Jackie Lacey Award for Aspiring Women Prosecutors

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. Nominations are accepted year-round, but nominations for 2024 must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Friday, January 12th, 2024. 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 tenets 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 NDAA’s 2024 Summer Summit in Boise, ID where we will honor the 2024 award 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.

  • Reputation within the legal community.
  • Service to fellow prosecutors and to the community they serve.
  • Membership in and service to NDAA.
  • An online nomination form.
  • A statement of nomination, not to exceed 500 words, explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award detailing:
  • Qualities embodied by this individual that highlight his or her commitment to resiliency, integrity, leadership, and service to the community.
  • Examples of times in which the nominee has embodied the considerations listed above.
  • NDAA will notify individuals of their nomination.

Candidates are nominated by the NDAA membership at large. The NDAA Awards Committee will review nominations and select the finalists for approval by the NDAA Board of Directors. Award recipients will be notified by March 31.

Nominate a Distinguished Prosecutor

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  • Please describe in 500 words or less why the nominee is deserving of the award. In particular, please highlight the qualities embodied by this individual that demonstrate his or her commitment to resiliency, integrity, leadership, and service to the community. This essay should also enumerate examples of times in which the nominee has embodied the considerations listed above.
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