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Acting DA Gonzalez participates in Youth Law Day event

March 3, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez discusses the legal field with students after the day’s panel discussion. Photos courtesy of the Brooklyn DA’s Office
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Brooklyn Law School hosted a Youth Law Day event and invited Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to be a guest speaker at the event that was co-sponsored by his office and the Puerto Rican Bar Association on Thursday.

The idea behind Youth Law Day is to encourage interest in the legal field among high school students by bringing in various members of the legal community to come speak to them about their jobs and responsibilities. Students take part in a mock law class and a mock trial and have chances to ask questions.

When addressing the students, Gonzalez talked about growing up in a Brooklyn very different from the city we know now, and about his path to a career in law. One student asked him about the most significant case he’s worked on, and rather than talk about an arrest, Gonzalez talked about the exoneration of David McCallum.

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McCallum was wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 30 years after a 1985 kidnapping and murder conviction, and was eventually released after the DA’s Office moved to vacate the charges after being reviewed by its Conviction Review Unit.

“I’ve been blessed that I found a career that has motivated me,” Gonzalez said. “It’s been a career of helping people.” He advised all the students in attendance: “We all face challenges — just don’t give up or give in. Keep pushing ahead.”

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