Oxford County, Maine

Agenda for April 22 meeting

Commissioners okay    electronic timekeeping

Dispatch starts customer    survey

County takes over airport

Sheriffs oppose state    takeover of county jails

Jails ask legislature for    $2.5 million bailout

Commissioners approve $2.9    million tax note

Bonnie Seames named EMA    Director of the year

Corrections chief calls for    state takeover of jails

State police operations    going well since split

 Jail feeling space crunch

 More calls reported since    call-sharing ended

Lawmakers promise fix of
   county jail system

 Sheriff seeks re-election

 2014 final budget OK'd

 Sheriff scraps coverage    agreement with state police

 Photos from Oct. 15 public    hearing on 2014 budgets

 911 dispatch - the glue that    binds emergency services

County tax levy by towns

Oxford County DA takes on domestic violence

by Peter McGuire, Staff Writer Sun Journal April 15, 2014

PARIS — Even though she has only been on the job for a month, Oxford County's newest prosecutor, Alexandra Winter, already has a full caseload.

She was thrown into the deep end of the pool pretty fast, but that's probably the best way to learn, the young attorney said in an interview at her new Oxford County Superior Court office Monday afternoon.

Alexandra Winter
Alexandra Winter, the new Assistant District Attorney for Oxford County, in front of Oxford County Superior Courthouse.

An Orono native, Winter lived and worked in West Africa and New York City before returning to Maine to practice law two years ago.

She was hired earlier this winter as a new full-time assistant district attorney, with an explicit focus on prosecuting domestic violence and sexual assault crimes.

Her position is funded through a nearly $782,000 grant awarded to Safe Voices, the regional anti-domestic violence nonprofit last December.

Although she wanted to practice criminal law, she didn't expect to become a prosecutor, Winter said. Her previous experience has been representing indigent defendants.

Even though the position is on the other side of the courtroom, it still fits with her commitment to help people who might otherwise fall through the cracks.

"I thought it was going to be a difficult transition," Winter said. "But I'm actually finding that this work I feel not only personally suits me, but I feel I fit here more than I do in criminal defense, amazingly."

After graduating high school from Orono, Winter attended Brandeis University, outside Boston, where she studied politics and legal studies. Her studies sparked a deep passion for public interest law and fed into her post-graduation move 2007 to Mauritania, the huge West African nation, as a Peace Corps volunteer.

For two years, Winter worked in a small community as an agricultural-forestry volunteer, living with a family and assisting local farmers to improve crop yields and develop local markets. 

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