LIU Post Lecture Series Presents Kathleen Rice, Nassau County DA
Jennifer Davidson,Director of Community Relations
Long Island University, LIU Post
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice will address the public and local college students at LIU Post (formerly the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) on Tuesday, October 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the atrium of Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. Rice's lecture, titled "Old Problems, New Solutions: A Progressive Prosecutor's Approach," is part of the Provost Distinguished Lecture Series, a popular event featuring prominent leaders and thinkers from around the nation.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is a graduate of Garden City High School, Catholic University of America and Touro Law School. She began her career as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, where she prosecuted cases of domestic violence, sexual assault and armed robbery, before being promoted to the office's elite Homicide Bureau, where Rice successfully prosecuted dozens of murder cases. Prior to becoming the first woman in Long Island's history to be elected district attorney, Rice served as an Assistant United States Attorney under Attorney General Janet Reno in the United States Department of Justice's Philadelphia office.
Now in her second term in office, Rice has enacted numerous law enforcement initiatives and programs to serve Nassau County's diverse population of 1.3 million residents. In keeping the central promise she made during her first run for office, Rice has made one of her top priorities addressing the epidemic of drunk-driving on Long Island. She was instrumental in the passage of two new pieces of legislation, the creation of a new criminal statute that toughens penalties for drunk drivers who kill, and Leandra's Law which makes drunk driving with a child in the vehicle under the age of 16 a mandatory felony.
She has also has worked hard to modernize the office and to reallocate resources to fight modern crime in Nassau County. Rice's innovative crime-fighting approach to the open-air drug market that dominated the Terrace-Bedell neighborhood of the Village of Hempstead has resulted in a dramatic reduction in crime and violence, and helped numerous men and women leave a life of crime behind.
Rice has also been at the forefront of the fight against the rising presence of heroin on Long Island. Her office has joined with police in aggressively pursuing those who supply the drug and the dealers who push the poison. Her heroin awareness program for parents, schoolchildren and teenagers, "Not My Child," has been presented in dozens of schools across the county. She has also increased resources used in the investigation of sexual predators preying on children using the Internet and boasts a 100% conviction rate for these predators.
As Nassau County District Attorney, Rice has reallocated a significant amount of resources to the investigation and prosecution of public corruption. She has revamped bureaus dedicated to the protection of children and the elderly and to the prosecution of domestic violence, and added specialized resources to the investigation of identity theft rings and consumer fraud.
Kathleen Rice is recipient of the United States Inspector General's Integrity Award and the United States Attorney General's Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Now in its fifth season, the Provost Distinguished Lecture Series has become one of LIU Post's most prestigious cultural offerings – an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the community to engage with some of today's greatest minds. Established by LIU Post Provost Dr. Paul H. Forestell, the lecture series features prominent leaders and thinkers from around the world and among the LIU Post faculty who share their experiences and expertise on topics of interest to the Long Island community.
LIU Post is located at 720 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) in Brookville. For information visit www.liu.edu/post/provostlecture or call 516-299-3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
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