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Winter 2020

The NY DA Trio

Classmates Christine Keenan, David Hammer, and Lisa Del Pizzo, all members of the Class of 1995, are not only celebrating their BC Law twenty-fifth reunion this year, they are also celebrating twenty-five years of working together at the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney’s Office. The three met as 1Ls in the Class of 1995, participated in the prosecution clinic as 3Ls, and joined the Manhattan DA’s Office upon graduation.

Hammer started out prosecuting misdemeanors and then violent street crimes, including homicides. Del Pizzo prosecuted a wide variety of violent crimes, including sex crimes and homicides. Keenan handled all different levels of street crime, including homicides, and specialized in long-term investigations into gangs and combatting gang violence. Hammer and Del Pizzo now serve as Bureau Chiefs of Trial Bureaus, and Keenan is a Senior Trial Counsel handling the most difficult and noteworthy cases in Manhattan.

All three credit their Law School education and professors with instilling in them the desire to seek justice, no matter where it leads, and to do the right thing in every case. Reflecting on the impact of BC Law on his career, Hammer notes, “It was the ethos of doing justice and always striving to be fair that was imparted to me from numerous professors at BC Law, and this is what I teach to young assistants today.”

Photograph above: DA’s, left to right, Christine Keenan, David Hammer, and Lisa Del Pizzo

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