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 of Los
Angeles County. District Attorney Lacey
oversees 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 created in 1850.
A Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern
California Law School, District Attorney Lacey joined the largest local
prosecutorial office in the nation in 1986 as a deputy district
attorney. She worked as a front-line
While serving as a deputy district attorney, she prosecuted hundreds
of serious criminal cases. She won national attention for her
successful prosecution of the county's first race-based hate crime
murder. She was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice
in May 2000 for prosecuting this case and for participating on the
Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. Also, she twice was
selected as Deputy District Attorney of the Month by her peers.
Starting in late 2000, District Attorney Lacey 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.
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 justice system.
District Attorney Lacey has overseen the development of several groundbreaking
crime-fighting initiatives within the office. They include the
nation’s first Animal Cruelty Prosecution Program, the Graffiti
Prosecution Program and the Project Safe Neighborhoods Gun
She was key in the creation of alternative sentencing courts to deal
with specific nonviolent offenders. These include the Los Angeles
County Veterans Court, the Los Angeles County Women’s Reentry Court
and the Los Angeles County Co-Occurring Disorders Court.
For her leadership in the office, District Attorney Lacey was named one of the Top
100 Women Litigators by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily
Journal in 2009.
District Attorney Lacey is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and
Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. She and her husband, David, have
two adult children.
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06 Oct 2014