August 2021 Newsletter

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Newsletter  |  August 18, 2021

Veteran Prosecutor Named
Chief Deputy District Attorney


District Attorney George Gascón has appointed veteran prosecutor Sharon Woo to serve as his Chief Deputy District Attorney.

“I am very pleased to welcome Sharon to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where she will help me realize the criminal justice reforms that I promised voters,” District Attorney Gascón said. “She is an accomplished­ attorney with a proven record of leading change.”

In her new position, Woo will assist the District Attorney with the day-to-day operations of the nation’s largest local prosecutorial office.

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District Attorney George Gascón personally thanked the office’s 388 summer volunteers during a virtual appreciation ceremony in July.

“Through your commitment, you have made a difference, and it is my distinct privilege to take this time to say thank you for your hard work, dedication and act of service this summer,” the District Attorney said.

During the ceremony, summer volunteers Angelique Ajala, Jacob Chavez, Samera Eusufzai and Jason Kwak spoke of their experiences and how they benefited from their time with LADA. Click on their names to watch.

For more information about volunteering with LADA, visit

Montgomery Honored for Project LEAD Dedication


Congratulations to Deputy District Attorney Melita Montgomery who was named Project LEAD Facilitator of the Year.

Montgomery has volunteered to teach students the office’s law-related educational program since 1995. Most recently, the Antelope Valley Branch Office prosecutor taught students in Lancaster.

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Apprenticeships Focus of Carpenters Union Visit


District Attorney George Gascón and members of his management team visited the Southwest Regional Council Carpenters Union Training Center in Buena Park earlier this month to learn more about the union’s apprenticeship programs.

The office has been in contact with several labor unions and educational programs in an effort to assist with a range of career paths for participants in diversion pathways.

The Carpenters Union in Southern California runs specialized training programs directed at women, veterans and underserved communities in and around South Los Angeles. Six women from the California Institution for Women in Chino recently joined the union after successfully completing a similar union training program while incarcerated.

Click here to watch a video of the visit.

DA-NL202103-Sig Cases

Compton City Councilmember, Five Others Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Election Fraud

Man Charged With Domestic Violence Murder of Reseda Woman

Online Vehicle Retailer Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit

Man Charged With Hate Crime Assault of Korean Woman

DA-NL202106-BOI Hiring