Maine Law alum wins prestigious award from NY prosecutors
July 28, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – Matthew Hayden, a 2001 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, has been named Prosecutor of the Year for Trial Advocacy by the District Attorneys Association of New York State, and the New York Prosecutors Training Institute.
Hayden, chief assistant district attorney for Schuyler County, was selected among thousands of ADAs throughout New York State. It is the highest award for an assistant prosecutor in New York, and Hayden is the first prosecutor from Schuyler County to receive the honor, according to the Ithaca Journal.
The District Attorneys Association presented the award to Hayden on July 20 during the group’s summer conference. The award is given annually to one assistant district attorney who “has demonstrated dynamic trial skills, leadership, and selfless dedication to criminal prosecution in the Empire State.” Joseph G. Fazzary, Schuyler County District Attorney, nominated Hayden for the award.
“Matt is an exceptionally hard-working attorney, and his integrity is beyond reproach. He is willing to try any case, from a speeding ticket or dog-at-large case, to an attempted-murder case. He stands up in court every day as a voice for victims in Schuyler County,” Fazzary told the Ithaca Journal. “Matt is an asset to my office and to the DA’s Association. He routinely assists other district attorneys and assistant district attorneys around the Southern Tier. He is first-class all the way, and I am proud to have him as my chief ADA.”