Celebrating 38 Years:
The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Congratulates Veronica Allende on Being Named Director of the Division of Criminal Justice for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2018
The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (“HBA-NJ”) congratulates Veronica Allende on being appointed as the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. The Division of Criminal Justice oversees New Jersey’s unified, integrated system of law enforcement. As Director of the Division of Criminal Justice, Veronica is responsible for 500 investigators, detectives, lawyers, and professional personnel who are charged with investigating, enforcing and prosecuting criminal activity. The Division also provides oversight and coordination to the State’s law enforcement community at the state, county and municipal level to ensure the safety and security of all New Jersey residents.
“Veronica is a smart, tough, experienced prosecutor who will make a terrific Director of the Division of Criminal Justice. She brings more than a decade of experience prosecuting a wide variety of crimes, from drug trafficking to cybercrime to political corruption. The fact that Veronica is the first Hispanic woman to serve as the Director makes her appointment all the more compelling. I look forward to working with her as we tackle the opioid crisis, reduce gun violence, and strengthen police-community relations,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.
From 2007 to 2015, Veronica served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Division of Criminal Justice, where she first worked in the Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, and later, with the Official Corruption Bureau. In addition, Veronica served as a member of the Attorney General's Shooting Response Team, through which she investigated officer-involved shootings. In 2015, Veronica received a promotion to Deputy Bureau Chief of the Financial and Computer Crimes Bureau and oversaw the Computer Crimes Unit, which investigates and prosecutes child pornography and other computer-related criminal activity. She left the Division for a year and a half to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where she served as an Assistant United States Attorney, investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of federal crimes.
Before her career in public service, Veronica practiced land use and commercial real estate law at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer. She received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
“The HBA-NJ applauds the Office of the Attorney General for its appointment of Veronica Allende as the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice. Veronica is an esteemed attorney with a true commitment to public service. We are very proud of her and her advancement in the profession,” said HBA-NJ President Hector D. Ruiz.
About The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
Founded in 1980, the HBA-NJ is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association that is comprised of attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and other professionals who share a common interest in addressing the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community.
The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest: (i) by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, (ii) by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and (iii) by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers.
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
P.O. Box 25562, Newark, NJ 07101