Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
There’s no place like home, Rakhi Lahiri ’10 discovered.
“After college, I was a victim witness advocate in the Suffolk County DA’s Office,” she explains. “I thought I wanted to be a DA, but I wanted to have a range of experiences so I could say for certain.”
At Northeastern, she tried it all, with varying co-ops in New Delhi, India; San Francisco and Boston. “I had a good idea of the prosecutor’s position. But I wanted to learn more about other perspectives—the defense attorney, the victim, the accused,” Rakhi says.
Today, Rakhi is back where she started, but this time, as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. “Northeastern helped prepare me to be the kind of prosecutor I want to be,” she says, “one with perspective.”
Rakhi wrote bench memoranda for civil and criminal matters, including habeas corpus petitions, breaches of contract and maritime issues.
Rakhi conducted investigations and drafted petitions and memoranda concerning domestic violence legal issues in India.
Working with the law school’s Public Health Advocacy Institute, Rakhi explored public health law and the use of litigation to effect changes in public health policy.
Rakhi researched and wrote memoranda on complicated employment and housing discrimination cases.
Rakhi was part of a fast-paced legal office that handles 50,000 criminal cases each year.