In December 2012, Jackie Lacey was sworn in as Los Angeles County’s first female and first African American district attorney. She is now in command of the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation and the most powerful in the county’s criminal justice system—with roughly 60,000 felony cases being prosecuted each year.
Yet, as powerful as she is now, Lacey came from very humble beginnings. She was born in the South but her parents eventually moved to California to escape racial prejudices. Her mother never finished high school and her dad eventually attended a junior college, but Lacey’s father instilled in his girls the importance of a college degree.
“With [his] girls, it was, ‘I want you to have an education because I want you to be able to take care of yourselves.’ So for us it was not ‘Are you going to college?’ but ‘You will go to college,’” Lacey explained in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Lacey earned her Law Degree from the University of Southern California and went on to prosecute thousands of criminal cases in more than two decades. She eventually became the Chief Deputy District Attorney of Los Angeles County, second-in-command to former District Attorney Steve Cooley.
When Cooley announced his retirement in 2011, he endorsed Lacey to become his successor. Prominent members of the Los Angeles County also chose to endorse her—including Sam Solakyan, Michael Goldstein, and Richard Chacon. These prominent community leaders hosted a major ‘meet and greet’ fundraiser at The Foundry on Melrose. They helped raise thousands of dollars for Lacey’s campaign and are still strong supporters today.
Sam Solakyan is proud to support Lacey. He knows that Lacey has a lot of work ahead of her in her new position, but she has already proven that she is the right woman for the job.
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