Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and the Office of the Bronx District Attorney to Receive the Distinguished Robert S. Tucker Prize for Prosecutorial Excellence

April 5, 2022
Darcel Clark

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University will bestow the 2022 Robert S. Tucker Prize for Prosecutorial Excellence on Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the field of criminal prosecution and excellence in prosecutorial practice.

“District Attorney Clark, along with the entire Bronx County District Attorney’s Office consistently work towards the end goal of a fair and just criminal justice system for all, with an emphasis on criminal justice reform. The last two plus years of the global pandemic have been challenging for our entire criminal justice system, however, Darcel Clark and the Bronx County DA’s office have not skipped a beat and have stuck to DA Clark’s mission – pursuing justice with integrity,” said Dean Horace E. Anderson Jr. “It is our privilege to recognize her with the Tucker Prize for Prosecutorial Excellence, along with the entire Bronx DA’s office, many of which we are proud to call Haub Law alumni.”

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law has had the privilege to enjoy a long history with District Attorney Clark and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. In 2016, District Attorney Clark was honored by Haub Law with the Pioneer of Justice Award. The Pioneer of Justice award recognizes and celebrates the achievement of phenomenal women in our society who are breaking glass ceilings and laying down foundations for a more equal future. Additionally, throughout the years, DA Clark has participated in several events at the law school, including a prosecution roundtable sponsored by Haub Law’s Criminal Law Society. Throughout the years, dozens of Haub Law alumni have worked at the Bronx County District Attorney’s office, with 51 currently employed in capacities such as Assistant District Attorneys, Supervisors, Bureau Chiefs, and more.

Darcel Clark became District Attorney for Bronx County on January 1, 2016. She is the first woman in that position and the first African-American woman to be elected a District Attorney in New York State. Since serving as District Attorney, Clark has enacted a vertical prosecution model to streamline the criminal charging process, while also implementing reforms to address wrongful convictions and administrative case backlogs. Since becoming elected, she has opened the Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau focused on investigating crimes committed by inmates and visitors, the Public Integrity Bureau which investigates corruption and crimes by public servants, government employees and elected officials, and the Conviction Integrity Bureau. The Conviction Integrity Bureau was created when DA Clark took office and, in addition to handling wrongful convictions, it recently moved to dismiss 500 old convictions that relied on a detective who was later charged with perjury. She has also pioneered initiatives focused on drug avoidance and recovery, a Bronx Community Justice program, and focused many of her efforts on positively engaging the Bronx community, such as the Saturday Night Lights program, where kids can play basketball and soccer or engage in other activities in a free, safe place.

Clark is co-chair of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, and a Board Member of both the National District Attorneys Association and the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York. Before her election as District Attorney, Clark served as an Associate Justice for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department; a New York State Supreme Court Justice in Bronx County; and a Criminal Court Judge in Bronx and New York Counties. She begin her legal career at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted drug felonies, violent crimes and homicides, and eventually served as a Supervising Assistant District Attorney in the Narcotics Bureau and the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau. A lifelong Bronx resident, Clark was raised in public housing and educated in public schools. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston College, where she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, and her law degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

“District Attorney Clark’s remarkable career has been a testament to the values and commitment to equal justice that we seek to honor with this award,” said Robert S. Tucker, Chairman and CEO of T&M, whose generous gift has endowed this annual award. “DA Clark’s push to crack down on gun crimes and gang violence has been matched only by her tireless efforts to achieve true criminal justice reform and fairness for residents of the Bronx. She has fought for the rights of the mentally ill to ensure that the system seeks treatment whenever possible before jail. She has been a steadfast champion of ethics and integrity and has worked hard to give our prosecutors the resources and support they need to keep our city safe. We are so grateful to present her with this award as recognition of her extraordinary achievements in public service.”

The Robert S. Tucker Prize for Prosecutorial Excellence is awarded annually to an individual or a group of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of criminal prosecution and who demonstrate excellence in prosecutorial practice. Honorees are selected each year by a jury comprised of former prosecutors and faculty members from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. The award ceremony brings together Assistant District Attorneys from across the region and state, civic leaders, members of the judiciary, New York City government and the Haub Law community to recognize these distinguished individuals for their work. The prize is made possible by the generous support of Haub Law alumnus and Pace University Board of Trustees member Robert S. Tucker. Past Award Recipients include, Eric Gonzalez, Brooklyn District Attorney, Barbara Underwood, New York Attorney General, and Richard Brown, Queens District Attorney.

The ceremony for the Robert S. Tucker Prize for Prosecutorial Excellence will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:00PM at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. For additional information on the ceremony, please contact Christie Wisecarver.

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University offers JD and Masters of Law (LLM) degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The School, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has more than 9,000 alumni around the world. The School maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. Haub Law launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978, and it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs, with a current #1 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about Haub Law, visit


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