Ms. Jeltje DeJong has made a name for herself throughout her 22-year career. In 1988, Ms. DeJong joined the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office and spent 14 of her 16 years with the office defending federal civil rights cases and employment discrimination cases. Initially, while in the Torts Bureau, she averaged thirteen trials per year and appeared before judges in the Eastern District of New York on a routine basis. Ms. DeJong has successfully defended two police shooting death cases, countless excessive force cases, failure to protect claims, as well as several search and seizure, false arrest, and malicious prosecution cases.
In 2001, Ms. DeJong was promoted to Bureau Chief of the General Litigation Bureau and while supervising nine attorneys, continued to maintain her own caseload and try employment discrimination cases. Ms. DeJong has taught the use of force, powers of arrest, and general liability at the sheriff’s academy and the police academy. She has also trained county affirmative action officers in such areas as sexual harassment/discrimination investigations and complaint processing. Additionally, Ms. DeJong has lectured at the New York State Bar Association regarding litigating and defending actions against municipalities.
Ms. DeJong was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1982. She is also admitted to practice in both the Eastern and Southern Districts of the U.S. District Court New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Areas of Practice:
- Civil Rights
- Employment Law
- Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont, 1981, J.D.
- Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, 1971, B.A.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Federal Bar Council, Member, 2002 – 2004
- Suffolk County Bar Association, Member
- New York State Bar Association
- Suffolk Women’s Bar Association