Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. to Discuss Criminal Justice Reform at JTS

Press Contact: Tom Hopkins
Office: (212) 678-8950

March 23, 2017, New York, NY

Flaws in the criminal justice system threaten the social fabric of our country. One of the nation’s foremost prosecutors, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. will share new approaches to criminal justice reform, including initiatives to promote alternatives to incarceration, address implicit bias, and enhance relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve. He will also address contemporary public safety issues like human trafficking and cybercrime. Vance will explore these questions in the Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Marc Gary, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of JTS and former general counsel, Fidelity Investments and BellSouth Corporation, will moderate. The event will take place on April 4, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. on the JTS campus, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), in New York City. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students with valid ID. Tickets and photo ID required for admission. RSVP at


Attorneys, please note: This program has been approved by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one (1) credit hour in Professional Practice for those attending in person. The course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. New Jersey attorneys will receive credit for this program through reciprocity. 


This program will be live streamed at no charge at (registration not required for the livestream). JTS invites synagogues and other communal organizations to hold a public screening of this outstanding program. To learn more, please contact


Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Manhattan District Attorney since 2010, has enhanced the DA’s office as a national leader in criminal justice by expanding its expertise on an array of 21st century crimes. His many achievements include the takedown of violent street gangs, dismantling domestic and international cybercrime and identity theft operations, and the first local terrorism convictions in New York State courts.

In recent months, DA Vance has taken a national leadership role in addressing the issue of race in the criminal justice system. Using funds obtained through sanctions cases against international financial institutions, he has also made significant investments in a series of transformative criminal justice initiatives in New York City and nationally, including a program aimed at reducing the number of individuals with behavioral health issues in the criminal justice system. 


The annual Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture was established by JTS in honor of the late philanthropist and community leader. Mr. Segal was the first Jewish president of the American Bar Association and the first Jewish chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.