Attorney Jackie Lacey has spent most of her professional life as a
prosecutor, manager and executive in the Los Angeles County District
On Dec. 3, 2012, she was sworn in as the 42nd
District Attorney. She set goals for the office that will protect
public safety, address jail overcrowding, target high-tech
criminals, safeguard seniors from financial abuse and bolster the
prosecution of environmental crimes. She also has taken a
leadership role in the formation of Los Angeles County’s Criminal
Justice Mental Health Project.
A Los Angeles native and graduate of the
University of Southern California Law School, District Attorney
Lacey leads roughly 1,000 lawyers, nearly 300 investigators and
about 800 support staff employees. She is the first woman and first
African-American to serve as Los Angeles County District Attorney
since the office was established in 1850.
District Attorney Lacey joined the office in
1986 and was a front-line prosecutor for more than 14 years. She won
national attention for her successful prosecution of the county's
first race-based hate crime murder.
Starting in late 2000, she took on management
and executive roles in the District Attorney’s Office. Her duties
included reviewing nearly every major case the office prosecuted,
serving on the office’s special circumstance committee that reviews
death-penalty eligible cases and making high-level policy decisions
affecting the pursuit of justice and the management of the office.
She led the creation of several alternative
sentencing courts to deal with specific nonviolent offenders: the
Los Angeles County Veterans Court, the Los Angeles County Women's
Reentry Court and the Los Angeles County Co-Occurring Disorders
In 2011, she was named chief deputy district
attorney and was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day
operations of the office. She also considered federal, state and
local legislation to determine the impact on the county’s criminal
She has received many honors. In 2013, District
Attorney Lacey was named to the “Power 100” by Ebony magazine. She
received the Trailblazer Award from the National Black Prosecutors
Association; the Benito Juarez Attorney of the Year Award from the
Mexican American Bar Association; the Loren Miller Lawyer of the
Year Award from the John M. Langston Bar Association; the
Distinguished Professional in Public Service Award from the
University of California, Irvine.
For five years, District Attorney Lacey
dedicated one lunch hour a week to teaching fifth-graders at Lorena
Street Elementary School in Boyle Heights about the criminal justice
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 and her husband, David,
have two adult children.
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06 Jan 2015