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2009 Department of Public Advocacy Awards

On August 20, 2009, during a Service Recognition lunch, the Department of Public Advocacy presented the following awards:

GIDEON  AWARD:  TRUMPETING  COUNSEL  FOR  KENTUCKY’S  POOR

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), the Gideon Award was established in 1993. It is presented at the Annual Conference to a person who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to equal justice and who has courageously advanced the right to counsel for the poor in Kentucky. Clarence Earl Gideon was denied counsel and was convicted. After his hand-written petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, he was acquitted upon retrial where he was represented by counsel.

1993 J. VINCENT APRILE, II,  DPA acting General Counsel
1994 DANIEL T. GOYETTE, Executive Director/Chief Public Defender, and the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office
1995 LARRY H. MARSHALL, Assistant Public Advocate in DPA’s Appellate Branch
1996 JIM COX, Directing Attorney, DPA’s Somerset Office
1997 ALLISON CONNELLY, Assistant Clinical Professor, UK, former Public Advocate
1998 EDWARD C. MONAHAN, Deputy Public Advocate
1999 GEORGE SORNBERGER, DPA Trial Division Director
2000 JOHN P. NILAND, former DPA Central Regional Manager
2001 ANN BAILEY SMITH, Chief of Adult Trial Division, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office
2002 TERESA WHITAKER, Directing Attorney, Columbia Office
2003 ROB SEXTON, DPA Owensboro Directing Attorney
2004  MARGARET CASE, DPA Appeals Branch Manager
2005  JAY LAMBERT, Chief of Capital Trial Division, Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office
2006 KATE DUNN, Circuit Court Staff Attorney, Fayette County Legal Aid
2007 JAY BARRETT, DPA Trial Division Director
2008 DON MEIER, Attorney, Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office
2009 JOHN DELANEY, Directing Attorney, Covington Office

ROSA  PARKS  AWARD:  FOR  ADVOCACY  FOR  THE  POOR

Established in 1995, the Rosa Parks Award is presented at the Annual DPA Public Defender Conference to the non-attorney who has galvanized other people into action through their dedication, service, sacrifice and commitment to the poor. After Rosa Parks was convicted of violating the Alabama bus segregation law, Martin Luther King said, “I want it to be known that we’re going to work with grim and bold determination to gain justice... And we are not wrong.... If we are wrong justice is a lie. And we are determined...to work and fight until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

1995 CRIS BROWN, Paralegal, DPA’s Capital Trial Branch
1996 TINA MEADOWS, Executive Secretary to Deputy, DPA’s   Education & Development
1997 BILL CURTIS, Research Analyst, DPA’s Law Operations Division
1998 PATRICK D. DELAHANTY, Chair, Kentucky Coalition Against the Death Penalty
1999 DAVE STEWART, Department of Public Advocacy Chief Investigator, Frankfort, KY
2000 JERRY L. SMOTHERS, JR., Chief Investigator, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office
2001 CINDY LONG, Investigator, Hopkinsville
2002 PEGGY BRIDGES,  Mitigation Specialist, Paducah
2003 CINDY DOWNS, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office
2004  DIANA QUEEN,  Investigator, Capital Trial Branch
2005  JESSIE LUSCHER, Administrative Specialist, Post Conviction Branch
2006 BOB HUBBARD, Investigator, LaGrange Post Conviction
2007  ALICE HUDSON, Office Support Assistant II, DPA Frankfort
2008 CHERYL WITT, Administrative Specialist, DPA Lexington, and,
 VIVIAN STEWART, Administrative Specialist, DPA LaGrange Post Conviction

2009 SHANE BEAUBIEN, Investigator, Murray Office


NELSON  MANDELA  LIFETIME  ACHIEVEMENT  AWARD

Established in 1997 to honor an attorney for a lifetime of dedicated services and outstanding achievements in providing, supporting, and leading in a systematic way the increase in the right to counsel for Kentucky indigent criminal defendants. Nelson Mandela was the recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, President of the African National Congress and head of the Anti-Apartheid movement. His life is an epic of struggle, setback, renewal hope and triumph with a quarter century of it behind bars. His autobiography ended, “I have walked the long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb... I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

1997 ROBERT W. CARRAN, Attorney, Covington, KY,  former Kenton County Public Defender Administrator
1998 COL. PAUL G. TOBIN, former Director of the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office
1999 ROBERT EWALD, Chair, Public Advocacy Commission; President, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender Corp.
2000 JOHN M. ROSENBERG, A.R.D.F. Director, Public Advocacy Commission Member
2001 BILL JOHNSON, Frankfort Attorney, Johnson, Judy, True & Guarnieri, Public Advocacy Commission Member
2002 JERRY COX, Attorney, Clonz & Cox, Mt. Vernon, Kentucky
2003 DAVE NORAT, Director, Law Operations Division
2004  W. ROBERT LOTZ, Attorney, Covington
2005  SENATOR GERALD A. NEAL
2006 ROBERT G. LAWSON, Professor, University of Kentucky College of Law
2007 LYNDA CAMPBELL, DPA’s Bluegrass Regional Manager and Richmond Directing Attorney
2008 RANDY WHEELER, Attorney, DPA Frankfort Appeals Branch
2009 ERNIE LEWIS, Public Advocate 1996 - 2008

IN RE GAULT  AWARD: FOR  JUVENILE  ADVOCACY

This Award honors the person who has advanced the quality of representation for juvenile defenders in Kentucky. It was established in 2000 by Public Advocate, Ernie Lewis and carries the name of the 1967 U.S.  Supreme Court case that held a juvenile has the right to notice of changes, counsel, confrontation and cross-examination of witnesses and to the privilege against self-incrimination.

1998 KIM BROOKS, Director, N. Ky. Children’s Law Center, Inc.
1999 PETER L. SCHULER, Chief of the Juvenile Division, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office
2000 REBECCA B. DILORETO, Post-Trial Division Director
2001 GAIL ROBINSON, Juvenile Post-Disposition Branch Manager
2002 PATTI ECHSNER, Deputy Chief of the Juvenile Division, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office
2003 RAMONA BOWLING, Juvenile Staff Attorney, Fayette County Legal Aid
2004  TRACI HANCOCK, Assistant Public Advocate, DPA Pikeville
2005  TOM GRIFFITHS, Maysville, Directing Attorney
2006 TIM ARNOLD, Manager, Juvenile Post Disposition Branch
2007 LAMER KYLE-GRIFFITHS, Cynthiana, Directing Attorney
2008 AMANDA MULLINS, Attorney, DPA Maysville
2009  EMILY FARRAR-CROCKETT, Juvenile Trial Division, Louisville-Jefferson Metro Defender’s Office

PROFESSIONALISM  & EXCELLENCE  AWARD

The Professionalism & Excellence Award began in 1999.  The President-Elect of the KBA selects the recipient from nominations. The criteria is the person who best emulates Professionalism & Excellence as defined by the 1998 Public Advocate’s Workgroup on Professionalism & Excellence:  prepared and knowledgeable, respectful and trustworthy, supportive and collaborative. The person celebrates individual talents and skills, and works to insure; high quality representation of clients, and takes responsibility for their sphere of influence and exhibits the essential characteristics of professional excellence.

1999 LEO G. SMITH,  Deputy Chief Public Defender, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office
2000 TOM GLOVER, DPA Western Regional Manager
2001 DONALD J. MEIER, Chief of Adult Trial Division, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office
2002 ERNIE LEWIS, Public Advocate, Department of Public Advocacy
2003 ANDREA BRIMM, Administrative Specialist, Elizabethtown
2004  FRANK W. HEFT, JR.,  Chief Appellate Defender, Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office
2005  ROB RILEY, Northern Regional Manager and LaGrange Trial Office Directing Attorney
2006 RICHARD CHAPMAN, DPA Information Resource Branch Manager
2007 MARCIA ALLEN, DPA Human Resource Branch Manager
2008 J. DAVID NIEHAUS, Attorney, Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office
2009 KATHLEEN SCHMIDT, Appeals Branch Manager

ANTHONY  LEWIS  MEDIA  AWARD

Established in 1999, this Award recognizes in the name of the New York Times Pulitzer Prize columnist and author of Gideon’s Trumpet (1964), the media’s informing or editorializing on the crucial role public defenders play in providing counsel to insure there is fair process which provides reliable results that the public can have confidence in. 

1999 JACK BRAMMER, Lexington Herald Leader, March 5, 1999 article, “The Case of Skimpy Salaries: Lawyers for poor make little in Ky.” AND DAVID HAWPE, Editorial Director, and The Courier Journal for their history of coverage of counsel for indigent accused and convicted issues from funding  to the death penalty.
2000 ROBERT ASHLEY, Editor, The Owensboro Messenger
2001 JOEL PETT, Editorial Cartoonist, Lexington Herald-Leader
2002 SARA SHIPLEY AND JIM ADAMS, The Courier Journal
2003 DEB YETTER, The Courier Journal
2004  LOUISE TAYLOR, Lexington Herald-Leader
2005  SHAWN HOPKINS, Appalachian News Express, and ANNE THROWER, Paducah Sun
2006 DAN MODLIN, Western Public Radio, WKU, and BURTON SPEAKMAN, Bowling Green Daily News
2007 PAUL LONG, The Kentucky Post
2008 JACI CARFAGNO, Lexington Herald-Leader
2009 Ronnie Ellis, CNHI News Service


FURMAN  CAPITAL  AWARD

Established in 2000 by Public Advocate Ernie Lewis,  it  honors the person who has exhibited outstanding achievements on behalf of capital clients either through litigation or other advocacy. William Henry Furman’s name appears in the landmark decision, Furman v. Georgia, 408 US 346 (1972) which abolished capital punishment in the nation for four years. Furman was a 26 year old African-American who had mental limitations and who finished the 6th grade. Today, Furman lives and works in Macon, Ga.

2000 STEPHEN B. BRIGHT, Director for the Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia
2001 MARK OLIVE, Attorney, Tallahassee, Florida, Habeas Assistance and Training Counselor
2002 KEVIN MCNALLY, Attorney, McNally & O’Donnell, Frankfort, KY
2003 THE LARRY OSBORNE TRIAL DEFENSE TEAM: GAIL ROBINSON, JIM NORRIS, TIM ARNOLD, ROGER GIBBS, DENNIS BURKE, MIKE PARKS, CATHY BOWMAN, AND ROBIN WILDER
2004 BETTE NIEMI, DPA Capital Trial Branch Manager
2005 THE JUVENILE DEATH PENALTY EFFORT
2006 MARGUERITE THOMAS, Manager, Post Conviction Branch
2007 NEAL WALKER, New Orleans Public Defender’s Office
2008 THE BAZE TEAM
2009 MIKE LEMKE, Capital Trial Division, Louisville-Jefferson Metro Defender’s Office

 

PUBLIC  ADVOCATE’S  AWARD

Each year the Public Advocate presents special awards to recognize those who have uncommonly fostered fair and reliable process for those accused of or convicted of a crime. This award began in 1997 by Public Advocate Ernie Lewis.

1997 DAVID RICHART, LAURA DOUGLAS, AND LEE NORTON
1998 CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERT F. STEPHENS, SENATOR GERALD NEAL, SENATOR ERNESTO SCORSONE, REPRESENTATIVE JESSE CRENSHAW, REPRESENTATIVE KATHY STEIN, REPRESENTATIVE HARRY MOBERLY, JANE CHILES, Lexington Herald-Leader Editorial Board
1999 THE BLUE RIBBON GROUP MEMBERS
2000 REPRESENTATIVE JIM WAYNE, REPRESENTATIVE ROYCE ADAMS, SENATOR DAN KELLY, REPRESENTATIVE ELEANOR JORDAN, REPRESENTATIVE CHARLES SILAR, SECRETARY RON MCCLOUD, WILLIAM R. JONES, STEVE RENCH
2001 CHIEF JUSTICE JOSEPH LAMBERT,  ROBERTA HARDING, ROBERT F. STEPHENS, SECRETARY, BARBARA JONES,  KIM ALLEN, SENATOR GERALD NEAL, REPRESENTATIVE JESSE CRENSHAW, SENATOR RICHIE SANDERS, SENATOR BOB JACKSON, BOB SPANGENBERG
2002 REPRESENTATIVE ROB WILKEY AND REPRESENTATIVE JEFF HOOVER
2003 Award Not Given
2004  KING ALEXANDER and KERN ALEXANDER
2005  SENATOR CHARLIE BORDERS, REPRESENTATIVE JESSE CRENSHAW, KENTUCKY HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AUTHORITY, AND DEAN ALLAN W. VESTAL
2006 JUSTICE WILL SCOTT and JUDGE SARA COMBS:  JUDGE JAMES ADAMS and HON. JASON FLEMING: DEAN GERALD ST. AMAND: 
2008 SOCIAL WORKER PILOT PROGRAM: KITA CLEMENT, SARAH GRIMES, JACQUELINE JOINER, AND RACHEL PATE
2009 JASON M. NEMES, Attorney, Louisville
 HON. MARTIN E. JOHNSTONE, Supreme Court Justice, Retired

United States Supreme Court Quill Pen Award
This award was began in 2009. It is for obtaining a grant or writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court

2009 TIM ARNOLD, Director, Post Trial Division
 RICK NEAL, Attorney
 KAREN MAURER, Appeals Branch

 

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