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Melinda Skinner Cifuentes

New York City Law Department
Deputy Director of Training, Family Court Division – J.D. Unit
New York, NY, USA

Melinda Skinner-Cifuentes is the Deputy Director of Training for the New York City Law Department’s Family Court Division – Juvenile Delinquency Unit, which prosecutes misdemeanor and felony juvenile delinquency cases in New York City Family Courts.  Ms. Skinner-Cifuentes assists the Director of Training with all legal training for the more than 80 juvenile delinquency attorneys across the five boroughs.  As the Deputy Director of Training, Ms. Skinner-Cifuentes organizes and presents yearly courses such as the Orientation Program for New Attorneys, the Trial Advocacy Program, the Major Case Unit Program as well as continued Leadership Training for Division supervisors.   Ms. Skinner-Cifuentes has also written a number of the courses that are taught to the Family Court attorneys.  Ms. Skinner-Cifuentes used her knowledge gained in obtaining her Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) to create her most recent course entitled “The Adolescent Brain”.   The course outlines the science of adolescent brain development and how that relates to adolescent criminal behavior.

Prior to Ms. Skinner-Cifuentes’ current position, she was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Family Court Division’s Juvenile Delinquency Unit for eight (8) years, a member of the Major Case Unit (members of this unit are charged with prosecuting the most serious cases across the City) and was and promoted to Senior Counsel in 2015.  In that position, she was responsible for prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony juvenile delinquency cases from referral date to final disposition (sentence), including conducting interviews of crime victims, witnesses and arresting officers.  Ms. Skinner-Cifuentes litigated her cases on all court appearances from arraignment, pre-trial suppression hearings, fact-finding hearings (trial), dispositional hearings and violation of probation hearings.  She also acted as a Borough Training Coordinator (Queens), the Queens County School Presentation Coordinator & STAR TRACK Program Coordinator.

Ms. Skinner-Cifuentes is a graduate of New York Law School.


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