Celeste Koeleveld is the Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel for Public Safety at the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel. At the Law Department, she oversees two divisions. One is the Special Federal Litigation Division, which handles mostly federal litigation involving the New York City Police Department and the New York City Department of Correction. The other is the Family Court Division, which represents the City in prosecutions against juveniles in the Family Courts.
Prior to joining the Law Department, Ms. Koeleveld was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where she held a number of supervisory positions, including Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief Appellate Attorney in the Criminal Division. In 1999, Ms. Koeleveld received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in connection with her work on a major organized crime and securities fraud case. In addition, in 2007, Ms. Koeleveld was awarded the Stimson Medal by the New York City Bar Association, in recognition of her many years of dedicated and outstanding service to the United States Attorney's Office.
Ms. Koeleveld also serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where she teaches legal writing and research to first-year students.