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Assistant County Attorney Jeannine Ritchie Receives Award of Merit

Post Date:01/10/2020

Jeannine Gilmore joined the Dallas County Attorney’s Office in 1989 as an Assistant County
Attorney. When she took the job, Jeannine was intending it to only be a short stop on
the way to a career in business law. Thirty years later, there has not been a facet of the
County Attorney’s Office that Jeannine has not contributed her considerable talent
too. In addition to prosecuting all crimes from Class A Felonies down to scheduled
violations, Jeannine has also been the Office’s lead prosecutor on Felony Drug
Offenses and Juvenile Delinquencies. Jeannine even served a stint as interim Dallas
County Attorney when David Welu left the position in the early 90’s. For the last twenty
years, Jeannine has served as the First Assistant, helping to guide the office through a
time of tremendous growth.

Jeannine has mentored numerous Assistant County Attorneys and provided the benefit
of her experience to new members of the bar and the bench. Fellow assistants, staff,
defense attorneys and Judges have all sought out Jeannine for her advice and
guidance. She is sought out because she is an enviable mix of practical intelligence,
strength and compassion.

Jeannine has been recognized by her peers in and out of the Office for her exceptional
ability to help victims of serious crimes find their voice and navigate, the often times,
difficult judicial process. It is not unusual for Jeannine to maintain contact with victims
of crimes she has prosecuted. For years after concluding the case, Jeannine will check
in, especially with former child victims, to see if there is any support she can still give.
Jeannine has been an active member of the Dallas County Bar Association for thirty years.
She has also served on the Judicial and Magistrate Nominating Commissions for several years
during her time with the Office. Jeannine also served a number of years as a member of the
Attorney Grievance Commission, representing a prosecutor’s experience and perspective.