Garcetti
Gil Garcetti to present lecture at UNM.

The Office of Academic Affairs presents former district attorney of Los Angeles and fine art photographer Gil Garcetti on Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. in George Pearl Hall Auditorium. 

The lecture, “The OJ Trial and Beyond: ‘OJ: Made in America’ Lessons for ‘Justice,’” begins with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by the lecture and discussion at 5:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Garcetti is best known for serving as the Los Angeles County district attorney during the O.J. Simpson trial. He recently appeared in the ESPN documentary, “O.J.: Made in America.” In a statement about his appearance in the documentary Garcetti said, “For 22 years almost, I did not speak out about the O.J. Simpson case. I moved on with my life and left that behind, but it was my son Eric who convinced me that it was time for me to talk about the facts and perceptions that I had involving the trial, because it was very important to the history of Los Angeles and maybe even the history of the nation.” 

Garcetti served as a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office for 32 years, including eight years (1992-2000) over two terms as the elected district attorney. During his tenure, Garcetti oversaw 1,100 prosecutors, focusing their collective efforts on combatting domestic violence, welfare fraud, and other crime. Outside of the O.J. Simpson trial, he oversaw other high profile prosecutions, including the Menendez brothers, and the LAPD’s Ramparts Division police abuse cases. 

After leaving office, Garcetti has taken up a number of pursuits, including teaching a seminar at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and acting as a consulting director for TNT's two law enforcement series, "The Closer" and "Major Crimes." 

His primary occupation, however, has been as a full-time photographer with seven published books. These have included “Dance in Cuba: Photographs by Gil Garcetti,” and “Water is Key: A Better Future for Africa.” His work as a photographer has led to appearances at photo exhibitions and presentations throughout the world, including The United Nations in New York, UNESCO in Paris, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and the Millennium Museum in Beijing. 

For more information on the lecture, email Mark Orgeron, morgeron@unm.edu or call (505) 277-2611.