Class of 2008

John D’Alessandro

John earned a B.A. from Pace University. He served as a police officer in the City of Yonkers for 20 years, steadily rising through the ranks and working in nearly every aspect of police work. Through his work as a detective, John's career moved gradually towards child abuse investigations. During his tenure as a detective and homicide investigator, John investigated many high-profile child abuse cases. In 1996 he reopened the unsolved sexual murder of a 14-year-old girl. As a result of his four-year investigation, a brutal sexual sadist and serial killer was arrested and taken off the streets forever. His work on this case has been profiled in a major textbook and on the acclaimed television show "Cold Case Files." John also served as the commanding officer of the Westchester County Child Abuse Investigation Team and the squad commander of the Yonkers Police Child Abuse Investigation Team. During these years, he supervised hundreds of child abuse investigations and has been at the forefront of the multidisciplinary approach to child abuse investigation. John worked hand-in-hand with the Westchester County District Attorney's office, child protective services and the medical community to develop a more comprehensive approach to child abuse investigations.

Laura Daly
Laura graduated from Loyola College in 2004 with a major in Political Science and Sociology and a concentration in Service Leadership.

During her second year at Hofstra Law, Laura was Co-President of the Public Justice Foundation and participated in the Courtrooms Advocate Project, assisting victims of domestic violence.  In her final year, she participated in Hofstra’s Child Advocacy Clinic, where she represented children in foster care and children requiring special immigrant juvenile status.  Laura was also the Managing Editor of Volume 46 of the Family Court Review, a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal published under the auspices of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and her note on inter country adoption between the United States and Guatemala was published in the October 2007 issue.

Laura has interned at the Nassau County Family Court and with Lawyers for Children. Upon graduation, she was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work at Lawyers for Children and advocated on behalf of the educational needs of children in foster care in New York City.  

Rose Marie Garcia
Rose Marie graduated from Hunter College with a major in political science and a minor in English. While at Hunter, Rose Marie held internships at The Legal Aid Society -- Criminal Defense Division, New York City's Corporation Counsel -- Family Court Division, and Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT). Upon graduating she was hired as a site coordinator for LIFT at the Queens County Family Court and was responsible for providing information to family court petitioners and litigants regarding issues such as custody, visitation, domestic violence, child support, child abuse/neglect, and foster care. Rose Marie volunteered with Safe Horizon, serving as a Spanish/English interpreter for monolingual Hispanic victims of domestic violence, and at the Children's Aid Society, where she served as a mentor for the youth development programs.

During her first year of law school, Rose Marie served as a student member of the Committee on Family Court and Family Law at the City Bar Association.

Since she became a student at Hofstra Law, Rose Marie has served as a law student member of the Committee on Family Court and Family Law at the City Bar Association and interned at inMotion – Justice for Women working on immigration, divorce and family court cases. Rose Marie was also a student in Hofstra’s Child Advocacy Clinic where she worked on special immigrant juvenile status, educational neglect and PINS cases. Rose Marie currently works at the Children’s Law Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Jaclyn Jenkins
Jaclyn graduated cum laude with honors in History, and with a minor in English from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. While in college, she interned at the Office of the Corporation Counsel, Child Abuse and Neglect Division (now the Office of the Attorney General, Child Protection division) in Washington, D.C.

During her Fellowship at Hofstra, Jaclyn interned with the Honorable Jeffrey M. Wallace of the Hermiston Circuit Court in Oregon and with the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office in Oregon. She was Managing Editor of Notes & Comments for the Family Court Review and her note, “Listen to Me! Empowering Youth and Courts Through Increased Youth Participation” was published in the January 2008 issue. Jaclyn served as a member of the Domestic Violence Courtroom Advocates, the Black Law Students Association, and the Council on Children at the City Bar Association. She also assisted with the New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program (P.E.A.C.E.) and worked to develop an educational curriculum for youth aging out of foster care. In her final year at Hofstra, Jaclyn participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic.

Erin Cook Thompson
Erin is a graduate of Appalachian State University (ASU), where she majored in criminal justice and psychology.  While a student at ASU, Erin served on the Student Judicial Board for four years -- two of them as chairperson -- and interned with the Boone Police Department. While she was a Fellow, Erin worked with the Nassau County Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness (P.E.A.C.E.) Program and interned with the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office, Sex Crime and Child Abuse Unit and with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.