The Director of Training oversees legal training for the District Attorney’s Office from the newest member of the Office to its most experienced prosecutor. An Assistant District Attorney’s training begins before their first day in the office and continues throughout their career. Newly hired assistants are first assigned a mentor from within the office to support them throughout their career. Also, assistants in the City Court and Justice Court Bureaus meet for bimonthly trainings, which focus on legal issues that will form the base for a successful career as a prosecutor.
An assistant assigned to one of the Felony Trials Bureaus receives weekly training on the proper handling of a felony case through the criminal justice system, from arrest through trial. The Director of Training also ensures that each felony trial assistant sit as a second chair to an experienced prosecutor on varied trials and that each new felony trial assistant obtain a second chair for their trials. The goal of this training program is to ensure that each assistant district attorney obtains an adequate competency level of criminal law and procedure so that the public’s interests are best met.
As Director of Training, Assistant District Attorney Nicholas T. Texido also serves on the Office’s Continuing Legal Education Board, which provides in-house legal training for the entire office.