Elaine Albenda

  • Adjunct Professor


JD, University of Pennsylvania School of Law

Adjunct Professor Elaine Albenda has been a trial attorney her entire career. She has prosecuted thousands of criminal cases and conducted dozens of jury trials. For the last several years she has been a homicide prosecutor at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

Professor Albenda began her legal career working at the Red Hook Community Justice Center where she prosecuted misdemeanor cases with a focus on alternative resolutions including mental health and drug treatment. She then spent the next several years prosecuting all manners of felonies including attempted murders, rape and sexual assault, robberies, burglaries and financial fraud before she was promoted to handling homicides. She has prosecuted in excess of thirty homicide cases.

She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where she was a recipient of the Most Valuable Student Volunteer Award.

Prior to becoming a lawyer she was an instructor of English at the City University of New York. She has also taught English in a remote village in Thailand, volunteered at an orphanage in Peru for which she spearheaded a fundraising campaign and participated in several environmentally focused volunteer projects in Latin America.

Honors & Awards:
Most Valuable Student Volunteer Award, University of Pennsylvania Law School 2010
Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
Morris Fellow