2008 Award Recipient – Susan Powers

Susan, a graduate of UCLA and Southwestern University School of Law, has been a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County for nearly 20 years. Ms. Powers is recognized as a state-wide expert in criminal elder abuse and sexual assaults and has trained prosecutors, law enforcement, and other professionals to identify, investigate and try complex criminal cases.  Her assignments have included Deputy-in-Charge, Elder Abuse Section, Assistant Head Deputy, Sex Crimes Division, and trial deputy in the Hardcore Gang Division as well as line assignments prosecuting street crime. She has tried many significant cases involving cutting-edge issues.  Among her notable successes is the conviction of Sean Mitchell, a serial rapist serving 700 years plus 11 life terms in prison for kidnapping and raping 15 women as well as the conviction of Martin Ballardo, an elder abuser who used both undue influence and the advantage of his victim’s diminished capacity to steal her nest egg.  In addition, Ms. Powers recovered millions of dollars restitution for victims of crime.  She is dedicated to protecting victims of crime in the court system and to easing the transition from victims to survivors.