Kennedy Joins Middlesex District Attorney's Office

For Immediate Release August 24, 2011
Contact: Stephanie Chelf Guyotte/MaryBeth Long
781-897-8325

WOBURN– Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone announced today that prosecutor Joseph P. Kennedy, III was hired as the newest Assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. 

Kennedy, of Centerville, MA, comes to the office with a wealth of experience advocating for others.  Most recently, Kennedy was a prosecutor in the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office.

“Joe’s extensive civic and community involvement combined with his impressive personal qualities gives us great confidence that he will be a strong and impassioned advocate for the people of Middlesex County,” District Attorney Leone said.  “We’re pleased to welcome him to our team, where he will no doubt contribute to the tradition of excellence in this office.”

Kennedy spent two years at the Cape and Islands DA’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney and was an intern at the office in 2008.  A former member of the Peace Corp, Kennedy’s civic involvement includes stints as an Anti-Poverty Consultant for the Office of the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and a Research Analyst for the United Nation’s Development Program.  Fluent in Spanish, Kennedy brings an added ability to speak on behalf of people with no voice in the diverse and eclectic county of Middlesex County.

In 2007, Kennedy co-founded the Picture This: Justice and Power organization in Jamaica Plain, an empowerment workshop for at-risk inner-city junior high students.

Lastly, Kennedy currently serves on the Board of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, which is a child welfare agency in Massachusetts. 

Kennedy is a graduate of Stanford University, where he was Captain of the school’s lacrosse team, and Harvard Law School.  While at Harvard Law School, he worked as a Student Attorney and Outreach Director for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. 

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has a proud tradition of protecting and serving the people of Middlesex County through tough, fair prosecutions and proactive, progressive prevention and intervention efforts.  The mission of the Office of the Middlesex District Attorney 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. 

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

Lastly, Leone is the Chair of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. (MPY), a non-profit organization which provides prevention and intervention resources and training to Middlesex school districts and communities. Today, in collaboration with the District Attorney's Office, over 60 Middlesex school districts are committed to examining the pressing social, legal, and health-related issues and solutions that face schools and communities. Through the current and future activities of MYP, educators, parents, and students can regularly engage in collaborative trainings with law enforcement, social services, and community-based organizations as well as share the latest information and resources. Such interactions provide the foundation for creating solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to addressing youth violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, and harassment across Middlesex County.

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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