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November 29, 2012

Christine Morganti , (505) 797-6028

Top Prosecutors to Receive Awards


Albuquerque, N.M.—Top prosecutors of the State Bar of New Mexico have been singled out for their excellence in service and performance.


Assistant Attorney General Shannon Murdock, Phyllis H. Bowman, Assistant District Attorney Shaharazad McDowell, and Assistant District Attorney Orlando Torres will be recognized at 6 p.m., Nov. 8, at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. The State Bar Prosecutors Section bestows the awards each year to recipients who are outstanding in their field.


Murdock is receiving the Homer Campbell Award for prosecutorial excellence in child abuse cases. She has dedicated herself to a complicated and highly sensitive area of practice and has done so with compassion and perseverance.


Bowman is receiving the White Collar Crime Award.  She is highly knowledgeable and experienced in this area of law, volunteers for training assignments and has become a certified law enforcement instructor in the area of white collar crime.   


McDowell, 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office, is receiving the Domestic Violence Award. She regularly encourages victims to stand up for themselves and stands up for them when they will not stand up for themselves. 


Torres, 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office, is receiving the Violent Crimes Award because of his knowledge and dedication to prosecution. Torres is a great mentor and prosecutor. He takes the time to make himself available to discuss cases and solve issues.


The awards are being presented in conjunction with the NMDAA Fall Conference Don M. Alsobrooks, Tennessee District Attorney General, will address attendees.


The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.