2017 Defender Dinner

The Board of Directors of Federal Defenders and Appellate Defenders


2017 Annual Defender Dinner

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of our Indigent Defense Organizations

Featuring Keynote Speaker David Bruck

David Bruck

Friday, May 12, 2017

No host cocktails at 5:00 p.m.; Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego

$65 per person/$650 table of 10

Invitation and Reservation Form for attorneys appointed by ADI to the Fourth Appellate District Panel only

Invitation and Reservation Form for all other attorneys, judges, and general public

Presentation of the following awards will be made:

E. STANLEY CONANT AWARD1 for exceptional and unselfish devotion to protecting the rights of the indigent accused to Zaki Zahawi
PAUL BELL AWARD2 for significant achievement on appeal to Neil Auwarter

SPECIAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD for extraordinary contributions to the San Diego criminal defense community to Stacey Kartchner
Past Speakers include:

2016: Goodwin Liu
2015: Jeffrey L. Fisher
2014: Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez
2013: Justice Cynthia Aaron
2012: Donald Specter , Executive Director of the Prison Law Office
2011: Wilbert Rideau
2010: Honorable Carlos Moreno
2009: Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift and Lt. Cmdr. Brian Mizer , Counsel for Guantanamo detainees
in the Federal Courts
2008: Bryan Stevenson , Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama
2007: Sister Helen Prejean

1. The E. STANLEY CONANT AWARD for exceptional and unselfish devotion to protecting the rights of the indigent accused 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 communi ty and/or demonstrated exceptional and unselfish devotion to protecting the rights of the indigent accused.

2. The PAUL BELL AWARD is presented in honor of significant achievement 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.


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