Claire Kincaid

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Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid is a fictional character on the television series Law & Order, played by Jill Hennessy from 1993 to 1996.

Character overview

Kincaid is introduced in the episode "Sweeps" as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan DA's office. She is portrayed as an idealistic, outspoken feminist and agnostic who becomes increasingly disillusioned with her job. She is vocally pro-choice, opposes the death penalty, and has ambivalent feelings towards drug prohibition; these political views often come into conflict with the realities of the legal system. She graduated from Harvard Law School. In "Aftershock", it is revealed that her stepfather Mac Geller, played by Len Cariou, had been one of her professors.

Notable episodes

During her first season on the show, she is paired with Executive ADA Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty). During the prosecution of a rape case, he threatens to fire her after she fails to share key information she learned in interviewing a witness, which subsequently comes out in trial, jeopardizing the case. Stone eventually relents and refuses to accept her resignation, relating to her because of a key mistake he made early in his career. In another case, Kincaid temporarily resigns after it is revealed she and a judge that the DA's office is prosecuting were once lovers, possible jeopardizing the case against...
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