Mimi Rocah

Mimi Rocah

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Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) is currently a Legal Analyst for MSNBC and NBC News and also the Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow at Pace School of Law. Previously, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York for 16.5 years from February 2001 until October 2017. During that time, Ms. Rocah successfully prosecuted, tried and/or supervised 100s of cases including several high profile ones. The cases in which Ms. Rocah was involved targeted Russian and Italian Organized Crime, human trafficking, gun trafficking, opioid abuse, gang violence, white collar fraud, public corruption and more. During her career in SDNY, Ms. Rocah held a number of leadership positions including, Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Unit, Chief of the General Crimes and Narcotics Units, Co-Chief of the White Plains Division (a satellite office of approximately 25 attorneys in Westchester, NY). As White Plains Chief, Ms. Rocah was the primary liaison with local and state law enforcement agencies and other prosecutorial offices on various public safety matters and coordinated and co-chaired multi-county task forces on specific issues such as human trafficking. As a prosecutor, Ms. Rocah received numerous Department of Justice awards, most recently, the 2016 Women In Federal Law Enforcement Leadership Award. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Rocah clerked for the Honorable John Gleeson, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Honorable Chester J. Straub, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked as a litigation associate at the law firm Cravath, Swain and Moore.  Ms. Rocah graduated from New York University School of Law, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif in 1997, and with a B.A. in American History, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1992.