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• Teach criminal justice and criminal procedure courses to undergraduate students. • Develop curriculum to maintain and improve competence. • Prepare teaching materials and lessons. • Communicate with students on course topics in person and utilizing Blackboard platform. • Review written examinations and papers. • Evaluate oral presentations.
Assistant Counsel • Assisted the General Counsel in all aspects of legal department operations. • Ensured that all contracts, official documents, policies and operations comply with applicable rules and regulations. • Advised Commission executives and employees on general legal issues with a primary focusing on commercial gaming and Indian gaming regulation.
Ethics Officer • Advised Commission employees regarding the interpretation and implementation of ethics laws, including the State’s public officers laws and lobbying laws. • Conducted comprehensive ethics training course. • Served as liaison between the Commission and Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”). • Evaluate allegations and refer complaints to JCOPE as appropriate. • Managed the Commission’s Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS) filers and submitted FDS to JCOPE. • Promoted a culture of integrity by fostering awareness of ethics laws and obligations.
• Provided individualized career counseling to law students, defining professional goals, and identifying appropriate resources and job search strategies. • Advised over 250 students, whom I guided in drafting resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews and creating job search strategies. • Supported advisees as they negotiate job offers with employers, including law firms, corporations and government agencies. • Worked with law firms, corporations and financial institutions to create diversity initiatives. • Drafted career related handouts, handbooks and information sheets. • Produced student programming and distributed information regarding events that focused on diversifying the legal industry.
• Supervised and trained assistant district attorneys. • Supervised and managed attorneys in the Early Case Assessment Bureau. • Managed all aspects of hundreds of felony prosecutions, from arrest through to trial and disposition. • Investigated cases in conjunction with local and federal agencies, interviewed witnesses and debriefed defendants. • Fully developed cases and presented them before the grand jury.
• Wrote memorandum of law to court in case of first impression involving the illegal use of pharmaceuticals. • Assisted extensively in week-long jury trial resulting in favorable verdict. • Drafted briefs and answers in Title VII wrongful termination claims and Social Security fraud cases.
Chair, Ethics Committee (May 2013 – Present) Vice-Chair, Ethics Committee (May 2012 – April 2013) • Interpret, administer, and apply USFS Code of Conduct, including the development of principles of ethical behavior and conflict of interest applicable to over 173,000 members in more than 700 member clubs. • Review and investigate all matters referred by the USFS president or vice-president...more
Founded in 2003, and first bouting in 2004, Gotham Girls Roller Derby is New York City’s only all-female, do-it-yourself (DIY), skater-operated roller derby league. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, GGRD is committed to fostering serious competition on a national and international level, developing amateur athletes for competition, and promoting the physical and mental strength and independent...more
Jaclyn Ward Vargo, chair of U.S. Figure Skating's ethics committee, grew up with a passion for skating. As kids, she and her sister, Amanda Ward (the 1993 U.S. novice ladies champion), gladly made the hour-and-15-minute drive (each way) from their home to the Sport-O-Rama in Monsey, N.Y., where they trained with Peter Burrows and Mary Lynn Gelderman.
Vargo competed at the U.S. championships at the junior level. Although she knew her skating skills would only take her so far, she saw herself being involved in the sport long term, and she started trial judging on her 16th birthday.
"I got my first appointment on my 18th birthday," said Vargo, who attended college at Harvard, putting her in close proximity to countless opportunities to judge skating.
"The Skating Club of Boston and the New England community welcomed me with open arms," she recalled. "At that time, Skating Club of Boston had their test sessions either Saturday or Sunday mornings, so it worked very well with a college schedule. It was biking distance. I really lucked out that regionals and sectionals were often a drive away.
"I was able to balance it," she added. "It was a high point. It wasn't ever drudgery or a task. It was something I really enjoyed. I obviously love figure skating. I also loved that judging worked this analytical side of your brain."
After graduating from Harvard and attending Fordham University School of Law, Vargo became an assistant district attorney in the New York County DA's Office. At times, skating took a back seat to her work, but it remained a presence in her life. She received her national judging appointment and judged at the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, becoming the first African American to sit on a panel at that event.
"Happy to see now I'm not the only one," she noted.
After becoming mother to Isadora, 3½, Vargo found the life of a prosecutor was compatible with motherhood neither from a practical nor emotional standpoint. She and her wife, a social worker who recently began a psychotherapy practice, also have Blake, 1.
Since 2011, Vargo has been associate director of career services and diversity initiatives at Brooklyn Law School. She also is a budget coach, helping individuals and families create and implement financial plans -- something skating taught her a lot about.
"Growing up in such a small community (Sullivan County, N.Y.), I don't think that I would have had the world view that I have without figure skating," Vargo said. "People would come from all over the world to train during the summer. That gave me a lot of exposure.
"I can say, 'My name is Jackie' in Japanese," she added. "It also taught me about accountability. There is absolutely no short cut."
In addition to skating, Vargo has also been involved with Gotham Girls Roller Derby -- even competing and winning a national title in 2008.
As a career counselor at Brooklyn Law School, Vargo works with students from the time they enter to a year after graduation. Her job involves advising students about career options and helping them define professional goals. She also is involved in diversity initiatives, working with nonprofit organizations and bar associations to discover and develop opportunities for LGBT students and students of color.
She tries to instill in the students the same sense of determination and resilience she learned through skating.
"Life is about the ability to tuck and roll and adapt," Vargo said. "Just like in skating, you fall, you get up and keep moving."