Each year, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) recognizes prosecutors who have distinguished themselves among their peers as they seek justice, hold offenders accountable, and protect the rights of victims. New in 2021, NDAA and the Women Prosecutors Section (WPS) are pleased to announce its inaugural conferral of the Jackie Lacey Award for Aspiring Women Prosecutors. Nominations for 2021 must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Wednesday, June 16th, 2021. NDAA membership is required for award consideration and nominations are encouraged from all NDAA members.
This award will be given to member of NDAA who embodies the ideals of Jackie Lacey; who has chosen a career in public prosecution; and who represents the tenants of the Women Prosecutors Section and its mission.
Jackie Lacey is a woman who represents the best in all public servants. Jackie was the first woman and first African-American to serve as District Attorney of Los Angeles (CA) since the office was created in 1850. During her two terms as District Attorney, Jackie pioneered groundbreaking criminal justice solutions, such as starting the nation’s first mental health division and a conviction review unit dedicated to pursuing the innocence claims of individuals imprisoned for serious felonies if new evidence was discovered. Diversity and inclusion are her hallmarks.
As a member of NDAA’s Board of Directors, Jackie played the vital roles of founder and first chair of NDAA’s Women Prosecutors Section, the purpose of which is leadership, mentorship, and friendship by women prosecutors. WPS provides education and promotes increased opportunities for women seeking leadership positions within prosecution offices and assists NDAA in public engagement and education on issues of particular importance to women prosecutors.
Please join us for the NDAA Summer Summit 2021 in Virginia Beach, VA where we will honor the first-ever Jackie Lacey Award for Aspiring Women Prosecutors recipient.
Any woman prosecutor at the state or local level with up to five years of experience or any aspiring woman prosecutor completing law school who is committed to fighting for victims’ rights, seeking justice and safety for the community, and creating a diverse and inclusive atmosphere for all.
Candidates are nominated by the NDAA membership at large. The WPS Awards Committee will review nominations and select a finalist for approval. Award recipient will be notified by Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021.