DCEx Students Meet with Principal AUSA Alessio Evangelista L’95
On Nov. 30, 2018, Distinguished Guest Lecturer Alessio Evangelista L’95 hosted the Fall 2018 DCEx Program at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Evangelista is the Principal Assistant US Attorney (AUSA) in this office, which also happens to be the largest US Attorney’s Office in the country.
Evangelista is responsible for overall leadership and management of the office, and he stands in for matters where the chief US Attorney is recused or otherwise unavailable.
Evangelista’s seminar included significant discussion about the hiring process for becoming an AUSA (which he is in charge of) as well as general advice about professional success. During his detailed account of what it takes to be hired as a federal prosecutor, Evangelista took the class through each step of the interview process and shared insight on what employers are looking for at each stage. He explained that these positions are in high demand, but he assured the students that good grades, clerkships, and experience would make success attainable.
Another Syracuse alum, Jason Feldman L’13, is an AUSA in the same office, and he also participated in the seminar. Feldman weighed in on the hiring process and told the students what made him successful in his own interview. Evangelista also invited Feldman to talk about his experience as a new attorney. Feldman listed his many responsibilities and described a typical day in the office. He gave the externs an honest account of how much work the job requires, but he stressed how much he loves his work and what a rewarding experience it is.
Evangelista and Feldman answered questions from the students, identified the challenges that prosecutors face every day, and explained how they overcome them. Ultimately, both expressed passion for the job and gratitude for their ability to serve the public.
After this final seminar, the DCEx students attended a closing reception for the program.