The Brock Turner Case took on a unexpected role in the dialog about what constituents sexual assault and what are appropriate punishments for the aggressor. As a result of this case and the victim's compelling letter to the court and public, the tragic events have lead to near-certain changes in California Law and the possible recall of a career judge.
Jay Boyarsky is the Chief Assistant District Attorney for Santa Clara County in the largest District Attorneys’ office in Northern California. As second-in-command, he is responsible for the daily operations of the office of more than 500 public servants, including 190 prosecutors. The Office handles 40,000 criminal cases a year and has an annual budget of $110 million dollars.
Jay has been a prosecutor for more than two decades, focusing his career on victims’ rights, particularly women and children who have been sexually assaulted and abused. He helped create Maricela’s Law – state legislation that extended the statute of limitations for victims of child molestation. He is an expert in hate crimes and for six years he managed the Palo Alto satellite office.
Jay was raised in La Mirada, California. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1987. After a year substitute teaching in Los Angeles, he attended Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley graduating in 1991. Jay served as a law clerk for the Honorable William A. Ingram of the Federal District Court, Northern District of California. Following that clerkship, Jay was a civil litigator at a San Francisco law firm.
Jay currently serves as an inaugural member of the Honorary Board of Directors of the Central Pacific Region of the Anti-Defamation League. In his spare time he enjoys comedy, golf, and tournament poker. Jay lives in Palo Alto with his wife, two small children and one large dog.