November 01, 2017

ABA Criminal Justice Section to honor attorneys, professor during 10th Annual Fall Institute

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2017 — The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section has selected five honorees for its section awards to be presented on Friday, Nov. 3, during its 2017 CJS Tenth Annual Fall Institute at the Westin Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. The awards will be presented at the CJS Awards Luncheon from 12:30-2 p.m.

This year’s honorees are:

Heather L. Cartwright, Frank Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award: A Washington, D.C., lawyer, Cartwright is the director of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT) in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. OVT was created by Congress and established by the attorney general in May of 2005 in part to work to see that the rights of U.S. citizen victims of overseas terrorism are honored and respected. The office provides direct services to those victims by helping them navigate foreign criminal justice systems and it also advocates for their voices to be heard around the world. From August 2010 to August 2011, she served as coordinator of the deputy attorney general’s Victims of Crime Working Group, where she oversaw the revision of the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance. From 2002-07, Cartwright was chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, managing the largest prosecution-based victim assistance program in the federal system, serving victims and witnesses in cases before the D.C. Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Prior to that appointment, Cartwright spent five years in the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime. Through the Justice Department’s international rule of law programs, Cartwright has worked extensively with foreign governments advocating for the inclusion of victims’ rights and services as part of the criminal justice process.  Countries assisted include:  Japan, Kosovo, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Kenya, Albania, and Colombia. Click here for a photo of Cartwright.

Ellen S. Podgor, Raeder-Taslitz Award, which recognizes law professors:  Podgor is a Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime research professor at Stetson University College of Law, where she teaches White Collar Crime, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, and White Collar Advocacy. She served as Stetson’s inaugural associate dean of Faculty Development and Electronic Education. She is the co-author of numerous books, including “Hornbook on White Collar Crime and White Collar Crime in a Nutshell.” And she is the editor of the “White Collar Crime Prof Blog.” Podgor is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Criminal Justice and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues sections; past president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS); and a member of the American Law Institute and an honorary member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL).  In 2010, she received the Robert C. Heeney Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Podgor came to legal education after serving as a deputy prosecutor handling major felony and misdemeanor cases and then as a private practitioner in Indiana. Click here for a photo of Podgor.

Nina Marino, Charles R. English Award:  A Beverly Hills, Calif., lawyer for 27 years, Marino is a State Bar of California Certified Criminal Law Specialist.  Her practice focuses on white collar and complex criminal litigation on both a national and international level. She regularly represents individuals in matters involving all aspects of fraud, as well as money laundering, conspiracy, computer crimes, bribery, kickbacks, counterfeiting and copyright infringement, tax crimes, securities cases, antitrust matters and public corruption investigations including FCPA violations.  She also represents both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens in matters involving extradition and related Interpol notices.  She is a regular speaker and author on topics relating to the practice of criminal law.  In 2016, the Los Angeles Daily Journal recognized her as one of the top 100 women lawyers in California.  In 2015, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Marino as one of the most influential lawyers in the field of white collar and cybercrime in Los Angeles. Since 2004, she has been voted by her peers as a Southern California Super Lawyer and a Top Woman Lawyer. Click here for a photo of Marino.

Richard H. Schmack and Robert A. Zauzmer, Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award:

A retired prosecutor from DeKalb County, Ill., Schmack has held several positions, including Macon County assistant state’s attorney in Decatur, Ill., DeKalb County assistant state’s attorney and DeKalb County state’s attorney from 2012 to Dec. 1, 2016. Schmack was most recently employed, on a short-term basis, as an assistant state’s attorney in Effingham County, Ill., from February through May of 2017, when he retired from public service. He received his undergraduate degree from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., in 1977 and received his J.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1980.  He is a member of the Illinois Bar, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. District Court Trial Bar.  His article, “Unmaking a Murderer: The Prosecutor’s Duty to Remedy Wrongful Convictions,” was published in the 2017 Northern Illinois University Law Review. Click here for photo of Schmack.

Zauzmer has served as the assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 1990. He is a graduate of UCLA and Stanford Law School.  After a clerkship with Judge Arlin M. Adams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he was in private practice for three years until joining the U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia. From 2012-14, Zauzmer served as national chairperson of the Department of Justice’s Appellate Chiefs Working Group. He has twice received the department’s John Marshall Award, its highest award for litigation activities. He was first recognized in 1992 for his assistance in a prosecution of drug organizations in Philadelphia, and again in 2008 as part of a team that oversaw the Justice Department’s response to amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines for crack cocaine offenses, which required the resentencing of thousands of defendants. He engaged in the same effort in response to new retroactive drug guideline amendments adopted in 2011 and 2014. From February 2016-17, Zauzmer served as the pardon attorney in the Justice Department, overseeing the President’s Clemency Initiative, aimed at reducing terms of nonviolent drug offenders to terms comparable to those that would be imposed under current law and practice. Click here for a photo of Zauzmer.

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