Erie County Attorney John Flynn will serve as president of the National District Attorneys Association
DENVER, COLORADO — Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn was elected by his peers to serve as president of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). District Attorney Flynn, who was unanimously elected as the NDAA’s member-elect president last summer, was officially named president this afternoon during the “Pass the Gavel” ceremony at the NDAA Summit. the organization‘s summer in Denver, Colorado.
The National Association of District Attorneys, established in 1950, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association of prosecutors across the country. The organization provides educational training, technical assistance and other services to members. Their mission is to be the voice of our nation’s prosecutors by supporting efforts to protect the rights of the people while providing its members with the knowledge, skills, and support necessary to secure justice for all.
In July 2021, NDAA members voted for District Attorney Flynn as president-elect at the annual summer summit, held in Virginia Beach, Virginia. DA Flynn served as president-elect under former president, Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West. DA Flynn will now lead the NDAA until the summer of 2024. At this year’s summit, State’s Attorney Charlie Smith of Frederick County, Maryland, was elected president-elect.
In addition to the leadership vote, the summer conference focused on “The Evolution of the Digital Prosecutor”. Members learned innovative ideas and practical strategies related to cybercrime, digital evidence, body-worn cameras, case management systems, discovery and search warrants.
As Chair of the NDAA, DA Flynn will focus on the dual role prosecutors play in holding bad actors accountable, particularly in light of the rise in certain violent crimes across the country, while promoting thought innovative and smart criminal justice reforms to protect our communities. In addition, he plans to promote greater leadership and advocacy training, especially as prosecutors’ offices across the country face serious recruitment and retention challenges.
“It is a great honor for me to lead this organization. I express my gratitude to the National Association of District Attorneys, not only for their confidence in me to be the representative of this association, but for their commitment to the prosecutorial profession through the advocacy, support and training of our members. Along with my colleagues across the country, I chose to become prosecutors to protect the rights of our citizens, create safer communities, and ensure justice is served for victims of crime. I look forward to representing my fellow district attorneys and having the opportunity to have a voice on criminal justice issues at the national level,” said John Flynn, Erie County District Attorney.
District Attorney Flynn, who is currently serving his second term as 41st The district attorney for Erie County, New York, was previously the chief of the NDAA’s Metro Section, which represents prosecutors in major cities across the country. He is the second Erie County district attorney to serve as the organization’s president. United States District Court Judge, Hon. Richard J. Arcara of the Western District of New York served as Chairman of the NDAA during his tenure as District Attorney for Erie County.
DA Flynn is also currently president-elect of the District Attorneys Association of New York (DAASNY), an organization representing New York State’s attorneys.
For more information on the National Association of District Attorneys: www.ndaa.org