First Assistant District Attorney Receives Morris County Bar Association Criminal Practice Award
MORRIS COUNTY – At the Morris County Bar Association’s Annual Installation and Awards Dinner held June 16, Morris County District Attorney’s Office First Assistant District Attorney Maggie Calderwood , received the 2022 MCBA Criminal Practice Award.
The Criminal Practice Award is presented annually to an MCBA member attorney who has elevated the criminal practice through service to the practice, professionalism, and dedication to fostering the relationship between attorneys and the bench.
Maggie Calderwood has served as the first assistant prosecutor to Morris County District Attorney Robert Carroll since Jan. 4, 2021.
She has been a lawyer for thirty years and served as an assistant district attorney for twenty-eight years, specifically in the Morris County district attorney’s office for twenty-five years. She has been recognized as a certified attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey since 2011. Prior to her appointment as the first assistant district attorney, she served as chief assistant district attorney for five years and managed the tactical division, including crimes Adults, Sexual Crimes/Child Endangerment and Domestic Violence Units, and Courts and Administration Division, including General Investigations and Pre-Trial Services Units.
Previously, FAP Calderwood served as Executive Assistant Attorney for five years and led all legal staff. During her career, she has also served as an assistant prosecutor supervising the Professional Standards Unit, the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit and the Trial Division.
FAP Calderwood has handled many complex and high-profile jury trials involving murder, manslaughter/manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault cases with adult and child victims. As of January 2020, FAP Calderwood has served as co-chair of the Morris County Bar Association’s Criminal Practice Committee.
She has been honored by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris/Sussex Vicinage and the Morris/Sussex County Bar Association for her contributions to the justice system as part of the “Women Pioneers in the Law” exhibit at the Morris County Courthouse in may. of 2019.
FAP Calderwood has received numerous accolades from the office over the years for his work as follows: “Difficult and arduous task in the preparation and implementation of criminal justice reform” (2017); “Successful prosecution of Anthony Novellino convicted of brutally murdering his wife” (2014); “Irish Heritage Month Celebration Recognition for Achievement in Public Service” (2010); and “Recognition and appreciation for his contribution and commitment to strengthening the community response to sexual assault” (2005). In May 2005, FAP Calderwood was honored by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and received the “Leadership Award: In Recognition of Leadership and Commitment to the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit”.
Throughout his career as a prosecutor, FAP Calderwood has often lectured on various legal and law enforcement topics at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, local schools, and the community at large. Prior to joining the Morris County District Attorney’s Office in 1997, she began her legal career with the Union County District Attorney’s Office in 1994. There, she was assigned to appellate court, juvenile, to the predisposition and trial team in which she represented the state in numerous jury trials.
FAP Calderwood earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Moravian College in 1988 and her JD from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1992, where she received the Center of Social Justice Pro Bono Services Award at a Internship with the Essex County Office of the Public Defender. After graduating from law school, FAP Calderwood served as court clerk to the Honorable Stephen F. Smith, presiding criminal judge of the Morris County Superior Court. Morris County District Attorney Robert Carroll said, “After my appointment, I reviewed MCPO staffing and was pleased to learn that our office had several supervising prosecutors who consistently demonstrated exceptional dedication, skill and professionalism over their decades of service to the citizens of Morris County. .
Maggie, however, was particularly impressive due to the scope and significance of her skills and past assignments. Although incoming prosecutors usually bring new first assistants, I believe it is difficult to match Maggie’s qualifications, spirit and institutional knowledge, which makes her the perfect choice to be my first assistant prosecutor. . Since her appointment, Maggie has been exceptional in my administration. I am proud that the Morris County Bar Association has recognized this beautiful lady for all that she has given to MCPO, the bar and our communities.
First Assistant District Attorney Maggie Calderwood said: “It means so much to me to receive this award from the Bar Association. I am very fortunate to work with such dedicated and talented assistant prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges. I’m also honored to be DA Carroll’s first assistant and to learn from him daily. I am fortunate to be able to further my career practicing criminal law in Morris County under his guidance.