Herb Smith, retiring after a stellar career as an Assistant Public Defender won the Miami FACDL's lifetime achievement award. Well done Herb; well done indeed.
Manny Alvarez won the Against All Odds award for his amazing defense of former FBI agent John Connolly. Perfect award for this case and Manny's work.
Federal Judge Marcia Cooke won the Gerald Kogan Judicial Distinction Award. Love Gerald Kogan. A Miami guy who made it to the Florida Supreme Court and never forgot his roots. And of course who doesn't breathe a sigh of relief when their federal case ends up in Cooke's division?
And two PDs- one state and one federal won the Gregg Wenzel Young Lawyer's Award-
Damaris del Valle from the state PDs office and Christy O'Connor from the feds. Can't say that we know them….but what an honor to win an award named after Gregg Wenzel.
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