CD 12 Pioneer Woman of the Year District Attorney Jackie Lacey
Posted by Mitchell Englander on April 01, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Each year the month of March is recognized as National Women's History Month. In the spirit of this observance, the Los Angeles City Council, in conjunction with the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women recognizes fifteen women who have made outstanding contributions to the strength, vitality, and enrichment of Los Angeles during the annual Pioneer Women Awards event. Today, I was proud to recognize the Council District 12 Pioneer Woman of 2015 District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Sworn in on December 3, 2012, Jackie Lacey is the 42nd District Attorney of the County of Los Angeles and is the first woman and first African-American to serve as Los Angeles County District Attorney since the office was established in 1850. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and Dorsey High School, District Attorney Lacey began her legal career as an associate in a small civil law firm. She then became a trial deputy in the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Lacey joined the office in 1986.
She won national attention for her successful prosecution of the county's first race-based hate crime murder. As District Attorney, she has led an effort to share Project LEAD, the office’s law-related education program, with other prosecutorial agencies across the country. She is actively involved in the implementation of legislative and voter action, such as the Public Safety Realignment Act and the Three Strikes Resentencing Law. She successfully sought legislative reforms, including passage of a new law that gives counties a stronger voice when judges are considering the conditional release of sexually violent predators.
A Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, District Attorney Lacey leads a staff of roughly 1,000 lawyers, nearly 300 investigators and about 800 support staff employees. Her office prosecuted more than 71,000 felonies and nearly 112,000 misdemeanors in 2014.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of Public Safety Committee