Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Crime Novelist Linda Fairstein to Receive Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Fairstein
Photo Credit: Sigrid Estrada

A press release this morning announced that former prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist Linda Fairstein, along with eight other exceptional business and philanthropic leaders, will be honored at the annual New York Women’s Agenda STAR Breakfast, Tuesday, December 7th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City. Fairstein will be presented with the Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award.

New York County District Attorney Cyrus Roberts Vance, Jr. said, “I am pleased to present the Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award to my good friend and colleague, Linda Fairstein. Her leadership and achievements as a world-renowned authority on prosecuting sex crimes, and her unparalleled contribution to criminal justice and victims’ rights, make her the perfect candidate for this honor. From an elite prosecutor to a best-selling crime novelist, Linda's career trajectory proves that the second chapter in one's life can be as rewarding and exciting as the first.”

Fairstein held the position of Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on crimes of violence against women and children.

She is also the author of twelve mysteries featuring Alexandra "Alex" Cooper, a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney for the Sex Crimes Unit. Fairstein is most recently developing a crime drama for ABC titled One Police Plaza.

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