2007-09-28 / Community

Broad Channel Resident Achieves Major Career Goal

Tubridy Begins Work As ADA
By Howard Schwach and Alison Mills

Jenny Tubridy, front row, left, with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown (standing, center) and some of the other new Assistant District Attorneys who have started work this month. Jenny Tubridy, front row, left, with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown (standing, center) and some of the other new Assistant District Attorneys who have started work this month. It is not everybody who can reach a key goal right out of college, but Broad Channel resident Jenny Tubridy seems to be on the right road.

Tubridy, a lifelong resident of the local island community, recently graduated from Brooklyn Law School and is well along in the process of establishing herself as a successful and competent lawyer.

She was recently invited to join the exclusive group of young lawyers who will represent the people of Queens in the New York State Supreme Court as an Assistant District Attorney in the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Tubridy excelled as a young student at two local schools, PS 183 and JHS 180. She continued her education at Christ the King High School and then at Columbia University, before attending Brooklyn Law School.

Tubridy told The Wave that an internship during law school had a lot to do with her joining Brown and his office.

While finishing her law degree, Tubridy served as a courtroom clerk, and subsequently became intrigued with criminal law.

"It was really interesting and it was a chance to help people," she said. "It helped me decide the direction I wanted to go in after school."

In fact, her experience as a clerk fueled her desire to join the Queens DA's office after graduation.

"Law school graduates have lots of choices - a large firm, defense work, corporate law or criminal law. Crim- inal law sounded more compelling and interesting than the others."

Jenny is currently completing her training period, where new ADAs visit many venues such as Riker's Island with its city jail. The training program allows new hires to see the responsibilities of the DA's office from the inside out, she says.

Soon, like all new ADAs, she will be dealing with arraignments, hearings, and intakes, mostly handling lower-level offenses, called misdemeanors.

Typically, she says, ADAs stay in the arraignment part of the court for a year or so before they are assigned to one of the bureaus - ranging from special victims to homicide. She is not sure which of the bureaus she would like to eventually wind up in.

"They all sound so interesting and I've heard such good things about all of them," she said. "I don't have enough experience yet to know what I want to do next."

While she has not been assigned to any cases yet, Tubridy looks forward to learning a lot during her service as an ADA.

Jenny is one of seven children, and the daughter of Patricia and Tim Tubridy of Broad Channel. Her mother is the principal at PS 47 in Broad Channel. Her father is a retired New York City Fire Department Captain.

Tubridy has made a three-year commitment to the Queens DA's office. For now, she is happy with her choice.

What will happen to her when those three years are up?

While she is still unsure as to what her future holds, Jenny told The Wave that lawyers who finish their stints with the District Attorney often go into private practice or work for a corporation. Some, she said, make a career out of working for the public, while others become defense attorneys.

It is an exciting time for Tubridy, who is thrilled to have achieved an early milestone in her career.

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