A capacity crowd of over 750 gathered at the Sheraton Universal City Hotel's ballroom to honor Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, who will step down as the elected leader of the nation's largest prosecutorial agency on December 3, 2012. Cooley's retirement comes after serving a record three terms as District Attorney, and 39 years of public service with the DA's Office.
We present a series of photographs to give those unable to attend the event a sense of the evening. It was truly a night to remember.
Tickets for the dinner sold out quickly, and there wasn't an empty seat in the ballroom. The crowd comprised members of law enforcement, the judiciary, the defense bar, and deputy district attorneys.
|Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Kevin James with District Attorney Steve Cooley|
|District Attorney Steve Cooley with Attorney Michael Goldstein|
|Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise Co-Publishers Roger M. Grace and Jo-Ann Grace are joined by |
Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Kevin James
|The Hon. Judge Ruth Kwan and District Attorney Steve Cooley|
|Assistant Presiding Judge, the Hon. David S. Wesley and District Attorney elect, Jackie Lacey|
|Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca was the first of many speakers to thank District Attorney Steve Cooley his service|
|Deputy District Attorney Shannon Cooley delivered a moving speech|
outlining her father's many achievements during his remarkable career.
|DDA Shannon Cooley's speech was enthusiastically rewarded with a standing ovation|
|Film producer Michael Cooley charmed the crowd by presenting a video montage|
of his father's life, including a section entitled 'Baby DA's' which gave a rare glimpse
of Cooley the Grandfather.
|District Attorney Steve Cooley started his speech with a salute.|
Cooley started his speech with his characteristic wit, congratulating those seated at the far end of the room for having the foresight to seat themselves where they can get out first, or when it gets boring.
In summing up his long service with the District Attorney's Office, Cooley paid tribute to the strong bonds and partnerships that have made his three terms so successful; law enforcement, the judiciary, the Board of Supervisors, but most important of all, the members of the District Attorney's Office - the Deputy DAs, support staff, and the Bureau of Investigations.
Cooley said he wanted to accomplish two goals before stepping down; 'Leave the office in good shape, we've done that' and 'Leave the office in good hands, we've done that' he said, paying tribute to his Chief Deputy and District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who will be sworn in on December 3, 2012 and in Cooley's words, 'will be the next great District Attorney.'
On behalf of the many who were unable to attend this memorable event, we thank Steve Cooley for his service, and for achieving his two goals.