Inside LADA

March 3, 2020: Volunteers Bring Enthusiasm, Skills to LADA

A dedicated aide in the Glendale Area Office and a law school student who assisted with some of the office’s most high-profile prosecutions have been named LADA’s Volunteers of the Year.

Talin Gharibian and Emily Palmer were selected by District Attorney Jackie Lacey. They’ll be recognized at a ceremony in April honoring the county’s top volunteers.

Gharibian provides support to prosecutors and staff. She has worked in the office for two and a half years and has donated more than 750 hours.

Deputy-in-Charge Susan Steinfeld, who nominated Gharibian, said her assistance is invaluable to everyone at the office.

“She can be relied upon to meticulously complete any task. She makes everyone’s job a little bit easier,” Steinfeld said.

Gharibian, who has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, began volunteering with various organizations after starting a family. With a keen interest in the law, she opted pursue volunteer work at LADA.

“I’ve learned a lot in the past few years at the Glendale office, but more importantly, I enjoy unconditionally contributing and being made part of a dedicated team, only to be humbled with appreciation in return,” Gharibian said.

Palmer is expected to receive her law degree from Loyola Law School in May. Her goal is to become a deputy district attorney and prosecute domestic violence cases.

Deputy District Attorney John McKinney of the Major Crimes Division nominated Palmer.

She “has worked tirelessly to pursue justice on behalf of victims of some of the most notorious crimes being handled by the office,” McKinney said.

“I chose to be a volunteer with LADA because I wanted to make a difference in the Los Angeles greater community and learn to be the best advocate I can be for victims,” Palmer said.

She worked in the Major Crimes Division from September to December 2019 for more than 300 hours and was immediately tasked with researching and writing motions of law that were argued in some of the office’s most high-profile cases.

Before volunteering with the Major Crimes Division, Palmer also volunteered with the Family Violence Division. She also was a paid law clerk with the Preliminary Hearing Unit last summer.