Linda Fairstein

Vassar College

Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein

Vassar College

Biography

Linda Fairstein ’69
TrusteeAB, JD; New York, New York

Linda Fairstein - lawyer, former prosecutor, and author of twenty-two books - is one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. For three decades, from 1972 until 2002, Fairstein served in the office of the New York County District Attorney, where she was chief of the country's pioneering Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for twenty-six years. In that position, she supervised the investigation and trial of cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and homicides arising out of those crimes.

Fairstein is an honors graduate of Vassar College (1969) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1972). In 1998, several of Fairstein’s law school classmates established a scholarship fund in her honor, supporting law students pursuing careers in the public sector.

She has received dozens of awards for her legal work and advocacy, and in many instances was the first woman to be so honored. These include the Federal Bar Council's Emory Buckner Award for Public Service and the UJA Federation’s Proskauer Award. For her groundbreaking work on behalf of victims of violence, Fairstein received Columbia University's School of Medicine Award for Excellence; the Anti-Violence Project's "Courage" Award; Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year Award; the American Heart Association Women of Courage Award, and many similar honors. In 2010, Fairstein was awarded the New York Women's Agenda Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership in the field of domestic violence.

In 1993, Linda Fairstein published her first book - a non-fiction work entitled SEXUAL VIOLENCE: Our War Against Rape - which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Fairstein is the author of nineteen crime novels, published by Dutton, featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. The most recent of these - DEADFALL - was published in August, 2017, and like the fifteen which preceded it became an "instant" New York Times bestseller. Many of the books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

In November, 2016, Fairstein debuted a second series for middle-grade readers featuring a twelve-year old sleuth named Devlin Quick. That novel, INTO THE LION'S DEN, was inspired by the author's childhood devotion to the famed Nancy Drew series. The second Devlin Quick mystery, DIGGING FOR TROUBLE, was published in November, 2017.

Fairstein was awarded the Nero Wolfe Award for Excellence in Crime Writing in 2008, and in 2010 received the Silver Bullet Award of the International Thriller Writers.

Fairstein is a trustee of Vassar College, and a grandparent of a 2017 graduate. She is on the boards of several non-profits: Safe Horizon, which is the country's largest victim advocacy organization; God's Love We Deliver, which feeds seriously ill New Yorkers; and she leads the national project to end the rape evidence kit backlog at the Joyful Heart Foundation. She is the board chair emeritus of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Fairstein lives in Manhattan and is married to Michael Goldberg.

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Number of Boards

6

Birthday

1947

Age

73

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Founder at Joyful Heart Foundation

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Chief Fundraising Officer at Vassar College

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President at Vassar College

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Dean of Faculty at Vassar College

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Partner at Cooley LLP

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Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer at National Writing Project

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Deputy Commissioner, Community Partnerships at New York City Police Department

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Poet Laureate at The Library of Congress

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Former Vice Chair at Newseum Inc.

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Member, Writers Council at National Writing Project

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Linda Fairstein
Vassar College
Education
JD
Class of 1972

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

AB with Honors
Class of 1969

Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, founded in 1861. Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) is a professional association of trial lawyers from the United States and Canada. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Through its Board of Regents, its general committees and its state and province committees, the College engages in a wide variety of activities to further those purposes. The College also awards the Medal for Excellence in Advocacy on a yearly basis.

Career History
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Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, founded in 1861. Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.

Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit
1972 - 2002

The New York County District Attorney is the elected district attorney for New York County (Manhattan), New York. The office is responsible for the prosecution of violations of New York state laws. (Federal law violations are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York). The current District Attorney is Cyrus Vance, Jr.

Boards & Committees
Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Prior - 2019

Our mission is totransform societys response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors healing, and end this violence forever.

Trustee
Prior

The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City. The James Beard Foundation is at the center of America's culinary community, dedicated to exploring the way food enriches our lives. Today the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by offering a variety of events and programs designed to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster a deeper understanding of our culinary culture. These programs include educational initiatives, food industry awards, an annual national food conference, Leadership Awards program, culinary scholarships, and publications. In addition to maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs, the Foundation has created a robust online community, and hosts conferences, tastings, lectures, workshops, and food-related art exhibits in New York City and around the country.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$5,000 - $10K
2018

THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA LAW SCHOOL FOUNDATION'S PRIMARY PURPOSE IS TO RECEIVE, MANAGE AND EXPEND FUNDS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW.

$1,000 - $2,499
2017

THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA LAW SCHOOL FOUNDATION'S PRIMARY PURPOSE IS TO RECEIVE, MANAGE AND EXPEND FUNDS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW.

$1,000 - $2,499
2016

THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA LAW SCHOOL FOUNDATION'S PRIMARY PURPOSE IS TO RECEIVE, MANAGE AND EXPEND FUNDS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW.

Political Donations
$10K
2010

Representative at Office of the Representative from New York's 4th District, Kathleen Rice

$250
2002

Senator from New Hampshire

$500
2000

Former Senator from New York

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