New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Monday the appointment of former Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon H. Kim, and employment discrimination attorney Anne L. Clark, as the two attorneys to head an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Kim and Clark will be supported in the investigation by Jennifer Kennedy Park, Abena Mainoo and Yannick Grant, James said in a statement.
“We are committed to an independent and thorough investigation of the events,” said James. “Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark are independent legal experts with decades of experience conducting research and fighting to uphold the rule of law. There is no question that they both have the knowledge and experience to lead this investigation and provide New Yorkers with the answers they deserve. “
The team is charged with conducting a thorough and independent investigation and the circumstances surrounding the allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Cuomo, including the handling of such matters by his administration.
According to James, the inquiry will consist of, but not be limited to, issuing subpoenas and related enforcement; examination of relevant documents and records; interviews, including formal statements; and analysis of data and information pertinent to the investigation.
The team will report the investigation to the Attorney General weekly throughout the investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, the team will publicly release a written report that will include its findings.
Joon H. Kim is a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, specializing in internal investigations and regulatory compliance, as well as high-risk litigation.
Kim has a distinguished career spanning more than two decades in senior government and private practice. He led more than a dozen federal jury trials and actively served on dozens more.
From March 2017 to January 2018, he served as Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As the highest ranking federal police officer in the district, he oversaw all criminal and civil litigation conducted on behalf of the United States and oversaw the work of approximately 220 assistant federal prosecutors dealing with a wide range of cases, including those of public corruption, fraud and cybercrime, money laundering, cryptocurrencies, tax litigation, terrorism, extortion, violation of the Banking Secrecy Law and sanctions, and theft of commercial secrets and economic espionage, as well as civil rights, civil compliance and legal matters. environmental Prior to becoming acting United States Attorney, Kim held various leadership positions in the office, including Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division, and Senior Counsel for the United States Attorney.
Kim graduated from Stanford University and with honors from Harvard Law School. After law school, he was a clerk to the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Additionally, Anne L. Clark is a partner at Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, PC, where she focuses on employment law issues on behalf of employees at the trial and appellate levels. He has successfully represented plaintiffs in numerous sexual harassment and other employment discrimination cases in the private sector, education, and government.
Prior to joining Vladeck nearly 30 years ago, Clark was a Skadden Fellow / Attorney at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now known as Legal Momentum), where she worked on the Eleventh Circuit appeal of the landmark Robinson v sexual harassment case. . Jacksonville Shipyards, Inc.
Clark graduated from New York University and graduated with honors from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the editorial team for the New York University Law Review. Earlier in his career, Clark was a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Pettine in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.