WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR MCGARVEY’S INSPIRATION IS ACPO CHIEF ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR BUCKLEY


MAYS LANDING- Marisa G. McGarvey has been an Assistant Prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office since 2012, when she started her career assigned to the grand jury and domestic violence units, before being appointed to the trial unit in 2014. In both the domestic violence and trial units, AP McGarvey argued numerous motions, and tried both bench and jury trials, encompassing a wide variety of criminal charges. Since the passage of criminal justice reform in New Jersey in January of 2017, AP McGarvey has been assigned to the Screening Unit, where her primary duties include providing legal advice to law enforcement officers on a range of topics, including charging decisions, approval of search warrants and other investigatory orders, and authorization of arrest warrants.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Buckley & Assistant Prosecutor Marisa McGarvey

AP McGarvey holds a B.A. in International Studies, with a concentration in Economics, and a minor in Spanish, from The College of New Jersey, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2007. She then earned her law degree from Rutgers University in Camden, graduating in 2012, at which time she received the Dean’s Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Service. While at Rutgers Law School, AP McGarvey served as a Notes Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy, and her student note, The Price of Justice:  How the Caperton Standard for Judicial Recusal Fell Short, But Opened the Door for Reform of the Recusal Standards Anyway, was published in the Journal’s Spring 2012 edition.

For the past two years, AP McGarvey has also been the Deputy Intern Coordinator for the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, serving alongside Chief Coordinator Erika Halayko, and is responsible for interviewing, hiring, and supervising students for the summer legal internship program. AP McGarvey has also served as an instructor for various continuing education classes for law enforcement officers, including a special class on the civil liability aspect of SWAT team operations, as the legal liaison to the Atlantic County SWAT team.

In addition to her duties as an Assistant Prosecutor, AP McGarvey has also volunteered her time as a high school mock trial coach, first at Absegami High School for several years, and now at Atlantic City High School for the second year. AP McGarvey also participates in numerous local events on behalf of the Prosecutor’s Office, such as the Community Walks and Summer Photography Program, as coordinated by the Atlantic County Coalition for a Safe Community.

“One of the most inspirational women in my life is Chief Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Buckley of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, whom I was lucky enough to first watch “in action” during the summer of 2011, while I was a legal intern at the Prosecutor’s Office and sat in court for an entire week straight, completely riveted by Chief AP Buckley’s fearless and passionate lawyering during a sexual assault trial. At the beginning of my summer internship, I was intimidated at the thought of criminal litigation, and I was unsure whether I could be successful in that career field.  My experience in watching Chief AP Buckley, who was also a young woman like me, during the trial, as she confidently and bravely advocated on behalf of the victim, gave me the courage to believe in myself, and was a significant factor in my ultimate career path.”

Thank you for your service, Assistant Prosecutor McGarvey!

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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.

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