What Does It Mean to Be a Prosecutor Right Now?
Fall 2017 Daynard Visiting Fellow:
Adam J. Foss
Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
Adam J. Foss, a former assistant district attorney in the Juvenile Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, is a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. Foss’ belief that the profession of prosecution is ripe for reinvention through better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond “cases won,” led him to co-found Prosecutor Impact, a nonprofit that develops training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system.
Foss is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including recognition as a 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year. Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business of 2017, and The Root placed him among its 100 most influential black Americans of 2016. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, he is the recipient of an Open Society Foundation’s Leadership in Government Fellowship and was named a Director’s Fellow with the MIT Media Lab. In 2013, the Massachusetts Bar Association recognized him with its Access to Justice Prosecutor Award.
About the Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program
Twice a year, the Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program brings nationally recognized public interest leaders to campus. These public interest leaders serve as role models for students, demonstrating how legal skills can be used effectively and creatively to make the world a better place. The fellows each deliver an address that focuses on the strategic use of law to promote public interest goals, participate in a roundtable with other prominent public interest advocates, visit classes, consult about professional opportunities for students and graduates, and meet individually with interested faculty, administrators and students.
This vibrant program was established in 2004 through the generosity of Professor Richard A. Daynard and his wife, Carol Iskols Daynard. Professor Daynard is an expert on legal approaches to dealing with the epidemics of tobacco- and obesity-related disease. He is president of the law school’s Public Health Advocacy Institute.
Wednesday, September 27 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Northeastern University School of Law