Deputy District Attorney Michelle Ialeggio
Deputy District Attorney Michelle Ialeggio. Courtesy photo

A veteran deputy district attorney received a public service award Tuesday from the San Diego County Bar Association for demonstrating a combination of excellence in the practice of law with service to the community, the profession, the bar association or legal education.

Deputy District Attorney Michelle Ialeggio received the 2018 San Diego County Bar Association Service Award at an annual luncheon and community service celebration downtown.

District Attorney Summer Stephan said she was “proud” of Ialeggio and congratulated her on the award.

“In her 13 years as a prosecutor, Michelle has delivered justice for so many, including the most vulnerable of victims — children,” Stephan said. “Michelle has prosecuted cases ranging from child homicide and torture, to multiple-victim child molestation and pornography cases. She truly embodies the spirit and determination we see across our entire organization at the District Attorney’s Office.”

Iallegio has prosecuted more than 75 jury trial verdicts, and is well respected by the judiciary and opposing counsel, Stephan said.

In 2015, Ialeggio won the “Outstanding Achievement Award” from her office in recognition of her hard work and dedication in prosecuting a Marine who killed his 6-week-old daughter by fracturing her skull.

In addition to excelling as a prosecutor, Ialeggio also runs a three- week trial skill training program for new deputy district attorneys.

Ialeggio has conducted national trainings for prosecutors, police officers, social workers and doctors on the topic of abusive head trauma, Stephan said.

— City News Service