MAYS LANDING- Assistant Prosecutor Melinda Harrigan has served at the ACPO for 3 years and currently serves in the Appeals Unit, responding on behalf of the State to municipal court appeals to the Superior Court; Direct Appeals to the Appellate Division and th…e NJ Supreme Court; along with petitions for post-conviction relief and appeals for denials of post-conviction relief. Assistant Prosecutor Harrigan has also served in the ACPO Grand Jury Unit.
“Being in the Appeals Unit is my passion and I feel very fortunate to be able to do the job I do every day,” Assistant Prosecutor Harrigan said.
She also serves as the Municipal Prosecutor Liaison for Atlantic County and provides assistance to municipal prosecutors throughout the county. Prior to working for ACPO, Assistant Prosecutor Harrigan worked for a private firm in Hammonton, NJ where she served as a Municipal Prosecutor.
“I have proudly been the attorney-coach for the Cedar Creek High School mock trial team for the last 7 years,” she said.
In May, along with others from the ACPO office and from Atlantic County, Assistant Prosecutor Harrigan will be admitted as a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.
Assistant Prosecutor Harrigan graduated from Coastal Carolina University, Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Political Science and she later received her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law.
“A woman that inspires me every day is my daughter, Alexandra. At 22 years old she is reaching for the stars and managing to grab a few along the way. She will graduate from Rutgers University in May with degrees in Political Science and History and has been accepted to law school. After law school she seeks to serve our country in the United States Navy as a member of the JAG Corps,” Assistant Prosecutor Harrigan said.
“As a woman, I thought it was important to teach my daughter the significance of a quote I love from Eleanor Roosevelt, who said: ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,’” Assistant Prosecutor Harrigan said.
Thank you for your service, Assistant Prosecutor Harrigan!
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.