Lydia Strunk Stuart ‘12

lydia strunkUpon graduation from USD School of Law in 2012, Lydia Stuart (nee Strunk) moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as a Presidential Management Fellow for the federal government.  She worked for the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division where she supported the investigation and prosecution of domestic and international terrorism cases, including United States v. Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing case. 

She received the Assistant Attorney General Award of Excellence for her work drafting written guidance for the prosecution of juveniles charged with federal terrorism crimes, used by U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country.  Stuart served two temporary details with other federal agencies, including the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted domestic violence and sex offense crimes; and the U.S Department of State, where she supported overseas justice sector reform and rule of law initiatives including the development of a training program for prosecutors in the Dominican Republic.

At the conclusion of the fellowship in late 2015, Stuart moved back to California and joined the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.  As Deputy District Attorney, Stuart prosecutes an array of crimes to include domestic violence, welfare fraud, auto theft and animal cruelty cases. In addition to her trial work, DDA Stuart started El Dorado County’s Project LEAD (Legal Enrichment and Decision Making). The Project focuses on an intervention approach to juvenile delinquency and adult crime by working with fifth graders to introduce the criminal justice system and promote positive decision making skills