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Kristine Hamann


Executive Director, Prosecutors' Center for Excellence, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., State University of New York at Albany; J.D., Albany Law School

Kristine Hamann is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance. Her fellowship is focused on creating statewide Best Practices Committees for...

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Kristine Hamann is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance. Her fellowship is focused on creating statewide Best Practices Committees for prosecutors. These committees are devoted to enhancing the prosecution function, assessing emerging issues, proactively implementing change and working with criminal justice partners. She is currently working with prosecutors from thirty states that are considering and implementing statewide Best Practices Committees. She chairs the New York State Best Practices Committee for prosecutors. In 2015 she was appointed Independent Counsel to the Conviction Integrity Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. From 2008 to 2013, Professor Hamann was the Executive Assistant District Attorney for the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of the New York. The office conducts international, national and local drug trafficking investigations and prosecutions, which impact New York City. From 2007 to 2008, Professor Hamann was the New York State Inspector General. The Inspector General is charged with investigating and preventing fraud, waste and abuse in state government. From 1998 to 2007, Professor Hamann served as the Executive Assistant District Attorney to Robert M. Morgenthau in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Prior to 1998, Professor Hamann held several other positions in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, including Deputy Chief of the Trial Division in charge of the Criminal Court, Director of Training, and Deputy Bureau Chief of the Career Criminal Bureau. After law school she was an associate at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in New York City. She has received various awards including Prosecutor of the Year (NY State Bar Association, 2013), Prosecutor of the Year for Executive Leadership (NY District Attorneys Association, 2010), Excellence in Government Award (Albany Law School, 2008) and Public Service Award (NY County Bar Association, 2005).

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