Former Prosecutor and Best-selling Crime Novelist
Linda Fairstein, former prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist, is one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children.
For three decades, from 1972 until 2002, she served in the office of the New York County District Attorney, where she was Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for twenty-five years. In that position, Ms. Fairstein supervised the investigation and trial of every Manhattan case involving sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and homicides arising out of these crimes.
Fairstein is an honors graduate of Vassar College (1969) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1972). In 1998, several of Fairstein's law school classmates established a scholarship fund in her honor at their alma mater. The Fairstein Public Service Scholarship supports law school students interested in pursuing careers in the public sector.
She has received numerous awards for her legal work, including the Federal Bar Council's Emory Buckner Award and UJA Federation's Judge Joseph Proskauer Award. Other honors include the American Heart Association Women of Courage Award, Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year Award, and Columbia University Medical School's Athena Award.
Ms. Fairstein is the author of an internationally bestselling series of crime novels (translated into more than a dozen languages), which feature Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. Final Jeopardy (1996), Likely to Die (1997), Cold Hit (1999), The Deadhouse (2001)
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