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Diomarys Escaño 2011
From the first day Diomarys Escaño ’11 set foot in Criminal Law class, she knew she wanted to be a prosecutor. Professor Thomas McDonnell presented the material in a way that “captivated” her and she realized “this is what I care about…seeking justice. You’re there to get to the truth of the matter.”
Determined to fulfill her dream, Diomarys participated in every practical opportunity she could find. She signed up for the Pace Prosecutorial Externship in the Westchester District Attorney’s (DA’s) Office, Special Prosecutions Division; an internship at the Bronx DA’s Office; and in the Law School’s Honors Prosecutorial Externship at the White Plains City Court. The chief of the White Plains City Court assigned Diomarys her first case on her second day of the externship! Her record from the four trials she worked on during the honors externship was two convictions, one dismissal, and one “not guilty” – all under the supervision of an ADA.
“I got to voir dire a piece of evidence, ‘cross’ a police officer, had my opening and closing – everything I had done in class,” she recalls. “It was all me and it was terrifying and exciting. I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do.”
Born and raised in the Bronx, Diomarys’ ideal job is to head home as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx DA’s Office, where she interned. It is an opportunity to take something she is passionate about and give back to the community.
“It’s an honor,” says Diomarys. “I’ll be the first lawyer in my family of 32 cousins. I want to make my family and the community proud.”