Kara M. Lucciola, J.D., is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Criminal Justice at MBCC. Professor Lucciola received her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Her legal experience spans over 25 years and includes being both a civil and criminal prosecutor. Professor Lucciola practiced civil litigation focusing on business cases in a Boston law firm and later served as counsel to the Federal Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee, where she worked with the Department of Justice on cases involving financial fraud. Professor Lucciola also served as both a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General in the Government Bureau ‘s Trial Division and as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bristol County District Attorney's Office in their Special Victims Unit, where she prosecuted child and elder abuse cases. Prior to joining the faculty at MassBay, Professor Lucciola taught Bankruptcy and Trial Advocacy at Roger Williams University Law School, and she currently serves as Faculty Advisor to the MassBay Legal Studies & Criminal Justice Student Club. Professor Lucciola is the 2016 recipient of the MassBay Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and is a Faculty Criminal Justice/Criminology Content Reviewer for Oxford University Press.