Paul L. Howard
Currently serving his third term, Paul L. Howard, Jr. first assumed the Office of Fulton County District Attorney in January 1997-becoming the first African-American to be elected district attorney in the history of the State of Georgia. As a national leader in the area of community prosecution, District Attorney Howard uses innovation and proactive crime prevention methods to create a safer Fulton County. His office’s mission is to prosecute professionally and competently all felony crimes on behalf of the citizens of Fulton County and the State of Georgia and, in doing so, to seek justice aggressively; to treat all people courteously, respectfully, and honestly; to advocate for the rights of victims; to collaborate with other governmental and private agencies to prevent crime; to create a work atmosphere which allows all employees to achieve their highest potential, and above all to make Fulton County a safer community for all of its residents.
On November 3, 2009, Seth Williams was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia. Winning more than 75 percent of the vote, he became the first African American District Attorney of Philadelphia, and in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Seth was sworn in on January 4, 2010, alongside his family, the Mayor, the City Controller, and esteemed members of the city’s judiciary. Only months after his historic election, Seth launched one of his marquee campaign promises, a community-prosecution program designed to turn the city’s crime numbers around while forging better relationships between the community and law enforcement. Only a little more than a year in office, Seth has firmly established a position of being “smart on crime” and cost-efficient, while seeking justice for all. A proud Philadelphian, Seth graduated from Central High School in 1985, attended Penn State University where he served as President of the Black Caucus and later as President of the Undergraduate Student Government, and went to law school at Georgetown University. Before his historic election, Seth was an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia for 10 years, and served as Inspector General for the City until 2008.
Mr. David LaBahn is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), a national association representing elected and deputy or assistant prosecutors, and city attorneys. The association acts as a global forum for the exchange of ideas, allowing prosecutors to collaborate with all criminal justice partners, and conducts timely and effective training and technical assistance to improve the prosecutorial function. In addition, APA serves as an advocate for prosecutors on emerging issues related to the administration of justice, development of partnerships and implementation of problem-solving strategies.
Mr. Steven Naugle is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA). He is responsible for maintaining and handling all accounting for APA’s expenses and grant management activities. The CFO also acts as APA’s Treasurer and is responsible for internal administrative functions and controls. Mr. Naugle will ensure APA’s accountability and transparency of all funds maintaining federal grant compliance for tracking, accounting, and reporting purposes. Mr. Naugle is a result driven professional with over sixteen years of experience in accounting, financing, budgeting, management and auditing for entertainment, non-profit, governmental, small business and financial organizations.
Boulder (Colorado) City Attorney Tom Carr is the legal advisor to the City Council, all city boards and commissions and all city officials. The City Attorney also represents the city in court in civil litigation and serves as City Prosecutor in Municipal Court. Mr. Carr is the former Seattle City Attorney as Washington State’s only elected City Attorney and one of the few elected City Attorneys in the United States. While the City Attorney has no policy role in civil matters, acting as a corporate general counsel would, his role as a criminal prosecutor provides an opportunity to offer leadership on public safety issues. Under City Attorney Carr, his office and the city of Seattle embraced innovative approaches to criminal justice problem solving. Mr. Carr began his government service as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York where he handled diverse civil matters, including organized crime under the Civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
John T. Chisholm
John T. Chisholm has dedicated his career to keeping Milwaukee County safe. He has worked tirelessly to prosecute and remove some of the most violent and dangerous criminals from the community. District Attorney Chisholm believes in methods that produce real results and make his county safer. He believes in taking a pro-active approach to fighting crime, and his experience demonstrates that. John began dedicating his life and career to public service in 1994, when he began working at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Shortly after being elected District Attorney, John reorganized his office by creating general crime teams which he divided geographically around his community prosecutors. District Attorney Chisholm has been recognized as a national leader in community prosecution and other innovative crime reduction strategies.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has long been one of California’s leading lawyers and lawmakers. He has brought a collaborative, problem-solving focus to the City Attorney’s office, emphasizing quality of life improvements in L.A.’s neighborhoods. Already Feuer is expanding the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, leading efforts to prevent gun violence, developing innovative approaches to gang violence, domestic abuse and school safety, and aggressively pursuing environmental justice and other efforts to protect vulnerable Angelenos. Feuer previously served as the Majority Policy Leader of the California Assembly and Chair of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, writing many of California’s most important public safety, children’s health, transportation, consumer protection and environmental laws. Feuer wrote some of America’s toughest laws to curb gun violence, initiated L.A.’s 3-1-1 non-emergency services system and spearheaded ethics and business tax reforms. Feuer has taught at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He began his career as a judicial clerk for California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin. Feuer is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Gail Ruderman Feuer, have been married for thirty years and have two children, Aaron and Danielle.
Rod Underhill has spent his professional career protecting the people of Multnomah County as a member of the District Attorney’s office. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, he originally wanted to become an FBI agent but decided against it when he found out the FBI would tell him where he had to live. Rod wasn’t willing to risk parting with the Northwest. Rod joined the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office as a certified law student in 1987. He served as a deputy prosecutor from 1988 to 2007 and as Chief Deputy from 2007 until he took the office of District Attorney on January 1, 2013. Rod has prosecuted thousands of cases, and is best known for his tireless advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims, child sexual abuse victims, combating gang violence and human trafficking and supporting crime victim’s rights. Throughout his career, he won major cases against some of Oregon’s most violent gang members, drug dealers and killers, including the killers of middle school student Melissa Bittler, YWCA employee Yolanda Panek and mother of four, Asia Bell. He has won awards and commendations from the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards and the Oregon Domestic Violence Council. In 2010, the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society honored Rod as one of Oregon’s distinguished trial attorneys. In 2013 then Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recognized Rod for his tireless work on Oregon House Bill 3194 which seeks to responsibly cut prison costs and control future growth while also reinvesting in prevention, re-entry and victims services. Rod is dedicated to public service and community outreach and serves on the boards of local, state and national public safety and community-oriented organizations. His current service includes: Board member of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Oregon Governor’s Re-entry Council, Oregon State Bar’s Bar-Press Broadcasters Council, Executive Board member of the Oregon District Attorney’s Association; Multnomah County’s Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (co-chair of the Youth and Gang Violence Subcommittee), Multnomah Bar Association Professionalism Committee, All Hands Raised Council, member of the Avel Gordly Center For Healing Advisory Board and Prosecutors Against Gun Violence.
Dan Satterberg was elected King County Prosecuting Attorney in November 2007 to succeed his longtime friend and mentor, the late Norm Maleng. He was re-elected in 2010 without opposition. Dan served as Chief of Staff for Norm Maleng for 17 years, and was responsible for the management and operation of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, including budget, human resources, technology, legislative and policy matters. Before 1990, Dan was a trial attorney in the Criminal Division, where he spent rotations in the Special Assault Unit, Drug Unit, and served as the office’s first gang prosecutor in 1988. Dan was born and raised in South King County and attended Highline High School. He graduated from the UW undergraduate school (Political Science and Journalism) and the UW Law School.
Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., was first inaugurated as the District Attorney of New York County on January 1, 2010. Over the following four years, Mr. Vance enhanced the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as a national leader in criminal justice by expanding the offices expertise on an array of 21st century crimes, including identity theft, cybercrime, white-collar fraud, hate crimes, terrorism, domestic violence, human trafficking, and violent and gang-related crimes. Upon taking office, Mr. Vance modernized the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office by reorganizing its resources and creating new specialized bureaus and units, including the Crime Strategies Unit, Forensic Science/Cold Case Unit, Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, Major Economic Crimes Bureau, Special Victims Bureau, Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, Hate Crimes Unit, and the Public Corruption Unit. As District Attorney, Mr. Vance’s many achievements include the takedown of numerous violent street gangs, dismantling of several major domestic and international cybercrime and identity theft operations, the first convictions of individuals on State terror charges in New York State Court, and the recovery of billions of dollars from international financial institutions that had been engaged in violating international sanctions for the benefit of countries like Iran, Libya, and Sudan. Mr. Vance was reelected on November 5, 2013. In July 2011, Mr. Vance was elected by his peers to serve as President of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York for the 2012 term.Vance was born and raised in Manhattan, and is a graduate of Yale University and Georgetown University Law Center. He and his wife, Peggy McDonnell, currently reside on the Upper West Side and have two grown children.