MAYS LANDING- Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Erika Halayko has been named as a recipient of 40 Under 40 awarded by The AC Weekly/Junior Chamber of Commerce.
“On behalf of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to our colleague Erika Halayko for being selected as a recipient of 40 Under 40 awarded by The AC Weekly/Junior Chamber of Commerce, which recognizes the accomplishments of people under the age of 40 years old who are leaders in their profession and our community. Assistant Prosecutor Halayko represents the best among the local Bar, and we are proud that others have recognized her dedication to upholding justice,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.
Assistant Prosecutor Halayko holds a B.A. in English and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2006. She then earned her law degree from Seton Hall University, graduating in 2009. Upon graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter J. Melchionne, J.S.C. in the Bergen County Family Division. Erika is barred in both New Jersey and New York.
Assistant Prosecutor Halayko was hired by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in 2010. She started her career in the grand jury unit, was appointed to the litigation unit in 2011 and since 2018, served in the Special Victim’s Unit handling sexual assault, official misconduct and financial crimes cases. She has tried various jury and bench trials. Additionally, Assistant Prosecutor Halayko has received specialized training in interviewing child witnesses and prosecuting gang violence. Since 2016, Assistant Prosecutor Halayko volunteers as the office’s Chief Intern Coordinator, where she serves as a mentor to rising stars in the legal profession.
In 2020, Assistant Prosecutor Halayko was a judge for the Atlantic County Mock Trial Competition. In 2019, she spoke at Atlantic Cape Community College’s “Human Trafficking Symposium.” She was also a panelist for the 2018 Annual CPANJ Prosecutor’s College, on the topic of “Strategies for Winning your Trial,” and as a guest speaker for the Atlantic County Bar Association in 2017. In the past, she has instructed various law enforcement agencies in Atlantic County on effective report writing and changes in New Jersey criminal law. Assistant Prosecutor Halayko regularly participates in the Coalition for a Safe Community and the Atlantic County Bar Association. She proudly serves as a senior adjunct professor in the English Department at Atlantic Cape Community College, where she has been teaching English and writing since 2016. An avid creative writer, Erika has had her poetry featured in Atlantic Cape Community College’s Literary Magazine “Rewrites.”
“I love educating students with developing effective writing and public speaking skills. My favorite place to be other than the courtroom is in the classroom,” she said.
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.