Raising the Bar and Tearing Down Barriers: 

Asian Women Prosecutors and the Pursuit of Justice

April 11, 2013


Moderator


 
Sandra Leung
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Bristol-Myers Squibb
 
Sandy Leung leads the worldwide Law Department of Bristol-Myers and is responsible for a wide range of legal and regulatory areas including intellectual property, regulatory law, litigation, environmental, health and safety, corporate security, philanthropy and transactions including licensing, acquisitions and divestitures.  She serves as the primary legal advisor to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s board of directors.
 
Sandy began her legal career as Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where she was an original member of the Child Abuse Bureau.  She ended her prosecutorial career, after trying more than 40 jury trials to verdict, as a member of the prestigious Homicide Investigations Unit where she conducted investigations of unsolved homicides linked with drug and gang activity. 

Sandy joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1992 as a staff attorney in the litigation department.  She was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility and was elected Corporate Secretary in 1999.  In September 2006, she was appointed Interim General Counsel.  She was promoted to her current position in February 2007. 
 
Active in the legal community, she is on the board of directors of the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.  She is also a trustee of the NALP Foundation. 

Sandy is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School.
 

Panelists


 
Cristina Park
Supervisor, Economic Crimes Unit
Bronx District Attorney's Office

 
Cristina has been an Assistant District Attorney at the Bronx County District Attorney’s since 1998.  Currently, she is the Supervisor of the Arson/Economics Unit of the Investigations Bureau where she manages a unit of 25 Assistant District Attorneys and initiates and oversees long-term investigations and prosecutions involving financial crimes. 

Prior to this appointment, she was in the Gang/Major Case/Homicide Unit prosecuting cases involving homicides, gang-related violence and long term narcotics investigations. She has tried approximately 30 felony and 6 misdemeanor cases to verdict. 

Cristina is a member of the Korean American Lawyers’ Association of New York (KALAGNY) and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY). She served as co-chair of AABANY’s Prosecutors Committee from 2010 through 2012.  She is a member of the Joint Bar Association Screening Panel for Judicial Candidates and a board member of the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association.

Cristina is a graduate of Brown University and Fordham University School of Law.
 
 

 
Archana Rao
Deputy Bureau Chief, Special Prosecutions Bureau 
Manhattan District Attorney's Office

In her current role as Deputy Bureau Chief, Archana supervises Assistant District Attorneys who handle cases involving financial crime and fraud. These include employee embezzlements, fraudulent documents, insurance fraud, unauthorized practice of law, thefts committed by attorneys and other professionals, offenses related to real estate and housing, and schemes to defraud the public.  

Archana joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 2001. She was assigned to the trial division, where, in addition to prosecuting street crime cases, she served in the Domestic Violence Unit and the Welfare Fraud Unit.  In 2004, she was assigned to the Special Prosecutions Bureau where she handled a variety of investigations and prosecutions, including frauds involving mortgages, housing and securities as well as computer crimes.    She was appointed to her current position in 2010. 


Archana is a graduate of Vassar College and Fordham University School of Law.  


Sabrina Thanse
Bureau Chief, Public Assistance Crimes Unit
Kings County District Attorney's Office

 
Sabrina joined the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in 2008. After starting in the Appeals Bureau, Sabrina was assigned to the Public Assistance Crimes Unit which focuses on prosecuting fraud committed by recipients of public assistance and Medicaid benefits. Sabrina was promoted to Senior Assistant District Attorney in 2009 and was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief of the Public Assistance Crimes Unit in 2011. Some of the cases Sabrina has prosecuted include millionaires who hid their assets to fraudulently collect Medicaid benefits, a twelve-defendant Oxycontin prescription fraud conspiracy, and trustees who embezzled close to $2 million from a special needs Medicaid trust.
 
In 2012, with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s creation of a collaborative, inter-agency Health Care Fraud Division, Sabrina was appointed Bureau Chief of the Public Assistance Crimes Unit. In this capacity, Sabrina supervises Assistant District Attorneys in their investigation and prosecution of not only Medicaid and Medicare recipients, but also providers of services paid for by Medicaid and Medicare, such as physicians, pharmacists, and durable medical equipment companies. As recently as February 2013, after working closely with city, state, and federal law enforcement, Sabrina headed a team which secured an indictment alleging health care fraud committed by a Brooklyn physician and twenty-six other individuals.
 
Sabrina is a member of the Asian Bar Association of New York’s Prosecutors’ Committee, the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association, and the Fraud and Abuse Section of the American Health Lawyers Association.
 
Sabrina is a graduate of New York University and Brooklyn Law School.
 

 
Rosemary Yu
Director, Immigrant Affairs Program
Manhattan District Attorney's Office


Rosemary joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 2005 and was assigned to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor where she handled felony narcotics cases and investigations.   In 2008, she was one of four ADAs recognized by the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for her outstanding case work. The following year, she was assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau, where she worked almost exclusively with the Drug Enforcement Administration on long-term narcotics investigations using electronic eavesdropping and other investigatory tools. She was one of the five inaugural ADAs in the Crime Strategies Unit which was created by  the District Attorney in 2010.  At the end of 2011, Rosemary was appointed to  be Co-Director of the Immigrant Affairs Program, which investigates and prosecutes fraud committed against immigrants and educates the public about immigration fraud. 


Rosemary serves as a member of the Office’s Permanent Hiring Board. She is one of the founding members of the Prosecutors’ Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and in January 2013, was selected to be its co-chairperson. She also sits on the Committee on Character and Fitness for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division – First Department.

A native New Yorker, Rosemary graduated from Claremont McKenna College and the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.
 

 
 

 

 

 





 



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