester County and a former judge and prosecutor, she has spent her entire career working in the judicial system. Ms. DiFiore has served as Westchester County's chief law enforcement officer since 2005 and on Friday, May 4, she will receive a distinguished alumni award at LIU Post's 54th commencement ceremony.

With the help of a staff of 119 assistant district attorneys, 34 investigators and 85 support personnel, Ms. DiFiore has prosecute more than 40,000 cases each year. In addition, she has initiated policies and programs at the Westchester District Attorney's Office that have enhanced prosecutions and improved public safety. In response to the critical need for more effective coordination among Westchester's 42 local police departments and county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, she led the development of the Westchester Intelligence Center. Working with partners from County and local government and child advocacy agencies, she led the effort to create the Child Fatality Review Team, the Multidisciplinary Team and the Child Advocacy Center. Ms. DiFiore also played a role in the creation of Westchester's Family Justice Center and Violent Felony Screening Protocol, and she was appointed co-chair of the New York State Justice Task Force.

A member of the National District Attorney's Association and a co-chair of the Grievances/Ethics Committee of the Westchester Women's Bar Association, Ms. DiFiore also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Columbian Lawyers Association of Westchester County and the New York State Bar Association Task Force on Wrongful Convictions. She has lectured both in New York and abroad to judges and lawyers about domestic violence, the effects of domestic violence on children, ethics, and problem-solving courts and effective case management techniques. A former member of the board of trustees of the Westchester Italian Cultural Center and on the board of directors of the Westchester Children's Museum, she is on the board of visitors at Pace University School of Law and on the Advisory Council of Mercy College School of Social and Behavioral Science. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Westchester Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center, and is a member of the Greyston Foundation's Wisdom Council.   
        
Prior to her election to District Attorney, Ms. Fiore served as an assistant district attorney in Westchester County for more than 10 years. She also served as chief of narcotics and coordinated drug enforcement and prosecution efforts within Westchester County on behalf of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Ms. DiFiore graduated from LIU Post in 1977 with a B.A. degree in sociology. She is a lifelong Westchester County resident and is married to Dennis E. Glazer, a partner at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. They have three children.

Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to LIU Post graduates whose accomplishments and dedication to their professions, their communities and their families provide inspiration to our graduating students.

The Class of 2012 includes 2,326 students, 974, undergraduate, 1,183, graduate, 4, Ph.D., 20, Psy.D. and 145, advanced certificates who will be awarded bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and advanced certificates from five schools of study: College of Education and Information Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Management, School of Health Professions and Nursing and the School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Posted 05/03/2012

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