DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2021 Champion of Public Defense Award nominations due August 31, 2020.
Due to the novel coronavirus, the deadline to submit nominations for the 2021 Champion of Public Defense Award has been extended to August 31, 2020. To nominate a group or individual for the award, please submit a 1-2 page summary highlighting:
- The problems that existed in the relevant public defense system,
- The efforts made by the nominee to improve the system (i.e., coalitions formed, legislation proposed, task forces created, litigation efforts, etc.),
- The number of years the nominee has been involved in efforts to improve public defense,
- A brief history of the nominee's career, and
- The changes that have been made in the system as a result of the nominee's efforts.
Letters of support and additional supplemental materials (such as brochures, reports, or news articles) may also be included. There is no limited to the number of pages of supplemental materials that may be provided.
Nominees can include attorneys, as well as non-lawyer advocates and reformers.
Deadline: All submissions must be made by August 31, 2020.
Submission: can be made by email or mail.
By email: Nomination materials should be sent (as a PDF document) to Bonnie Hoffman at: firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Champion of Public Defense Award.(must be sent by August 31, 2020)
By mail: Nomination materials should be sent to: NACDL, 1660 L St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036, attn: Bonnie Hoffman (must be postmarked by August 31 2020)
2019 Champion of Public Defense Award
In 2019, NACDL honored the Civil Rights Corps and the San Francisco Public Defender's Office for their joint work pursuing pretrial reforms in the state of California. Over the course of the past three years, the organizations have pursued an innovative, multi-case, multi-pronged approach, culminating in their work in In Re: Kenneth Humphrey. Filed in 2017, the case challenges the constitutionality of existing California bail practices, including the use of bail schedules, because they fail to consider the individual financial circumstances of the accused.
|2019||Civil Rights Corps||Washington, DC|
|2019||San Francisco Public Defender’s Office||San Francisco, CA|
|2016||Alexander Bunin||Houston, TX|
|2013||Bruce Jacob||Gulfport, FL|
|2011||Justice Michael Cherry||Carson City, NV|
|2011||Bennett H. Brummer||Miami, FL|
|2009||Robert L. Spangenberg||Boston, MA|
|2008||Marshal J. Hartman||Chicago, IL|
|2007||Erwin W. Lewis||Frankfort, KY|
|2006||Robert Boruchowitz||Seattle, WA|
|2005||Prof. Norman Lefstein||Indianapolis, IN|
|2004||Patricia Puritz||Washington, DC|
|2003||Gary Parker||Columbus, GA|
|2002||Norman L. Reimer||New York, NY|
|2001||Mary Ann Tally||Fayetteville, NC|
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