LA County Public Defender attorneys, social workers and paralegals engage with Ugandan judges and other high-ranking officials during weeklong exchange.
Head Deputies Irene Nuñez and Graciela Martinez were honored Sept. 27 during the Latina Lawyers Bar Association’s 22nd Annual Awards event held at the Millennium Biltmore downtown LA.
Supervisor Hilda Solis honors Public Defender Ricardo Garcia with a scroll for his accomplishments commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month, which goes from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
“We have a core mission, we all know it. To be zealous advocates. To treat our clients with dignity. To do our work with integrity. It’s more than just our mission, it’s a human mission.”
"Compassion is the main thing I want them to learn. I want them to realize there’s a duty to help other people not as fortunate."
"There’s something in my DNA that I just felt that fighting for the underdog was my destiny."
"Youth perceive custody very differently and do not fully understand the criminal justice system and the consequences of waiving Miranda rights."
"I believe that the commitment of every man and woman in this room right now is aligned with the reality that we can change this for the better. And we will."
"Happy Social Work Month, I wish it could be all year. I am proud of you. You guys do so much tremendous work."
"You guys saved my life!"
"LA County Public Defenders work tirelessly and often without public praise or understanding of the difficult job of being the foot soldiers of the Constitution."
"It’s a great opportunity for us to show people that we are committed to our mission and we are here for them."
"We are committed to creating and maintaining a partnership with the community."
“I think we made a difference today.”
"Public Defenders really are the most empathetic, passionate, understanding lawyers I’ve met. Here, no one does this for money or prestige, you do it because you believe in it and want to help people."
“I hope that my daughter learns that being a successful person is not about how much money you make or where your degree was obtained. Rather, it’s about the impact you have on the world."
“Our job is to show our clients’ humanity.”
"My goal is to be one of those attorneys who just wants to give back to the community, to be a voice for the people who are otherwise ignored and overlooked."
"This is going to change my life for the better."
"We at the Public Defender want to see our clients be given an opportunity to gain employment, shelter and food for their families."
"Today, I finally got to meet the lawyers who were able to help me go in the right direction."