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Counsel

Phone: (585) ***-****  HQ Phone
Rochester City School District
131 W. Broad Street
Rochester, New York 14614
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts degree
    St. John Fisher College
  • law degree
    Albany Law School
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Cara Briggs, Esq. for Town Justice
mendongop.com, 5 July 2013 [cached]
Cara Briggs, Esq.
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Cara Briggs
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The following information is from Cara's 17 year career as a prosecutor, where she spent nearly every day in the courtroom. She currently works as counsel for the Rochester City School District.
Dedicated to Justice and Public Service
Cara served the residents of Monroe County for seventeen years in the Monroe County District Attorney's Office. From 1988 to 2005, Cara prosecuted over 2,000 felonies, including sixteen homicides, and put some of our community's most violent criminals behind bars.
The newspaper headlines tell the real story of the cases Cara took on, the crime victims she protected and the criminals who were convicted:
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Beginning in 1988, Cara prosecuted misdemeanors and violations, including DWI, in the Local Courts Bureau of the DA's Office. In 1989, she was promoted to the Special Investigations Bureau, where she prosecuted felony drug sale and possession. In 1993. Cara began two-years in the Major Felony Bureau where she prosecuted violent felonies including homicide, robbery, rape, assault, burglary and weapons possession.
Cara then spent ten years, from 1995-2005, Supervising the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau, where she prosecuted felony child abuse and domestic violence cases including rape, sexual abuse, serious assaults and homicide. During this time, Cara consistently carried one of the heaviest caseloads in the DA's Office while successfully managing the bureau and directing investigations.
Cara provided leadership and legal training on a regular basis to fellow prosecutors, police and child protective workers. In addition to responding routinely to individual requests for advice, Cara also served as an instructor for training programs presented by the Public Safety Training Center, the Monroe County District Attorneys Office, the Bivona Child Advocacy Center and the Child Sexual Assault Resource Council.
During her tenure with the DA's Office, Cara earned a reputation as an aggressive and innovative prosecutor. In 1997, Cara was the first prosecutor in Monroe County to seek and obtain a Court Order to allow an 8-year old girl to testify against her mother at trial by the use of two-way closed circuit television. Using technology, the young victim was able to testify without facing her mother. The mother was convicted of prostituting her daughter to two men and sent to prison. The two men, who were prosecuted separately, were convicted and imprisoned as well.
Continuing a path of public service, Cara is currently Associate Counsel for the Rochester City School District. She has served the RCSD in this capacity since 2005.
Cara's community service embodies her dedication to justice for our community, particularly victims of child abuse and domestic violence. Cara is currently a member of the Advisory Committee to the IMPACT Team of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center. She has worked with the IMPACT Team to combat child abuse since 1995. She is also a member of the BCAC Speakers Bureau and volunteers as a Student Tutor for the Lawyers for Learning Program at RCSD School #29. Cara was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Protection and Care of Children from 1997-2004. In addition, Cara is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association, the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys and the New York State District Attorneys Association.
Cara earned her law degree from Albany Law School in 1987 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John Fisher College in 1984.
Cara and her husband, Don Irvine, live in Mendon.
In the past two weeks, Republican ...
www.rochesterdandc.com, 24 Sept 2007 [cached]
In the past two weeks, Republican challenger Cara Briggs, a former prosecutor in the D.A.'s office, has twice lambasted her opponent, incumbent Democrat Michael Green, saying that conviction statistics show his office is failing the public.
Green has countered that Briggs, who spent 17 years as an assistant district attorney, is twisting the numbers.
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Briggs says her criticism is fair and she is not wielding tough-to-fathom data about the D.A.'s office.
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Green has touted a better-than-90 percent conviction rate in "superior court prosecutions" while Briggs says a more telling number is that 35 percent of felony arrests end in conviction.
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Briggs said cases of that sort should not be considered successes.
And, she said, prosecutors in the office are loath to pursue tough cases and present them to grand juries because of what she sees as "an emphasis of statistics over justice."
That's why, she said, the more revealing statistic is the percentage of felony arrests that end in conviction.
"Thirty-five percent is just appalling," she said.
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Last week, Briggs, using statistics from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services said that Monroe County has one of the worst rates of violent felony prosecutions in New York.
Outside of New York City, the rate of 69.1 percent is the fifth-worst among New York counties, according to DCJS data from 2006.
"Where we rank compared to other counties is bad," she said.
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Whatever the merit of the dueling data, Briggs would likely concur with a statement by Green: "No one percentage can tell you how a D.A.'s office is doing."
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Cara Briggs is a mature woman with a lengthy legal background; she is also a mother of three (oldest 22 - so, she's not just some kid) and she has an impressive background.Though she is currently Assistant Counsel for the Rochester City School District (Department of Law), she was Assistant District Attorney in Rochester from 1988 until 2005 and personally prosecuted over 2,000 Felony cases (many more than Mike Green); also 16 Homicides.
In addition, Cara Briggs has also been Deputy Chief for the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau and DA representative for the Advisory Committee to IMPACT.
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We really need some changes in Rochester and bringing in new blood, like Cara Briggs, is part of the solution.
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Cara Briggs offers the best opportunity for change - she has experience, is beyond political "games" and is enormously "qualified".She's a guarantee that someone COMPETENT will be in the DA's office.
louisrichardsPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:01 pm
How old is Cara Briggs and what does shoe look like?Does she have a myspace page?If shes decent looking shes got my vote.For too long, women have been descriminated against, she deserves an opportunity.
bjorn_nitmouPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:54 am
I have to agree with Briggs ...
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Cara Briggs would work well as D.A. for Monore County seeing how she has worked in Domestic Violence Dept and was A.D.A. prior to running.
GO CARA, I SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY!!!
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Cara Briggs has worked as an ADA for almost two decades.She knows what works and what doesn't work.The District Attorney's office is in need of change, Cara Briggs is will bring with her experience, perspective, new ideas and an aggressive approach!
"The true measure of a District ...
www.carabriggs.com, 12 July 2010 [cached]
"The true measure of a District Attorney's Office is its ability to convict the most violent offenders," said Cara Briggs, a former prosecutor with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office who is challenging Democrat Mike Green in the November election.
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," said Cara Briggs, a former prosecutor with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office who is challenging Green in November's election.
Cara ...
www.carabriggs.com, 12 July 2010 [cached]
Cara Briggs
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Cara has served the residents of Monroe County for seventeen years in the Monroe County District Attorney's Office. From 1988 to 2005, Cara prosecuted over 2,000 felonies, including sixteen homicides, and put some of our community's most violent criminals behind bars.
The newspaper headlines tell the real story of the cases Cara took on, the crime victims she protected and the criminals who were convicted:
...
Beginning in 1988, Cara prosecuted misdemeanors and violations, including DWI, in the Local Courts Bureau of the DA's Office. In 1989, she was promoted to the Special Investigations Bureau, where she prosecuted felony drug sale and possession. In 1993. Cara began two-years in the Major Felony Bureau where she prosecuted violent felonies including homicide, robbery, rape, assault, burglary and weapons possession.
Cara then spent ten years, from 1995-2005, Supervising the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau, where she prosecuted felony child abuse and domestic violence cases including rape, sexual abuse, serious assaults and homicide. During this time, Cara consistently carried one of the heaviest caseloads in the DA's Office while successfully managing the bureau and directing investigations.
Cara provided leadership and legal training on a regular basis to fellow prosecutors, police and child protective workers. In addition to responding routinely to individual requests for advice, Cara also served as an instructor for training programs presented by the Public Safety Training Center, the Monroe County District Attorneys Office, the Bivona Child Advocacy Center and the Child Sexual Assault Resource Council.
During her tenure with the DA's Office, Cara earned a reputation as an aggressive and innovative prosecutor. In 1997, Cara was the first prosecutor in Monroe County to seek and obtain a Court Order to allow an 8-year old girl to testify against her mother at trial by the use of two-way closed circuit television. Using technology, the young victim was able to testify without facing her mother. The mother was convicted of prostituting her daughter to two men and sent to prison. The two men, who were prosecuted separately, were convicted and imprisoned as well.
Continuing a path of public service, Cara is currently Assistant Counsel for the Rochester City School District. She has served the RCSD in this capacity since 2005.
Cara's community service embodies her dedication to justice for our community, particularly victims of child abuse and domestic violence. Cara is currently a member of the Advisory Committee to the IMPACT Team of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center. She has worked with the IMPACT Team to combat child abuse since 1995. She is also a member of the BCAC Speakers Bureau and volunteers as a Student Tutor for the Lawyers for Learning Program at RCSD School #29. Cara was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Protection and Care of Children from 1997-2004. In addition, Cara is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association, the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys and the New York State District Attorneys Association.
Cara earned her law degree from Albany Law School in 1987 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John Fisher College in 1984.
Cara and her husband, Don, live Mendon.
Testimonials | Innovative Investigations - Rochester NY Licensed Private Investigator specializing in professional investigative services
www.innovativeinvestigationsinc.com, 1 April 2003 [cached]
Cara Briggs, Esq., Rochester City School District, April, 2003 (former Deputy Chief, Domestic Violence Bureau and Child Abuse Bureau, Office of the District Attorney of Monroe County)
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