Students, alumni to be honored during Law Day observance

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Gerard McAleer, a 1983 Salve Regina graduate who serves as chief of county investigators at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey, will be the featured speaker during Salve Regina’s 14th annual Law Day observance May 1. Presented by the Department of Administration of Justice, the ceremony will kick off at 5 p.m. with refreshments in the O’Hare Academic Center lobby.

In addition to McAleer’s remarks and honorary induction into the Alpha Phi Sigma national criminal justice honor society, the ceremony will include the presentation of the McGarry Memorial Scholarship, the Outstanding Intern Awards and undergraduate inductions into Alpha Phi Sigma.

Thirteen undergraduate students will be inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma, including Nicole Bard ’14, Jamie Lee Crespo ’14, Shayna Halpin ’14, Michael Horn ’13, Jennifer Jones ’13, Emily Langlois ’14, Kristen LeGrow ’13, Alexandra Less ’14, Rowan Moriarty ’14, Siobhan Mullen ’14, Jerrica Perez ’13, Jordan Wells ’14 and Lynsey Wolf ’14. Graduate student inductees include Josh Birrell, Matthew Brady, Michael Finklestein and Patrick Keenan.

Joseph McNeill ’15 will be presented with the Joseph J. McGarry ’97 Memorial Scholarship, and Outstanding Intern Awards will be presented to Derrick Delisser ’13, Gregory Gosselin ’13 and Kirsten LeGrow ’13.

McAleer began his law enforcement career as a police officer in Rhode Island in 1977, and his federal law enforcement career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a special agent in 1984. With the DEA, he served as group supervisor, special assistant to the deputy administrator, assistant special agent in charge and acting chief of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force.

McAleer remained in New York until he was promoted to the senior executive service and assigned back to DEA headquarters to head the Office of Inspections. In 2006, the DEA administrator selected him to lead DEA’s New Jersey field division as the special agent in charge.

In 2010, after 26 years with the DEA, McAleer took a position as associate director at the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness in New Jersey, where he stayed for almost two years before moving to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. In October 2012, he was promoted to chief of county investigators, with responsibility for investigating major crimes such as homicide, sex crimes, internal affairs, special investigations and violent gangs.

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