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Meet Julie Hahn

  "I am committed to justice.  As an Assistant District Attorney for twenty-two years I have specialized in prosecuting homicides and violent crimes.  I have also prosecuted sexual assault crimes with traumatized victims.  I have seen how the courts can give a voice to victims and their families who have been devastated by horrific crimes.  Every day, I work with and listen to people impacted by crimes, their families, police officers, community members, defendants, defense attorneys and judges.  I see how addiction, poverty, mental illness and trauma can affect the choices and behavior of people in our community.   The courts can provide a mechanism to help those who struggle with these issues.   

 

   As a judge, I will continue to make decisions that are fair, by balancing the need to hold people accountable with the necessary sense of compassion and empathy for a person's individual circumstances.   When crimes happen in our community, I will be the judge that makes the important decisions for each case before me, that gives victims a voice, that helps those who struggle, that does good for our community and holds people accountable.  That is what justice means to me and I am committed to carrying out justice with fairness and integrity.

 

     I am also committed to my family and this community. I live in the Town of Irondequoit with my husband Greg and our four children; triplets Elliott, Mason and Lydia, and our older son Gianni.  I am forever grateful to one of the best hospitals in our community, Golisano Children's Hospital, for all they did to help the triplets who were born at 26 weeks and endured over two months in the NICU.  We are truly blessed by all of our children and are so thankful for them everyday.  

 

    I was born and raised in Rochester, New York, primarily by my mother.  My mother passed away during my senior year at Bishop Kearney High School when I was 17 years old.  On my own at a young age, I attended St. John Fisher College and graduated in 1995.  Pursuing my dream of becoming an attorney, I graduated from the State University at Buffalo School of Law in 1998. I began my career at the Monroe County District Attorney's Office in January of 1999, and have served my community as an Assistant District Attorney for twenty-two years.  I am currently the Chief of the Major Felony Bureau and handle complex homicide cases and supervise ten attorneys who prosecute violent crimes." 

- Julie Hahn

Julie Hahn has practiced in Monroe County and Supreme Courts for twenty-two years as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting cases at the highest level.  As a highly experienced attorney, Julie handles some of the most complex and difficult cases that effect our community.  Julie is proficient in criminal procedure and the rules of evidence.  She serves this community by advocating for victims of crime and their families and balancing the need for accountability with fairness and compassion. 

 

Julie has supervised and trained younger attorneys since 2008.  As a supervisor and mentor Julie has guided younger ADAs into better trial attorneys and decision makers by teaching them to consider all aspects of a case, taking into account both the victim's perspective as well as the defendant's.  Julie teaches, and leads by example, that what is important is the just result, not just a conviction

 

Julie teaches the greater Monroe County District Attorney's Office as a continuing legal education instructor, as well as instructs police recruits on the penal law offenses, criminal procedure, and mock trial.  

 

Julie has conducted mock trials with members of the Monroe County Crime Lab training them on the rules of evidence and admissible testimony.  Julie has also served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John Fisher College teaching business law and mock trial.  As part of her duties as Chief of the Major Felony Bureau, Julie responds to homicide scenes throughout Monroe County and provides legal guidance to law enforcement on issues pertaining to search and seizure and police interviews. 

Julie serves as the Gun Initiative Violence Elimination (GIVE) Liaison in partnership with law enforcement, probation, parole and community service providers.  In this role, Julie participates in call-in sessions with individuals on probation or parole to address gun violence and help connect individuals to job and education opportunities and other resources in the community.  

 

 

EXPERIENCE

Bureau Chief, Major Felony Bureau, 2016 to present

Bureau Chief, Non-Violent Felony Offense Bureau, 2012 to 2016

Deputy Chief, Major Felony Bureau, 2009 to 2012

Bureau Chief, Felony DWI & Vehicular Crimes Bureau, 2008-2009

Special Assistant District Attorney, Major Felony Bureau, 2002 to 2008

Assistant District Attorney, Felony DWI & Vehicular Crimes Bureau, 2001 to 2002

Assistant District Attorney, Local Court Bureau, 1999 to 2001   

 

EDUCATION

 

State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, Juris Doctor 1998

    Desmond Moot Court Participant

    Buffalo Human Rights Law Review Articles Editor

    Student Wide Judiciary Prosecutor

 

St. John Fisher College, Bachelor of Arts 1995, cum laude

    Mock Trial Participant

    Charles F. Crimi Sr. Outstanding Pre-law Student Award

 

Bishop Kearney High School 1991   

     Mock Trial Participant

 

BAR ADMISSION

 

New York State and Massachusetts 1999

United States District Court for the Western District of New York 2004