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Hon. Charles “Joe” Hynes

Hon. Charles “Joe” Hynes, in his fifth term as the District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn), has redefined the job of a District Attorney in ways that reflect his unwavering commitment to diversity. From the beginning, he has insisted on a diverse office like the community which he serves, and his current staff, which is over 50% diverse, illustrates that his efforts and commitment to diversity have paid off. Through the minority attorney hiring and recruiting program, he has been able to employ a staff comprised of men and women of all races, ages, religions, sexual orientations, and nationalities. As both a community leader and prosecutor, Mr. Hynes has used his expansive view of diversity and inclusion to establish innovative programs that empower and strengthen Brooklyn’s diverse community while at the same time serve as nation-wide models (i.e., the Drug Treatment Alternative-to-Prison Program) for others to follow. Reaching out to the non-legal community, he also actively encourages diverse students of all ages from junior high through college to consider law as a career option.