Fordham Law


Fordham Law Alumna Appointed to Crime Reporting Review Panel

January 10, 2011

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has appointed Sharon Sharon L. McCarthy '89L. McCarthy '89 to serve as a member of a newly established Crime Reporting Review Committee. Among the duties of the three-person committee are the review of the NYPD's crime reporting system and the assessment of the Department's public dissemination of crime data.

"The integrity of our crime reporting system is of the utmost importance to the Department," Kelly said. "It is essential not only for maintaining the confidence of the people we serve, but reliable crime statistics are necessary for the effective planning and evaluation of crime reduction strategies. I know of none better or more qualified than these three highly regarded professionals to review how well our crime reporting functions."

McCarthy is a partner in the law firm Kostelanetz & Fink. Prior to entering private practice, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. While at the United States Attorney's Office, she served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and later as Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit. From May 2008 until March 2009, McCarthy served as Special Counsel to then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, where she was lead counsel in an investigation into whether there had been political interference with the New York State Police. 

While at Fordham Law, McCarthy served as an editor of the Fordham Law Review. Immediately after law school, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. John F. Keenan '54, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

McCarthy will be joined on the panel by David Kelly and Robert G. Morvillo. The Committee has been asked to complete its work over the next three to six months, with the full cooperation of all units in the Police Department.