The Champion of Indigent Defense Award

The Champion of Indigent Defense Award is awarded by NACDL's Indigent Defense Committee to a group or individual who has made outstanding efforts to effect positive, systemic changes to a local, county, state or national indigent defense system. While superior representation of individual defendants is always an accomplishment worthy of recognition, the Champion of Indigent Defense Award is intended to recognize systemic changes achieved through litigation, legislation, and community-based efforts.

Nominations may be made by any individual or group. Neither the nominee nor the nominator is required to be a member of NACDL to apply for the award. Nominees DO NOT have to be criminal defense lawyers.

Nominations shall include the following:

  • Name, title and contact information for the person or group being nominated
  • Name, title and contact information for the person or group making the nomination
  • A 1-2 page summary of the problem that existed in the relevant indigent 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 resulting changes from the nominee's efforts, and the number of years the nominee has been involved in indigent defense reform efforts.

ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5:00pm MAY 2, 2014. Please send all nominations to Elsa Ohman at eohman@nacdl.org.

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