The Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego. File photo

San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced the swearing in Friday of a new class of 22 deputy district attorneys, who took the oath at the Hall of Justice downtown.

“I am excited to welcome the class of 2019 to our office, consisting of professionals who reflect the diversity in our community and are committed to the principles of fair and equal justice for everyone,” Stephan said. “I am confident they will do an outstanding job supporting our mission to prevent crime, protect victims and prosecute those who break the law.”

The new class includes a naval officer, four collegiate athletes, prosecutors from different states, former business owners, a rodeo queen, a former Israeli women’s national soccer team member, a founder of a gang-prevention program, many law review members, a founder of a non-profit organization that provided educational resources to students in City Heights, a former Teach For America teacher, and other law students. As a group, they speak 11 different languages.

The new prosecutors recently completed a three-week, intensive training to learn the functions of the office and practice essential trial advocacy skills, under the guidance of senior deputy district attorneys. The new prosecutors reported to their assignments today across all branches and divisions of the DA’s office.

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