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(408) 792-2997   For release on February 6, 2009   DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AWARDS PROSECUTORS AND STAFF FOR EXCELLENCE IN 2008   The District Attorney’s Office recognized several staff members this week for their commitment and hard work on behalf of Santa Clara County residents during 2008. The recipients of those awards are as follows:  
  • Deputy District Attorney John Chase was awarded the Napoleon J. Menard Trial Advocacy Award for his excellent work as a prosecutor in the Major Fraud unit. In 2008, Mr. Chase tried and convicted one of the most prolific white collar criminals in Santa Clara County.  He spent countless hours investigating and preparing this case that involved thousands of documents and 80 witnesses from all over the world.
  • Deputy District Attorney Julianne Sylva received the Clayton L. Haupert Excellence Award for her work as the Child Abduction Specialist in the District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Sylva has assisted the California Attorney General’s Office in preparing for the last two Bi-National Child Abduction Conferences.  In December 2008, she was elected Chair of the California Child Abduction Task Force. Ms. Sylva’s extensive community outreach includes working with ethnic communities to raise awareness of child abductions across the globe.
  • Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci received the Robert L. Webb Award for Misdemeanor Trial Advocacy. Ms. Kianerci joined the District Attorney’s Office in 2008, and she has met incredible challenges in prosecuting cases successfully. Ms. Kianerci was rewarded for going above and beyond her duties to demonstrate devotion and commitment to the office and the community.
  • Senior Investigator Carl Lewis received the Robert Drexel Award for his excellent service as a District Attorney’s Office Investigator. Sr. Investigator Lewis has worked in the office for more than ten years. His concern, commitment, and professionalism earn him great respect in the work he does in his area of expertise, sexual assault cases. Sr. Investigator Lewis teaches at the police academy, and trains law enforcement officers. His strong leadership skills, loyalty and hard work make him an asset to the office and the community.
  • Senior Paralegal Sachi Fukuchi received the Award of Excellence for her positive attitude, her ability to successfully juggle many tasks at once, and her competence at completing large volumes of work to effectively aid in prosecutions. Ms. Fukuchi’s diligence, strong work ethic, and professionalism have earned her this special award for 2008.
  • Lead Transcriptionist Christopher Cecil received the Legal Support Award of Excellence for his hard work in the office’s Transcription Unit. Mr. Cecil completed nearly one thousand CD and DVD requests for transcripts, some lasting up to 30 hours, in a very timely manner. He was recognized for his strong organizational skills, passion, and devotion to the office and community.

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