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Delores Heredia Ward, Esq.

Delores Heredia Ward began her legal career in the 1980’s as paralegal for several solo practitioners in Long Island New York, working in the areas of family law, real estate, federal civil rights claims and criminal law. She earned her J.D. in 1990 from Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York, where she was an active member of the Latino Law Student’s Association. She earned her law degree while raising two young boys as a single parent.

After earning her J.D., Ms. Ward served in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York as an assistant District Attorney for thirteen years. Since arriving in the D.C. Metro area, Ms. Ward served two national organizations providing training and technical assistance to juvenile justice practitioners across the United States.  

She is a member of the Fairfax Bar association where she serves on the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Committee. She is married and is the proud mother of four and grandmother of four wonderful and unique people.    

Ms. Ward attributes her success to her ability to focus on goals, creating plans, working hard and creative problem solving in overcoming obstacles. Trust and integrity are the values she lives by.

Prosecution Experience

Delores Heredia Ward is an accomplished attorney with over thirteen years of prosecution experience.  She has prosecuted thousands of criminal cases as Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, New York. She has supervised and trained new attorneys, handled misdemeanor and felony appeals, conducted trials and responded to hundreds of discovery and other motions, researched and argued procedural and evidentiary, has prepared civilian, law enforcement and expert witnesses for testimony and negotiated dispositions.
 

Problem-Solving Courts and Community Prosecution

Delores Heredia Ward served the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office as a community oriented prosecutor working to reduce crime by working with the community in high-crime areas to address the conditions that allow crime to flourish. She represented the District Attorney on the board of an afterschool program in a high-crime area, helping to coordinate and enrich the services provided. She also represented the District Attorney in the planning and implementation a Misdemeanor Treatment Court while building coalitions with community organizations and managing the Community Court prosecution of quality of life crimes. She was actively involved in the Community Court Community Service program, assisting in developing projects that benefited the community including environmental cleanups, graffiti removal and Dress for Success collections.   

National Justice Experience

Delores Heredia Ward also has senior level experience managing and providing training programs to prosecutors as a nationally-recognized subject-matter expert in Community Prosecution, Community and Treatment Courts and Juvenile Justice.

As a Director of the National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center for the American Prosecutors Research Institute she oversaw the provision of technical assistance and training to local prosecutors and juvenile justice staff while working effectively with federal, state and county agencies. She coordinated, prepared and facilitated multidisciplinary national, state and local training programs for juvenile justice practitioners. As a Senior Attorney in the National Center for Community Prosecution for the American Prosecutors Research Institute she provided technical assistant to state and local prosecutors.

Publication Experience

Ms. Ward oversaw the publication of monographs and articles highlighting community prosecution successes and juvenile justice issues.

Volunteer Activities

In addition to her public service, Delores Heredia Ward has a long history of volunteer work. Most recently, she has participated in volunteer activities with the following organizations:
  • Northern Virginia Legal Services
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Kids in Need of Defense
  • Girls Scouts of America

Professional Licenses/Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • New York, 1991 to Present
  • Virginia, 2010 to Present
  • District of Columbia, 2011 to Present

Bar Association Memberships

Fairfax Bar Association:
  • Juvenile and Domestic Relations Committee
  • Family Law Section

Experience

Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, New York   1990-2003
Assistant District Attorney
  • Community Justice Center Coordinator, 2002-2003
  • Community Prosecutor, 2000-2002
  • Arraignment and Trial Assignment Supervisor, District Court Trial Bureau, 1999-2000
  • Appeals Assistant & Search Warrant Assistant, 1994-1998
  • Trial Assistant, 1990-1994    
American Prosecutors Research Institute, Virginia 2004-2006
  • Director, National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center  
  • Senior Attorney, National Center for Community Prosecution
ICF International, Virginia 2006-2009
  • Senior Associate, ICF International
  • Deputy Director, National Training and Technical Assistance Center, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Delores Heredia Ward, Esq., PLLC, Virginia 2011-present

  • Sole Proprietor, Delores Heredia Ward, Esq., PLLC

Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York, J.D., May 1990
  • Long Island University, C.W. Post, Greenvale, New York, B.A., May 1986

Selected Training

In addition to her college and law school education, Ms. Ward has attended the following trainings:
  • Advanced Guardian Ad Litem for Children 2010,  Virginia CLE, 2011
  • Estate Litigation CLE, Fairfax Bar Association, 2011
  • Annual DUI CLE 2011, Fairfax Bar Association, 2011
  • Fiduciary Income Tax Returns CLE, Fairfax Bar Association, 2011
  • 7th Edition Fairfax Circuit Court Practice Manual Update CLE: The Judges', Fairfax Bar Association, 2011
  • Representation of Children as a Guardian Ad Litem 2009, Virginia CLE, 2011
  • Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, Virginia State Bar, 2011
  • 2010 Virginia Indigent Defense Commission Certification Training – Juvenile, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, 2010
  • 2010 Virginia Indigent Defense Commission Certification Training - Misdemeanor/Felony,  Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, 2010
  • Infant Settlements CLE: An Overview of Changes in Procedure, Fairfax Bar Association, 2010
  • Motions Conciliation Program CLE 2010,  Fairfax Bar Association, 2010
  • Environmental Issues for Estate Administration CLE, Fairfax Bar Association, 2010
  • Landlord and Tenant Law, Fairfax Bar Association, 2010
  • Lean Executive Overview (Six Sigma), Fundamentals and More, March 2008
  • Avoiding Legal Pitfalls: The Latest on Employment Law, NOVA SHRM, February 2008
  • Introduction to ICF’s Commercial Contracts, ICF International, Project Management Institute approved, October 2007
  • Subcontractor Procurement, ICF International, Project Management Institute approved, October 2007
  • Negotiations Skills, Northern Virginia Mediation Service, May 2007
  • Capture Management is Eternal, ICF International, January 2006
  • Strategy to Action, ICF International, February 2006
  • Graduated Sanctions in Juvenile Justice: a National Training, National Counsel of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, May 2006
  • Adolescent Brain, APRI, National Advocacy Center, December 2005 (course facilitator)
  • Using Incentives and Sanctions Effectively with Adolescents, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, November 2005
  • Prosecutorial Leadership with Scarce Resources, APRI, National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center, September 2005 (course facilitator)
  • JumpStart: Training for Newly Assigned Juvenile Prosecutors, APRI, June 2005 & August 2005 (course facilitator)
  • Performance Measures for the Juvenile Justice System, American Prosecutors Research Institute, National Advocacy Center, January 2005 & June 2006 (course facilitator)
  • Advanced Community Prosecution Workshop, American Prosecutors Research Institute, National Center for Community Prosecution, September 2004
  • Community Prosecution Implementation Grantee Workshop, APRI, National Center for Community Prosecution, March 2004 (staff)
  • Quantum Coaching, Performance Coach training, Resource Realizations Academy, 2003
  • Drug Court Practitioners Guide to Mental Health Services, Certificate, National Developments Research Institutes, Inc., June 2003
  • Relapse Prevention, National Developments Research Institutes, Inc., June 2003
  • Treatment Courts, Past Present, and Future: Your Expectations, Our Reality, New York Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals, March 2003
  • Adult Drug Court Planning Initiative Training Series, Drug Court Institute, July 2001
  • New York State Courts Drug Treatment Program, Drug Court Summer Institute, Erie Community College, Buffalo, New York, New York State Unified Court System, August 2001
  • District Attorney Trial Training Course, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, July-August, 1990
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