Dana (Leccese) Babbin, the Founder of Cadence Consulting
Ms. Babbin was a prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for ten years. She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, where she primarily worked in the Boston Municipal Court, the Roxbury District Court, and as a Domestic Violence Point Prosecutor. Subsequently, Ms. Babbin taught the Prosecutor Program at Boston University Law School, where she supervised student prosecutors in the Quincy District Court.
Between 2003 and 2007, Ms. Babbin served in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, as the Commonwealth’s first Internet Crimes Against Children Prosecutor, handling not only the prosecution of child pornography cases, but conducting extensive outreach and training, both on a local and national level, for state and federal law enforcement organizations. Ms. Babbin was one of a handful of prosecutors selected from across the nation to help the National District Attorneys’ Association build its new cybercrime courses for police and prosecutors.
Between 2007 and 2011, Ms. Babbin spearheaded the establishment of a first-ever cybercrime division at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. As the Coordinator of that office’s Cyber Protection Program, she provided assistance to lawyers and police officers who were handling cases involving cyber issues; she also maintained her own case load of more complex “cyber” cases herself. Aided by a detective from the Massachusetts State Police, Ms. Babbin supervised the District Attorney’s Cyber Enforcement Unit, a digital evidence laboratory where experts analyzed seized digital evidence. Ms. Babbin developed and wrote that lab’s first protocol.
In addition, Ms. Babbin continued to serve the community with her outreach efforts, spending considerable time working with schools that were increasingly faced with problems stemming from the intersection of crime and technology (such as cyberbullying), hoping to divert young people away from the criminal justice system who might otherwise be at risk. Finally, Ms. Babbin traveled both state- and nationwide as a guest speaker for government, legal, and pedagogical organizations, focusing primarily on the education of police, school personnel, and professionals who were concerned with the many facets of digital evidence and cyber safety.
Over her eight years spent as a “cybercrime” prosecutor, Ms. Babbin accepted invitations from the National District Attorneys’ Association, the National Association of Attorneys General, the Department of Justice, judges’ organizations, clerks’ associations, schools, teachers’ associations, nurses’ associations, and private businesses to speak to audiences of police, prosecutors, victim-witness advocates, probation officers, parole officers, non-profit administrators, school administrators, medical professionals, and business owners. Ms. Babbin’s new position with Cadence Consulting allows her to fulfill more requests for her trainings.
Ms. Babbin graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1992 and earned her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 1996. She and her family reside in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
Cities where Dana has presented:
- Santa Fe, NM
- Orlando, FL
- San Diego, CA
- Seattle, WA
- St. Louis, MO
- Columbus, OH
- Columbia, SC
- Burlington, VT
- Oxford, MS
- Dulles, VA
- Many cites and towns in Massachusetts
Assisted in providing material for the following publications:
- June 2006 Admin Office of the Trial Ct: A Quick Reference to the Elements of Crimes: A Resource for Clerk-Magistrates and Assistant Clerk-Magistrates
- MCLE course materials
- BBA course materials
- District Court Judges’ Annual Conference training materials
- Digital evidence analysts
- Private firms
- Private companies with digital evidence labs
- Defense attorneys
- Schools administrators
- Teachers’ association representatives
- Community groups
- Faith-based organizations