Ms. Merges started her career with the District Attorney’s Office over 31
years ago. As a young adult, Renee began an internship with the office
before she began her law school education. While attending law school,
Renee returned to the office as a Law Clerk, and eventually was hired
permanently by the Office in 1983 as a Legal Aide. Renee then began her
career as a prosecutor, and has since handled thousands of cases
throughout Albany County.
Renee garnered the esteem of
her colleagues for her first 16 years working on a felony court
caseload, and from 1993 to 1999 Renee headed the Major Crimes Unit of
the office. In those years Renee prosecuted many notable cases,
including several homicides and violent crimes. In these years Renee
also became the liaison to the internship program with Albany Law
School. In this capacity, Renee has mentored hundreds of young
lawyers. Currently, 22 out of the 35 Assistant District Attorney’s in
the office have completed this internship program under her supervision.
Renee also launched and supervised the Legal Lives program. In the year
2000 Renee took over seven of the local courts in Albany County, and has
since continued to represent the office in many communities as the lead
prosecutor in these courts.