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Defender Dinner
Appellate Defenders, Inc. and
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.
presents
Annual Defender Dinner

Annual Defender DinnerThe annual Defender Dinner occurs each spring. While the Board and staff of FDSDI and ADI organizations take the lead in the planning and execution of the dinner, the following organizations are co-sponsors: Criminal Defense Lawyers Club, Criminal Defense Bar Association, Office of the San Diego County Public Defender, Office of the San Diego County Alternate Public Defender, San Diego County Private Conflicts Counsel, California Appellate Defense Counsel, North County Criminal Defense Bar Association, and Criminal Defense Section of the Foothills Bar Association.

 

 

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of our Indigent Defense Organizations
 

Date: Friday, May 12, 2017

Location : Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego


Keynote Speaker: David Bruck, Criminal Defense Attorney and Clinical Professor at Washington & Lee School of Law.


$65 per person/$650 table of 10

 

Invitation and reservation form

 

No host cocktails at 5:00 p.m.; Dinner at 6:00 p.m.

The unique purpose of the Dinner is to bring together under "one tent" all those who represent the accused. There is no other occasion like it in San Diego County. It brings together the defense bar, staff and guests to celebrate the work of all persons associated with the criminal defense work.

E. STANLEY CONANT AWARD

 

The E. STANLEY CONANT AWARD for exceptional and unselfish devotion to protecting the rights of the indigent accused,

will be presented to: Zaki Zehawi


This award is named in honor of Stan Conant, who was the founding Director of the Defenders Program in San Diego. He was widely respected as an advocate and tried many death penalty cases. Under his direction, that office successfully established itself in the community and paved the way for the establishment of the Office of the Public Defender in the mid-1980's. Each year an award is presented in Stan's name to someone who has benefited the San Diego legal community and/or demonstrated exceptional and unselfish devotion to protecting the rights of the indigent accused.

Past Recepients of the E. STANLEY CONANT AWARD:

1980
Thomas Ryan
1981
Charlies Sevilla
1982
Elisabeth Semel
1983
Steven Feldman
1984
John Mitchell
1985
John Cleary
1986
Alex Landon
1987
E. Miles Harvey
1988
John Cotsirilos
1989
Jeffrey Reilly
1990
Robert Grimes
1991
Judy Clarke
1992
Elaine Alexander
1993
Kathleen Coyne
1994
Carmela Simoncini
1995
Benjamin Rayborn
1996
Peter Hughes
1997
Mario Conte
1998
Allen Bloom and John Cotsirilos
1999
Gerald Blank
2000
Mary Ellen Attridge
2001
Steve Binder
2002
Janeen Kerper
2003
Benjamin Rayborn
2004
Chris Plourd
2005
Knut Johnson
2006
Elizabeth Missakian and John Lanahan
2007
Gary Gibson
2008
FDSDI GITMO Team -Ellis (Trip) Johnston, Shereen Charlick, Reuben Cahn, Luciano Silva and Marie Acuna.
2009
Linda Brown
2010
Robert Boyce
2011
C. Bradley Patton
2012
Mark Adams
2013
Knut Johnson
2014
Laura Berend
2015
Kurt Hermansen
2016
Zaki Zehawi
2017
TBD

 

 

 


PAUL BELL AWARD


The PAUL BELL AWARD, for excellence in representation of the indigent accused on appeal, will be presented to: Neil Auwarter

 

The Paul Bell Award is presented in honor of excellence in representation of the indigent accused on appeal. The Award is given annually by the Board of Directors of Appellate Defenders and Federal Defenders in memory of Paul Bell, beloved Assistant Director of Appellate Defenders until his untimely passing in July 1997.

 

 

SPECIAL BOARD AWARDS


SPECIAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD: Stacey Kartchner

 

SPECIAL BOARD AWARDS, When attorneys distinguish themselves for outstanding service in the legal community, the Board of Directors presents a Special Board Award to honor their achievement. Special awards are not given every year. For example: In 2005, this award was given to the legal defense team of a person who had served 21 years in prison before the tea

m's work lead to his eventual and long-overdue exoneration. Also in 2005, a lifetime achievement award was presented to a retiring attorney for his long career in defense of the accused.

 


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