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Hon. Daniel M. Donovan, Jr.

Hon. Daniel M. Donovan, Jr., upon taking office as Richmond County District Attorney in 2004, made it his mission to raise the standards of the office to better reflect the Staten Island community he represents. To achieve this goal, he become personally involved in the recruiting, developing, mentoring, and advancing of legal personnel. When Donovan arrived, there were no attorneys on staff that spoke a language other than English. His first two hires were fluent Spanish-speaking women (now there are three), and subsequently he has added Korean, Hindi, Italian, and Chinese speakers. Over one-third of Donovan’s new assistant district attorneys have been racial-ethnic minorities. Simultaneously, the Richmond County District Attorney’s office moved from last to first in New York City for felony conviction rates in his first two years of office. Overall, Donovan was able to demonstrate that with hands-on leadership, diversity and legal success can be synonymous.