November 07, 2018

ABA Criminal Justice Section Fall Institute honors five with awards

The ABA Criminal Justice Section presented five section awards to outstanding members for their contributions to the profession during its 11th Annual Fall Institute held Nov. 1-2 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

Lucian Dervan, Professor Paolo Annino, Matt Redle, Kevin Curtin, Rosemary Armstrong and Charlotte Cluverius with Navy Victim’s Legal Counsel Program.

Lucian Dervan, Professor Paolo Annino, Matt Redle, Kevin Curtin, Rosemary Armstrong and Charlotte Cluverius with Navy Victim’s Legal Counsel Program.

Raeder-Taslitz Award

Presented to Florida State University College of Law Clinical Professor Paolo Annino. The award recognizes a law professor who exemplifies ethical and professional conduct; demonstrates excellence in scholarship, teaching or community service; and has made a significant contribution to promoting public understanding of criminal justice, justice and fairness in the criminal justice system or best practices on the part of lawyers and judges. “Paolo is recognized by his associates as an advocate for children caught in the justice system and is a highly respected educator and scholar,” said Lucian Dervan, chair of the Criminal Justice Section. Annino is a national leader in helping children in the juvenile justice, criminal law and health care systems. He is the Glass Professor of Public Interest Law and a Distinguished University Scholar at Florida State University College of Law. Annino is also the director of the FSU College of Law Public Interest Law Center. Most recently, Annino and his students represented The Young Invincibles in the U.S. Supreme Court as amicus curiae in support of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  The U.S. Supreme Court also relied heavily on a nationwide study conducted by Annino and his colloquies and students to make a landmark decision in Graham v. Florida. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy several times cited “the Annino study” in writing the opinion. The Court ruled that the Constitution prohibits the imposition of life without parole on a juvenile offender who did not commit homicide.

Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award

Presented to Massachusetts attorney Kevin Curtin. The award recognizes prosecutors who embody the principle “to seek justice, not merely to convict.” “Kevin Curtin has made numerous contributions to the field of criminal justice and the Criminal Justice Section,” said Lucian Dervan, chair of the Criminal Justice Section. “Mr. Curtin serves on the Task Force for Building Trust in the American Justice System and has participated in drafting numerous resolutions. Curtin serves as Senior Appellate Counsel/Grand Jury Director for Middlesex, Mass., District Attorney Marian T. Ryan.  He supervises the grand jury practice, writes and supervises appellate briefs, conducts oral arguments, manages certain post-conviction matters and advises the district attorney and bureau chiefs.  He is a vice-chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council and a co-chair of the section’s Committee on Appellate and Habeas Practice.

Charles R. English Award

Presented to Wyoming attorney Matthew Redle. The award recognizes judges, prosecutors, the defense bar, academics and other attorneys who are members of the ABA Criminal Justice Section and have distinguished themselves by their work in the field of criminal justice. “Matt Redle’s contributions to the section and field of criminal justice are many; in fact, he recently led the section as chair and still serves on the Standards Task Force,” said Lucian Dervan, chair of the Criminal Justice Section. “Mr. Redle is recognized by his associates as a ‘model prosecutor who will always do the right thing to ensure a fair and just result.’ It is our privilege to honor his work.” Redle is the county and prosecuting attorney for Sheridan County, Wyo. He was first elected to that position in 1986 after serving as an assistant prosecutor since 1980. He is a past vice president of the National District Attorneys Association Board of Directors.  Redle is a past chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council and a former member of the ABA Criminal Justice Standards Committee. In September 2009, Redle was privileged to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing entitled, “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States.” In January 2014 he was appointed to serve as a member of the National Commission on Forensic Science. Redle serves on the Wyoming Supreme Court’s Permanent Rules Advisory Committee, Criminal Division.

Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award

Presented to Florida lawyer Rosemary Armstrong. The award recognizes an active member of the bar who devotes a significant portion of his or her legal practice to youth and children, and is making positive contributions to the field both in and outside the courtroom. “Rosemary Armstrong stands out to her associates for her devotion to advocating on behalf of children,” said Lucian Dervan, chair of the Criminal Justice Section. “For decades, Ms. Armstrong has volunteered as a pro bono attorney and organized pro bono legal representation of children in dependency and delinquency proceedings. Her work has been tireless and it is our honor to recognize her work.” Armstrong is the executive director of Crossroads for Florida Kids, Inc., a nonprofit organization that trains and mentors pro bono attorneys to represent children and young adults in their dependency, delinquency and criminal proceedings in Hillsborough County, Fla.  Created in 2012, the number of Crossroads pro bono attorneys is currently 130.  In 2016 and again in 2017, Crossroads attorneys collectively contributed 5,500 pro bono hours representing poor kids. In 2014, the nonprofit won the Outstanding Pro Bono Service by an Organization Award in Hillsborough County. Armstrong served on the board of Bay Area Legal Services in Tampa for over 20 years and served as its president three times, during which she created and implemented projects to improve and expand legal services in the community.  As a Bay Area Legal Services volunteer attorney, she assisted women victims of domestic violence obtain dissolutions of marriage, child support and custody.  She also recruited pro bono attorneys and mentors for a Family Law Mentor Project, which became a model for other pro bono programs in Florida.

Frank Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award

Presented to the Navy Victims’ Legal Counsel Program. The award recognizes attorneys, legal service providers or organizations who represent specific victims in criminal, juvenile or appellate courts or who work to promote or implement policies to improve the treatment of crime victims in the criminal justice system. “We have chosen to recognize the Navy Victims’ Legal Counsel Program, for their work in representing victims and for promoting and implementing policies to improve the treatment of crime victims within the military justice system,” said Lucian Dervan, chair of the Criminal Justice Section. “Their record is outstanding and it is our privilege to honor their work.” In August 2013, the Secretary of Defense directed each service to stand up a Special Victims' Counsel/Victims' Legal Counsel Program.  The Navy began operating its Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) Program in November 2013. The program supports victims of sexual offenses, giving them a voice and aiding in their recovery.  Already traumatized by a violation of the most personal type, a victim is provided an attorney who listens and acts exclusively on his or her behalf.  VLC explain complicated administrative and judicial processes to victims; help manage their expectations regarding outcomes of courts-martial, non-judicial proceedings and administrative hearings; and ensure convening authorities, magistrates and military judges hear from victims about the impact of assault.  Since inception, the Navy VLC Program has assisted 4,217 victims of sexual offenses, with an average of more than 1,000 cases open at any given time across the program.