Awards and Achievements

The Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office is a national leader in the fields of criminal and juvenile justice.  The Office has originated many innovative ideas and approaches in these fields and initated strategic collaborations with stakeholders in the adult and juvenile justice systems at the national, state and local levels that have resulted in more effective legal and holistic representation of our clients and culminated in award winning recognition.

In the process of providing high quality legal representation to clients in a cost effective manner, the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office also devotes its resources to facilitate broad justice system improvements for all of its clients.  This includes best and promising practice programs and initiatives designed to produce positive lifestyle oucomes for children, their families and the communities in which they reside.  The Public Defender actively participates, often in a leadership role, in numerous criminal justice inter-agency committees and projects designed  to focus on the issues faced by communities at risk.  Such inter-agency collaborations craft creative solutions to effectively resolve those issues by addressing the root causes of criminal/delinquent behavior. The Public Defender recognizes that effective holistic advocacy can only occur in the context of understanding the unique needs of the individual client, including the developmental, educational, psychological and sociological history of each individual represented.

Listed below is a representative sample of Distinguished Awards that the Office has received for innovation, productivity, vision and service excellence. (Click on each tab to view the awards for each category.)

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES (NACO) AWARDS

2012

  • Clara Shortridge Foltz Wi-Fi Pilot Program
  • Public Defender Electronic Document Management System (PDEDMS)
2011
  • Co-Occurring Disorders Court Program
  • Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force
2010
  • Felony Lawyer Training
2009
  • Second Chance Women’s Re-Entry Court
2007
  • Decentralized Training of Staff Program  
2003
  • Public Defender Child Support Civil Court Program 
2001
  • CARE and Post Disposition Juvenile Justice Programs
1998
  • Assistance to Prisoners with Child Support Orders Program

PRODUCTIVITY AND INVESTMENT FUND GRANTS

2009

  • Pitchess Go Green
2005
  • Public Defender Electronic Document Management System (PDEDMS)
2004
  • Spanish Language Outreach Program
2001
  • Bi-Cultural Program 

CALIFORNIA STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES (CSAC)

2011

  • Pitchess Go Green
  • LA County Parks After Dark, After Hours Program (PD Collab)
2002
  • Bi-Cultural Program
STATE COUNCIL ON MENTALLY ILL OFFENDERS (COMIO)

2008

  • CARE -Juvenile Justice Program- Best Practices Award

LA COMMISSION FOR WOMEN - WOMEN OF THE YEAR

2012

  • LA Commission for Women - Women of the Year Award - Paralegal Antoinette Rogers
2008
  • LA Commission for Women - Women of the Year Award - DPD Nancy Chand
2006
  • LA Commission for Women - Women of the Year Award - DPD Kimberly Wong

NATIONAL LEGAL AID AND DEFENDER ASSOCIATION

2003

  • Reggie Heber Smith Award  - Charles Gessler

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC DEFENDER ASSOCIATION

2008

  • Assistance to Prisoners With Child Support Orders Program
2004
  • JADE - Defender Program of the Year
CIO -INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FUND (ITF) GRANT

2005

  • Public Defender Electronic Document Management System (PDEDMS)
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