Grace H. Park was sworn in as Acting Prosecutor of Union County on June 17, 2013. As the chief law enforcement officer in Union County, Ms. Park oversees an office of 250 employees and an approximately $20 million budget, coordinating the law enforcement efforts of approximately 2,000 police officers in 21 local police departments, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the Union County Police Department. She is the first Asian-American county prosecutor in New Jersey history, and also the first female and the first minority to serve as prosecutor in Union County’s 157-year history.
During her first year in office, Ms. Park introduced a number of special initiatives intended to improve the outcomes of specific investigations. Among these were a set of protocols put into place in order to increase the Prosecutor’s Office’s involvement in non-fatal shooting investigations and a sweeping set of changes that streamlined and enhanced the operations of the Office’s Domestic Violence Unit.
In addition, under Park’s leadership the Prosecutor’s Office has forged new cooperative relationships with the YWCA Union County and the Office of the Union County Executive Schools Superintendent and its affiliated public school districts. In both cases these agreements resulted in the joint hosting of two new annual events: the Union County C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Awareness, Response, Education, Safety) domestic violence symposium and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Forum for School Administrators. Additionally, as part of an overarching emphasis on community outreach and interaction, Ms. Park and several other members of the Prosecutor’s Office routinely take part in public forums intended to raise awareness of, and promote advocacy for, the prevention of heroin and prescription opioid abuse across Union County.
Prior to her appointment as Acting Prosecutor, Ms. Park had spent seven years as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, prosecuting cases involving terrorism, narcotics, violent crime, healthcare and government fraud, and economic crimes. Her prior prosecutions include complex investigations of public and private companies as well as of individual defendants.
More recently, Ms. Park managed civil litigations for the pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer Inc. as Senior Corporate Counsel. In addition, Ms. Park was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLC in New York City. She also clerked for the Senior United States District Judge William H. Walls, sitting in Newark, New Jersey.
Ms. Park is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, State of New York, the Federal District Court of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court.