Law and Order
Law and Order
Serena Southerlyn
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Name Serena Southerlyn
Title Assistant District Attorney
Affiliation Manhattan District Attorney's Office
Occupation Attorney
Status Alive (fired by DA Branch)
Actor Elisabeth Röhm
First Appearance "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
Last Appearance "Ain't No Love"

Serena Southerlyn was an Assistant District Attorney on Law & Order. Southerlyn joined the District Attorney's office in 2001 as an ADA, replacing Abbie Carmichael. She worked under Nora Lewin, Arthur Branch, and Jack McCoy.

Not much is revealed about education except she sat three seats in front of Kay Hartley in her contracts class (L&O: "Mother's Day") and took Professor Ira Simpkis's criminal law class her freshman year (L&O: "Genius"). She often disagreed and fought with McCoy over their trial strategies in cases where she saw the defendant's crime as a byproduct of social circumstances such as homelessness or racism.

She had an especially antagonistic relationship with Branch, a conservative who replaced Lewin as District Attorney in 2002.

Branch dismissed Southerlyn because he felt that she was too sympathetic to the defendants.

In her final episode, she is revealed to be a lesbian. (L&O: "Ain't No Love")

This self-outing is generally believed by critics and viewers alike to have been poorly handled in terms of both story continuity and character development.

The revelation is also inconsistent with dialog in the final act of L&O: "Girl Most Likely", in which the DAs use the threat of outing a woman to force her into accepting a plea.

She is tied with Connie Rubirosa as the longest serving ADA on Law & Order, with 85 episodes.


Icon L&O.jpg Law & Order - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Max GreeveyPhil CerretaLennie BriscoeJoe FontanaEd GreenCyrus Lupo

Junior Detectives: Mike LoganRey CurtisEd GreenNick FalcoNina CassadyCyrus LupoKevin Bernard

Commanding Officers: Captain Donald Cragen • Lieutenant Anita Van Buren


Executive Assistant District Attorneys: Benjamin StoneJack McCoyMichael Cutter

Assistant District Attorneys: Paul RobinetteClaire KincaidJamie RossAbbie CarmichaelSerena SoutherlynAlexandra BorgiaConnie Rubirosa

District Attorneys: Adam SchiffNora LewinArthur BranchJack McCoy


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