Top Women Lawyers: Leora Joseph

A special prosecutor

By Hannah Garcia


Many may think of crime scenes with yellow tape and visibly gruesome evidence, but that’s not always how it is in prosecutor Leora Joseph’s world.

“Really, in my experience, a crime scene is a little girl’s bedroom,” she said.

Joseph is the chief deputy district attorney in charge of the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office’s special victims unit. In the state’s largest judicial district, the calls can come late at night overseeing all cases of abuse of children, domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

“She doesn’t have the fights that make headlines all over Colorado, but she fights for the most vulnerable in our communities,” District Attorney George Brauchler wrote in nominating Joseph for Law Week’s Top Women Lawyers. Although an effective prosecutor — in the kinds of cases that can prove most difficult to result in convictions — she has also led the formation of three new teams and units in the office: elder abuse, human trafficking and domestic violence.

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