P. David Soares
Albany County District Attorney

Grad Commencement Speaker

P. David Soares is currently serving his third term as Albany County District Attorney. Having handled thousands of cases in Albany County City Courts as an Assistant District Attorney, David witnessed the failings of the criminal justice system first hand. In 2004, David sought office to ensure justice for Albany County residents and on January, 1, 2005, David realized his goal of becoming Albany County District Attorney. Since taking office, David has continued to devote his energy to bringing "One Standard of Justice" to Albany County. He remains committed to leading an office that is tough on crime and smart on prevention by reducing street violence through creative, non-traditional means; building hope for the people of Albany County by restoring communities; dealing with the crisis of re-entry; and, emphasizing prevention over prosecution. In partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, David has been successful in both fighting crime and building hope in Albany County. David is a proud father and remains active in his community as a mentor by teaching "Legal Lives" in the Albany Public Schools and as a board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany.