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WLALA DTLA Career Mentoring Committee and Criminal Justice Section Present: Women In Government
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When: February 28, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Gulp Alehouse
735 S Figueroa St #133
Los Angeles, California  90017
United States
Contact: Susan Yu

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WLALA DTLA Career Mentoring Committee and Criminal Justice Section Present: 

Women In Government - Want to Be a Prosecutor? Hear from our Top Federal, State/County and City Prosecutors

Panel:            Cathy Ostiller (Federal Prosecutor), Jessica Kronstadt (State/County Prosecutor) and Shaun Dabby Jacobs (City Prosecutor)

Time:              5:30 - 7:00 p.m. (Happy Hour) 

Location:        Gulp Alehouse (7th & Fig Mall, next to Mendocino Grill)

Parking:         7th & Fig Mall - Validation

RSVP:  Susan Yu by emailing and copy to  by 12 noon February 27th.
Some housekeeping matters: (1) this is a WLALA event, so please make sure you are a WLALA member; and (2) if you are not yet a member, please sign up online at or contact me for a free trial. 

Susan Yu

WLALA DTLA Carereer Mentoring Chair


Coverage:  Our featured speakers are top veteran federal, state/county and city prosecutors who had distinguished careers in their respective offices in Central District, California, the largest prosecuting jurisdiction in the country.  They will provide insights on what you can do to land a job as a prosecutor and what to expect once you get there.  There will be ample opportunity to mingle and ask questions.                                                                     

Cathy J. Ostiller (U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California)

Ms. Ostiller is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.  She specializes in prosecuting complex white-collar crimes, including health care fraud and money laundering.  Ms. Ostiller previously served as a Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section, supervising new federal prosecutors.  Before joining the Criminal Division, Ms. Ostiller was a member of the Civil Fraud Sections of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., prosecuting False Claims Act cases and investigating Medicare and Medi-Cal fraud matters. 

Ms. Ostiller received her B.A. in Political Science  and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley and clerked for the Honorable James M. Ideman, U.S. District Court Judge, Central District.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ostiller practiced at Sidley Austin, litigating a wide-range of complex business disputes.  Ms. Ostiller is an active WLALA Board member and co-chairs WLALA’s Criminal Justice Section.  She is also an active member of the LACBA Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee and the Los Angeles Criminal Justice Inn of Court.  

Jessica Kronstadt (Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office)

Ms. Kronstadt is a Deputy District Attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.  She prosecutes a wide range of crimes on behalf of the People of the State of California, including manslaughter, attempted murder, sexual assault, domestic violence, criminal threats, stalking, animal cruelty, robbery and assault. 

Ms. Kronstadt received her B.A. in Art History from Yale University (where she was a member of the Varsity Women’s Volleyball Team) and her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.  After law school, Ms. Kronstadt entered private practice at Latham & Watkins, litigating large complex cases, and then joined a public interest law firm of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, dedicating her passion for helping the underprivileged. 

Ms. Kronstadt is an active Executive Committee member of WLALA and currently serves as WLALA’s Treasurer.  She has been recognized as a "Change maker of the Month” by WLALA and was named as a “Rising Star” in Public Interest by the Los Angeles Magazine.  Ms. Kronstadt is an avid runner and has successfully completed five marathons.

Shaun Dabby Jacobs (Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office)

Ms. Jacobs is a Deputy City Attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.  She currently defends the City of Los Angeles and its client departments in civil appeals.  Prior to joining the appellate section, Ms. Jacobs defended the City in employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases.  She has extensive trial experience, having prosecuted criminal cases and defended the City and LAPD officers in federal and state courts involving false arrest and excessive force claims. 

Ms. Jacobs received her B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Davis and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.  She has been an active WLALA Board member since 2002 and currently co-chairs WLALA’s delegation to the Conference of California Bar Associations.  She also serves on other bar organizations, including the Conference of California Bar Associations (member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Resolutions Committee) and CA State Bar’s Committee on Administration of Justice.  She is the author of Domestic Confrontation, Los Angeles Lawyer (April 2010) and What You Should Probably Know About the California State Bar, WLALA E-Newsletter (April 2011).  Ms. Jacobs has taught MCLE classes for the City Attorney’s Office, teaches employment litigation issues to new LAPD supervisors and has served as a panelist and speaker on various topics, including work life balance issues at law school events.