MEET THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Acting District Attorney Joyce A. Smith
Joyce Smith was named Acting Nassau County District Attorney on June 8, 2021 after former District Attorney Madeline Singas was nominated and confirmed as an Associate Judge on the Court of Appeals. Smith previously served as the Executive Assistant District Attorney for the Community Relations Division of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office since 2018, overseeing five program offices, including recruitment, immigrant affairs, victim services, school-based programming, and community affairs, as well as the NCDA’s Community Partnership Program (CPP) Office in Hempstead, which works to combat gang and gun violence and promote efforts to reduce recidivism and build safer communities. In her role, she spearheaded the creation of several advisory councils comprised of leaders from a wide-range of communities in Nassau County, aimed at further developing engagement efforts and fostering collaboration between police, prosecutors and the communities they serve.
Acting DA Smith has broadened the office’s participation in Nassau County’s many diverse communities, working closely with the County Executive’s team responsible for the development of the Nassau County Family Justice Center, which will provide important resources and support for families in crisis and survivors of intimate partner violence, and as a member of the Hempstead Prevention Coalition, which addresses substance abuse and addiction in Hempstead Village.
With a robust background in both criminal and civil justice, Acting DA Smith previously served for four years as a staff attorney in the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ Office of the General Counsel, where she investigated and recommended best practices for police-community relations and law enforcement, and three years as Executive Director for the Bronx Family Justice Center in New York City, as well as the Assistant Commissioner/Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens, where for fifteen years she specialized in prosecuting domestic violence cases, eventually elevated to the role of Unit Chief in the Special Prosecutions Division.
Acting DA Smith is currently an Adjunct Professor for Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Nassau Community College, where she teaches various courses in law and criminal justice. She previously taught undergraduate criminal justice courses for Monroe College, University of Maryland, and the Community College of Baltimore County. Acting DA Smith was raised in Hollis, Queens, and is a graduate of Adelphi University and Howard University School of Law. She currently resides in Hempstead.