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November 22, 2019: LADA Employees Receive Awards at 40th Annual Jemison Awards



On November 21, four Los Angeles County District Attorney employees were recognized at the 40th annual Jemison Awards ceremony for their exemplary dedication to the office and the community.

The Frank and Jane Jemison Awards were presented to:

• Senior District Attorney Investigator Cheryl Overstreet, of the Bureau of Investigation, for her investigation of a former attorney in a massive real estate fraud scheme that resulted in 230 felony counts. Investigator Overstreet utilized often overlooked public records to uncover illegal activity; and

• Senior Paralegal Santalia “Sandy” Carter for developing protocols to address significant changes in state law dealing with the early release of inmates and the liability of accomplices in murder cases.

Victim Services Representative II Rebecca Archer, of the Bureau of Victims Services, was recognized with the Michael P. Noyes Humanitarian Award for helping individuals in need. She leads an organization that develops future African-American leaders, volunteers with a homeless services organization and organizes educational events for youth to encourage them to plan for the future.

Deputy District Attorney Patrick Frey was presented with the Ken Lamb Distinguished Achievement Award for his meticulously researched and masterfully written briefs, which are considered templates for his peers. He is always ready to assist his colleagues, has boundless energy and relishes taking on complex cases.

The Frank and Jane Jemison Awards were established in 1979 to recognize an outstanding district attorney investigator and support staff member. The awards were named for the late Frank Jemison, who was a lieutenant in the Bureau of Investigation, and his late wife, Jane, who set up a trust to support these honors.

The Michael P. Noyes Humanitarian Award is presented annually to an employee who gives significantly of himself or herself by donating personal time and physical, financial and/or emotional support to help another individual or community in need. The award is named for retired Deputy District Attorney Michael P. Noyes, who in 2001 donated part of his lung to a girl whose life was threatened by cystic fibrosis.

The Ken Lamb Distinguished Achievement Award is presented annually to a respected career prosecutor who consistently demonstrates high principles and standards, and a commitment to serving as an unwavering advocate for justice. The award recognizes the contributions of Ken Lamb, the award’s first recipient.