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DA Summer Stephan swearing in as President for NDAA.

DA Summer Stephan Elected National DA Association President for Historic 75th Year

The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) has elected San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan as its president for the 2024-2025 term. Stephan was sworn in at NDAA’s annual Summer Summit in Boise, Idaho on Monday July 15, where she chose a platform of elevating victim voices through enhanced prosecution, protection and prevention strategies. With a professional legacy marked by a relentless commitment to justice, service to her community, and innovative crime-fighting strategies, Stephan’s inauguration promises a visionary and inclusive approach to the role.

Stephan’s distinguished career is marked by a passionate devotion to protecting the most vulnerable members of society. As NDAA president, Stephan aims to elevate the role of prosecutors in safeguarding the rights of crime victims and enhancing public safety across the United States.

“It is a tremendous honor to lead the NDAA and work alongside dedicated prosecutors nationwide,” said Stephan. “Together, we will continue to implement forward-thinking strategies that ensure justice, promote public trust, and protect our communities.”

Square photo of DA Summer Stephan swearing in as President for NDAA.Since becoming the elected District Attorney for San Diego County in 2018, Stephan has led one of the nation’s largest DA offices, with a professional staff of 1,000 employees, serving as the People’s prosecutor for over 3.3 million people. Under her leadership, the office has launched numerous initiatives that are viewed as justice models nationwide, including the creation of a countywide school threats protocol to stop those who might carry out mass shootings before they can act, and a Juvenile Diversion Initiative that actively interrupts the school to prison pipeline. Stephan created a Blueprint for Mental Health Reform by working collaboratively to address the intersection of mental health, homelessness and the criminal justice system. She led and funded countywide de-escalation training for every San Diego County police department to better protect the lives of community members and officers, and opened a state-of-the-art Family Justice Center. Stephan’s focus on protecting seniors led to a first of its kind Elder Justice Taskforce. Her office is laser focused on the prosecution of hate crimes and deadly fentanyl dealers. Stephan also formed a specialized team to effectively combat Organized Retail theft which is plaguing our nation.

Summer Stephan is recognized as a national leader in combatting human trafficking and sexual exploitation and has been named Angel of Anti Human Trafficking. She pioneered San Diego’s Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division and co-chairs the National Association of Women Judges Human Trafficking committee. Stephan is a fierce fighter for crime victims, personally trying many high-profile murder and rape cases and ensuring the testing of every rape kit in San Diego County. Her contributions to public service have earned her numerous accolades, including the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service in 2023, the highest public service award from the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2022, she was named one of The Best Five Prosecutors in America.

“Summer Stephan’s leadership and vision will undoubtedly guide NDAA to new heights,” said outgoing president Charlie Smith. “Her dedication to justice and innovative approach to prosecution make her an outstanding choice to lead our association.”

Before she was elected District Attorney, Stephan served as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego County for 28 years, trying over 100 jury trials, including complex homicides, sex crimes against children, and human trafficking cases. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

In addition to Stephan’s election, NDAA elected the following prosecutors to the 2024 – 2025 Slate of Officers:

President-Elect: Tim Cruz, District Attorney, Brockton, MA

Chairman of the Board: Charlie Smith, State’s Attorney, Frederick, MD

Secretary/Treasurer: Jennifer Webb-McRae, County Prosecutor, Bridgeton, NJ

Vice Presidents:

  • Greg Banks, Prosecuting Attorney, Coupeville, WA
  • Spencer Merriweather, District Attorney, Charlotte, NC
  • Mark Dupree, District Attorney, Kansas City, KS


  • Ivan Bates, State’s Attorney, Baltimore City, MD
  • Kevin Barton, District Attorney, Hillsboro, OR
  • Rich Gibson, State’s Attorney, Ellicott City, MD
  • Lorrin Freeman, District Attorney, Raleigh, NC
  • Michael Ferrarese, District Attorney, Norwich, NY


DA Weekly News Update with DA Summer Stephan 07-11-24

In this week’s DA News Update, DA Summer Stephan talks about a new ballot initiative to help reduce retail theft, homelessness and treat drug addiction. She also provides quick tips to avoid purse snatchers targeting elderly women.


DA Weekly News Update with DA Summer Stephan 06-06-24

In this week’s DA News, District Attorney Summer Stephan talks about filing murder charges in a Fentanyl overdose death case and an important educational outreach campaign to protect kids in San Diego County.

DA Weekly News Update with DA Summer Stephan 05-02-24

In this week’s DA News, District Attorney Summer Stephan talks about the 38th Annual Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Ceremony and how crimes against police officers often involve domestic violence crimes.

DA Weekly News Update with DA Summer Stephan 04-18-24

In this week’s DA News, DA Summer Stephan talks about Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, and the importance of mandated reporters’ duty to report suspect child abuse. She also reminds us all about keeping our homes safe for children. To learn more about Mandated Reporters, CLICK HERE.

DA Weekly News Update with DA Summer Stephan 03-28-24

In this week’s DA news, District Attorney Summer Stephan talks about an important conference where the FBI, local law enforcement and schools coordinate how to detect, report and prevent school threats.

DA Weekly News Update with DA Summer Stephan 03-21-24

In this week’s DA news, District Attorney Summer Stephan talks about a unit in our office that ensures that dangerous prisoners with life sentences are not released carelessly or improvidently.

International Women’s Day 2024

International Women’s Day is a day we celebrate all women and their achievements, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to drive gender parity.

This year’s theme is #InspireInclusion and together we can all do that! At the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office over 60% of our employees are women and in this video we share some inspirational words from women leaders in our office, starting with our DA Summer Stephan.

DA Weekly News Update with DA Summer Stephan 03-07-24

In this week’s DA news, District Attorney Summer Stephan talks about a new task force focusing on preventing violence in hospitals and healthcare workplaces.

DA Weekly News Update with DA Summer Stephan 02-15-24

In this week’s DA news, District Attorney Summer Stephan talks about Black History Month and an important new program the DA’s Office is implementing to better serve our community.