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“In our country’s criminal justice system, prosecutors wield tremendous power and discretion. This Office’s leadership is committed to ensuring everyone in this office exercises this enormous power responsibly and compassionately.”  

LARRY KRASNER
District Attorney
City of Philadelphia

DISTRICT ATTORNEY LARRY KRASNER

A lifelong commitment to accuracy in criminal justice, civil rights, equal justice, and empowering the people. 

Lawrence S. Krasner was officially sworn in on January 2, 2018, as Philadelphia’s 26th District Attorney.  

Throughout his 30-year career, Mr. Krasner has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to social justice, stepping up at numerous times to offer his services for free to defend protesters involved with movements like ACT UP, Black Lives Matter, progressive clergy with POWER, Casino-Free Philadelphia, DACA Dreamers, Decarcerate PA, anti-gun clergy with Heeding God’s Call, anti-poverty and homelessness advocates with Kensington Welfare Rights Union, Occupy Philly and Reclaim Philadelphia, Grannies for Peace, and many others. 

Early in his career, Mr. Krasner was a federal public defender before going into private practice as a civil rights and criminal defense attorney. In his last job before being elected, Mr. Krasner served as of-counsel at the law firm of Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt, and Flores.  

Mr. Krasner was born in 1961 in St. Louis, the son of a World War II veteran and author father and evangelist mother. He attended public school in the St. Louis and Philadelphia areas and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago in 1983 and his law degree from Stanford in 1987.  

He’s lived in Philadelphia for more than 30 years with his wife of 28 years, retired Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau. They have two adult sons. 

ABOUT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE: LEADERSHIP

First Assistant Robert Listenbee, a national leader in juvenile justice reform

First Assistant Robert Listenbee is a nationally recognized expert on the juvenile justice system, with experience at the local, state, and federal levels.  

In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed him to lead the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  

During his four-year tenure there, First Assistant Listenbee developed Smart on Juvenile Justice planning grants awarded to support state reforms to ensure access to quality legal representation for system-involved youth.Here at the DAO, First Assistant Listenbee is leading efforts to increase rehabilitative approaches to system-involved youth, making sure detention and out-of-home placement are used only when necessary. 

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“We have to get the juvenile justice system good enough so that it is good enough for my kids, my grandkids, and anybody else’s kids. 

We can’t justify sending a kid away only to have them come back worse off. 

How can we justify doing something like that? It doesn’t make any of us safer when that happens by multiples.”

ROBERT LISTENBEE
First Assistant District Attorney

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“The District Attorney is not just talking and writing about change. 
Together, we’re ending mass incarceration and not leaving women and girls out of the equation. 
He’s given me the awesome responsibility to ensure that.”

JUDGE CAROLYN ENGEL TEMIN
First Assistant District Attorney

ABOUT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE: LEADERSHIP

First Assistant Judge Carolyn Engle Temin, a pioneer and changemaker

As the only woman in her law school class at the University of Pennsylvania and the first woman public defender in the nation, Judge Temin has combated sexism in and out of the courtroom, where she was regularly mistaken for years to be a secretary by judges and lawyers alike. 

She made history when she took a joint case all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which ultimately ruled in her clients’ favor by finding the Muncy Act unconstitutional based on its violation of equal protection provided in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  

Years later, in semi-retirement after a career that expanded from Philadelphia to international war crime tribunals, Judge Temin was asked by District Attorney Krasner to lead gender equity reform in the DAO. 

In addition to seeking equitable treatment for all in the criminal justice system, Judge Temin also oversees training of young prosecutors.