Albert Krieger Defense Attorney Award

The Criminal Justice Section (“CJS”) has submitted a request for ABA approval to establish an award intended to recognize defense attorneys.  The scholarship, to be named “The Albert Krieger Defense Attorney Award,” would honor those who embody the  principles enunciated in the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice, Defense Function. 

Awardees will be from all ranks of defense attorneys including:

(1) federal, state, local (court appointed), private defense and (2) those in a large or small office.  Selection will be without regard to whether the recipient is head of an office, a supervisor of others, or a member of the ABA.

CJS seeks to establish this scholarship in honor of the late Albert Krieger, who was the Section’s Chair from 2002 to 2003.  Krieger was the president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers from 1979 to 1980 and helped establish the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer University in 1985. He believed that the accused should be presumed innocent.  His more notorious clients included John Gotti and other members of the mafia, but as documented in the New York Times on May 28, 2020, “he was proudest of having worked without a fee on behalf of the American Indian Movement members who occupied Wounded Knee, S.D., in 1973.”

(Pending ABA approval, as of July 30, 2020.)