Michelle Henry, First Assistant D.A., Visiting Campus

Posted: October 2, 2013

The Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility at Rosemont College, in collaboration with the Leadership master’s program, is pleased to announce Michelle Henry as the first leader lecturer for the 2013-2014 academic year. Henry will speak on Monday, October 7, at 6 p.m. in Main Building at Rosemont College. The leader lecture series endeavors to provide a variety of leaders from diverse backgrounds and fields to share their experiences and insight with students, faculty, staff and the community. The lecture is free and open to all.

Michelle A. Henry currently serves as the First Assistant District Attorney for Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. Immediately prior to her present position, she served as the District Attorney of Bucks County.

During her career as a prosecutor in Bucks County, Ms. Henry was the Chief of Child Abuse Prosecutions and served as the Chief of Major Crimes in the District Attorney’s Office. Over the course of her seventeen (17) years as a prosecutor, she has prosecuted the most serious offenders including murderers, rapists, armed robbers, drug dealers, and child abusers.

In 2007, after Richard Laird’s twenty (20) year old murder conviction and death sentence were overturned on appeal, Ms. Henry successfully retried Richard Laird for First Degree Murder and returned him to Death Row.

”Prosecutors are commonly referred to as the gatekeepers of the American legal system. This is a considerable task given the arrest rate in the United States, coupled with diminishing resources, legislative guidelines and procedural demands that District Attorneys are faced with on a daily basis. The responsibility of advocating for justice without unnecessarily compromising another’s personal freedom demands a skillset that encompasses respect for the process, unwavering integrity and personal and professional dedication to ethical leadership,” says Christi Smith, program director of Rosemont's criminal justice program.

Ms. Henry received her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and received her law degree from Widener University School of Law Harrisburg, PA.

Due to limited seating, reservations are required and may be made by visiting the Rosemont College website via http://bit.ly/MHenryDA.

Last Updated: October 7, 2013