Meet District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp

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Lisa SmittcampLisa A. Smittcamp has been a respected fixture in the Central Valley’s public safety community for nearly two decades. She is known as a tireless advocate for victims of crime, and an exceptional mentor in training young lawyers to become accomplished and ethical prosecutors.

After successful four year tenure in the Madera County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted numerous Sexual Assault cases involving both women and children, and served in the Major Crimes Unit, Mrs. Smittcamp joined the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office in 2001.

She earned a reputation as a tough and well – prepared prosecutor, and the respect of judicial officers, fellow prosecutors and other lawyers. Mrs. Smittcamp is known at the Fresno County courthouse for her keen sense of justice and outstanding advocacy skills, and has successfully prosecuted numerous felony trials under California’s Three Strikes Law, resulting in life prison terms.

Mrs. Smittcamp has served in a wide-variety of criminal units, including Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault/Child Abuse, and Homicide before being named Lead Attorney to supervise the Domestic Violence Unit. She and her team accomplished an unprecedented 90 % trial conviction rate.

Born and raised in Fresno, Mrs. Smittcamp is accustomed to hard work and long hours. She comes from a farming family and had a solid foundation of the importance of hard work from her mother, and her father, who was a World War II veteran.

Mrs. Smittcamp graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctor from San Joaquin College of Law. Mrs. Smittcamp and her husband have two children.

In her role as District Attorney, Mrs. Smittcamp is the Chief Law Enforcement Official in the County of Fresno. She leads a department of approximately 275 employees, and is responsible to manage a budget of $40 million.

She is the Chairwoman of the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC), a member of the Fresno-Madera Police Chief’s Association, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program Advisory Board, Rape Counseling Services, the Community Corrections Partnership Committee, the Fresno County Local Justice Coordinating Committee, and the Career Technical Education Complex Advisory Committee.

Mrs. Smittcamp also serves her community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Marjaree Mason Center, as a member of the Board of Trustees of San Joaquin College of Law, as a Board member of AMOR- Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief and is a member of the Rotary Club of Fresno.