Middlesex ADA Receives MDAA Spotlight Award

For Immediate Release March 25, 2011
Contact: Press Office

WOBURN– Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone announced today that Allston resident Tasnin Chowdhury is this year’s recipient of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association Spotlight Award. 

Tasnin Chowdhury, the ADA supervisor of Newton District Court, received the award today at a ceremony held at the 17th Annual Massachusetts Prosecutor's Conference held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.  The Spotlight Award recognizes excellence and Chowdhury was nominated by District Attorney Gerry Leone and his colleagues for his hard work, diligence and teamwork as an ADA in Newton District Court.

Chowdhury joined the office in 2008 as an ADA in Framingham District Court and later worked in Waltham District Court and Lowell District Court. He was promoted to his supervisor position in 2010. He is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and Boston University School of Law.

In addition to his success as a prosecutor, Chowdhury is involved in the Newton community through his prevention efforts with the area’s youth.  He is an active participant in the office’s Community Based Justice program, which meets every month in order to determine proactive ways to intervene in the lives of court-involved students and help steer them away from crime and violence.
“Taz is a dedicated and talented Assistant District Attorney,” District Attorney Leone said.  “As supervisor for our Newton District Court, he is a shining example for newer ADAs and is always willing to lend advice or assist on a case. He is an asset to the office, the consummate team player, and is well deserving of this year’s Spotlight Award.”

The Spotlight Award is given annually to an assistant district attorney from each District Attorney’s Office in recognition of their outstanding service, spirit, and professionalism.

The Middlesex District Attorney Office’s has a proud tradition of protecting and serving the people of Middlesex County through tough prosecutions and progressive prevention and intervention efforts.  The mission of the office is to protect and serve the public, fight for victims, and speak for those who otherwise would have no voice.

District Attorney Gerry Leone was elected in November of 2006 and took office in January 2007. Within four years, he has implemented a number of new initiatives designed to better protect and serve the people of Middlesex County. In 2007, Leone created a new Domestic Violence Unit to more effectively prevent and prosecute instances of domestic violence as well as better serve its victims. Leone also established the office’s first Cyber Protection Program in 2007, forming a team of prosecutors and investigators specifically focused on the protection of children and other citizens from the predatory dangers of the Internet.  A career prosecutor with a record of implementing innovative school safety programs, Leone has also launched an initiative to more comprehensively expand those prevention and intervention efforts into the middle schools, and to the 20 colleges and universities of Middlesex County.

Additionally, Leone launched a comprehensive plan aimed at combating Shaken Baby Syndrome in which he partnered with service agencies and Middlesex County hospitals.  The program aims to have all new parents undergo individual training sessions by hospital nurses on strategies to prevent SBS.  Since its launch at Winchester Hospital in March 2008, eight more hospitals have joined the program.  Leone also initiated a domestic violence program in an effort to better protect victims of domestic violence.  The program, in partnership with area law firms, provides victims of domestic violence with free legal assistance during the restraining order process. 

Lastly, Leone created a workplace violence prevention training program which aims to train safety, security, legal, and human resources personnel on how to minimize the risk of a violent incident occurring in workplaces, including private companies, schools, public governmental agencies, and others.  

Middlesex County is the largest county in Massachusetts and one of the largest counties in the country with 54 towns and cities and 20 colleges in urban, suburban, and rural areas, comprising over one quarter of the population of Massachusetts.  The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has offices throughout the county, including communities such as Ayer, Cambridge, Concord, Framingham, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Natick, Newton, Somerville, Waltham and Woburn.

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