Jan Bennetts JD'92

Distinguished Alumni Citation

Jan Bennetts is a tireless advocate for the people of Ada County, Idaho, and for crime victims.

In 2014, after 20 years of service as a deputy prosecuting attorney, Bennetts became the first woman to hold the post of prosecuting attorney in the 150 years since Ada County’s establishment. Throughout her career, she has handled a wide variety of cases in Ada County courtrooms, including homicide, sexual assault and domestic violence. As a result, her interest in victim services crystallized into a passion.

Bennetts was an instrumental leader in the creation of Ada County’s FACES of Hope Victim Center, the Domestic Violence Unit in the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ada County Domestic Violence Court. She has been recognized for her service by organizations as varied as the National District Attorneys Association, the Idaho Victim Witness Association and the Idaho Business Review.