I am Jessica Fielding, a volunteer on the Committee to Elect Traci DiMezza. I have known Mrs. DiMezza for more than 15 years, and was employed with her office during summer breaks from college.
As a committee, we strive to maintain the integrity of a race that is befitting the role of a judicial candidate. DiMezza, however, will always respond to attacks upon her qualifications and experience, specifically referring to the letter of Don Gifford in Sunday's paper.
DiMezza worked with the Bridgeport Public Defender for three years during law school. This court maintained jurisdiction in a city with one of the highest crime rates in Connecticut.
She participated in witness interviews, trial preparation, arraignments, bail hearings, research and writing of pre-trial and post-trial motions, jury selection and jury trials. This served as the foundation of her criminal law experience.
After law school, DiMezza accepted employment with a local attorney, who practiced in the fields of contract and real property law. At the same time, she began work with the Schenectady County Public Defender's Office as a criminal appellate attorney.
DiMezza's next position was with the firm of Friedman, Austin & Rabin in Pleasantville, N.Y., which specialized in criminal defense. During her employment, she represented countless clients in a variety of criminal proceedings, including jury trials.
DiMezza also continued her work as a criminal appellate attorney, and expanded the practice to include work as a criminal appellate consultant, working with defense firms all over the state, researching and writing criminal appeals.
Over the course of her 17-year career, DiMezza has participated in hundreds of criminal proceedings. She has researched and written more than 60 criminal appeals, requiring in-depth understanding of the penal code, criminal law and evidentiary procedure.
She has made hundreds of court appearances, all over the state, conducted dozens of jury trials, and represented thousands of clients in all areas of law.
This election isn't a contest about who has been practicing the longest, or the number of times a candidate has stepped foot inside a courthouse.
It's about choosing a judicial leader with not only the right balance of legal skills, but the right personal skills, temperament and leadership ability.
Traci DiMezza represents consistency, fairness and integrity, and she is committed to improving our system of justice.
Please consider her candidacy Nov. 6.